CHICAGO – Today’s 11:30 a.m. start time between the Blackhawks and Red Wings evoked fond memories for Hawks forward Patrick Sharp.
“When I was in the minors, we used to play 11 o’clock games and 10:30 [a.m.] games and bring out kids from the schools to fill the stands,” Sharp said Saturday.
The Hawks should have no trouble filling the stands for today’s game. They will face the division rival Wings in a game that will be nationally televised on NBC.
“It’s exciting,” Hawks winger Patrick Kane said. “It’s a big game for us. We want to prove to ourselves that we can beat this team against their full lineup.”
If that required an early bedtime Saturday night, so be it.
“I kind of treat it as a practice,” Sharp said.
“You get up, you have breakfast, and you go to the rink just like you do every other day. But with a national TV game, I think once it starts, everybody will be fired up.”
Hawks activate Burish: The Hawks activated Adam Burish off injured reserve Saturday, but the winger will not be in this morning’s lineup against Detroit.
Burish injured his knee in the preseason and has missed all 64 games. He returned to practice several weeks ago and is eager to come back for the playoff stretch.
Burish, 27, scored six goals with three assists and 93 penalty minutes in 66 games last season. He has 10 goals and 309 penalty minutes in 156 games with the Hawks.
In the net: Cristobal Huet will make his third consecutive start this morning in goal.
Huet stopped 23 of 26 shots in Friday’s win over the Vancouver Canucks. He has won back-to-back starts and has a record of 26-12-4 this season despite recent struggles.
Huet is 2-2-1 with an .881 save percentage and a 3.14 goals against average in five career games against the Wings.