Monday, March 28, 2011Posted: 12:08 p.m.
By Tracey Myers
The Chicago Blackhawks will be facing a new goaltender tonight in Detroits Joey MacDonald. And what they want against him is something that was missing against the Anaheim Ducks: traffic.
The Blackhawks continue their must-win stretch run against the Red Wings tonight, as they enter the evening eighth in the Western Conference.
In their 2-1 loss to Anaheim, the Blackhawks werent nuisances to goaltender Ray Emery much. That has to change against MacDonald, whos facing the Blackhawks for the first time in his career.
We want to have a lot of shots, a lot of traffic at the net and give him a hard time seeing pucks, coach Joel Quenneville said this morning. We didnt do a good job of that last time, so we have to make sure (MacDonald) has a tough job looking through the traffic.
Corey Crawford will look for victory No. 30 tonight; Crawford is 2-1-0 vs. the Red Wings this season. Johan Franzen is back in the Red Wings lineup tonight but Pave Datsyuk is out.
Tracey Myers is CSNChicago.com's Blackhawks Insider. Follow Tracey on Twitter @TramyersCSN for up-to-the-minute Hawks information.
On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle, Slavko Bekovic and Charlie Roumeliotis react to the Olli Maatta trade and how this impacts the Blackhawks' defensive group. Is this the first of more moves to come?
The guys then break down their top-three candidates for the Blackhawks at No. 3 overall and predict who the pick will be on Friday. They also discuss how the Blackhawks' selection may impact the offseason and the big picture going forward.
0:40 – Initial reaction to the Olli Maatta trade
3:45 – How Maatta fits with the Blackhawks
7:45 – Filling Dominik Kahun’s spot
10:00 – Maatta’s contract situation
11:00 – Our top-3 draft predictions
18:30 – Official predictions on who the Blackhawks will pick
24:30 – Is there a wrong pick in the top 10?
27:30 – If the Blackhawks don’t pick D, the forward is…?
29:30 – How the Blackhawks selections shape the offseason
Listen to the entire podcast here or in the embedded player below.
Blackhawks Talk Podcast
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U.S. Open champion Gary Woodland used to be a basketball star. Then he ran into Kirk Hinrich.
Woodland, who won the 119th U.S. Open Championship on Sunday at Pebble Beach, shared a story about how he transitioned from basketball to golf.
Woodland was attending Washburn University in Kansas, and as a freshman in 2002 he and the Ichabods played the Kansas Jayhawks in an exhibition game.
It was during that game - a 101-66 Kansas victory - that Woodland said he realized he wasn't going to make it as a hooper.
"That decision got forced on me,” Woodland told reporters after his U.S. Open victory. "I had to guard Kirk Hinrich, and I realized, I’m going to have to do something else."
No one can blame Woodland for feeling that way. That Jayhawks team went on to win 30 games and, behind Hinrich and Nick Collison, advanced to the national championship game where they lost to freshman star Carmelo Anthony and Syracuse.
Hinrich went on to become the 7th overall pick in the historic 2003 NBA Draft and played 13 NBA seasons with the Bulls, Hawks and Wizards.
Woodland, ironically, transferred to the University of Kansas as a sophomore and joined the golf team. The rest is history for the major championship winner.