Hawks looking for revenge on CSN+

Hawks looking for revenge on CSN+
March 18, 2013, 10:45 am
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Nina Falcone

After crushing the Stars in Saturday's 8-1 showdown, the Blackhawks will continue on their road trip and face off against the Avalanche tonight. Catch all the action on CSN+, beginning with Blackhawks Pregame Live at 7:30.

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The last time these two teams met, the Avalanche ended Chicago's record-breaking 24-game point streak. Two days before that, the Blackhawks rallied back late in the third period to defeat Colorado 3-2 on home ice.

[MARCH 8: Hawks' amazing streak ends in loss to Avs]

Now with the season series tied at one game apiece, these two teams will be facing off for their third and final time this season. And if their two matchups earlier this month were any indication, tonight's game in Denver won't lack speed, intensity or determination from both ends of the ice.

Previous matchups

Blackhawks: The Hawks (23-2-3) may be in the middle of a four-game road trip, but after having Monday and Tuesday off, the team is feeling re-energized and confident. Taking a short break paid off for Chicago, as they're 2-for-2 at the halfway point of their trip after defeating the Blue Jackets and crushing the Stars.

[RELATED: Rest paying off for Hawks as they head to Colorado]

Avalanche: The Avs (10-13-4) will be looking to rebound tonight in front of a home crowd after dropping their three previous matchups to Edmonton and Minnesota (twice). Colorado's ranked dead last in the Western Conference, sitting two points below Edmonton and Calgary.

Point leaders

Blackhawks: Patrick Kane (15 goals, 19 assists), Jonathan Toews (13 goals, 13 assists) and Marian Hossa (13 goals, 10 assists)

Avalanche: Matt Duchese (12 goals, 18 assists), PA Parenteau (12 goals, 16 assists) and Paul Stastny (seven goals, 10 assists)

Coach Joel Quennville announced Ray Emery (10-0-0) will get the start in net tonight for Chicago. Emery's recorded a .912 save percentage against Colorado this season, and has held his opponents to a 2.25 goals-against average.

After tonight's matchup, the Blackhawks will continue on to Anaheim where they'll face the Western Conference's No. 2 team on Wednesday. But before the Hawks can worry about that, they'll look to show the Avalanche why they're No. 1 in the league.

Join the conversation on Twitter during tonight's matchup by using #HawksTalk on Twitter, and don't forget to keep up with the latest team-related social media trends on Blackhawks Pulse.