We know, we know. It's the day after Christmas. You're likely hungover, or looking to have an evening that will lead to being hungover tomorrow. You've exchanged pleasantries and presents alike, and, by Jove, you're feeling a little out of sorts. You need some excitement. You need an adrenaline boost. And doggone it if you wouldn't like to see a little healthy aggression to boot. We've got just the thing: The Chicago Blackhawks, with stars Marian Hossa and John Madden in towno, not that John Madden, although his hockey counterpart can also make things go "boom!" when need beskate into the Sommet Center tonight. At press time, the two teams were only separated by a couple games at the top of the Western Conference's Central Division, meaning this game has the potential for playoff-like intensity. Add in the fact that you no longer have to eat fruitcake with Aunt Marilyn and swill any more of that God-forsaken eggnog, and you've got a power play your family (unless, you know, you actually enjoy hanging out with them) will be powerless to defend.
Sat., Dec. 26, 7 p.m., 2009