Saturday, March 26, 2011
Posted: 12:00 PMBy Tracey Myers
The Chicago Blackhawks have said it several times lately. Every game is big. But its arguable that this one may be their biggest yet.
When the Blackhawks host the Anaheim Ducks at the United Center tonight, itll be the last time they face a Western Conference foe thats in the same bunch as they are among the final four playoff spots. As the Ducks continue on their road trip, they play a Blackhawks team that has won six consecutive home games.
But for the seventh-seeded Blackhawks, dazzling the home fans takes a backseat to getting two crucial points.
We want to put on a show but we have to play simple hockey, forward Troy Brouwer said. We control where we want to be and this is the last time we play a team thats this clumped together with us.
The Blackhawks have gone back and forth from fifth to seventh in this recent stretch. The Ducks are one point (87) and one spot (eighth) behind them.
Obviously the implications of the game, this could shape up to be the two most valuable points of the year, coach Joel Quenneville said. Thats got to be the way we prepare, the way we have to play and we have to be excited about it.
Meanwhile, Dave Bollands (concussion) status remains the same, as he is doing the minimal as far as workouts, Quenneville said.
Tracey Myers is CSNChicago.com's Blackhawks Insider. Follow Tracey on Twitter @TramyersCSN for up-to-the-minute Hawks information.