A few notes concerning this evening’s game:
Tim Sassone of the Daily Herald is reporting the Hawks have waived Radek Smolenak and recalled Jack Skille from Rockford. Skille practiced with the fourth line this morning, but it will be interesting to see which group he plays with this evening. If the offense struggles out of the gate, look for Skille to be the first to get a bump up to a scoring line.
The Avalanche have lost Joe Sakic, but now boast Matt Duchene, the third overall pick in this summer’s draft. They’re still led by Paul Stasny, Milan Hejduk and Wojtek Wolski, though – a trio the Hawks had trouble with at times last season.
Finally, we’ll, of course, have thoughts tomorrow, complete with updates on the ever-important pregame festivities, like any new videos, etc.