DENVER Ray Emery will get the start and forward Andrew Brunette is a game-time decision when the Chicago Blackhawks face the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center tonight.
Brunette did not play against Calgary on Friday after playing just the first period vs. Edmonton last Thursday night. While it looked like Brunettes upper-body injury was serious at the onset, Brunette said hes felt better with each passing day.
Its just the little bumps and bruises you go through during the whole season, the wear and tear that kept me out, Brunette said. Its something we all go through and its getting better. Thats the important thing. It got better real quick. Im hoping to play tonight or further down the stretch here.
It will be Emerys second consecutive start for the Blackhawks, who are looking to snap an 0-4-1 skid.
I just want to win tonight; thats all you can ever do is look as far as the next game. More often than not that will put you in a good spot, said Emery, who enters tonights game with an 11-4-2 mark. I want to win when I get in there. Its just one game at a time.
The Blackhawks will face a Colorado team thats looking to snap an 0-4-1 streak of its own.
Blackhawks forward Marcus Kruger and defenseman Ville Pokka were added to Team Sweden and Team Finland, respectively, as team rosters were completed for the World Cup of Hockey on Friday.
Christian Ehrhoff, who was traded to the Blackhawks during the season, was added to Team Europe.
Nine Blackhawks were already chosen for their respective country’s teams back in March: Corey Crawford, Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith (Team Canada), Patrick Kane (USA), Artem Anisimov and Artemi Panarin (Russia), Teuvo Teravainen (Finland), Niklas Hjalmarsson (Sweden) and Marian Hossa (Team Europe).
Michal Kempny, a defenseman the Blackhawks signed earlier this week, was also named to Team Czech Republic in March.
The World Cup of Hockey will be held from Sept. 17 to Oct. 1 in Toronto.
It shouldn't come as much of a surprise that young hockey players are patterning their games off Patrick Kane.
But the next generation of scorers are modeling their post-goal celebrations after the Blackhawks star, too.
Check out this video of a kid in a youth hockey game mimicking Kane's celebration from this year's playoffs, when he scored the double-overtime winner in Game 5 of the Blackhawks' series against the Blues.
Not bad, kid!
Kane recognized the kid's celly game, tweeting the video out to his followers Friday afternoon.
The Blackhawks agreed to terms with goaltender Lars Johansson, defenseman Michal Kempny and forward Martin Lundberg on one-year deals on Tuesday.
The 25-year-old Kempny had 21 points (five goals, 16 assists) in 59 games with Avangard Omsk (KHL) last season. He had two assists in eight games with the Czech Republic in the IIHF World Championship.
Johansson, 28, spent the last three seasons with Frolunda HC (Swedish Hockey League). He was 56-27-0 over those three seasons. Last season, he had a league-leading 1.74 goals-against average and a 27-6-0 record.
The 25-year-old Lundberg had 13 goals and eight assists in 44 games with Skelleftea AIK (Swedish Hockey League). He also had two goals in eight games with Sweden in the World Championship.