Chicago Blackhawks: Sunday Battle with Rival Wings’ as Big as It Gets

April 9th, 2011 by Joe Favia Leave a reply »
Not since the Twins-White Sox play-in game for the AL Central title a couple years ago has Chicago had such a meaningful regular season game come along for one of its sports teams.

The Blackhawks/Red Wings game on Sunday morning will see a capacity crowd at the United Center cheer on the defending champions in a game that could make or break their playoff chances.

When broken down, the particulars and what-ifs are fairly simple.

The Blackhawks need a win or have to take the game into overtime against the veteran Red Wings. It will be a playoff atmosphere that will test the resolve of Corey Crawford. The young goalie has been brilliant as of late, when the team has needed him most.

The Red Wings do not have that much to play for in terms of dire need for a win. But, they will no doubt like to knock out their chief rival and make them the first team in five years to not make the playoffs after raising the Cup the previous year.

The Red Wings have been outstanding on the road this season, and it has been a big reason that they won the division and are already looking at a first-round matchup with the Los Angeles Kings.
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