I'm not convinced Chicago has the goaltending to be with the elite teams this season, but they do look much hungrier than they did last season. When Toewes was out, they looked like they lost their rudder. Should be a great game.
I'd love for us to get another win here, but as I see it we have a few things going against us.
1. We played a gritty energy-draining OT game last night.
2. The Hawks (esp Kane and Hossa) have looked dangerous so far and they'll want to make a statement tonight.
3. Andy Macs status after taking that puck to the face. Hitch apparently said he was fine after the game last night. Let's hope nothing's changed since then. That line's so hot right now, it's silly.
On the other hand, we have a fresh goalie who played great last night. We have at least 3 lines who's going on all cylinders (Perron-Backes-Oshie needs to pick it up), and the D looks sharp.
Prediction: We get another point but the Hawks wins it in OT.
I personally think we match up better against Chicago than Nashville. I like our chances tonight but we need to come out of the gate strong and play controlling hockey that we did so much of last year.
Shutting down Hossa, Kane, and Toews will be tough as they are all playing really well this year.
We have to come in prepared on this one but I still think we have the edge due to our depth and goaltending
Of course I have class on the most important game of the season so far...Then again, my (2 1/2 year old) son having pneumonia is a pretty good excuse to miss class. On the plus side, it's a logic course, so you guys should *don't count on it* see an increase in the quality of my posts.
Regardless, Blues get thumped 4-1. Bolland gets assigned to Frank and shuts him down.