On paper, thereÆs very little reason to think the ChicagoáBlackhawks will lose on Friday night when they host the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Hawks are playing well, have a powerful offense, and their defense has been outstanding. Toronto, meanwhile, has been outscored by more than one goal per game so far, doesnÆt play much defense, and has trouble scoring. Friday night should be a layup for the Hawksùwhich is why itÆs a dangerous trap game that could cost the Hawks points if they take Toronto for granted. Sunday night, which is also Jeremy Roenick Heritage Night at the United Center, the Hawks host the top team in the Western Conference, the San Jose Sharks. That game will serve as a good benchmark to close the first quarter of the season, letting the Hawks know how they stack up again ...
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