Ray Emery will get the start and it will be reunion timeagain when the Chicago Blackhawks host the Florida Panthers at the United Centeron Wednesday night.Its a first-time return to Chicago for a few ex-Blackhawks, includingBrian Campbell, Tomas Kopecky, Kris Versteeg and Jack Skille. Jonathan Toewssaid he caught up with Versteeg and Skille briefly on Thursday night. Buttoday, its back to business for both teams. The Blackhawks are one point outof first in the West and Central, again, and the Panthers are looking to takeover the Southeast Division.Theres some added motivation with some former teammatesand its probably the same for them, too, Toews said. For both teams, theresa lot of motivation in standings. We want to get back to first place andtheyre battling to get to the top of their division. The last couple of gamesare big for both teams going into the break here.The Blackhawks have won four of their last five games andhave gotten points in six straight. The Panthers are 1-2-3 in their last sixgames entering tonights contest.Patrick Kane expects a spirited game.We played in Atlantalast year against a lot of guys on our team the year before, and its almostlike its not a real hockey game, he said. Youre laughing and joking outthere. At the same time you want to beat them, too. Its different, but fun.
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The Blackhawks have banned the four fans — who were ejected from Saturday's game against the Washington Capitals for their racist remarks towards Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly — from future home games.
On Monday, a Blackhawks spokesperson released this statement:
We have contacted the select individuals involved in the incident on Saturday to notify them that they are no longer welcome at our home games. Racist comments and other inappropriate behavior are not tolerated by the Chicago Blackhawks.
The Blackhawks also wanted to remind fans that they can alert security at the United Center by texting the following to 69050: UCASSIST <SPACE> followed by the seating section, row and a brief description of the issue.