Carolina Hurricanes 35-23-6 Chicago Blackhawks 31-25-9
Carolina gave Buffalo yet another reason to despise the Hurricanes. Thursday’s victory sent the Sabres home empty handed. The win enabled Staal and his crew to snag the 7th spot in the Eastern Conference. The Canes grabbed two points in the 3-2 contest which briefly traveled into overtime. The extra stint was cut short thanks to the swift action of Jamie McBain. Check out the entire recap here.
Unfortunately, Carolina couldn’t enjoy their big win in Caniac Country for long. The team headed to Chicago on a back-to-back for their only rendezvous with the Blackhawks this season. The defending Stanley Cup Champions are attempting their 7th straight win tonight in the United Center.
Acting as the wind beneath the Hawks’ wings is Marian Hossa, who is on a five game scoring streak. Also fueling the storm is the line of Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp, and Captain Jonathon Toews. Toews is riding a seven point game wave. Together, this trio has a combined 22 goals and 36 assists in 15 games.
The Hawks are currently rank 4th in the Western Conference with 76 points. Close on their heels is Nashville with 75 points.
The Hurricanes are coming off a big win, their second in a row, and need that momentum tonight. They have won three of their past four games. Not to mention they have won five of their past seven visits to Chicago.
The additions of Bryan Allen and Cory Stillman have proved positive. Allen blocked an impressive five shots last night against the Sabres. Stillman has bolted out of Carolina’s gates swing’in with two goals in four games.