***As the Winter Olympic Men’s Hockey semi finals start Friday, ALL SIX Blackhawks taking part still have their respective teams alive. Patrick Kane and the USA face Finland, followed by Canada with Jonathan Toews,Brent Seabrook and Duncan Keith facing Slovakia with Marian Hossa and Tomas Kopecky. That means all six Hawks will have two remaining games in Vancouver before they resume their “full time jobs” starting Tuesday night against the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum.With the Hawks also set to host Edmonton Wednesday and have three games in four days right out of the break, it’s possible that Coach Joel Quinville could give a couple of his Olympians a day off.

***Anti Niemi will start Tuesday night in goal against the Isles,and appears to have won the #1 goalie spot—at least for now.

***The Bulls,who have been playing some crummy teams of late, will step up in class Friday night with the Portland Trail Blazers at the United Center.

***Former Bull John Salmons is off to a good start as a Milwaukee Buck. He even led them in scoring Thursday night against Indiana.

***Ozzie Guillen has been “Tweeting” the last couple of days down at White Sox camp in Glendale,Az. How long will it be before Ozzie tweet’s something that the Sox organization will regret?

***Based on what Lou Piniella say the other day. Ryan Theriot will open the season as the Cubs number one second baseman. That means that even if rookie Starling