The 6-3-3 Chicago Blackhawks are anxious to play some hockey on Sunday. Since their 6-2 win on Monday night, Chicago has had five days off. They’ll play the Calgary Flames on Sunday 11/8. Monday’s win over the Avalanche was the third straight for the Blackhawks who have had no trouble putting the puck in the net lately. The Blackhawks have outscored their opponents 15-7 in the last three games.
The Blackhawks will play their next four games at home. After hosting the Flames on Sunday the Boston Bruins will come in on Wednesday 11/12. Blackhawks tickets are available for all upcoming home games.
The Chicago Blackhawks got their fifth win of the year in a 4-3 shoot-out with the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Blackhawks started the 3rd period with a 2-1 lead on 1st and 2nd period goals by Patrick Sharp and Brent Seabrook. The Blue Jackets continued to pressure the Blackhawks and were able to score twice in the 3rd. Havlat would add the 3rd goal for Chicago on a power play.
Overall the Blue Jackets hammered the net with shots, shooting on goal 51 times. Huet’s 48 stops were the most in his NHL career. Jonathan Toews was the lone goal scorer in the OT shoot-out securing the win for Chicago.
Chicago Blackhawks tickets are available for all remaining games at the United Center. Check out some upcoming Blackhawks games below.
Chicago Blackhawks Upcoming Games:
Blackhawks vs Avalanche 11/3
Blackhawks vs Flames 11/9
Blackhawks vs Bruins 11/12
Blackhawks vs Blues 11/14
Blackhawks vs Sharks 11/16
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers have curbed their usually hectic touring schedule for the past two years. 2008 however is shaping up to be a big year for the group. A Summer tour is now in the works with dates set from May through August with dates covering most of North America. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers tickets are set to go onsale a day after the band plays the Super Bowl XLII Halftime show. Demand for this tour is expected to be great especially on the heels of their Super Bowl appearance and the 2007 release of the Peter Bogdonovich directed documentary of the band, “Running Down A Dream”.
Dates that have been confirmed for the 2008 Tom Petty Tour are listed below. Joining Tom Pettty & the Heartbreakers on this tour will be special guest Steve Winwood. Winwood is scheduled to open for the band throughout the tour. Ace Ticket already has Tom Petty tickets available for several stops on this 2008 tour.
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers 2008 Tour Schedule
May 30- Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, MI
May 31- The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, MI
June 03- Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON
June 05- Wachovia Center, Philadelphia, PA
June 08- Nissan Pavilion, Bristow, VA
June 10- Post-Gazette Pavilion, Burgettstown, PA
June 11- New England Dodge Music Center, Hartford, CT
June 13- TD Banknorth Garden, Boston, MA
June 14- Tweeter Center, Mansfield, MA
June 17- Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
June 18- Prudential Center, Newark, NJ
June 21- Darien Lakes Performing Arts Center, Darien Center, NY
June 22- Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, OH
June 25- Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA
July 02- United Center, Chicago, IL
July 03- Verizon Wireless Music Center, Noblesville, IN
July 08- Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH
July 09- Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park, Atlanta, GA ****
July 11- Charlotte Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Charlotte, NC
July 12- Walnut Creek Amphitheatre, Raleigh, NC
July 15- BankAtlantic Center, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
July 16- St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, FL
July 19- TBD, Denver, CO ****
July 20- Quest Center Omaha, Omaha, NE
July 22- Sprint Center, Kansas City, MO
July 23- Target Center, Minneapolis, MN
August 07- Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Maryland Heights, MO
August 09- MTS Centre, Winnipeg, MB
August 11- Pengrowth Saddledome, Calgary, AB
August 12- Rexall Place, Edmonton, AB
August 15- The Gorge, George, WA
August 16- The Gorge, George, WA
August 20- Jobing.com Arena, Glendale, AZ ****
August 22- Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Irvine, CA
August 23- TBD, San Francisco, CA ****
August 26- Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Selma, TX
August 27- American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
August 29- Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Woodlands, TX
Recap – It’s always tough to have a winning percentage above .500 and to still be in last place in your division. Welcome to the world of the Chicago Blackhawks. Recently, goaltender Patrick Lalime has stepped up to replace the original starting net-minder Nikolia Khabibulin. Prior to losing his starting job, Khabibulin had lost his last 6 decisions in net. In order for this team to win more games, they need a little more consistency from Lalime then what they were getting before he took over as the starter. Offensively, Chicago is not very flashy, but very consistent putting the puck in the net.
2nd Half – So far this season, rookie center Jonathan Towes has been phenomenal in his 36 games. With 15 goals and 17 assists, he is almost averaging a point a game, and he has the potential to keep that pace up the remainder of the year. He will be a great player for years to come and will be exciting to see if he can factor into a possible playoff stretch run for the Blackhawks.
Team Name: Chicago Blackhawks (23-22-4)
Central Division Standing: T-5th place
Conference Standing: T-12th place
Final Predictions – 5th in Central Division, 13th in Western Conference