Hawks preparing for the Boston Bruins

It seems really odd to type that both the Boston Bruins and the Chicago Blackhawks are coming into this game struggling. Boston is struggling a bit more and on the offensive side of the puck as they are currently ranked 22nd in the league and have had a hard time finding the back of nets.  Now with David Krejci out this will not help the Bruins scoring cause.

The Hawks in the meantime have had their own issues, with too many turnovers in their own end and lack of net front presence and production from their bottom lines to balance a scoring attack. Captain Jonathan Toews in his post game presser called his team out for lack of emotions and being unprepared. It will be interesting to see how the team responds, because the captain is right.

Coach Joel Quenneville, similarly has implored his team for net front presence it seems every game. Yet they refuse to oblige and stay outside the dots or pass to much and give up quality scoring chances. If the Hawks are to beat the Bruins, net front presence will be needed for sure as the Bruins are a solid defensive team so you need greasy goals

Both teams are coming into the game following very disappointing losses. The Hawks are coming off of a 4-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche, a team they should beat and the Bruins are coming in off of a bad 5-1 thumping at the hands of the St. Louis Blues.

Look for a desperate Boston team as they are barely holding onto the last wild card slot in the east with the Florida Panthers only one point behind them with a game in hand on Boston. The Bruins need this win, the Hawks won the previous game this season between the teams and this will be their final meeting except for the playoffs.

The Hawks after the Colorado debacle are back to being five points behind the St. Louis Blues and the same amount ahead of the Winnipeg Jets. The Hawks are battling themselves and as the captain said lack of emotion just as much as they are battling their opponents.

Coach Quenneville already has stated there will be line-up changes, what exactly those will be one can’t say for sure, but look for Daniel Carcillo to return to the line-up with either Smith or Hartman sitting. Corey Crawford will be in the nets for the Hawks and probably Tuuka Rask for the Bruins.

Even though both teams are coming into the contest with their problems, the game should still be a good one and perhaps it will remind both teams of where they were when they played each other with the highest stakes on the line. Maybe, just maybe, it’ll bring out the best in each team and spark them both to remember what it takes to make it to the Cup final again.

Who to look out for:

The Boston Bruins leading point getters are Patrice Bergeron how is equally adept on the back check as he is scoring goals. He leads the Bruins with 39 points and Carl Soderberg and Louie Eriksson are not far behind.

For the Hawks Patrick Kane who is  leading the Hawks in total points and is followed by Jonathan Toews line with Brandon Saad and the ageless wonder Marian Hossa his linemates right behind.

INJURY REPORT

Blackhawks

Trevor Van Riemsdyk is still recovering but getting closer to returning

Tim Erixon is on a day to day basis with lower body injury.

Bruins

David Krejci–  out undisclosed day to day

Kevan Miller  - is on IR for the rest of the season with shoulder injury

Marc Savard -  is on inactive list with concussion out indefinitely

 

Where to watch: NBC or listen on WGN radio 720 in chicago