Crawford, Blackhawks look to outshine Stars

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Crawford, Blackhawks look to outshine Stars

Wednesday, Jan 5, 2011
12:44 p.m.
By Tracey MyersCSNChicago.com
Corey Crawford will get the start in net tonight when the Chicago Blackhawks take on the Dallas Stars. The Blackhawks, now healthy again, will try and stall a Stars team that is leading the Pacific Division and has won five straight on the road.

Their top two lines are as good as any top two lines, coach Joel Quenneville said of the Stars. Theyve got balance, their defense is steady. That type of team, they can beat anyone on any given night. They play a real patient, smart game. Its an important game for a lot of reasons for both teams.

Meanwhile, Jake Dowell, whos been a steady factor most of this season, will be scratched for the second consecutive game.

Obviously Im a pretty motivated person in the first place, so I dont think I need a whole lot of kick in the butt, he said. But they shook things up and the team won, so its good to change the lineup after a win.

Quenneville said I think hes pretty consistent in his game; hes victimized more by numbers. Sometimes you have to stick with (a lineup) and we dont want to change too many things for tonights game. Hes one of those players we expect back in there soon.

Tracey Myers is CSNChicago.com's Blackhawks Insider. Follow Tracey on Twitter @TramyersCSN for up-to-the-minute Hawks information.

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Austin O'Connor

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Austin O'Connor

Four years, four state championships. 

That's what St. Rita senior wrestler Austin O'Connor accomplished over the past four years, becoming the 15th wrestler in IHSA history to do so. The Mustangs' grappler went undefeated this season and finished his IHSA career with a record of 181-4. 

O'Connor is planning on continuing his time on the mat at the University of North Carolina next season. Learn more about O'Connor in the video above. 

In the Gym at EFT: Vertical jump training

In the Gym at EFT: Vertical jump training

In the latest installment of In the Gym at EFT, performance specialist Kerry Neal teaches some valuable techniques to improve an athlete's vertical jump. 

Former Western Michigan Linebacker Grant DePalma gives an assist by demonstrating the drills. An athlete's vertical is an important tool and can be the difference during evaluation.

Learn some valuable tips above and be on the lookout for the next edition of In the Gym at EFT.