Blackhawks return to CSN to host lightning at 6:30

Blackhawks return to CSN to host lightning at 6:30
October 5, 2013, 9:45 am
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Nina Falcone

After gutting out a thrilling 6-4 victory in their home opener, the Blackhawks are hosting the Tampa Bay Lightning. Catch all the action on Comcast SportsNet beginning at 6:30.

The banner is up and the first win is in the books. 

The Blackhawks kicked off their season on Tuesday with a thrilling victory after conducting an emotional banner-raising ceremony to commemorate their Stanley Cup victory.

Now the Blackhawks will look to get another two points under their belt as they host the Tampa Bay Lightning. 

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The Lightning were not off to as strong of a start as the Blackhawks were as they suffered a 3-1 loss to the Boston Bruins on Tuesday. For both Tampa Bay and the defending Stanley Cup champions, special teams will be important heading into tonight's game.

While the Blackhawks saw improvement on the power play Tuesday evening, their penalty kill suffered, allowing the Washington Capitals multiple power-play goals.

“Give them credit for their effectiveness on the power play and us maybe being too respectful,” coach Joel Quenneville said. “We could’ve been more aggressive on some of those situations.”

The Lightning were 0-for-5 on the power play in their season opener after recording just 12.5 percent success rate with the man-advantage in 2013.

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Looking at the numbers, the Lightning don't appear as much of a threat to the Blackhawks. Tampa Bay earned just 40 points in the lockout-shortened season, causing them to finish just slightly ahead of the Florida Panthers who came in dead last in the Eastern Conference.

But tonight won't be a walk in the park for the Blackhawks, who have dropped their last three matchups against Tampa Bay. Both teams will be taking a close look at their special teams play as the Blackhawks aim for a second consecutive victory inside the United Center.