Alan Is A Cowboy Killer – Hawks at Stars Preview, Pregame Thread, Insurance Claim

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Game Time: 7:30PM Central
TV/Radio: CSN, WGN-AM 720
Who Shot J.R.?: Defending Big D

As is going to be the case with a single exception for the next two-plus weeks, the Hawks are once again striking out on that ol’ dusty trail, this time deep into the heart of Texas to take on Joe Niewendyk’s somewhat revamped Stars.

This past off season, the Stars’ GM decided that youth movements are overrated bullshit, and signed two of his contemporaries in Ray Whitney and Jaromir Jagr. A reasonable case could be made for the Wizard, coming off a career year with the Coyotes, with 77 points and a +26 rating. The two-year, $4.5 mildo deal he received is not even particularly outlandish should his production remain at that level. It’s the Jagr signing that’s the real curiosity. While Jags flourished in the early months of the season with the Flyers, he fell right off the table at the end of the year, showing signs of his age. The one-year deal Jagr received is certainly low-risk, but this is his first venture into the Western Conference in his long career, and the travel that brings along with his lack of a brain-to-mouth filter seem destined to collide in spectacular fashion right around mid-March. But for now, all is well, as Jags sits atop the Stars scoring leaderboard, all of which he accumulated opening night against the Yotes.

Even after all of that, GM Joe wasn’t quite done, sending shit-stirrer extraordinaire Steve Ott to Buffalo in exchange for Derek Roy, ostensibly to replace departed weasel Mike Ribeiro as their #2 center behind the young and forceful Jamie Benn. Except that Niewendyk kinda forgot that whole “sign Jamie Benn” thing, as he’s currently out of the lineup and without a contract. Yes the thought has crossed our minds that Benn would solve nearly all the Hawks’ problems up front, but after getting pantsed on the James Neal for Alex Goligoski deal, common sense would dictate that it would take a phalanx of roster players, picks, and prospects to pry Benn away. Elsewhere at forward the Stars trot out an odd mix of grit and finesse, with the so-vocally-underrated-he’s-getting-overrated Loui Eriksson, badass-but-brittle Brenden Morrow, and the cement footed Michael Ryder chipping in.

The Stars’ back end is also kind of a hodge-podge, with Trevor Daley and The Black Knight Stephane Robidas carrying the bulk of the defensive burden until the very large Jamie Oleksiak assumes his place in the show. The aforementioned Alex Goligoski is thus far pointless from the blue line as Penguin fans in “18 Neal” jerseys cackle maniacally. Behind all of this should be Kari Lehtonen, who is finally starting to shake the injury bug, and as a result delivering on his first round pedigree, with a 2.55GAA and .922sv% last year, and a 2.0 and .950% so far this year against the Coyotes and Scum, who haven’t exactly been firing on all cylinders to start. Lehtonen always has the capability to steal a game, and tends to do so against the Hawks, so Hawks shooters waiting him out to give themselves openings and traffic in front are a must.

As for our Men of Four Feathers, the Kool Aid is flowing like wine with the Hawks in the midst of their best start since the early 70s. While it’s probably a good idea to pump the breaks just a bit even with this 48-game intraconfrence sprint schedule, there has been a lot to like so far. The names have been scoring, the ice time has been balanced, and the special teams far crisper than last season. While the Hawks’ raw skill likely took advantage of three system-defenses on minimal practice, they unequivocally looked like the superior team in each case, the goaltending in Phoenix not withstanding.

One turd in the punchbowl has been allowing each team to get back into the game after grabbing three goal leads, which would drive any coach crazy, even if they’ll take the three goal lead every time. Part of this has to do with Q once again trying to show what a throbbing brain he has by having the Hawks trap once they gain the lead, barely sending a single forechecker south of the tops of the rings. This team was simply not built to sit on leads and stay back on their heels. The Kings showed last spring that a voracious forecheck can be just as effective at choking the life out of the opposition’s offense. And even if the Hawks aren’t built to administer the bludgeoning the Kings were and are, they certainly have the speed and will in players like Stalberg, Shaw, Sharp, and Bickell to keep the puck 200 feet away. But they have to get a lead first to even try that don’t they?

There’s not much that needs to be changed here, and the day off should have helped prevent the hated flat start. Stay the course boys, stay the course. Let’s go Hawks.

  • Accipiter

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    • Hi, I’m Bob LeDonne

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      • Accipiter

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      • Accipiter

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  • Guest

    Go hawks

  • laaarmer

    Is Robidas wearing a full face shield yet?

    • Hi, I’m Bob LeDonne

      I don’t know.

  • barnum22

    Is crow in the net tonight?

    • birdhead

      According to Chris Kuc yup.

      Corey Crawford is first goaltender off the ice during #Blackhawks’ morning skate in Dallas. No surprise he’ll start vs. Stars.

      • justforkicks

        thank goodness for the day in between. of course i imagine the weekend will shake out differently

    • MySpoonIsTooBig

      Assuming Crow stays healthy, I’d be SHOCKED if Emery starts a single game in this shortened season that’s not part of a back-to-back

  • detroit must die

    In other news: the Blues are so confident in their defensive situation that they are inserting Wade Redden into the lineup.

    • Waylon

      I think that was the plan all along, actually. They know they needed help, so they signed him quickly.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=549444529 Michael Jacobi

      and the slow get slower.

    • Hi, I’m Bob LeDonne

      In other news, Gobots are making a comeback.

      • AirTrafficAJ

        Watch out for Cy-Kill

        • Accipiter

          Thanks for the heads up.

  • Gozer the Traveler

    Fuck yeah Mclusky.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Faker/558555424 John Faker

    So i just got this tweet from a guy who didnt put Brandon Saad on his top 50 drafted prospects but did include Brandon Pirri:

    https://twitter.com/ProspectReport/status/294568804531453952

    heres the link to the report:

    http://theprospectreport.com/prospects/top.pdf

    Personally i think he is dead wrong, but im biased. anybody have any thoughts?

    • MySpoonIsTooBig

      You may be biased but you’re still right. Dead wrong doesn’t even begin to describe him. “Saad will never be an offensive-threat…” Wow what a dumb statement

      • birdhead

        Hope he’s right about Teravainen, though.

  • TheFullAmonte

    Could see Jagr giving us some trouble if he wants to, as it is early in the season. Eriksson should really just be classified as a good player at this point, which he is, but I am glad Ribeiro is no longer a member of their squad. Hawks should be able to take advantage of their defense to the tune of a 4-2 win or something thereabout. Time to keep the hot start going. Let’s go HAWKS!

  • JRF

    Lehtonen is the scary part of this game for me. I know he stole one, maybe even two games from the Hawks last year when they outplayed Dallas pretty much the whole time.

    • girlphoenix

      Lehtonen is too good for Dallas

  • capra

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    It is important to be able to log in and take credit for my comments. My comments are always dumb and the rest of the people here need to know who to blame.

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    • capra

      Well I guess it shows my avatar, but I have to re-enter my name and email but I don’t think it’s hyperlinked (like the others).

      • cliffkoroll

        Click on the wheel with protuding studs on the top right to log in to Disqus. Then you should be good to go, your name will be red, and you won’t have to retype your username and e-mail address with every comment or even log in again next time.

        • cliffkoroll

          wheel with protruding studs? what a fucking idiot. It looks like a gear.

          • cliffkoroll

            Hey Waylon, this goes for you too.

        • capra

          thanks. I’ll try it.

    • Hi, I’m Bob LeDonne

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      Thanks,
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    • ahnfire

      there isn’t a section on the side that asks you to sign in via fb, twitter, disqus, etc icons?

  • Hi, I’m Bob LeDonne

    Time to get weird.

    • Accipiter

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      • Hi, I’m Bob LeDonne

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        • Accipiter

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    • Roy Batty

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      Lookin for a Come up
      He is fuckin awesome

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  • Waylon

    This just in – Mike Smith was injured when a fleck of ice grazed his shoulder, which led him to fall violently backward, replete with face mask and pads being thrown akimbo, and they were eventually found to be laying approximately 100 feet away from his prone position. He lay motionless on the ice for 20 minutes, but slowly skated off when no penalty was called. Torres was seen applauding wildly from the bench in appreciation of the performance.

    • The Doctor

      The ice fleck has been suspended for three games. Mike Smith returns to the game seemingly unharmed.

    • Hi, I’m Bob LeDonne

      WAYLON IS A MAN WITH A NO FACE

  • Hi, I’m Bob LeDonne

    We hold these truths to be self evident:

    • Hi, I’m Bob LeDonne

      That this is the greatest GOTDAM website for hockey.

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  • mightymikeD

    evening, all..

    • Hi, I’m Bob LeDonne

      Good afternoon mate!

      • Hi, I’m Bob LeDonne

        Wait, are you australian or irish?

        • Hi, I’m Bob LeDonne

          Wait, what’s the difference between an australian and irish person?

          • mightymikeD

            a tan, usually…

    • http://twitter.com/326BureauChief 326 Bureau Chief

      Yo, Mike. Good to see you back.

  • Woods

    LET’S GO HAWKS!!!!

  • Hi, I’m Bob LeDonne

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    • mightymikeD

      thanks Bob..

  • Stay Puft

    Go hawks!

  • Skags

    It would appear that Mr LeDonne is feelin it, this evening.

    GO HAWKS!

  • Chesterfield King (Chelsdag)

    Well, at least Bob is having fun

  • http://www.facebook.com/hair.helmet Hair Helmet

    Anybody going to the game tonight? I’m thinking of picking up a ticket.

  • girlphoenix

    Let’s go Hawks! Fuck you Stars (Dallas and Texas). Also, if CSN is blacked out for me on Center Ice, I might stab someone.

  • Z-man19

    It’s Bob’s world and we’re all renting space

    • mightymikeD

      speak for yerself.. I’m squatting

      • Z-man19

        Shhh, I’m like 40 years behind on rent

  • Preacher

    I finally get to watch a Hawks’ game! On TV, but still. I’ve got a new job that’s KILLING my nighttime viewing schedule. So the Hawks better do well since I’m finally home to see them play. GO HAWKS!

    • Z-man19

      Pimpin ain’t easy Preach, I’m sorry I couldn’t resist, I’m an awful person

  • pierzynskirules

    hmmm hockey…

  • http://twitter.com/326BureauChief 326 Bureau Chief

    Fifteen minutes before puck drop and the barn is THAT empty? DAMN.

  • Chesterfield King (Chelsdag)

    Man, Caps have looked absolutely wretched out of the gates

    • stacie7

      Haven’t heard the name Ovie thrown around too much this year yet too.

      • Chesterfield King (Chelsdag)

        Down 3-0 to Montreal at home, and I haven’t seen a solid chance for them through most of 2

      • http://twitter.com/326BureauChief 326 Bureau Chief

        No joke.

  • mightymikeD

    lets do this