Preseason Gameday 2 – Blackhawks

Chicago Blackhawks (0-1-0) @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1-0-0)

7:00 pm/et

TV: ROOT Sports


CONSOL Energy Center

Season Series: 0-0-0

Last Meeting: February 20, 2011. Blackhawks won 3-2 [SO]

What we said in our recap:

In a game that was critical to the Blackhawks, the Pens hung on to the bitter end. In the years before the Pens and Hawks started shooting to stardom, we saw the Hawks as a mirror image of the Pens, in terms of building through the draft, plugging holes with some tick turds making plays, and solid defense. The only parts that aren't similar: the egregious Brian Campbell contract and the fact that even some of the Blackhawks players don't know who their goalie is. Can't really find a reason to despise the Hawks. The Marian Hossa hate should've subsided when the Cup was raised in Detroit.

Know Your Enemy: Blackhawks Down Low

What they're saying:

Well friends, the time has come live hockey is back. It might be preseason and it might be a shit show, but it’s better than watching the cubs and white sox out terrible each other every night.


Pittsburgh Penguins Notes:

Sidney Crosby didn't practice today. It's no big deal.

The Pens reduced their roster by 13 players including Simon Despres and Philip Samuelsson. Despres didn't even get a preseason game.

Civic Arena demolition could begin on Monday. Happy Birthday.

Chicago Blackhawks Notes:

Marian Hossa is back with the Hawks after missing time to have a baby and attend Pavol Demitra's funeral.

The Hawks lost to the Oilers in their preseason opener.

Gibsonia native Brandon Saad will play his first game tonight.


Favorite Blackhawks-Related Image, Photoshop or Gif:

"It's the Chicago Blackhawks man!"

Pittsburgh Penguins Lines from

Tyler Kennedy – Jordan Staal – Nick Johnson
Eric Tangradi – Mark Letestu– Colin McDonald
Matt Cooke – Bryan Lerg – Craig Adams
Steven MacIntyre – Zach Sill – Keven Veilleux

Alexandre Picard – Zbynek Michalek 

Brian Strait – Deryk Engelland
Ben Lovejoy – Scott Harrington
Brent Johnson
Scott Munroe

Cooke is back! How long before he tries to kill someone?

Chicago Blackhawks Lines from

Bryan Bickell
Brandon Bollig
Daniel Carcillo
Christopher DiDomenico
Byron Froese
Michael Frolik
Rob Klinkhammer
Peter LeBlanc
Brett Mclean
Brandon Pirri
Brandon Saad
Andrew Shaw
Brian Connelly
Shawn Lalonde
Joe Lavin
Nick Leddy
Sami Lepisto
Sean O'Donnell
John Scott
Alexander Salak
Ray Emery

Yeah, no one's playing. No idea what the lines are. Carcillo sucks. When did Ray Emery join the Blackhawks?

Cooke is back. Tangradi is in. Both have something to prove. The Blackhawks are resting everyone. No idea what's going to happen.

Gizmo's back too, also after a long exile. This could be a make-or-break game for him.

Do It.

Go Pens.