The Chicago Blackhawks won’t have to wait long to see Alex Petrovic, the Florida defenseman who’s hit broke Patrick Kane’s collarbone on Tuesday night.
The Panthers and ‘Hawks meet again tonight in Florida, and Petrovic sounds like he knows what’s coming.
“Tonight, obviously, [the Blackhawks] are going to come out hard and probably seek revenge or whatnot,” he said, per TSN. “It’s unfortunate that it happened.”
Petrovic, who was given a cross-checking minor on the play but received no supplemental discipline, said he reached out to teammates (and ex-‘Hawks) Jimmy Hayes and Brian Campbell to try and reach out to Kane, who underwent surgery yesterday and will miss the next 12 weeks of action.
But that apology might not appease Chicago.
Noted pugilist Dan Carcillo, who last played in Sunday’s 6-2 loss to Boston, could draw back into the lineup for tonight’s affair. The ‘Hawks aren’t scrappers by nature — just 13 team fighting majors this year, third-lowest in the NHL — and outside of Carcillo, the only players with multiple fights are Bryan Bickell and Andrew Shaw, with two each.
Petrovic, listed at 6-foot-4, 206 pounds, has some experience dropping the gloves. He fought 10 times during his final year of junior (with WHL Red Deer) and has scrapped four times this year between the AHL and NHL.