October 13, 2011
8:30 PM ET/7:30 PM CT
Comcast SportsNet Chicago, TSN, TSN-Jets
Western Conference Standing: 9th
Central Division Standing: 3rd
Eastern Conference Standing: 15th
Southeast Division Standing: 5th
The Enemy’s Aerys Sports Site: Mile High Flyin’
I would end the preview here because this song rocks so hard, but I carry on for all of you.
This will be the first time that former Blackhawks Andrew Ladd and Dustin Byfuglien will return to the United Center since being traded to the Thrashers in 2010. And thus ends my obligatory mention of these two.
The last time the Jets have won in Chicago was April 21, 1995. Of course, they then moved to Phoenix the next year, but hey — that’s still a 16-year drought, am I right? Okay, seriously, the team formerly known as the Atlanta Thrashers has only won one game in five meetings against the Blackhawks since the lockout. The Blackhawks are coming off of a four-day layoff because the NHL schedule is concocted by monkeys.
I have no idea what kind of hot mess this game is going to be. On the one hand, if the Blackhawks don’t score, like, nine goals on this team, I may be upset. On the other hand, if the Blackhawks don’t give up nine goals after being off for so long, I’ll be happy.
Chicago won against Dallas 5-2.
Winnipeg lost against Montreal 5-1.
CHI: Even though there was a scare earlier in the week with a lower body injury, goaltender Corey Crawford is expected to be the man between the pipes on Thursday. Backup goaltender Ray Emery (flu) is questionable. Forwards Ben Smith (concussion) and Viktor Stalberg (knee) remain on IR. (nhl.com)
WPG: Forward Eric Fehr (shoulder surgery) is out indefinitely. (nhl.com)
Joel Quenneville, CHI: ”[Byfuglien] had some real big playoff series and a lot of times might have been the differential for us winning. You appreciate [Ladd’s] success as well, knowing from the coaching perspective he played our team game really well.” (Chicago Sun-Times)
Ondrej Pavelec, WPG: “Today is a new day and (Thursday’s) a new game. I’m excited to go back in the net and try to bounce back after that first loss. Hopefully we’re going to be ready for them.” (Winnipeg Sun)