Blackhawks face Torres, Coyotes on CSN

Raffi Torres launches into Marian Hossa

Blackhawks face Torres, Coyotes on CSN
February 7, 2013, 10:45 am
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Nina Falcone

Marian Hossa and Raffi Torres will take the ice together for the first time since Torres' brutal hit during last season's playoffs. Check out all the action on Comcast SportsNet beginning at 7:30 with Blackhawks Pregame Live.

It's the matchup Blackhawks fans have waited for since April.

Raffi Torres' brutal hit on Marian Hossa is one that Chicago will never forget. During last season's playoff run, Torres launched into No. 81, leaving Hossa unconscious and concussed. It wasn't until mid-November that Hossa was cleared to play again.

But despite the drama behind tonight's Blackhawks-Coyotes matchup, Hossa says he'll treat this game just as he would any other.

"It's a thing you don't forget," Hossa said on Wednesday about the hit. "But I (turned) that page and this is another season. For me it's just another game. I don't worry about anything else."

While the Blackhawks aren't seeking revenge, the team has even more reason to beat the opponent that ended their postseason run. And after Tuesday night's victory in San Jose, the Blackhawks should have plenty of momentum heading into tonight's matchup.

The Blackhawks (8-0-2) previously defeated the league's other top-ranked team in their 5-3 victory over the Sharks Tuesday. The Coyotes (4-4-2) won their previous two matchups, but hold the No. 8 spot in the Western Conference standing, while the Hawks continue as the only team that has yet to drop a game in regulation.

The Hawks previously faced off against the Coyotes on Jan. 20, resulting in a 6-4 victory for Chicago.

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