Blackhawks take their show out east tonight to take on the Buffalo Sabres (1-1-0) at HSBC Arena tonight at 6:00pm central time.
Patrick Kane will be suiting up in his hometown as a Blackhawk for the third time. He’s posted a goal and an assist in two games there in his career.
Last December, the Hawks exhibited a lackluster effort in Buffalo during a 2-1 loss to the Sabres. Patrick Sharp posted the lone Chicago tally. Clarke MacArthur (now with Toronto) and Thomas Vanek scored the goals for Buffalo.
Ex-Blackhawk Patrick Lalime got the start that night and did have to make 39 saves in the win. Cristobal Huet took the loss for the Hawks in a 31 save performance.
As for tonight’s game, Corey Crawford will make his season debut between the pipes for a Blackhawk team in the midst of four games in seven nights to start the ’10-11 season.
Chicago returns home Wednesday night to face division rival Nashville for the first time since knocking the Predators out of the playoffs in April. Nashville will have played just one game before Wednesday’s tilt, an impressive 4-1 drubbing of Anaheim before a capacity crowd at Bridgestone Arena.
Patrick Sharp says he will return to the lineup tonight after missing Saturday’s home opener against the Wings with a slight concussion.
I’m not sure what the difference between a slight concussion and simply a concussion is? Either you have one or you don’t. Considering all the problems NHL players are having these days with head trauma and information we’re learning about the long-term effects of head injuries, I’m absolutely certain all parties concerned, including Sharp, could afford to sit out another game or two and rest his brain.