The whole idea behind realignment was to rekindle rivalries throughout the NHL.
The Blackhawks and the Dallas Stars are doing their part to deliver on that thanks to Andrew Shaw and Antoine Roussel.
Blackhawks game dayBlackhawks vs. Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday
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Radio: WGN-AM 720
The skinny: The Hawks lead the season series 2-1-0 despite last week's 4-3 loss at the United Center when they put 50 shots on Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen. Dallas is down two defensemen in Stephane Robidas (broken leg) and Trevor Daley (sprained ankle). Antti Raanta starts in goal for the Hawks with Corey Crawford injured.
Next: Philadelphia Flyers at the United Center, 7 p.m. Wednesday
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Shaw and Roussel had that interesting fight last week at the United Center, and Shaw is ready for anything when the two teams meet again Tuesday night in Dallas.
Both players kept punching even as the linesman tried to intervene. Shaw kept throwing rights as his jersey came up over his head.
"I could see," Shaw said. "Jerseys aren't thick and you can see through them. With one eye out of the top of the neck hole, I could still see him so I just kept throwing. Both of us weren't giving up so we just kept throwing. They probably should have got out of there and let us go a little more, but they were just doing their jobs."
Roussel said pretty much the same thing after the game.
"I didn't really stop," Roussel said. "If that fight would have (kept) going for a minute and then we would've known, like, who was the toughest. We'll see, maybe next game."
That's why Shaw will be ready for anything Roussel wants to try.
"He's a pretty good player," Shaw said. "He plays hard and plays physical and gets in a few good scraps here and there. He's one of those players who gets under the skin of opponents, and I am, too."
Shaw remembered that Roussel was taking liberties with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane in the game before that.
"He plays hard and walks that line, just like I do," Shaw said. "We're just going to go out and play hockey."
Bickell to IR:
The Hawks put left wing Bryan Bickell on injured reserve Monday retroactive to Nov. 19, when he first hurt his left knee.
The move was necessary to make room on the roster for goalie Kent Simpson, who was recalled from Rockford.
Bickell can play at any time since the minimum stay on IR is seven days.