Hawks and Bruins to face off in Stanley Cup rematch

 

The Blackhawks (31-8-11) are fresh off of a much-needed win against the red-hot Ducks, but they won’t get much rest before turning around to face the Boston Bruins (30-15-2) in a rematch of last year’s Stanley Cup final.  This will be the teams’ first meeting since the Hawks scored twice in 17 seconds to win the cup June 24th, 2013.

 

The Hawks, despite giving up a 3-0 lead on Friday’s game, put together a solid 60 minutes of hockey against a top team, with strong contributions across the board. With the new year not getting off to the best start for Chicago (3-1-4) the Blackhawks will have to bring their game against the hard-hitting Bruins.

 

Boston is 4-3-0 to start the new year, coming off a 4-2 victory against the Stars.  They’ve been in a similar situation as the Hawks, struggling to string together more than 2 consecutive wins.  Hoping to build momentum against a strong Hawks team, the Bruins will also be looking to avenge last year’s playoff loss.

 

Who’s hot: Marian Hossa scored two goals in last night’s contest, and has 4 goals and 2 assists in his last 4 games...Tuukka Rask is second in the NHL in goals allowed per game (2.17) and 5 shutouts in the season.

 

Injury report: Kris Versteeg was labeled as ‘day to day’ with an upper body injury after a collision with Bryan Bickell at the end of last night’s second period. Nikolai Khabibulin continues to be on LTIR (rotator cuff)... the Bruins will be without Dougie Hamilton (concussion), Chris Kelly (fractured fibula), and Dennis Seidenberg (right knee surgery).

 

Game Info: 11:30 a.m. CT; NBCSN, NBC, NHL-N-CA

 

Location: United Center, 1901 W. Madison St, Chicago

 

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