Amongst Kinky And ZZ: Hawks at Stars Preview/Pregame Thread/Albanian Film Discussion Group

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FACEOFF: 7pm Central
TV/RADIO:
CSN, WGN Radio 720
BALLAD OF CHARLES WHITMAN:
Defending Big D

I didn’t realize that the Hawks had only won two games in regulation in the past three weeks. That needs changing. Isn’t it a wonderful world when you can actually ask for a change in how you win?

Anyway, the Hawks continue this most-ground-you-can-cover-in-four-games trip with a dip down south to face the Stars for the second time this year. You’ll recall the first time these two met, as the Stars jumped out to a 2-0 lead. But the Hawks took more and more control, getting two power play goals to get it to OT (and without Kari Lehtonen it wouldn’t have gotten that far) where another PP goal from Hossa finished things.

The Stars come into this one having lost three in a row, though that’s a tad misleading. They were all over the Ducks last out — at least in the 3rd where they outshot them 12-3 — but couldn’t find a crack in Jonas Hiller and lost in a shootout (jerks). Before that they were well worked by the pretty punchless Predators. However, before this streak the Stars horsed both the Blues and Kings, so they are capable of popping up with an inspired effort.

However, a lot of their zip goes out the window when Jamie Benn doesn’t play. He’s missed the past two games, but is a gametime decision tonight. Which means it would be a surprise if he doesn’t suit up. If he does play, he won’t be playing with Jaromir Jagr, as those two have yet to click.

And quite frankly, you can look for Jagr to not click tonight at all anyway (jinx!). While fans and commentators love to fawn over his resume, considering that Keith, Seabrook, Hjalmarsson, and Oduya will be up his ass all game, you can likely count on him to hit “Fuck This” gear at even-strength. Give him too many looks on the power play, and it’ll be another story, though.

Other threats are the so underrated he’s overrated but we’ve said that a lot so now he might just be rated Loui Eriksson, who murders the Hawks. Derek Roy has yet to get his goal-scoring together, he’s only got three all season. Brendan Morrow just isn’t the monster he used to be, as tends to happen when your neck has turned into stucco. In fact, Morrow hasn’t cracked 11 minutes of ice time the past two games, as Glen Gulutzan has really leaned on the top of his roster lately. The top two lines will see over 20 minutes, and Robidas and Dillion will crack 25.

But that’s where the soft underbelly of the Stars is and has been for awhile. Stephane Robidas would be one of the best second-pairing guys in the league, but in Dallas has been generally miscast as a #1. Alex Goligoski hasn’t done anything to make Stars fans forget he was traded for James Neal and start violently sobbing. Dillon has a bright future but is getting overexposed.

Even in the games the Hawks have lost to the Stars, generally, it’s been Lehtonen bailing out a simply scorched defense. And it’s any way the Hawks forwards want it. Speed to the outside, inhaling them on the forecheck, causing turnovers through pressure, it’s a buffet. Don’t see why it shouldn’t be tonight.

For the Hawks, Rozsival looks like he’s returning tonight after Sheldon Brookbank’s wonky game against the Jackets. Bollig will keep his place, as he probably should after some strong shifts on Thursday. Yeah, I said that. And we’re all hoping Jimmy Hayes can survive 60 minutes without tripping over himself. But no one’s holding his or her breath. Hayes might not have all that much leeway, Jeremy Morin scored again last night.

The Hawks always seem to lay one clunker in Dallas, and Lehtonen always seems to be in Norse God form against them. But that game may have been the first one, and the Hawks won anyway. One win in a shootout over the Jackets does not constitute a new streak. A second win wouldn’t either, but it would have them poised for another.

  • Hi, I’m Bob LeDonne

    Hi, I’m Bob LeDonne.

    Does anyone know who the front runner is at the Tirana Film Festival? Funnyhat Fels brings it up, because I’ve read on a whole bunch of reelhead message boards that Alabania is the second trendiest film location.

    • mightymikeD

      I’ll think you’ll find “Not Without My Tractor” by Artan Kurtijoca is the current favourite. It’s authentically shot in black and white, using non-professional actors, on old 16mm tape that was originally used to tape coerced confessions by the Sigurimi. Occasionally snippets of the hideous interrogations can be seen, ghost-like in the background, reminding us of Albania’s dark past. It’s a Rom-Com,

      • bizarrohairhelmet

        solid work here. You seem to work better as St. Pat’s gets closer.

        • mightymikeD

          the second favourite is “Oh, Tractor!” an hilarious musical shot on 8mm film that stars the patients from the local Gastric-Ward taking turns to recite the production figures for the Vlore Nail Factory for every year from 1968-1981. While standing around a dead horse.

          • Flavius

            Although very good in its own right, this is a sequel….hard to beat that classic original

          • mightymikeD

            ah, yes. who can forget “”Tractor Mia” with it’s all-singing, all-dancing cast including the Lower-Tirana Women’s Rugby Team, Joci the Blind Bazourki-Tuner and a diseased sheep called Goruj as “Grigorj,Assistant Shift Leader at the gasworks”.. those were heady days

          • Flavius

            A masterpiece for sure

          • bizarrohairhelmet

            The “1974 – Ferrite Impurities” section really brings the funny.

          • mightymikeD

            and the way Mokrun got that boil to weep on cue.. wonderful

    • 10thMountainFire

      The Balkans were a main effort of my graduate school study. Definitely sustains a potential for artistic expression. The US will come to the region late, as always, but the cultures that exist from Macedonia to Slovenia and over to Albania, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Serbia are rife for Hollywood.

      If you like movies about the region, ‘Welcome to Sarajevo’ and ‘The Savior’ are good mainstream starting places for stuff on the wars, specifically.

  • Hi, I’m Bob LeDonne

    BWANA’S UNLICENSED BEER OF THE DAY

    Bwana called me and told me to write something funny here. Not sure why he thinks I have a sense of humor or acceptable writing skills. Anyway, today’s beer of the day is GREEN COLORED MILLER LITE!

    While the beer itself doesn’t taste good and its normal colored brethren is in high supply and moderate demand (mostly by me and my bros), the simple fact is that green colored beer only comes once a year and its a real treat to celebrate St Patties day in style as a full on ChiRish citizen. The ultimate colored party accessory, AND it gets you drunk. They definitely puts it in the same colored accessory stratosphere as frosted tips.

    Cheers dudes!

    • ahnfire

      oh Bob. you are the ultimate troll.

      • 10thMountainFire

        I love him for it, not in spite of it.

        • ahnfire

          you & mmD love a lot of people.

          such happy lovebugs, the two of you.

          • mightymikeD

            we have lots of love to give. Especially for Bob.

          • stacie7

            This Bob, not that other bastard. You know the Bob I mean. Grrrrrrrrr.

          • mightymikeD

            Trucker Stacie all up ins, yo!

          • stacie7

            I’m saving Trucker Stacie for the playoffs.

          • Z-man19

            Just give us a preview

          • 10thMountainFire

            It’s because of the Hawks. They’re happy-makers.

    • Bwana

      Here’s some real green beer for you. Brewed with spirulina to give it a natural green color, no stupid food coloring in here.

      p.s. the socks got a win on Thursday while I was at a wedding, and I’ll FINALLY get back in to the Black Ice Toews jersey tonight for it to continue it’s streak.

      Away Bolland: 4-0-1, Home Hjalmarsson: 0-0-1, WC Kane: 4-0-1, Black Ice Toews: 10-0-0, Socks: 3-1-0, Hat: 1-0-0, Nothing: 0-1-0

      • Hi, I’m Bob LeDonne

        Oh! Hey there…good to see you

      • Joe Banks

        Is that Miller Lite?

  • Accipiter

    Hi ! Where’s HIBLD ?

  • bizarrohairhelmet

    I’ll be in attendance tonight announcing what I can to dishearten the opposition:
    – “Jerry Jones just bought 51% of the team”
    – “Mike Modano is never coming back”
    – “Burish left the team so you can stop checking your VM’s, Grandma”

    • ahnfire

      “You’re the Dallas Stars”

      • 10thMountainFire

        Winnah.

    • 10thMountainFire

      ‘Tony Romo is your new 1C.’

    • Bwana

      FUCK YOU OTT!

      • bizarrohairhelmet

        I’ll allow it. And I will shout it loud enough for him to hear me in Buffalo.

    • CornelisonsFlagPointer

      “What’s Mark Cuban doing here?”

      • Accipiter

        Well not just the Cube’s, but Chris Daughtry, Jeff Probst, super chef Bobby Flay. I mean, it was insane, it was almost too much.

        • CornelisonsFlagPointer

          If someone tweets a pic of Clinton in the locker room, madness will surely be confirmed.

  • Austin

    Heading to the game tonight. New to Dallas and got drunk and bought a $140 ticket, sitting by myself. I’ll be amongst family though.

  • happyhuman

    If anyone besides me is out here in the general O’Hare-ish area, there’s an official roadwatch at Coach’s Corner in Elk Grove. The address is 152 W. Biesterfield Road. I’ll be the one in the half-and-half jersey.

    • happyhuman

      Gah, so much for that. Place was packed.

  • 10thMountainFire

    I came here to discuss the Kosovar-Serb-Bosniak-Croat dispute and all I got was this lousy t-shirt.

    • Accipiter

      We’ll split into two groups. I’ll take Ned, Ogata, and Wolodarsky.

      • 10thMountainFire

        You, flock of seagulls, you know why we’re here? Why don’t you tell my man Vincent where you got the shit hid at?

        • Accipiter

          I’m Winston Wolfe. I solve problems.

          • 10thMountainFire

            That’s thirty minutes away. I’ll be there in ten.

          • Accipiter

            That gives us exactly… forty minutes to get the fuck out of Dodge. Which, if you do what I say when I say it, should be plenty. Now, you’ve got a corpse in a car, minus a head, in a garage. Take me to it.

          • 10thMountainFire

            Normally, both your asses would be dead as fucking fried chicken, but you happen to pull this shit while I’m in a transitional period so I don’t wanna kill you, I wanna help you. But I can’t give you this case, it don’t belong to me. Besides, I’ve already been through too much shit this morning over this case to hand it over to your dumb ass.

          • bizarrohairhelmet

            It’s your future… I see a cab ride. Move out of the sticks, gentlemen.

          • thepuckstopshere

            Want some bacon?

          • thepuckstopshere

            You sending the Wolfe? Shit #$%^& that’s all you had to say!

          • Accipiter

            Fair enough. Now I drive real fucking fast, so keep up. I get my car back any differently than when I gave it, Monster Joe’s gonna be disposing of two bodies.

          • thepuckstopshere

            Mr Wolf, I just wanna tell you, it’s was a real pleasure watchin you work!

  • http://twitter.com/ChiNativeSon ChicagoNativeSon

    I know the cap’s gonna cost the Hawks at least a player or two this summer, but I still think they should sign this guy (the one at the bottom):

    http://www.nhl.com/ice/playerstats.htm?fetchKey=20132ALLSASALL&viewName=summary&sort=plusMinus&pg=26

  • mad-hatter

    Mark Lazerus @MarkLazerus
    #Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman says Brandon Pirri and Jeremy Morin are “guys we would not hesitate to play in the NHL right now.”

    …….then why aren’t they playing?!

    • DuHawk

      Must hav tha gritzzz
      /sarcasm

    • 10thMountainFire

      BRING MORIN AND PIRRI THE FUCK UP.

      That is all. Daily dose… complete.

      • mad-hatter

        At least until the period threads.

  • 10thMountainFire

    As the days go on with Bollig and Carcillo taking up spots on this roster, my confounding confusion is compounded. For fuck’s sake, Stan. Jesus Christ. Morin and Pirri.

    I get that the aforementioned puncher #1 and puncher #2 serve… a ‘role’ or something. What I don’t get is that publicly Stan is putting his hands on the laps of Morin and Pirri while flat-out refusing to give them a shot over guys like puncher #1 and puncher #2. Someone please explain this to me because otherwise I’m going to assume that I’m just fucking stupid.

  • http://www.polyptych.bandcamp.com/ Samuroth

    Anyone know if this on TV in New York? I have gamecenter but apparently its “playing in your area.” not sure if its cause I’m tethered to my phone and its a chicago number or what?

    • 2883

      Likely… I thought it used the IP info to make a determination of what’s blackd out but maybe not… Um time to find a good bar, any good sports bar should eb able to accomodate you with a TV

      • http://www.polyptych.bandcamp.com/ Samuroth

        I found a shitty stream. I guess it will suffice

        • Accipiter

          Don’t cross the streams !!!

          • http://www.polyptych.bandcamp.com/ Samuroth

            Who you gonna call?

        • 2883

          Sorry sir. Maybe you should check out the FIRSTROW of SPORTS over in EUrope.

          • http://www.polyptych.bandcamp.com/ Samuroth

            Thats what I’m using.