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Seeking a win, Hawks go with Emery vs. Preds

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Seeking a win, Hawks go with Emery vs. Preds

NASHVILLE John Scott will be in and Ray Emery will start in net when the Chicago Blackhawks play the Nashville Predators tonight at Bridgestone Arena.

The Blackhawks are back in the building where their eight-game winless streak began on Jan. 21. An ugly goal, a good first period, an early lead the Blackhawks are looking for something, anything, to turn this skid around. And why not snap it where it started?

We could use all the terms that are necessary right now: we need one badly, coach Joel Quenneville said. We look back, it started right here before the break. We were going along pretty well there. We need more pace to our game. Thats the one thing thats not where it needs to be.

Forward Jamal Mayers said we have to get grittier and dirtier. The reality is, its that fine balance between desperation and smart hockey. We have to find that balance.

Brendan Morrison will be a healthy scratch for the second time since the Blackhawks acquired him during the All-Star Break. Scott will be in, likely at forward, and Sami Lepisto will play in his third consecutive game.

As hard as the Blackhawks are working to change things around on the ice, theyre working hard to keep their chins up off it. Not easy, but players say they need to bolster each other.

You have to trick yourself that you feel great and that youre confident because everybody is going to need that from each other, Mayers said. This is a time when we can lean on each other and find small positives and grow form there.

Getting a win wont hurt, either.

We need a little bit more swagger than we have now and I dont even know if swaggers the word, Quenneville said. We need more excitement in our game and in each other.

Blackhawks Talk Podcast: After 20 games, do we know the identity of this Blackhawks team?

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: After 20 games, do we know the identity of this Blackhawks team?

On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast Tracey Myers and Jamal Mayers join Pat Boyle to discuss the teams wins over the Rangers and Penguins.  Have they figured some things out and what is the identity of this team after 20 games?

Jammer weighs in on Artem Anisimov’s big week and are there enough Hawks committed to net front presence?  They also discuss the surging play of the blue liners and did the Hawks fail to send a message to Evgeni Malkin, after he kneed Corey Crawford in the head?

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Did the Bears technically "win" on Sunday?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Did the Bears technically "win" on Sunday?

David Haugh (Chicago Tribune), Adam Jahns (Chicago Sun-Times) and Patrick Finley (Chicago Sun-Times) join Kap on the panel.  Kap is happy that Mitch Trubisky played ok and John Fox’s team lost again.  The panel disagrees.

Plus Leonard Floyd doesn’t have an ACL tear…. Yet. Should the Bears shut him down even if he gets good news?