The Chicago Blackhawks are back at the United Center tonight after a afternoon visit to Philly, and tonight they will be looking for some revenge against the Winnipeg Jets.
The first game for the Chicago Blackhawks on the circus trip was a forgettable one for sure. They made a stop to Jonathan Toews hometown of Winnipeg, and when they left Winnipeg they were soundly defeated by a score of 4-0.
The one thing about the Chicago Blackhawks is that no matter what happens on the road, they are one strong team on home ice. They are sporting a very nice 10-1-2 home ice record which is the second best in the Western Conference trailing only the St. Louis Blues 11-1-2 record.
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This is the kind of matchup that says the Hawks should dominate, because no matter how the Jets play on home ice in Winnipeg, they are very dreadful on the road holding a 3-8-2 record away from the MTS Centre.
The Jets do feature a goal scoring machine in rookie Patrik Laine who already has scored 15 times which leads the team. The Jets leading scorer though is Mark Scheifele who has 13 goals and 13 assists on the season. If the Hawks are going to keep the Jets losing on the road they will have to shut down these two Jets for starters that’s for sure.
If there is something for the Chicago Blackhawks to work on it has to be playing a 60 minute game. They routinely have one bad period a game usually being the opening period which makes the Hawks having to really push the play of the game for the final 40 minutes. They have been able to succeed with this formula, but it doesn’t sound like a plan that can last for an 82 game season.
We will see today if the Hawks can jump out early and beat down a bad road team in the Jets with some revenge to help things. Here are today’s listings for one of those great 6pm starts.