After (probably) suffering some really awful jet lag, Patrick Kane, the Chicago Blackhawks’ resident little shit, returned to practice with the rest of the team earlier today.
After a disappointing and annoying exit in the first round of the playoffs last season, and a regular season that can be only described as bi-polar, Blackhawks fans, rejoice! Playoff hockey is coming back to the United Center tomorrow night! I for one have had the attention span of a fruit fly since the early morning hours of Sunday awaiting this day.
The Chicago Blackhawks are the number one team NHL players would like to play on, according to the 2011/12 Player Poll, conducted by the NHLPA and Hockey Night in Canada. 14% of players polled picked the Blackhawks. Here’s how the Blackhawks fared in the other polls:
- Duncan Keith ranked fourth on the best skaters’ poll with 5% of the vote.
- Jonathan Toews is considered the fourth-smartest player in the NHL with 4% of the vote. He’s also ranked as the fifth most difficult player to play against with 4% of the vote, and the third best role model in the league at 10%. He’s the second-most popular choice to start a franchise. He came in at 18%, a distant second to (who else?) Sidney Crosby.
- Joel Quenneville is the second-most popular coach players would like to play for. He got 11% of the vote.
- The United Center is the second-favorite rink to play in, receiving 17% of the vote.
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- ‘Til you win a frickin’ gaaaaaame! Rodgers and Hammerstein are now rolling over in their graves. Anyway.
- The Blackhawks take on the Colorado Avalanche tonight at 8pm CT.
- Ray Emery is in net for the Blackhawks (@TramyersCSN), while Jean-Sébastien Giguère will be backing the Avs. (@adater)
- Patrick Sharp talks to the media about tonight’s game… and Brent Seabrook. (Blackhawks TV)
- The Blackhawks are not looking to improve their goaltending before the trade deadline. (The Fourth Period)
- They do have the ninth-most expensive defense in the NHL, though. (Puck Daddy)
- Finally… you know, if the United Center is going to charge people five bucks for a hot dog, the least they can do is pass a health inspection. Ew. (CBS Chicago)