Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Preview: Hawks vs Stars and Around the UC

Blackhawks vs Stars
7:30 pm

-Fourth game this season between these two.
-Dallas won the first two and the Hawks won most recently on Feb. 9.
-Niemi will be starting in the net for his sixth consecutive game. 
-Brouwer will not be playing, Coach Q said because of "family matters." 
-Since Brouwer is a scratch, Burish will be back tonight.
-Morrow will not be playing for the Stars.


Around the UC:

"We hear a lot of different nicknames for you in the locker room: “Jelly,” “Jelly Bear,” “Hammer,” and recently “Meatball” after your commercial. Which one do you prefer?"

"Probably Jelly. I got it in Rockford and it’s the one that has kind of stuck the most. It’s also my favorite."

(Looks like we will be referring to Hjalmarsson as Jelly now instead of Hammer.)

-NHL.com: Division Title Another Big Step For Hawks

Sharp: "A lot of guys didn't know that in here. I definitely didn't know it. It feels good to be division champs. It was a goal of ours at the start of the season."

Kane: "It's fun to be part of history, it really is. Seventeen years ... I was 4 years old the last time they won the division, so it's been a long time coming for Blackhawks fans. It's fun to beat out the Red Wings, a big rival."

Coach Q: "It's a major accomplishment for us. Detroit has been at the top for several years and that was a big barrier and hurdle for us organizationally to get over and achieve. That was one of our goals right from the outset that we met."

-Chicago Tribune: White Sox' A.J. Pierzynski, Indians' Kerry Wood at Sunda

"Speaking of Monday's season opener, the Blackhawks' four 2010 Winter Olympics medalists -- Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook and Patrick Kane -- threw out the first pitches and then met their teammates at O'Hare for their flight to Dallas. Injured Blackhawk Brian Campbell stayed for the whole Sox game. "

(It's good to know that some of the Hawks are actually smart off the ice too and root for the White Sox.)

-Jesse Rogers: Byfuglien's move to defense key for Hawks

"Quenneville called Byfuglien “a diamond in the rough” when he first saw him on defense in the Anaheim and Los Angeles games. He was paired with Niklas Hjalmarsson, also a young player still learning. After a couple of games, Quenneville tried some other combinations, including moving Byfuglien back to wing for one contest. Finally, he settled on pairing him with the Hawks' top defenseman. In the three games they’ve played together, the Hawks have given up just two goals."

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