The Chicago Blackhawks will take their six-game point streak to Minnesota to take on the Wild. Minnesota has yet to lose a game in regulation, as they saw their four-game winning streak come to an end in overtime versus a surprising Buffalo Sabers team on Thursday night.
The Blackhawks are on the opposite end of the spectrum as they struggled in the early going, but seem to have found their stride under new head coach Joel Quenneville. Although Patrick Kane was extremely close to ex-head coach Denis Savard, he has thrived under Quenneville, recording seven points in four games.
Tonight, after two straight starts by Nikolai Khabibulin, Cristobal Huet will get the start against the Wild. Huet's career record versus the Wild, in three starts, is 1-1-1 with a 92.9 save percentage and 2.23 goals allowed average.
We will see how the 'Hawks handle their tough loss to the Detroit Red Wings and how they take the roster moves that followed that game. The loss to the Red Wings was a tough one to swallow for the young 'Hawks because heading into the third period, they had a two-goal lead. But their lead would slip away early, and they found themselves trailing with under five minutes left.
Although the 'Hawks were able to salvage a point against the defending champs, they must realize that in order to be a playoff team this year they must not be content with overtime losses and that one point. Look for the 'Hawks to come out tonight with a fire and a drive in order to not let that situation repeat itself.
Player to Watch
Once again I must make Jonathan Toews my player to watch because in the shootout versus the Detroit Red Wings he was the only scorer. I am hopeful that this shootout goal will help get Toews' head straight and the goals will begin to mount up, starting tonight in Minnesota.
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Chicago Blackhawks News and Notes
Cam Barker was officially recalled from the Rockford Ice Hogs, a day after the 'Hawks had reassigned Niklas Hjalmarsson and Jordan Hendry.