The Chicago Blackhawks host the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight for their second preseason game. The Blackhawks are coming off a 2-0 victory over the Detroit Red Wings and are looking to carry that momentum on to tonight's game. The game will start at 7 pm. CT and will be aired on CSN-Chicago. It will also be aired on NHL Centre Ice if you have the sports package on your television.
Here are a few notes:
- Marian Hossa, who was listed on tonight's roster, aggravated an upper body injury and won't play in the team's next four preseason games. The team hopes he will be ready for the season opener.
- Jonathan Toews and Brandon Pirri will also be out of the lineup for the Blackhawks as they are both day-to-day with injuries. Toews should be back in the lineup this weekend.
- Sidney Crosby traveled with the Penguins to play in tonight's game. Evgeni Malkin did not make the trip
- With the Blackhawks roster down to 47 after the first set of cuts, the team will have more decisions to make after tonight's game
- Nikolai Khabibulin and Antti Raanta will be the Blackhawks goaltenders tonight. Khabibulin will get the start
- Keep an eye on forward Teuvo Teravainen. He has continued to impress this past offseason. Teravainen is supposed to head back to Europe for this upcoming season, but he is sure making a case for the Blackhawks to keep him around
Although this is still a preseason game, there will be some intriguing things to watch. Players will be battling to make the roster and some will start to stand out more than others. Also, the Blackhawks fans will get to see Sidney Crosby play in Chicago for the first time since his rookie season in 2006.
As always, we will continue to monitor the Blackhawks through the preseason.
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