Blackhawks Look to Keep Division Hopes Alive vs. Blues
If the Blackhawks lose on Thursday, or if the game goes to overtime, then they cannot catch the Blues in the standings. A loss would also mean that they would be unable to catch the Stars in the standings, and would lock the Blackhawks into the third seed in the Central Division, meaning that their first two playoff series would begin on the road.
If the Blackhawks do beat the Blues on Thursday, they’ll trim the lead to just two points with one game to play. They would then need to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday and have the Blues lose to the Washington Capitals later that evening, but if all three of those outcomes take place, then the Hawks would leapfrog the Blues in the standings thanks to having more regulation and overtime victories this season.
For the Stars, the Blackhawks will need help from two different teams. The Stars have games remaining against the Colorado Avalanche and Nashville Predators, which will both take place on home ice. If the Stars get even one point out of those two games, then they would be guaranteed to finish ahead of the Hawks.
If the Stars lose both games and the Blackhawks win both contests, then the Hawks could conceivably jump all the way into the top spot in the Central Division (also assuming that the Blues lose both of their remaining games in regulation), where they would have a first round date with the Minnesota Wild in the first round of the postseason.
The Chicago Bears will head into a hostile Lambeau Field Thursday night to face the Green Bay Packers, and even though they won’t have to face Brett Favre, the legendary quarterback’s presence will still be a big part of the evening.
That’s because the Packers are retiring Favre’s jersey at halftime of the Thanksgiving showdown.
According to police, the Ohio State Highway Patrol received a call about a road rage incident involving Gilbert and an unidentified man. After their cars exited Interstate 71, Gilbert crashed his car, causing damage. The other driver was given a citation for disorderly conduct. The police did not say what prompted the interaction between the drivers.
A Browns spokesman said Gilbert immediately informed the Browns about the incident, which took place a few hours after the team concluded practice.
Merullo recalled that after the 1945 Series, the Cubs imagined they’d make it back soon enough.
“Yeah, sure,” he said. “We never gave up hope.”