Hawks head to Washington for first of back-to-back games
After a dramatic home finale victory against the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday, the Hawks have a back to back road trip to finish the season, facing the Washington Capital’s on Friday night. The Hawks hold the only victory of the season series, as they beat Washington on opening night after their electrifying banner raising ceremony.
The Caps are looking to finish the season strong after officially being eliminated from playoff contention after the Blue Jackets and Red Wings clinched their wild card spots Wednesday night. This marks the first time the team has missed the playoffs in six seasons, when they did not qualify for the 2006-07 season. Despite having nothing to play for, the Capitals will be playing in front of a home crowd looking to take down the defending champions.
The Hawks are definitely in the playoffs, but who they'll face in the first round is suddenly uncertain as the race for top seed in the Central division has started to heat up with just two games to go. The Avalanche are just two points behind a suddenly slumping Blues team, and so what seemed like a certain first round matchup between Colorado and Chicago is now up to fate- and who has the most points at the end of the night.
Who’s Hot: The hottest Hawk is still Jeremy Morin, who’s on a 3-game goal scoring streak and has five points in his last four games. Patrick Sharp also has a 3-game goal streak and has five points in his last three games....The Capital’s Nicklas Backstrom has seven points in his last five games, including two goals in Tuesday’s win against St. Louis, while Alex Ovechkin is on a 3-game point streak and recently scored his 50th goal of the season.
Injury Report: The Hawks remain without Jonathan Toews (upper body) and Patrick Kane (lower body), but the only other player on the shelf is Nikolai Khabibulin (surgery)...Mike Green (upper body) did not make the trip for the Capitals, as is Brooks Laich (groin).
Game info: 6:00 p.m. CT; NBCSN, CSN-CH
Location: Verizon Center, 601 F St NW, Washington DC