DENVER -- The last time the Blackhawks were here, their undefeated streak went down the tubes.
That was going to happen. What made them unhappier was the way they played in that game. And that’s what they’re looking to reverse tonight.
Ray Emery will get the start while lines and defensive pairings should be the same when the Blackhawks face the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center tonight. The Avs overwhelmed the Blackhawks here on March 8, scoring four second-period goals en route to a 6-2 victory. The Blackhawks know they have to be much better tonight.
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“We have to respect them a lot more,” center Dave Bolland said. “I think we sort of took it easy last time, thinking it would be an easy game. They’re a tough team to play. We have to be ready tonight for when they come at us.”
Tonight marks the third time the two teams have played since March 6, when the Blackhawks ran their unbeaten streak to 24.
“We remember what happened here last time,” coach Joel Quenneville said. “Let’s make sure there’s a purpose with how we go into the game. Let’s be respectful for how they attack and how dangerous they can be.”
The Blackhawks had some question marks, health-wise, coming into the last matchup. Not the case tonight; outside of Patrick Sharp, who’s still out a few weeks with that shoulder, the Blackhawks are healthy.
When the Avs won the last game, they looked at it as a chance to start turning their season in a good direction. But it hasn’t worked that way. Colorado is 1-3-0 in their four games since that March 8 victory, and they’ve given up 15 goals in those three losses.