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Burish gearing up for matchup with Hawks

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Burish gearing up for matchup with Hawks

Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010
4:50 PM

By Tracey Myers
CSNChicago.com

Adam Burish was giving a little preview of what he may say on the ice tomorrow, when he faces his former Chicago Blackhawks teammates. But not too much of one.

"Lot of stuff like that going on, inside jokes, some I'll share with you, some I probably won't," said the former Blackhawks forward who's fitting in just fine with the Dallas Stars this season. "There are going to be a lot of laughs, a lot of smiles and we'll crack a few jokes. It's not going to be teary-eyed or anything like that, I'm not just getting macho with you guys. It's just going to be fun."

Burish had plenty of that last season as part of the Blackhawks' Stanley Cup run. He's not doing too bad in that category thus far this season with the Stars, who had won seven in a row prior to their 3-2 shootout loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday night.

For Burish, the reunion is bittersweet. He had that "weird" feeling as soon as he got into Chicago, and he'll probably feel a little bit of that tomorrow night again.

Still, it's a chance to get and take a good ribbing from his former teammates.

"I can't wait to get against (Patrick Sharp)," said Burish, who planned to have dinner with seven or eight Blackhawks Tuesday night. "I was looking forward to playing (Patrick Kane). I told him he must've gotten the Burish flu. I told (Duncan Keith) I'm going to chase him around the corner and give him the business."

The Blackhawks, meanwhile, continue on their carousel of seeing former players -- the only one remaining, after tomorrow night, is Kris Versteeg of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Defenseman Brian Campbell figures he'll hear Burish on the ice.

"He's just going to talk, talk, talk. We know him better than he knows himself," he said. "It'll be good. I'm happy for Adam, he's playing a lot of minutes. I'm really happy he got a pretty good contract and a team where he's getting an opportunity."

Stars center Steve Ott, another one known for his chirping, has been Burish's linemate for a few recent games. Ott said Burish has brought plenty.

"He brings a lot to the table," Ott said. "He's got a great personality and he just adds to our core. He makes our team more vocal."

The memories will come flooding back for Burish tomorrow night, when he'll have about 20 family and friends for the game. Burish is getting more settled on his new team. But those days with the Blackhawks will stay in his memory for good.

"When you win a championship, it's a fun moment we'll have forever. I won a college championship and I remember all those guys," he said. "When you win a championship, you're friends forever."

Tracey Myers is CSNChicago.com's Blackhawks Insider. Follow Tracey on Twitter @TramyersCSN for up-to-the-minute Hawks information.

Three Things to Watch: Blackhawks collide with Senators

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Three Things to Watch: Blackhawks collide with Senators

Here are Three Things to Watch when the Blackhawks take on the Ottawa Senators tonight on NBC Sports Chicago and streaming live on the NBC Sports app. Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. with Blackhawks Pregame Live.

1. Trade chips.

The Blackhawks have reached the point in their season where they have no choice but to become sellers before the Feb. 26 deadline, and we saw that when they traded Michal Kempny to the Washington Capitals on Monday for a conditional third-round pick in 2018. Tommy Wingels could also be an attractive piece for a team looking to fill out their depth.

The Senators will definitely be sellers, and wow do they have some names potentially on the market that can fetch large returns: Derrick Brassard and Mike Hoffman are two players who log top-six minutes on a nightly basis and also have term left on their contract, which is great for teams looking to load up for this year and beyond.

The biggest name to watch, probably in the league altogether, is Erik Karlsson, who could be on the move if a team offers a big enough package for the Senators to pull the trigger now as opposed to in the offseason if they feel him re-signing is a long shot. He was the best defenseman last season, and if a team steps up to get him, they're getting two possible postseason runs out of him.

2. Artem Anisimov's experiment at left wing not working.

Joel Quenneville has tried rekindling the magic between Anisimov, Nick Schmaltz and Patrick Kane as of late, only this time Anisimov is playing the wing and it just hasn't been very effective. The trio was on the ice for each of the two 5-on-5 goals the Kings scored on Monday, and Anisimov completely lost his man on the first one.

It's important to establish a consistent left winger for Schmaltz and Kane, and maybe putting Alex DeBrincat up there is something you consider going forward as part of a long-term solution. Move Anisimov back down as the third-line center to play in more of a defensive role and continue using his big body on power plays for his offensive abilities might be the best bet.

3. Win the special teams battle.

In their last meeting against Ottawa on Jan. 9, the Blackhawks went 4-for-6 on the power play and 4-on-4 on the penalty kill in an 8-2 win. And those are two areas to look out for again.

The Senators own the 28th-ranked power play with a 16.1 percent success rate and 29th-ranked penalty kill with a 74.5 percent success rate. Get ready for another offensive outburst?

Podcast: Which Blackhawks could be on the move before trade deadline?

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Podcast: Which Blackhawks could be on the move before trade deadline?

On the latest Blackhawks Talk Podcast, Adam Burish and Pat Boyle discuss which Blackhawks could be on the trading block and what players are building blocks for the Hawks future.

Burish also shares a couple memorable trade deadline days and his “near” return to the Blackhawks in 2012. Plus, he makes his bold trade deadline prediction for the Hawks.

Listen to the full Blackhawks Talk Podcast right here: