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Will it be fight night in Chicago?

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08:26 AM ET 02.07 | For the most part, both teams are saying the right things in advance of Chicago-Phoenix, in which Raffi Torres will face Marian Hossa for the first time since the former knocked the latter out for months with a concussion. As far as how emotions run [Thursday] night, it's anyone's guess. But it's likely to be more focus than fireworks. The Blackhawks dealt with a similar situation recently; the Vancouver Canucks were as unhappy with Duncan Keith for his elbow to Daniel Sedin's head as the Blackhawks were with Torres for his hit on Hossa. But the Canucks also said it was in the past, and that retaliation, especially in a 48-game season where every point counts, just didn't make sense.

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February 7, 2013  08:34 AM ET

maybe not flagrant retaliation, but maybe let Torres know he hasn't "been forgotten"
Of course, the way the refs are calling games this seasonso far, dumb articles like this are sure to have them ...overly cautious

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February 7, 2013  09:00 AM ET

...but that's because the Canucks are little sissies.

February 7, 2013  09:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

...but that's because the Canucks are little sissies.

wow...haven't heard "sissies" in quite some time...I like it

February 7, 2013  09:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

maybe not flagrant retaliation, but maybe let Torres know he hasn't "been forgotten"Of course, the way the refs are calling games this seasonso far, dumb articles like this are sure to have them ...overly cautious

I really don't see a problem as the league secretly had Raffi neutered a la Matt Cooke.

February 7, 2013  09:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I really don't see a problem as the league secretly had Raffi neutered a la Matt Cooke.

Maybe they can give him the number of the same vet. ;)

February 7, 2013  09:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

...but that's because the Canucks are little sissies.

beat me to it

February 7, 2013  09:45 AM ET

Someone will give Torres a little "reminder" by his second shift on the ice

February 7, 2013  09:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

maybe not flagrant retaliation, but maybe let Torres know he hasn't "been forgotten"Of course, the way the refs are calling games this seasonso far, dumb articles like this are sure to have them ...overly cautious

From what I've seen this year, it seems that they are letting the obvious stuff go, but calling the little picky stuff.

February 7, 2013  09:56 AM ET

I think they'll wait til Chicago is up four goals then they'll start running around. The Hawks play to smart for that stuff.

February 7, 2013  10:11 AM ET

Boston Montreal went by with a whimper for the most part, I expect the same with game. Unless Hossa picks a fight with Torres.....

February 7, 2013  10:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Boston Montreal went by with a whimper for the most part,

...and PK Louganis managed to stay on his feet.

February 7, 2013  10:36 AM ET

The Hawks really have no "enforcer".......except Brandon Bollig.....they have some psycho in the minors who fans want up...Kyle Beach....but I guess he's not mentally stable enough...lol

February 7, 2013  10:45 AM ET

Usually these big build-ups wind up with a fizzle and not much happening. I don't think this is going to amount to much at all tonight. But, I've been wrong before........usually on days ending in "y".

February 7, 2013  10:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Usually these big build-ups wind up with a fizzle and not much happening. I don't think this is going to amount to much at all tonight. But, I've been wrong before........usually on days ending in "y".

If Probert was there, and still with us, this would be a fun game to watch.

February 7, 2013  10:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

If Probert was there, and still with us, this would be a fun game to watch.

+1

February 7, 2013  11:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Usually these big build-ups wind up with a fizzle and not much happening. I don't think this is going to amount to much at all tonight. But, I've been wrong before........usually on days ending in "y".

Pretty sure the Flyers Pens games tend to meet the build up

February 7, 2013  11:17 AM ET

the fact that the Canucks didn't take an instigator penalty to bash in Duncan Keith's head speaks volumes about what sissies they are.

I love Keith, he's an incredible player...but the hit on Sedin was bush league and the NHL didn't step in and do the right thing. The least the Nucks coulda done was take retribution. It's clear that they didn't learn from their finals escapade vs the Bruins.

February 7, 2013  11:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Usually these big build-ups wind up with a fizzle and not much happening. I don't think this is going to amount to much at all tonight. But, I've been wrong before........usually on days ending in "y".

Very true....plus the refs usually are aware of all the talk and buildup surrounding a "rematch" like this...and the teams will keep it clean for the most part.

Not that I wouldn't be surprised to see someone take a few liberties with Torres.....

 
February 7, 2013  11:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

If Probert was there, and still with us, this would be a fun game to watch.

"There goes Bobby getting undressed, again"

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