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#1 YzerFan19

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Posted December 31, 2008 - 09:54 AM

I'm kicking off this thread a day early 'cause it's a big deal.

Camera batteries are charging, travel plans are made, tickets are sitting on my desk. I'm ready.

The teams get to skate on the Wrigley Field ice today, reports on that should be coming in shortly.

The big storyline of the 'Hawks trying to catch the Wings in the standings is pretty much gone but you can bet that Chicago will want some payback after how they went down in Detroit.

Lineup notes thus far: Conklin gets his third outdoor start for his third different team. Lidstrom and Samuelsson expected to play but nothing's confirmed.

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Posted December 31, 2008 - 04:53 PM

According to Khan and MacLeod, Chris Chelios will be in the Red Wings' lineup for tomorrow's Winter Classic.

Malik quotes them both.

It's only fitting that he gets a chance to play. It's too bad that it'll come at the cost of one of the forwards. Like MacLeod, I think Mikael Samuelsson could be a convenient scratch if he's still battling the flu. If not Sammy, do you reward veteran Kirk Maltby by letting him play or do you keep Tomas Kopecky in the lineup as (in my opinion) he's been the better grinder this year?

#3 Mathieu_Datsyuk132351

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Posted December 31, 2008 - 08:10 PM

Man, I hate to be the downer, but I think Kirk Maltby should spend the rest of his career in the minors. But that would make me feel bad for the Griffins.

So, everyone keep their fingers crossed that he's the one out, if any :suspect:

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Posted January 01, 2009 - 06:46 AM

Winter-weather gear at the ready and tickets and camera in hand, I'm about to start my race to Chicago. As such, there'll probably be no more news-related posts from me until late tonight.

If the technology holds up, I'll try posting updates via Blackberry but I'll probably be doing so blind to anything else that's being posted so I won't be able to reply to questions or anything very well until I get back. We'll see how it all works out, I'm psyched however it goes down.

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Posted January 01, 2009 - 11:57 AM

Made it to Wrigley. Tons of Wings fans here. Very cold but I don't think its as bad as the Cold War.

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Posted January 01, 2009 - 12:52 PM

Every Wing is taking the pregame skate. I still don't know who's out.

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Posted January 01, 2009 - 01:17 PM

This is soooo cool. I wish I could've gone. The jerseys look good. :D Better than I imagined them. I really love how Detroit's socks look :D

Game should start soon!

That penalty was stupid. :suspect:

What a mother. 5 on 3 for the Hawks cause there were too many guys on the ice.

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Posted January 01, 2009 - 01:41 PM

Hawks get the first goal of the game on the powerplay. Scored by...Versteeg? :suspect: Is that his name?

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Posted January 01, 2009 - 01:44 PM

What a crap start to the Winter Classic by the wings. Two penalties then a Hawks goal. sh*t.

#10 Mathieu_Datsyuk132351

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Posted January 01, 2009 - 01:53 PM

Samuelsson ties it up on the powerplay! :suspect:

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Posted January 01, 2009 - 01:56 PM

Get in there Samuelsson!

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Posted January 01, 2009 - 01:58 PM

Lebda gets a delay of game penalty. =/

Ahahahahahaha! I just saw Babcock :suspect: He looks pretty schnazzy.

ed- Wow, NBC has a lag compared to CBC

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Posted January 01, 2009 - 02:00 PM

Havlat with another powerplay goal for the Hawks. Damn it ):

Lilja gets a penalty. This is kind of silly.

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Posted January 01, 2009 - 02:02 PM

Oh sh*t. Looks like it's all about the special teams today.

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Posted January 01, 2009 - 02:11 PM

3 - 1 Hawks now. Eager scored. Less than a minute left.

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Posted January 01, 2009 - 02:14 PM

Awful cheat by Conklin on the third goal.

Blackhawks fans next to us are great.

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Posted January 01, 2009 - 02:14 PM

Oh dear. Down 3-1 going into the first intermission.

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Posted January 01, 2009 - 02:34 PM

Hudler makes it 3 -2 :suspect:

Good start to the second period.

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Posted January 01, 2009 - 02:37 PM

Yes Hudler!

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Posted January 01, 2009 - 02:55 PM

Hudler gets his second to tie it up :suspect: Awesome.

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