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Tuesday Open Thread

Alex Trautwig

Player grades have started and Pro/No will begin soon, but we've still got hockey games to watch and make fun of.

Last night, the Penguins gave us a real hilarious look at a team completely losing their shit and giving up on their game plan. I honestly think they were trying to be more defensively responsible and just kind of forgot how to. Now we'll see whether they pull Tom Barrasso out of retirement to give them a shot to win their series.

Out west, the Hawks haven't dominated the Kings like the Bruins have the Pens, but it's kind of close. Los Angeles will be without Mike Richards at 9:00 when they take on the Hawks at the Staples Center. As always, you can watch on NBCSN, RDS, or TSN.

This one is always kind of nerve-wracking for both fanbases. If Chicago wins this one, you can all but call the series over. If LA takes it, we prepare to call it a series again. The Kings have been unable to slow the Hawks down so far, but that was back-to-back games where Quenneville had the last change. Los Angeles has been good on home ice so far and should be able to work things a little more favorably for themselves at home.

Prediction: Los Angeles wins 4-2. Chicago fans blame the reffing.