GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 18: Marian Hossa #81 of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrates with teammates Patrick Sharp #10 and Patrick Kane #88 after scoring a first period goal against the Phoenix Coyotes during the NHL game at Jobing.com Arena on October 18, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
The Chicago Blackhawks look to continue their solid start to the season when they host Anaheim and Columbus at the United Center. This week also features a visit to Carolina.
The Chicago Blackhawks have had an impressive start to the season, securing 10 points from their first seven games, while only losing one game in regulation. With three games set for this upcoming week, the Blackhawks will hope to see an improved defensive performance following a 5-4 loss in a shootout to the visiting Colorado Avalance last Saturday.
Tuesday, October 25 vs Anaheim Ducks-- The Ducks kick off a grueling seven-game road trip with a visit to the United Center on Tuesday. After winning four of their first five to start the season, the Ducks have struggled defensively in their past two games, which resulted in back-to-back losses. The ageless Teemu Selanne continues to be a threat with the puck, as he has scored two goals and dished out two assists for a team-high four points this season.
Friday, October 28 at Carolina Hurricanes-- While Carolina has found consistent success on the offensive end, the Hurricanes have struggled on defense, allowing four-or-more goals in four of their eight games this season. The 'Canes are led by second-year LW Jeff Skinner, who leads the team in goals (3), assists (6) and total points (9). Former Conn Smythe Trophy winner Cam Ward starts between the pipes for Carolina and his play has steadily improved since allowing five goals in a season-opening loss to Tampa Bay.
Saturday, October 29 vs Columbus Blue Jackets-- Columbus is off to an awful start the season, having only secured one point from its first eight games. The Blue Jackets have been competitive in most games, with five of their eight losses coming by one goal. Vaclav Prospal and Rick Nash have been the two steady offensive options for Columbus, as both have scored three goals and dished out five assists.