Belfour, Craven Expected to Face Avalanche Tonight
Sassone, Tim, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Tim Sassone Daily Herald Sports Writer
It's the Blackhawks who now own home-ice advantage, but it remains to be seen how important that will be as the Western Conference semifinal series with Colorado plays out.
"Home ice doesn't mean anything," said Jeremy Roenick.
"We can't go home thinking it's going to be easier because it's not," Chris Chelios said. "We've got to take advantage of it, but they're a great road team."
The best-of-seven series is tied 1-1 after a split in Denver with Games 3 and 4 set for the United Center today and Wednesday.
The Hawks expect to have Ed Belfour and Murray Craven back in the lineup tonight after they were too ill to play Saturday because of what coach Craig Hartsburg thinks was food poisoning.
Belfour, Craven and several of their teammates ate at the same Denver restaurant on Friday night, but only Belfour and Craven had the same side dish of a type of creamy potatoes.
Other than the return of those two regulars, Hartsburg says the only change the Hawks need to make from Game 2 is in their on-ice approach.
"We've just got to continue to play the way we have to play: get the puck deep on them early and finish checks," Hartsburg said. "We got away from that (Saturday) and that's when they took the game over.
"Home-ice advantage and all that stuff is secondary. What's most important for us now is to win the next hockey game. …