11/07/2008 6:00 PM - from chicagoblackhawks.com: (link)
Team getting ready for Sunday night against Calgary
After the long five day break since their last game, the Blackhawks are ready to get back to business this Sunday against Calgary. Though it is one of their longest breaks this season, players and coaches feel that they’ve stayed focused despite the time off.
“It’s pretty easy [to get back into the swing of things],” said forward Patrick Sharp. “The guys were anxious to get out there. A lot of guys were out on the ice early after a day off. We’re looking forward to the game Sunday; it’s been too long without a game.”
“It’s tough to get a week off at the start of the season,” said defenseman Brent Seabrook. “I think it was good; we all sat back and relaxed. Today, we came to work and we worked hard.”
Many off the Hawks players took advantage of the day off from practice on Thursday. Beginning Sunday, they play four home games in the next eight days, followed by a two-week, six-game road trip to close out the month.
“It (the break) helps us mentally probably more than physically, to get away from the rink and not think about hockey for a while,” said defenseman Brian Campbell. “It’s been good for us and we have to be ready for a stretch that we need to do well in.”
Head Coach Joel Quenneville said that he saw his team reenergized and focused after giving them the day off.
“It’s a long time off -- it’s a tricky week,” he said. “Usually you come off a day off and you have a sluggish start to the practice. But I thought we had great jump right from the outset.”
“Joel’s done a great job keeping the competitive edge up,” said Sharp. “We’re looking forward to the weekend.”
Here Come the Flames
The Hawks continue their homestand Sunday night against the Flames, which features the return of former Hawks Rene Bourque, Jim Vandermeer and Adrian Aucoin.