PHILADELPHIA Ray Emery will be in net against his former team and Daniel Carcillos seven-game suspension apparently begins tonight when the Chicago Blackhawks play the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Arena.
Carcillo was handed his latest suspension on Wednesday night and coach Joel Quenneville said he believes that begins with tonights game. Carcillo suffered what looked to be a left-leg injury when he hit Oilers defenseman Tom Gilbert on Monday night. Asked about Carcillos injuryhealth status, Quenneville said were still talking about the process.
Meanwhile, tonights game brings back a flood of memories for the Blackhawks who won the Stanley Cup here in June of 2010.
Just looking around the dressing room, last time I stepped in here there was a big shiny thing here, Bryan Bickell said referring to the Cup. I think that brings back memories. But most of all we need to bounce back from our last game. We need a good effort throughout the whole team. (The Flyers) are coming back off the Winter Classic loss, so theyll be fired up to play again.
Emery will get his first start since Dec. 20 in Pittsburgh. Emery played the 2009-10 season with the Flyers and suffered that hip injury that nearly cost him his career.
I loved playing here; theyve got intense fans and they treated me well, said Emery, who is 2-3-0 in his career vs. the Flyers. Its always exciting playing against a team youve played with before. Its that added incentive to still want to beat them. Its a special game.
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.”