By Brad Vandenberk
Now that the trade deadline has come and gone, it’s time to get down to business and make the final push for the playoffs.
The Hawks only acquisition before 3pm EST Wednesday, was Michal Handzus from the San Jose Sharks. He made a great first impression on Thursday in Chicago winning important face offs and proving to Stan Bowman that his only deal was a good one.
Today was a trip to Smashville to play the pesky Predators. Although the Preds are on the outside of the playoffs looking in, they still give the Hawks trouble when they meet. This would be the second meeting between these teams within five days and this game is the first of a home and home series with the Preds invading the UC on Sunday evening.
Dave Bolland and Patrick Sharp did not make the flight to Nashville and it is still undetermined when they will return to the line up.