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About the Blackhawks - 2-27-09

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

A preview of the Blackhawks.

When and where: 8:30 p.m., United Center.

TV: FSN Pittsburgh, CSN Chicago.

Record: 34-17-8, 76, points. The Blackhawks are in second place in the Central Division and fourth place in the Western Conference.

Leading Scorer: Patrick Kane (right), 54 points (20 goals, 34 assists).

Last Game: 5-3 loss at Nashville, Tuesday. Brian Campbell had two assists for Chicago.

Last Game against the Penguins: 5-4 road shootout loss, Feb. 14, 2007. Erik Christensen and Evgeni Malkin scored shootout goals. On a personal note, this was the very first game we ever blogged. The Ruutus were brothers something like 292 times.

Blackhawks Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Martin Havlat. He has points in six consecutive games.

Ex-Penguins on the Blackhawks: Marc Bergevin, assistant coach; Scotty Bowman, senior advisor, hockey operations; Norm Maciver, director of player development; Troy Murray, broadcaster; director of player development; Ed Olczyk, broadcaster; Dale Tallon, general manager.

Ex-Blackhawks on the Penguins: Tom Fitzgerald, assistant coach; Ed Johnston, senior advisor, hockey operations; Gilles Meloche, goaltending coach.

Useless Blackhawks Trivia: Blackhawks hall-of-fame goaltender Tony Esposito served as the Penguins' general manager from April 4, 1988 until Dec. 5, 1989. His best move unquestionably in that position was a trade Nov. 12, 1988 that sent defenseman Doug Bodger, forward Darrin Shannon and a third-round pick in the 1990 draft to the Sabres in exchange for goaltender Tom Barrasso who became the Penguins' career leader in almost every goaltending statistic of note.

Best Blackhawks YouTube Video We Could Find: Penguins fans and Blackhawks fans (including Jeremy Piven) can agree on one thing:

Notes:

-Marc-Andre Fleury (22-16-4, 2.88 GAA, .908 SV%) and Cristobal Huet (17-12-3, 2.32 GAA, .915 SV%) are the expected starters in net.

-Introducing Chris Kunitz (right).

-Kunitz might have to wait in order to get a shot on Sidney Crosby's line. Crosby's questionable due to his groin injury.

-Crosby did not practice yesterday.

-Forward Patrick Sharp, the Blackhawks top goal-scorer with 23, is out due to a knee injury. Additionally, goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin (groin) and defenseman Brent Sopel ("upper body") are also on injured reserve.

-A day after being demoted for conditioning purposes, goaltender Antti Niemi was recalled from Rockford of the AHL.

-A Penguins win would give Chicago its first three-game losing streak of the season.

-The Blackhawks are really pushing the Ticket Exchange on their Web site for some odd reason. The very first thing you see when you visit the site is a advertisement for tickets which are available to the game tonight through the service. We're not saying it's odd that they're trying to create a larger demand for tickets against a high-profile opponent. It's just that we don't really see any other team pushing Ticket Exchange this much.

-Our live blog begins at approximately 8:30 p.m. Please tune in.

(Photos: Kane-Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images; Kunitz-Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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