God, I miss Chicago Stadium. The noise, the small rink, the organ, the best anthem in sports, the goal horn that knocked you out of your seat, the vermin and roaches. The only meeting of the season between these two Original Sixes. Sad that the rivalry is a victim of the unbalanced schedule. But I never liked the balanced sked that gave you fewer games against New Jersey, Philly and the Islanders, and more games against the Predators, the Wild and the Flames.
Anyway, it’s a game night. To update: Redden and Brashear are back in. Dubinsky still not ready to return. Voros, Lisin and Heikkinen all get prucha’d, and Heikkinen will probably be going back to Hartford if Redden is OK tonight.
In case you missed it, Mark Messier was named GM for the Canadian team at the world championships next spring. Not to belittle, but I’ve always considered the world championships to a bit of a misnomer, since most of the best players in the world and the best teams in the world are playing for a championship far more important at the same time.
Here are tonight’s pregame notes. See youse during the game.