The Blackhawks have returned to the Windy City and will host the Blues tonight in their home opener. Catch all the action on Comcast SportsNet, beginning with Blackhawks Pregame Live at 7:00.
Two undefeated teams will face off at the United Center on Tuesday night as the Blackhawks welcome the Blues to Chicago.
The Hawks may only be two games into the season, but they're already noticing that their shortened 2013 campaign is beginning to resemble their 2010 championship season.
"The core's been here for a while; we know each other and how it's going to be," Dave Bolland told CSNChicago.com after the team's matchup in Phoenix. "And with other guys who have come in, we've bonded pretty quick to adapt to what we have to do."
If the Blues' first two games were any indication, the Blackhawks may have their hands full tonight with rookie Vladimir Tarasenko. The 21-year old out of Yaroslavl, Russia has already recorded three goals and two assists against the Red Wings and Predators, leading his team in points.
During the lockout, Tarasenko played in the KHL for St. Petersburg SKA, where he recorded 31 points in 31 games.
Walking the red carpet
The Blackhawks have announced a number of ways the team plans to thank their supporters for sticking with them through the lockout, and part of their fan appreciation launch includes a red carpet ceremony that will be held prior to tonight's matchup.
Beginning at 4:30 this afternoon, the team will arrive at the arena in style and sign autographs for any of today's ticket holders. Signings will take place in the 100 level concourse of the United Center.
But whether or not you'll be at tonight's game, make sure to join the conversations about the matchup on Twitter by using HawksTalk and following @HawksTalkCSN.
On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, forward Vinnie Hinostroza joins Pat Boyle and evaluates his rookie season, tells us how he has added MMA and Ju-jitsu to his offseason training and is he going to room with Ryan Hartman next season?
Plus, Tracey Myers joins Pat to discuss Patrick Kane’s first interview this offseason, the latest on the Blackhawks coaching moves and tournament fall-out for Artemi Panarin, Marcus Kruger and Alex DeBrincat.
Listen to the latest episode of the Hawks Talk Podcast below.
It’s been just over a month since the Blackhawks were eliminated from the playoffs in swift fashion. And as Patrick Kane told WGN Radio on Tuesday morning, the bitter taste hasn’t gone away.
“I think a lot of us didn’t figure we’d be in the situation we’re in right now,” Kane told Steve Cochran and Dave Eanet on Tuesday. “All of us can work this offseason to get better. It’s a long time to wait to get back to that opportunity to play in the playoffs again, so we’ll have a sour taste in our mouth for a while.”
The Nashville Predators, who made quick work of the Blackhawks in the first round, eliminated the Anaheim Ducks on Monday night to earn the first Stanley Cup Final appearance in franchise history. Kane told WGN he’s been watching the playoffs and said Nashville “has a pretty good system going.”
“They come at you, they play aggressive. I don’t think any of us would be a big fan of the way they defend in the neutral zone, just sitting back and playing that 1-3-1. But at the same time they come at you,” said Kane, who added that the Blackhawks “weren’t even close in that (first-round) series.”
“Maybe we had a chance in Game 3 when we were up 2-0, but it was a clean sweep and that’s probably how it should’ve been,” he said. “So now it’s time to regroup.”
When the Blackhawks had their wrap-up media session on April 22, general manager Stan Bowman was asked if some players, having won three Stanley Cups since 2010, had lost some of the hunger. Bowman didn’t buy that and neither did Kane.
“Four sounds a lot better than three, right?” he said. “It’s a long time away and a lot of work, but sometimes you go through those situations and you realize you won three Cups and it’s almost like you’re going to be there again. That’s where the reality check is for us now, realizing how hard it is to get back in that situation, how hard it is to win a Cup or go deep in this league. There’s a lot of work to be done.”