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PREVIEW: Blackhawks @ Ducks: No Shootout, Please

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Everyone is still mad about that shootout, right?

Anaheim Ducks v Chicago Blackhawks Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Game #21

Chicago Blackhawks @ Anaheim Ducks

Friday, November 25th, 2016 1:00 PM PST

Honda Center

TV: Prime

Radio: AM 830, AnaheimDucks.com

Your Enemy: Second City Hockey

Let’s try to forget about the last game, shall we? Why? Because, it will only lead to more confusion-driven angst. We all saw what happened. The refs (and the situation room) apparently did not. Moving on.

It’s the annual tradition of the Hawks visiting on Black Friday - complete with a stupidly early start time.

The Hawks began the month with 5 straight wins before dropping an OT decider to Washington. They have had almost eerily similar blowout losses to the likes of Winnipeg and Edmonton among tight one goal and OT wins as well as losses in the games since. In their most recent contest, Chicago lost to San Jose Wednesday night - a game in which Jonathan Toews left midway through the second and did not return. He is questionable for tonight's game with an “upper body” injury.

The Ducks, meanwhile, have declared Sami Vatanen will be able to go after the mid-game flu bout that saw him miss action during the Islanders game. The team has also called up newly acquired winger/center Logan Shaw. He was taking line rushes with the fourth line in practice, so maybe Jared Boll finally gets scratched? Or will it be Wagner? The young center has been struggling mightily of late.

John Gibson will return to the net and will face Corey Crawford at the other end. If Toews is indeed out, then that makes the defensive job that much easier; with the Kesler line likely to be matched up against Kane’s line, leaving the top line free to skate without Toews shadowing them.

Track That Trade: Notable players the Ducks have dealt to or acquired from the Hawks over the years>

  • Josef Marha (traded 1999 for future considerations)
  • Steve “Stumpy” Thomas acquired March 11 2003 for 2003 5th round pick (they took Alexei Ivanov)
  • Travis Moen acquired July 30 2005 for Michael Holmqvist
  • James Wisniewski and Petri Kontola for Sammy Pahlsson, Logan Stephenson a 2009 4th round pick.