They face nine games prior to the Olympic break, and eight of them are on the road — including games at Detroit, Minnesota, Vancouver, San Jose, Los Angeles, and Anaheim.
In the NHL (and most other sports), rivalries are grown and cultivated by playoff series.
When the Blackhawks face the Coyotes in Phoenix Thursday night, they’ll once again be facing the man that has become public enemy No. 1 in Chicago: Raffi Torres.
Raffi Torres, who is currently appealing a 25-game suspension, reached out to Marian Hossa about a week after he delivered the illegal hit that knocked the Blackhawks’ winger out for the rest of the series.
Phoenix Coyotes forward Raffi Torres and the NHLPA will appeal the 25-game suspension he received for his hit that knocked Marian Hossa out of the playoffs.
Though many fans would want anyone but Stan Bowman doing the fixing, the guess here is that president John McDonough will give his general manager one more try and righting the Hawks wayward ship.
The Blackhawks should not go patting themselves on the back or giving themselves any points because they lost to a formidable opponent. It was a lost and ho-hum season.
When you look back on it, the 2011-2012 Blackhawks season was a pretty forgettable one.
Whether the captain was directing a telling postgame comment towards Stan Bowman or not, Blackhawks fans will hope the general manger catches wind of Toews’ message and takes action.
So what does Shaw’s return mean for the Hawks?
Brendan Shanahan explains why Raffi Torres got a 25-game suspension for his hit on Marian Hossa.
Phoenix Coyotes forward Raffi Torres has been suspended 25 games for his hit Tuesday night on Marian Hossa that resulted in the Blackhawks winger getting carried off the ice on a stretcher.
The series will now shift to Phoenix where the ‘Hawks must win to stay alive. The deficit, however, isn’t a shock to one Blackhawks expert.
670 The Score’s Dan McNeil says in the Chicago Tribune that the Blackhawks’ playoff series against the Phoenix Coyotes will go seven games, “if the Hawks can rally.”
The Coyotes are league owned and constantly battle rumors and reports of the team moving out of Glendale, Ariz.
Playoff hockey is supposed to be about speed, play-making and memorable goals.
The Blackhawks would be wise to leave revenge to the powers that be. Not only is violence, physicality, and goonery not their game, but they can’t afford to get in to an “eye for an eye” situation.
The Blackhawks are hoping to even the score in more ways than one in Game 4 against the Phoenix Coyotes at the United Center Thursday night.
Coyotes forward Raffi Torres has been suspended indefinitely for his hit on Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa Tuesday night.
Phoenix TV analyst Tyson Nash amazingly said “that is as clean of a hit as you are going to get.” Then, after many replays, Nash reiterates, “I don’t have a problem with this.”