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Jets Journal: Memory Lane

Andrew Ladd makes his first return to Chicago since winning the Stanley Cup in 2010

Wednesday, 12.10.2011 / 3:29 PM / Jets Journal
By Kristi Hennessy  - Coordinator, Web Content
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Jets Journal: Memory Lane
Andrew Ladd makes his first return to Chicago since winning the Stanley Cup
The Jets hit the road early Wednesday afternoon to embark on their first regular season road trip of the year, a two-game stint starting off in Chicago against the Blackhawks on Thursday night at 7:30 pm (TSN and TSN-Jets). They will then continue to Phoenix for a date with the Coyotes on Saturday at 6:00pm (CBC).
 
The first road game is always an exciting one for everyone on the plane. For Dustin Byfuglien and Andrew Ladd, this is an exciting trip down memory lane.  The two former Blackhawks have not returned to the windy city since being traded to Atlanta in the off-season after helping lead the Hawks to a Stanley Cup Championship in 2010.

Ladd in particular is looking forward to being reunited with his former teammates and is excited to relive a few fond memories.

“I’m pretty good friends with a lot of the guys who are still there,” said Ladd. “I talk to a lot of them on a regular basis and we’ll probably go out for dinner tomorrow night before the game. Once we hit the ice, it’s business as usual. We’ll probably have a laugh after the game too.”

As for ‘business as usual’, what can we expect on the ice between these two teams?

“I’m sure there will be a little bit [of chirping],” smirked Ladd. “We’re both competitive groups and it’s always fun to get the upper hand on the other team so we’ll be looking to get the two points. That’s going to be the biggest thing for us.”

The banner that hangs in the United Center is a reminder of the successful 2009-10 season for the Chicago Blackhawks. Ladd says that’s the first thing he’ll look for when he arrives.

“Not having been back since we won, it’s going to be a pretty cool to go back in there and see the banner and a lot of the training staff and people in the office who were a big part of that team,” said Ladd. “There are so many great memories when you go through something like that. It’ll be god to see everyone but it’ll be nice to get a win in there too.”

The Blackhawks are a young, successful team who have played together for a while and proven that they know how to win. They play with confidence and cleverness, two traits that can be very tough to play against.

“They have a good team with some highly skilled guys,” said Jets coach Claude Noel. “We’ll have to watch out for guys like [Patrick] Kane and [Jonathan] Toews. They play with speed and quickness and they know how to play. We’ll get a good chance to measure up against them.”

One could argue that it might be tough to compare the two teams as they only face-off once every season.  There are a few similarities between the two, but how similar? We’ll have to see once the puck is dropped on the chess game.

“The fact that we’re young and we play a pretty exciting up-paced game,” said Ladd of the notable resemblances. “I think we have a long way to go and a lot of things to learn here, but we had to go through that process in Chicago too. Every team has to make their own path and show what they can do and create their own stories so that’s we’ll be trying to do here.”


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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 63 41 15 7 191 151 89
2 ANA 63 39 17 7 186 176 85
3 STL 62 40 18 4 192 153 84
4 CHI 63 37 21 5 183 150 79
5 WPG 63 31 20 12 174 170 74
6 VAN 61 35 23 3 174 162 73
7 MIN 62 33 22 7 176 161 73
8 LAK 61 29 20 12 164 157 70
9 CGY 62 33 25 4 175 160 70
10 SJS 63 30 25 8 175 181 68
11 COL 63 27 25 11 167 182 65
12 DAL 62 27 25 10 195 207 64
13 ARI 63 20 36 7 138 214 47
14 EDM 63 18 35 10 143 208 46

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
B. Little 63 24 26 9 50
A. Ladd 63 20 30 12 50
B. Wheeler 61 16 28 12 44
D. Byfuglien 63 15 26 6 41
M. Perreault 56 18 18 3 36
M. Scheifele 63 10 25 4 35
M. Frolik 63 13 19 3 32
D. Stafford 57 10 17 -18 27
J. Tlusty 53 13 10 -17 23
E. Kane 37 10 12 -1 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Hutchinson 18 7 5 .920 2.29
O. Pavelec 13 13 7 .909 2.60
 
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