It probably doesn't mean that much to the rest of the sporting world, but the Blackhawks are taking on the Penguins tonight on Versus. The Blackhawks are my favorite team, which you probably know if you've read this blog at all. The Penguins happen to be my brother's. They've both been very good the past several years, and this year is no exception. Right now in the overall NHL standings, Chicago is first and Pittsburgh is tenth. Being from different conferences, it's not really a rivalry game or anything, but one I like to circle on my calendar for personal reasons.
Chicago has won the past few, and I don't expect tonight to be any different. Pittsburgh has been keeping the ship afloat, no doubt, but they are certainly battling some injury woes that would put a lesser team into the basement.* The Penguins will be missing Sidney Crosby,** Jordan Staal, Kris Letang, and Paul Martin, who have all scored at least ten points this season. The only major Chicago injury is Brent Seabrook. He's listed as questionable after taking a big hit against Calgary. Which, again, I didn't see because of some inane decision at WGN.
*I'm looking at you, Colts. I knew losing Peyton would be bad, but what looks like a 1-15 season? That's shameful.
**I'm sure you've heard of him, regardless of your level of hockey interest.
If I've piqued your interest, the puck drops at 7:30 Eastern. On Versus, which you can find on channel 603 on DirecTV. It'll be one of your last chances to watch Versus before it's rechristened NBC Sports, which is a move I honestly don't like. That's such a boring name. But, if it lends some weight to the channel, I suppose I can't argue it.