It’s only been about four months since we last saw the Chicago Bulls and Chicago Blackhawks in action. This Friday, we get both in the same day. And thank God.
While I am excited to see the Chicago Bulls open up the preseason and the regular season in about a month, I don’t expect big things to happen this year. Ben Gordon signed with Detroit and replacing him is no easy task. He wasn’t the best defensively but when the team needed to make a comeback, he would come through more times than none. He was almost a guarenteed 20 points a game and when he was on, he was on. No doubt the Bulls are going to miss him. I fully expect them to make the playoffs but once again get eliminated in the first round by Orlando or Cleveland.
The Chicago Blackhawks are one of the top teams in the Western Conference. The concern seems to be circling around the mediocre, overpaid goalie Cristobal Huet and if he can play consistently this year. Injuries have already hit the team. Marian Hossa had surgery in the offseason and probably won’t be back until December and Adam Burish tore his ACL last week and will be out until March or April. Expectations are high though and they could be the favorites along with Detroit.
Another season of Pat Foley on the call with all 82 games being on TV is always fun. My earliest memories of Pat Foley was when he did the old NHL Games of The Week on FOX back in the mid-90′s. The guy is genuine and always speaks his mind. A good friend of mine e-mailed this video to me:
If you wanted to know how awful the Blackhawks franchise was earlier this decade, that video pretty much summed it up. Around that time, the Blackhawks had Theo Fluery who was a douche and Joclyn Thibault who reminds me of Cristobal Huet today: Bad.
If any of you are looking for a good Blackhawks website, check out http://www.hockeenight.com. I also have their link on the right side of the homepage.
The Blackhawks open up against the Florida Panthers in Helsinki, Finland at 11 a.m. Friday as well as Saturday on Comcast SportsNet. The Bulls open up the preseason at 6 p.m. Friday night against the Indiana Pacers on Comcast SportsNet Plus. It should be an exciting day.