Not much I can add to the injury report for Chicago that I did not have yesterday after in the Bruins postgame. Nikolai Khabibulin will make his first start since 2/11
and if the telecast was correct on Saturday Peter Mannino will start for New York.
Chicago comes in off a 5-3 loss on home ice to Columbus.
Last Five Games
Tue, Mar 3 Anaheim W 3-2
Sat, Mar 7 at Boston L 3-5
Sun, Mar 8 Colorado L 1-5
Wed, Mar 11 Carolina W 3-2
Fri, Mar 13 Columbus L 3-5
Points Patrick Kane 60
Goals Jonathan Toews 28
Assists Patrick Kane 38
PIM Ben Eager 130
Plus/Minus Duncan Keith 27
PP Goals Patrick Kane 12
SH Goals Kris Versteeg 4
Player Date Status Injury
P. Sharp C Feb 15, 2009 Injured Reserve Lower-body Injury
S. Pahlsson C Feb 2, 2009 Injured Reserve Mononucleosis
B. Sopel D Dec 26, 2008 Injured Reserve Upper-body Injury
The Hawks are 18-7-6 on their home ice, 3-3-1 in their last seven home games.
NYI Fan Central Comments:
Our old friend Aaron Johnson plays for the Blackhawks and for a while was in the top plus/minus players in the NHL and today sits at plus eighteen. Brent Sopel is keeping to his Islander trend being a non-factor.
Hawks have a very young team and in four games in a row have allowed three or more goals. The Islander prospects should see this as a statement game as to where they stack up with their young group vs Chicago who a year ago were a brutal team.
After how ineffective the Islanders were in Boston generating quality chances they should be very hungry for a big bounce-back game against a goalie working it's way back from injury and a team allowing goals.
Last time New York played in Chicago, Brad Shaw was coaching his first road game since replacing Steve Stirling on 1/17/2006.
Fair to say Kvasha's last overtime goal?