Dale Sveum understands Kerry Woods frustration

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Dale Sveum understands Kerry Woods frustration

Dale Sveum would pull his motorcycle into Miller Park long before the Milwaukee Brewers showed up for work. He earned a reputation as a coach who wouldnt overlook any detail while charting plays and breaking down video.

But the Cubs manager wasnt going to overanalyze what surprised everyone Tuesday night Kerry Wood tossing his glove and hat into the Wrigley Field seats.

No, I missed that whole thing, Sveum said Wednesday.

Do you care that Wood showed his frustration that way?

Do I care? Of course I care, Sveum said. I dont condone it or wish it to happen all the time. But we all know in this game that theres frustration that happens and sometimes we regret things that we do, thats for sure. Were not perfect human beings. But, yeah, I missed the whole thing, so I didnt see any of that.

Wood snapped when a reporter asked about the glove Irrelevant, dude, and why the (bleep) would you even bring that up? and ended the postgame interview.

Wood insists that his right shoulder feels good. He essentially wrote off the eighth inning of a 3-1 loss to the Atlanta Braves.

Wood said he didnt want to give in to the cleanup hitter, so he walked Brian McCann. He pointed out that Dan Ugglas go-ahead, two-run single went past the defensive shift.

When things are going bad, Wood said, you dont get breaks.

The Cubs finally admitted last month that Woods shoulder has been bothering him off and on since the beginning of spring training.

The veteran reliever, who will turn 35 next month, hasnt pitched in back-to-back games yet. He has a 14.54 ERA after giving up four runs in his two innings since coming off the disabled list.

This isnt what anyone envisioned when the one-year deal was announced last January at the Cubs Convention.

Its just a matter of getting comfortable and getting in a rhythm, Sveum said. The bottom line is throwing strikes and being able to use your fastball and getting back in counts. And then you still got to be able to use the breaking ball. There are a lot of things to work on, but sometimes it just takes a few times out on the mound.

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Watch as the Blackhawks take on the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight on CSN and streaming live on CSNChicago.com. Coverage begins at 7 p.m. with Blackhawks Pregame Live. Then stick around after the final buzzer to watch Blackhawks Postgame Live for highlights and analysis.

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Five Things to Watch:

1. Grab the first goal.

The Blackhawks have scored the game's first goal in seven of the last eight games, and of those seven, they've won six of them. Meanwhile, the Lightning have scored the first goal only 17 times in 48 games this season, and are 12-5-1 in those games. They're 9-17-4 when they allow the first goal, so getting out to a lead first will be important against a struggling Lightning team looking for signs of life.

2. Will the floodgates open for Jonathan Toews?

After a four-point game in a 4-2 win over Vancouver, the Blackhawks captain matched his point total over his previous nine games. He's up to 26 points on the season, which is now fifth among Chicago forwards. When Toews has offensive droughts, they usually last longer than they should. But when he gets hot, he gets extremely hot. Perhaps we'll see the floodgates open offensively.

3. A chance for the team lead in scoring.

With an empty-net goal on Sunday, Marian Hossa tied Artem Anisimov for the team-lead with 18 goals. Artemi Panarin is right behind with 17, and Patrick Kane isn't far either at 15. The Blackhawks had four 20-goal scorers last season, and haven't had more than that since the 2013-14 season. They're definitely on pace to hit four, but could they surprass that? Richard Panik, who scored another goal Sunday as well, is fifth with 11 goals while Ryan Hartman has 10. Toews is at eight, but a flurry after a drought could make things interesting.

4. The triplets reunited?

In an effort to jumpstart a struggling offense, Lightning coach Jon Cooper reunited the triplets line of Tyler Johnson, Nikita Kucherov and Ondrej Palat that was so successful during their 2015 playoff run in their latest game, a 5-3 loss to Arizona. It's unclear whether they will begin tonight's game on the same line, but if not, it's worth watching throughout the game whether they do. The Blackhawks have been coming at opponents in waves lately, so Cooper could look to separate the three to distribute the scoring.

5. Take advantage on special teams.

The Lightning have racked up the fifth-most penalty minutes in the league, and own a bottom-10 penalty kill unit at 80.1 percent. The Blackhawks are the second-least penalized team, and have converted on 17.9 percent of their power plays, which sits at 16th. But they haven't scored one on the man advantage in five straight games, going 0-for-9 during that span. Here's a chance to change that.

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