The Blackhawks placed Toews on IR today and recalled Brandon Pirri from Rockford for tonight's rematch against the Predators. BTW, did you know that Pirri is leading the Ice Hogs in scoring?
While it is hard to imagine the Hawks playing without their #1 guy, it hurts even more against the Preds, and even more following the last outing. However, it will give us a chance to see this year's squad without their captain in action.
Sadly, my expectations are low. A loss could place the Hawks into the number 4 spot in just their division, and would mean 6th in the conference going into the Allstar break, which isn't very far from where they were last year at this point. I know, it is tough out there right now.
Detroit currently has 3 points on the Hawks, and a loss could make it 5.
Pirri centered a line of himself, Hayes and Brunette during practice. This means that we will see a lot of changes in the line-combos, and of course has me doubting. If it were my call, I would throw Pirri right into Toews' spot on the 1st line. Call me crazy, but I like what I see from Pirri, and I would avoid making too many changes. Who then centers the first line? Well, Im not sure Kruger is up for the challenge, but that would be my guess at this point.
It is still uncertain, but Toews might be healthy in time for the Canucks game that would start off their 9 game road trip. If he is not healthy, then I will be concerned.
Good luck Pirri, and good luck Hawks.
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