Hawks head east to face Capitals

Hawks head east to face Capitals
September 19, 2013, 7:00 pm
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Nina Falcone

After falling to the Penguins in a shootout Thursday night, the Blackhawks are heading east and will face off against the Washington Capitals tonight. Catch all the action beginning at 6:00 on Comcast SportsNet.

The Blackhawks are just 11 days away from raising their championship banner, but the team still has four preseason games and a few roster adjustments to take care of beforehand. 

After shutting out the Red Wings on Tuesday, the Blackhawks suffered a 4-3 shootout loss to the Penguins, but Thursday's outcome didn't hurt the team's confidence moving forward.

"It’s one game. One game’s not going to make this team," forward Ben Smith said. "As I said Tuesday, it’s a step forward. It’s tough to lose in the shootout, but (goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin) played unbelievable in there today. Move forward now, see who’s playing tomorrow."

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Now the Blackhawks are returning to a television near you as they hit the road for the first time this preseason.

Although no official roster reports have been released yet, Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin is expected to play in tonight's matchup. Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said Jonathan Toews may play in a game this weekend.

Looking ahead

Both teams will face off in one additional preseason matchup on Sept. 28 before opening the regular season in Chicago.

On Jan. 11, the Blackhawks will head back east for their second and final regular-season matchup against the Capitals.