Wednesday's Game 7 against Detroit is the Blackhawks' biggest showdown of the season.
Winner moves on, loser starts summer vacation. So you can be sure that prior to puck drop, as fans listen to music blaring throughout the United Center, the Hawks will rev up the locker room with their favorite tunes.
Odds are they won't be jamming to the Rolling Stones' "Start Me Up," even though Mick Jagger and the boys played the Madhouse on Madison on Tuesday. Considering that they've come back from a 3-1 deficit in the series, however, they might want to include Pearl Jam's "Alive"—aka Patrick Sharp's favorite song.
What's on the Blackhawks' pregame iPod and who's the best DJ? RedEye investigates.
Who's the best DJ in the room?
Jamal [Mayers] usually plays some music and Razer [Ray Emery] and Car Bomb [Daniel Carcillo], as well.
What usually gets played?
Uh, it's a lot of house ... . Tazer [Jonathan Toews] likes the house music, so he also handles the music sometimes. We listen to pretty much everything. Maybe in the mornings we listen to something calmer, but before a game it's more like modern house and some pop, as well. We'll listen to, like, Swedish House Mafia and stuff like that. We'll play some of their songs and I get excited.
Do you guys listen to The Hives too? That's another Swedish group.
No, we haven't actually. Maybe I should ask the guys if they can put that on. I don't know if they even know who they are. They're pretty big [in the U.S.] though. I think they're bigger here than they are back home, actually. They played here with Pink, I think. That was pretty cool. I got to see them. I just came in here to grab some stuff from the locker room and they were in here.
Marcus Kruger says there's a lot of house music being played in here before games. True?
Yeah, well, Krugs doesn't know anything. There's a lot of hip-hop … from Rihanna to Jay-Z and God knows what else, I don't know half of their names. We've got the morning skate, too, and we like to have a country song or mellow music for those.
Is there one song that you guys have to play every game to feel like you'll win?
We did play certain songs when we were on that [record point streak] to start the season, but I don't know their names. What's that movie, "Project X?" There's a song in that one that we always play. That's a popular one. That was always the last one during the streak that we'd play before we turned off the tunes.
If they had individual goal songs in hockey, like hitters in baseball get, what would yours be?
Well, let's see, what's my No.1 song right now? I don't know. I'm not a big music listener. Maybe it'd be "Springsteen" by Eric Church.