Hawks set to face the Colorado Avalanche

In their fourth meeting of the season, the Hawks will look to clinch a win and garner up some more valuable points against the Avalanche. In their previous three meetings, the Hawks won two games and lost one however, their wins did not have Semyon Varlamov in net.

Colorado is out of the playoff picture but the Hawks need to not underestimate them as they always seem to play their best against the Blackhawks and would love nothing better than show they belong with the big clubs in the west.  The Avalanche are coming into the game straight off of a win at the hands of the LA Kings.

There is no question this is not the same Avalanche team as last year. The teams has had a rough year due to injuries. The Avalanche are 4-5-1 in their last ten games. The Blackhawks are coming in 5-2-3 in their last ten games.

The Hawks are coming in off of a shoot out loss to their old nemeses the Detroit Red Wings. There is no question that the points mean far more to the Hawks than the Avalanche as the Hawks still need to keep ahead of the teams behind them in the conference. The Hawks did gain a point on the St. Louis Blues who they are trying to catch and currently are three points behind so a win in regulation would be ideal.

The Colarado Avalanche have already stated they will be going with the same line-up that they had against the Kings meaning Varlamov will be manning their net. The Blackhawks will have Corey Crawford manning the Hawks net at the other end. Ryan Hartman sustained a minor injury and could play in Friday’s game.

Look for a fast paced skill game. The Hawks would like to continue storming out of the gate in the first period and get off to a fast start.

Who to look out for:

The Colorado Avalanche leading point getters are Jerome Iginla, Alex Tanguay and the always dangerous Matt Duchene. While Nathan McKinnon has had a sophomore slump he still has all world speed and is always dangerous particularly off the rush.

For the Hawks Patrick Kane who is currently leading the NHL in total points and is always a threat and the entire Jonathan Toews line with Brandon Saad and the ageless wonder Marian Hossa has sparked as of late.

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.

Avalanche

Erik Johnson– on a week to week basis with knee injury

Jaime McGinn - is on IR for the rest of the season

Patrick Bordeleau -  is on inactive list with lower body

Ryan Wilson -  is on inactive list out for the rest of the season

 

 

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