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Wrigley special venue for Chelios
By Tim Sassone | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 1/1/2009 12:04 AM

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Chris Chelios has been to Wrigley Field countless times, but never like Wednesday.

When Chelios practiced with his Detroit Red Wings teammates on the rink constructed over one of the most famous ballfields in America, Chelios made sure to soak it all in.

"Never in my wildest dreams did I think this would happen, and growing up in Chicago even makes it that more special," Chelios said. "Just the fact we're playing hockey here is amazing.

"I know today at practice, just sitting out there looking at the bleachers and seeing Murphy's across the street from an ice rink is a little different."

Chelios then came clean.

"Yeah, I've been to Murphy's a few times," he said. "Say hello to the family over there for me."

Chelios is a South Side guy, raised in Evergreen Park, but he always has been a frequent visitor to Wrigley, even bringing the Stanley Cup to the ballpark last summer.

"Those North Siders, I'm sure they're the ones that are booing me every game," Chelios joked. "That's just the way it is here. You've got the White Sox and the Cubs and that divides the city a little bit, but it's all in good fun. Hopefully they're just booing the jersey and not me personally."

Chelios, who turns 47 later this month, will be in the Detroit lineup. Red Wings coach Mike Babcock plans to dress seven defensemen, including Nicklas Lidstrom, who missed Tuesday's game with a swollen ankle.

Kane is able: Patrick Kane left practice early Wednesday after taking a few spins around the ice but will be in the Hawks' lineup. Kane twisted his right ankle on a hit by Dan Clearly in Tuesday's 4-0 loss to the Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena and missed most of the first period.

"I'm going to try it," Kane said. "Hopefully, I'll feel fine."

The Hawks had no problem with Cleary's hit even if it appeared he came in elbow first.

"Clean hit," Kane said.

"There was no penalty and Cleary is a pretty honest player," Patrick Sharp said. "I don't think there was any intent to injure or dirty play on his part. Kaner is a tough kid and has a target on his back any time he's out there and he's going to play through any injury or physical play."

Not Winging it: Hawks coach Joel Quenneville is 19-50-10 lifetime coaching against the Red Wings, with Tuesday's loss the 11th straight, including the sweep of his Avalanche in the playoffs last spring. Quenneville has coached in four playoff series against Detroit and lost them all.