Arizona Coyotes Hunting For Points Against Blackhawks

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Apr 5, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk (57) against the Arizona Coyotes center Brad Richardson (12) during the game at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports /

The Arizona Coyotes have had a rough season but the team seems to finally be coming together as the team heads into a matchup with the playoff contending Chicago Blackhawks Thursday night.

For the first and only time this season, the Chicago Blackhawks will visit the desert to play the Arizona Coyotes.

The Blackhawks, having had a bumpy ride through the season thus far, are looking to put the pieces back together against an Arizona squad just looking to develop their youth towards the future.

But this game will likely be more than just a game worth two meaningful points to Chicago and two meaningless points to the Coyotes.

This game will be a big test for the young players looking to stay with the squad. It will also be a test for some of the pending UFA’s or trade bait players laden cross the Arizona Coyotes roster.

This game could determine the difference between a Grade A and Grade B prospect in a trade.

It might be the difference between a 1st and 2nd round pick or, in the case of the rookies, more or less playing time down the stretch as positions above them open due to trade departures.

Should the Arizona Coyotes win this game, the value of their assets will rise as teams building for Stanley Cup runs, including Chicago, will really see what these players are capable of against top competition.

Take note Martin Hanzal, Shane Doan, Radim Vrbata and Michael Stone because any of you could be wearing a Chief Blackhawk sweater sooner or later).

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So in preparation for this edition of the Arizona Coyotes-Chicago Blackhawks matchup, Howlin’ Hockey sat down with Greg Bradshaw from over at FanSided’s Blackhawk Up, to ask 5 questions leading up to the Thursday night affair in the desert.