The Hawks’ Nest

Cheer for Seattle tonight
December 15, 2009, 5:16 pm
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It’s not often Winterhawks fans can be excused for cheering for Seattle*, but tonight is one of those nights.The Thunderbirds play host to the Spokane Chiefs tonight and can help the Winterhawks on two fronts:

1: Beating the Chiefs, thus keeping Portland in second place (they’re currently one point ahead of the hard-charging Chiefs), and thereby burning one of the four games in hand Spokane holds.

2: Beating up the Chiefs, tenderizing them for the game tomorrow against the Winterhawks. If Seattle can come out and punish the Chiefs tonight, which would then be followed by a late night bus ride across the state, it could give Portland a nice edge in tomorrow’s game. The team is en route to Spokane this afternoon, and should be settled in to their hotel by the time the puck even drops at ShoWare tonight.

Then again, Portland holds one other advantage in tomorrow’s game: they’ll be on the road. In the four games between Portland and Spokane this season, the road team has won each time:

10/02/09 – Portland 5 @ Spokane 3

10/31/09 – Portland 2 @ Spokane 0

11/01/09 – Spokane 3 @ Portland 0

12/06/09 – Spokane 5 @ Portland 4

However, Portland will be without a few key players tomorrow. Spencer Bennett didn’t make the trip due to his ankle injury, and Luke Walker will be getting on a plane tomorrow, injured face and all, to attend Team USA’s world junior tryout camp. And in case you’re wondering, Nino Niederreiter leaves Saturday for Switzerland’s world junior camp, meaning he’ll be unavailable for the showdown with first place Tri-Cities Saturday night.

*Another time it’s ok to cheer for Seattle: the Mariners. And frankly, what a great few weeks for that team, assuming the deal for Cliff Lee goes through. Now they’ll have Ichiro and Chone Figgins at the top of the order, and Felix and Cliff Lee at the top of the rotation, while the Angels have been weakened by the losses of Figgins and John Lackey. Can it be April already please?


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Comment by BONGHIT1

It’s gonna be interesting to say the least…

Comment by Dave Hayden

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