Barnaby, Lapointe mix it up in practice
Well, since we don't have a representative Chicago Blackhawks blogger — the only Original Six team without one — it's up to the rest of us to tune into what's happening in Illinois as their ugly season winds down. We certainly can't rely on fan reports, as the United Center has been a veritable ghost town since the Olympic break.
Blackhawk veterans Matt Barnaby and Marty Lapointe got into a punchup yesterday in practice, and while Barnaby wrote the incident off, it looked rather nasty on the ice. I can't imagine things are much fun in Chicago, and both these guys are on pace for 30-point seasons. (Or $80,000 a point for the $2.4-million/year Lapointe.)
The Blackhawks have become the NHL's black hole team and will finish in the bottom nine of the standings for the sixth time in the last eight years.
Chicago's finish the last eight seasons