Wings should keep Hawks focused
"It’s a special night with the banner going up," Patrick Kane said Saturday morning. "Saturday night in Chicago, there is no better place to be."
The best thing for the Blackhawks about Saturday night’s home opener -- after the banner raising ceremony -- might be their opponent as the Detroit Red Wings -- picked by some to supplant Chicago as Central Division champs -- should keep the Hawks focused.
"They’re pretty good," Kane said. "We obviously saw that last [Friday] night. They pretty much dominated Anaheim, so for us it’s going to be special from about 5 p.m to 7 p.m. But once that ceremony is over it's time to get to work."
To get a win, the Hawks will have to "tighten" things up from their season-opening loss to the Avalanche on Thursday, according to Duncan Keith.
"A little sloppy in some areas," he said. "Our whole team game. We are looking forward tonight to shore it up."
Joel Quenneville said a better puck possession game will help the team defense and of course he wants his players to be ready after the potential emotional ceremony.
"It’s going to be fun a night, a great night but we have to stay focused and worry about beating this team," he said.