Blackhawks back at full strength vs. Predators

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Blackhawks back at full strength vs. Predators

Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011
Posted 1:20 p.m.
By Tracey Myers
CSNChicago.com

NASHVILLE Two more games, and the Chicago Blackhawks will take a much-needed break.

But tonight, its about getting two much-needed points.

The Blackhawks will be at full strength again tonight when they visit the Predators. Niklas Hjalmarsson took the last two days off to heal from some blocked shots, but the defenseman will play tonight.

I had a couple bad ones the last time, so I just took a few days off, he said. Im feeling good today, so thats all that matters.

Meanwhile, the Blackhawks are looking to get as many points as possible in these back-to-back games against the Predators.

A lot of games are big, but these are divisional games, defenseman Brian Campbell said. Were gearing up for tonight and well try to worry about tomorrow when that comes. But we want to have a great weekend.

The Predators will be without defenseman Shane OBrien, who was suspended for two games for a high-sticking incident on the Florida Panthers Stephen Weiss.

Corey Crawford will start tonight for the Blackhawks; coach Joel Quenneville said Marty Turco could possibly start tomorrow nights game back in Chicago.

Tracey Myers is CSNChicago.com's Blackhawks Insider. Follow Tracey on Twitter @TramyersCSN for up-to-the-minute Hawks information.

Fire fans swarm O'Hare to greet Bastian Schweinsteiger

Fire fans swarm O'Hare to greet Bastian Schweinsteiger

In the age of social media you can track something like Bastian Schweinsteiger's flight to Chicago in almost real-time.

The Chicago Fire publicized Schweinsteiger's Tuesday arrival in Chicago, giving fans details of when his plane was expected to arrive and at what terminal.

First, Schweinsteiger and his former tennis player wife, Ana Ivanovic, both tweeted photos to their millions of followers about their trip.

Once they arrived, the mob scene at O'Hare was on. Schweinsteiger was greeted by hundreds of fans.

Check out the video above for some footage of Schweinsteiger's arrival.

He will be introduced formally with a press conference on Wednesday at 3 p.m. from the Fire Pitch in Chicago. The press conference will air on CSN+ and be streamed live on CSNChicago.com.

Hawks Talk Podcast: What's the cause of recent struggles?

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Hawks Talk Podcast: What's the cause of recent struggles?

On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle and Steve Konroyd discuss the latest slump and how much does Artem Anisimov's injury play a role in their struggles?

Konroyd tells us he was surprised by Ryan Hartman's benching in Tampa.

The guys play the game, playoff minutes or press box minutes?  They run through the players who are on the bubble when it comes to postseason play.

They also discuss the Hawks chances of overtaking Washington for the President's trophy.

Plus, Konroyd breaks down possible first round opponents: St Louis, Calgary and Nashville.