When the Blackhawks face Phoenix on Sunday night in Glendale, Ariz., Coyotes forward Raffi Torres won't be on the ice. He'll still have seven games left on the 25-game suspension he received for leaving his feet and giving Hawks winger Marian Hossa a concussion during last spring's first-round playoff series.
So the next time these teams meet, back in Glendale on Feb. 7, ought to be awfully interesting.
As for Sunday's game?
"I don't know; we'll see what happens," Hawks winger Patrick Kane said. "I don't think Torres is playing, so we'll see what happens. I'm sure when he's back, you'll probably see a little fireworks. But we'll see [Sunday]."
Even without Torres, there should be plenty of intensity in a rematch of last season's six-game series — the first five of which went to overtime.
"Anytime you play a team in the playoffs, especially when they beat you, you're going to want revenge," Kane said. "If you play a team in a seven-game series, there's always going to be a rivalry that starts there, so it'll be nice to get back at them."
Even without Raffi Torres, Blackhawks-Coyotes could have fireworks
Chicago Sun-Times | Jan 20