When the Cubs defeated the Dodgers to advance to the World Series it put Indians infielder Jason Kipnis, his family and friends all in a very strange situation. The Northbrook, Ill. native and lifelong Cubs fan suddenly faced an inner struggle of how to react.
"The 10-year-old boy in me is saying, 'Why does it have to be the Cubs?'", Kipnis told Cleveland.com on Sunday.
"I even teared up because I didn't know how to handle it," Kipnis said. "I didn't know what to think."
Many of Kipnis' friends are Cubs season-ticket holders and his three siblings also have allegiance to the Cubbies. Torn between choosing her littler brother or her favorite team, Kipnis' older sister Amanda attempted to explain herself on Facebook.
Sooo, I'm going to a Cubbies World Series at Wrigley Freaking Field, and my little brother is playing for the other...Posted by Amanda Kipnis on Saturday, October 22, 2016
The Cubs start out the series in Cleveland, but when Kipnis and the Indians head to Wrigley Field as the series shifts to Chicago, you know things are only going to get even more complicated for his family members and closest friends.
Corey Crawford will start and Michal Rozsival will play in his first game of the season as the Blackhawks face the Calgary Flames at the United Center.
Rozsival looks to be in for fellow Czech Michal Kempny tonight.
“We want to get everyone in at some point. We don’t want to wait too long to get him into the season here,” coach Joel Quenneville said of Rozsival. “He can be useful, he gives us some experience, he can play minutes against top guys, be useful on both units if you need him. He’s been practicing well; looking forward to getting him in.”
The Flames, who have a few familiar faces in the lineup – former Blackhawks Troy Brouwer, Kris Versteeg and Michal Frolik, have struggled to start the season. They’re currently 1-4-1 in their first six games, allowing 4.3 goals per game.
“We have to lean on each other in this room, we have to trust each other in this room, know there’s good players, trust in the system. We know that our system is what’s going to be our rock to fall back on. If we get ourselves in trouble, make a mistake, everyone has to trust that everyone will do their jobs on the ice,” Brouwer said. “With that, too, we have to have confidence in ourselves. It’s been a bit of a rocky start and it’s not where we want to be and we’re playing some tough teams here. But we have to have confidence in ourselves and go out there and limit our mistakes, really.”
Calgary’s power play has been particularly rough (1 for 25). It’ll be facing a Blackhawks’ penalty kill that’s trying to reverse early problems (12 goals allowed on 21 opportunities).
“We’ve done some good things on the kill, we’ve been good at times. It just fell through at others,” Tyler Motte said. “We have to build off what we can, make sure our structure is there and continue to battle and we’ll get it going here.”
- Artem Anisimov was named the NHL’s second star of the week. Anisimov had four goals and three assists in three games last week.
- Vinnie Hinostroza is expected to be a healthy scratch for the third consecutive game.
BLACKHAWKS VS. CALGARY FLAMES
Tyler Motte-Jonathan Toews-Richard Panik
Artemi Panarin-Artem Anisimov-Patrick Kane
Ryan Hartman-Nick Schmaltz-Marian Hossa
Dennis Rasmussen-Marcus Kruger-Jordin Tootoo
Duncan Keith-Brian Campbell
Michal Rozsival-Brent Seabrook
Gustav Forsling-Niklas Hjalmarsson
INJURIES: Trevor van Riemsdyk (upper body), Andrew Desjardins (lower body)
Johnny Gaudreau-Sean Monahan-Alex Chiasson
Kris Versteeg-Sam Bennett-Troy Brouwer
Lance Bouma-Mikael Backlund-Michal Frolik
Micheal Ferland-Matt Stajan-Freddie Hamilton
Mark Giordano-Dennis Wideman
T.J. Brodie- Deryk Engelland
Jyrki Jokipakka-Dougie Hamilton