The Chicago Blackhawks and the Phoenix Coyotes meet for the second time this season on Thursday, February 7. The Blackhawks knocked off the Coyotes 6-4 on January 20 in their first get together but their second meeting will have a feeling of vengeance permeating through Jobing.com Arena.
Torres struck Hossa in the head with an illegal check during Game 3 of the 2012 Stanley Cup quarterfinals. Hossa was taken off the ice on a stretcher and was transported to a local hospital by an ambulance. Later that night he was released from the hospital but did not play for the rest of the season. It was determined that he suffered a concussion from Torres’ check.
"It's a thing you don't forget,” Hossa said in an ESPN report. “Like I said, you know I move the page, and it's another season. I just try to focus on my game.”
"'It's just another game. ... I think it's going to be a normal game. I don't expect anything."
Torres was suspended for 21-games and missed the remainder of the playoffs. He served the rest of his suspension this season and returned to action on February 2 against the Dallas Stars.
Hossa and the Blackhawks will have their hands full as they try to score against Coyotes goalie Mike Smith. The Coyotes are 2-0-1 since Smith returned from injured reserved. In those three-games Smith has allowed 4-goals and has stopped 59 of 63 shots, a .937 save percentage.
Of course the Blackhawks are sitting on top of the world and the Western Conference with a 8-0-2 record. Phoenix has been playing well lately, not as well as Chicago, but their recent surge has lead to points in their last five-games and improved their record to 4-4-2.
On Thursday, February 6 the Phoenix Coyotes will host the Chicago Blackhawks at Jobing.com Arena. The puck is scheduled to drop at 7 p.m. (MT)
4-4-2 (10 pts) 3rd in the Pacific Division and 8th in the Western Conference
2012-13 Team Leaders
Points: Radim Vrbata (10)
Goals: Lauri Korpikoski (4)
Assists: Vrbata (7)
Wins: Mike Smith (2)
Goals against average: Chad Johnson (.98 GAA)
8-0-2 (18 pts) 1st in the Central Division and 1st in the Western Conference
2012-13 Team Leaders
Points: Patrick Kane (15)
Goals: Marian Hossa (6)
Assists: Patrick Kane (9)
Wins: Corey Crawford (6)
Goals against average: Crawford (1.82 GAA)