Friday, November 14, 2003

GameDay: @ Chicago (6-7-1-0), 8:30

Tonight is the second of six meetings this season between these two Original Six rivals and their second meeting in four days. The Wings are on a two game winning streak, starting when they beat the Hawks 3-0 on Monday. Chicago, however, is on a three game losing streak, which started when they lost to the Avs on Sunday and includes a 6-2 loss to the Flames on Wednesday at home. The Wings will look to take advantage of that slide and post another one in the win column tonight before moving on to the Wild tomorrow in Minnesota. Expect a well played game, as usually is the case when two O6 teams meet. The Hawks will be without their #1 goalie, Jocelyn Thibault (out indefinitely with a hamstring injury), again. Other notable Blackhawk scratches are Eric Daze (back) and Alexei Zhamnov (back). Steve Yzerman is listed as questionable for tonight in the paper today, after skipping practice yesterday because of his knee. Dominik should make the start for the Wings. "The Utility Line" (ask Dave Lewis...) will not be broken up, apparently. Williams will still center Thomas and Bootland in tonight's game and if they have anything like the energy they had the other night, they should have another good game. Thomas played for the Hawks last year before he was traded to the Ducks at the deadline (the same day Chicago was travelling out West to play the Ducks, strangely enough) and he'll hopefully have the same jump he had the other night. This is a very good opportunity for the Wings to get a win and continue their climb back up in the standings.


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