CHICAGO - DECEMBER 03: Dave Bolland #36 of the Chicago Blackhawks falls to the ice between two Vancouver Canuck defenders at the United Center on December 3, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Canucks defeated the Blackhawks 3-0. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Having recovered from the Food Fight On Ice that was Monday in Denver, the Hawks look to regroup at home tonight against the same opponent, the Colorado Avalanche. Buzz out of the morning skate is that everyone but Marian Hossa participated.
Dave Bolland will make a return from injury tonight. Look for
Patrick Kane, Fernando Pisani, and Marian Hossa to return Friday for the slightly important encounter with Detroit. So with that, here's what your Hawks lines will look like:
Line 2: Tomas Kopecky-Patrick Sharp-Jeremy Morin (who was recalled this morning)
Line 3: Bryan Bickell-Dave Bolland-Troy Brouwer
Line 4: John Scott-Jake Dowell-Jordan Hendry
The defensive pairings will remain the same, and hopefully Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook are finished with that slap n' tickle fest they had at the Pepsi Center. Your starting goalie in Corey Crawford, and you should probably get used to that.
The top line will look like that, at least until Coach Q benches both Stalberg and Skille to prove how much of a modern man he is. While both have much work to do in the defensive end of the game, the Hawks need their speed right now.
The past two games, while skating with Toews, Skille has done a much better job of getting to the "scoring areas", i.e. finding space where he can get a pass to let loose a shot. Mostly this year he's just been skating around like he was one of those "Mayhem" All-State ads. He had seven shots in San Jose and a goal in Colorado. He should be rewarded.
The third line looked far more dangerous with Jake Dowell centering it than it has with Dave Bolland, so see how that shakes out tonight. And if Patrick Sharp wants to show up for every shift tonight, no one here would complain.