Sunday, January 01, 2017

Winter Classic Preview

Two outdoor games down, two to go.  The next one comes right after the Centennial Classic, as the regular scheduled outdoor game, the Winter Classic, will go a day later than normal and it will feature a pretty good Central Division battle.

The Chicago Blackhawks will take on the St. Louis Blues at Busch Stadium, the home of the Cardinals.

Yes, it's the Blackhawks... again!  The NHL wants to sell tickets and the Hawks do just that.  Both of these teams are playing pretty well this season, so it should make for a pretty good game, one would assume.

Chicago St. Louis
Benson Alex Pietrangelo
Brenda & Seward Niklas Hjalmarsson
Clayton Patrick Kane
Dale C. Artemi Panarin
Derek B. Vladimir Tarasenko
Jay Bouwmeester
Derek W. Jonathan Toews
Eric Jaden Schwartz
Paul Stastny
Jeremy Brent Seabrook Alex Steen
Kristy & Don David Perron
Kevin Shattenkirk
Marcin Artem Anisimov
Corey Crawford
Mike Jake Allen
Ryan Richard Panik
Scott Scott Darling
Stacey C. Marian Hossa
Stuart Brian Campbell Robby Fabbri
Duncan Keith Carter Hutton
Tony Colton Parayko

So, there's our lineup in the hockey pool, leading up to the big game tomorrow.  Marian Hossa has been confirmed as being out, much to the chagrin of Stacey C., who hasn't had much luck this weekend.

Marcie won't have any help to defend her lead, but it also doesn't look likely that Scott will have any help either, as it will be Marcin's goalie who should be getting the start for the Chicago Blackhawks.  Marcin, opens the day, tied for 2nd in the outdoor games mini game, 3 points back of Marcie, and has two key figures for the road team.

Stuart, who has yet to see any action outside this season, will have three skaters going and will also have a back-up goalie sitting on the bench, just in case.  His team could find a way to both get on the board and make some noise.

Jeremy, Kristy & Don and Derek B. will also have a pair of players going and Derek is still yet to see any action in these outdoor games as well, so he'll need a big effort from his guys, if he wants to play in the money talk.

Now that we've had some action already, it's all unfolding and getting interesting.

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