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Angry At Numbers

Usually this space is dedicated to parsing out some statistics at the individual level to help make sense of this goofy ass sport. However, given that this is the first real opportunity to assess things at the 24 game mark, which some may recall as being relatively significant last year.

In doing some digging around on ExtraSkater.com, which is an absolute treasure trove for the nerd set, there are some very encouraging things to be revealed. While history and booze will fuel a mostly-correct notion that last years’ Hawks squad that started the season with 24 games without a regulation loss in the most dominant of fashions, the fact of the matter is that by almost every meaningful possession metric this year’s team is actually better.

These numbers might be skewed slightly as they encompass the entire 48-game body of work from last season rather than just the 24 game opening half, but the conclusions that can be drawn still have statistical merit.

Last season at even strength, the Blackhawks accounted for 54.2% of all Corsi events in their games, which was good for fourth in the league, as well as 55.1% of Fenwick events (Corsi attempts without blocked shots), which was third. The team was 11th in Corsi attempts per 60 minutes at 55.6, and third in attempts against at 46.9, accounting for a +8.6 differential on average.

To this point this year, the Hawks are controlling 56.1% of Corsi, and 55.8% of Fenwick, both of which are second in the league behind the Kings, and better their marks from last year. But where things get really fun are the differential statistics per game. The Hawks are now attempting 60.4 shots per game while allowing less than half an attempt more to the opposition at 47.3, which has translated to allowing about one shot on goal more per game (25.5 to 26.7) , but taking two and a half more (31.3 to 33.6). By controlling the puck even more and giving themselves even more chances to score both relative to last year and relative to their opposition, it’s not a leap to say as a unit the Hawks are playing even better than in their record setting run of last year.

So how did they get better yet are still 7 points off of their admittedly unsustainable pace at the 25 game mark of last year?

Well, there’s a multitude of reasons. On the positive side of the ledger, possession black hole Dave Bolland is no longer forcing Patrick Kane to have to score basically on every shot and every shift he gets away from his usual line. While Brandon Pirri is still feeling his way around his role, having Kane play with puck-retrieval heat seeking missile Brandon Saad gives everyone more opportunities because Kane has the opportunity to wield his black magic. Having Marcus Kruger work his ass off to improve his performance at the dot (46.2% last year to 54.2% this year) has also provided a marginal team wide ripple effect for possession, even if his line has gotten its head kicked in periodically.

Additionally, the Hawks have the distinct pleasure of being able to play against what’s been a dogshit eastern conference this year, whereas last year they suffered through the abrreviated, intra-conference only schedule. Given the well-documented dominance of the West over the East to this point, it stands to reason that a full schedule has inflated the stats ever so slightly. But they can only play the games that are on the schedule.

But none of this matters if it’s not translating to wins as it did last year. The primary culprit of this is the penalty kill. Already in 25 games this season the Hawks have surrendered more power play goals against (19) than they did in a 48 game season last year (18). And while the Hawks being penalized the sixth-fewest times at 72 does help mitigate some of that sting, it doesn’t totally. Neither does the power play actually being competent (17 goals already to last year’s 25 total). Having a dominant even strength possession team doesn’t mean shit if you’re not forcing teams to have to score at even strength, which the Hawks are not currently, as 27.5% of goals against the Hawks (19 of 69) have come on the power play. Last year that ratio was 18.5% (18 of 97).

And while both Bolland and Frolik were by and large plus penalty killers (reputations inflated to a certain degree by the goalless streak to start the playoffs), there are certainly able bodied penalty killers on this team which the coach is just electing not to use, namely Kris Versteeg and Patrick Sharp, whose PK acumen is above the likes of a Brandon Bollig.

But the tired old war horse is that “the goalie has to be the best penalty killer”, right? Unfortunately for Corey Crawford, he simply hasn’t been this year. Crawford’s save percentage on the PK has dropped from .896 to .802 this season, which is where the glaring difference lies. At even strength, the drop off isn’t nearly as sharp and is bordering on statistically insignificant, dropping about a half of one percent from .934 to .928.

Part of this can be attributed to Nikolai Khabibulin’s drunken flailing and ultimate crotch detachment increasing Crawford’s workload, where the fatigue manifests itself when he’s forced to work the hardest, during the penalty kill.

What can be taken from all of this is that once the Hawks are completely healthy, a full roster will make it harder for Joel Quenneville to make head-slappingly frustrating personnel decisions both in who to dress and in line configurations. This should lead to having a more able-bodied group of skaters in front of Crawford during a penalty kill, but ultimately Crawford will need rest. Whether that comes in the form of Antti Raanta getting a look, Khabibulin miraculously returning to mediocrity, the acquisition of outside help, or Crawford simply dropping dead remains to be seen. But the Hawks have certainly set themselves up to be able to separate themselves from what’s been the Thunderdome of the West if they’re able to tweak a few things moving forward.

  • mightymikeD

    On the subject of the PK, I felt, for a while, that the numbers were being skewed by those 5 PP goals given up in the first three games. So I crunched the numbers with those games removed and sure enough the Hawks PK% went up.. to 77.0% ( a whopping 0.9% increase and a tie with the 27th ranked Panthers!) So, yeah. So much for that.

    • FakeASeizure

      It was a valiant effort.

      • mightymikeD

        five minutes of my life I’m never getting back, I tell you

        • 1benmenno

          Do the math on the number of minutes you’d like back over a lifetime and maybe you’ll feel better.

          • Accipiter

            5.

          • 1benmenno

            Wow. If your results are correct, mmD’s life is near perfect. I always thought the answer was 42, BTW.

  • Oregon_hawk

    Down Goes Morin! Yeah, he got re-assed

    • bizarrohairhelmet

      Unfathomable decisions regarding one’s future breeds character.

      • mightymikeD

        knew it was coming but still…. ffffffucking hell.

        • bizarrohairhelmet

          I suppose it could be argued that, as the league leaders in GF, the forward with the least effective D game would be most expendable. But I don’t even think that’s true in this case.

          • Oregon_hawk

            It’s not a bad argument…. is his D worse than bolligs??

          • mightymikeD

            Morin actually makes more than Bollig ($725k to $575k) and is, of course on a two-way deal. So there may be a $$$ element top this (especially if they’re contemplating a goalie acquisition)

          • Black JEM

            Yep – actually 735K according to Capgeek. And as tight to the cap as we are, I get the impression we need every bit of space available.

          • 334Rules

            Forget that equation all together. Q has a giant load of man-love for Bollig; he’s not going anywhere.

        • 10thMountainFire

          I don’t like this. I don’t like this, XMF I am.

          • 1benmenno

            Would you like it on a bus to Rockford?

          • 10thMountainFire

            No. I would be offering Morin the window seat.

          • Accipiter

            So he can see his life pass him by ?

          • 10thMountainFire

            Something tells me that would be especially painful to do in Rockford.

        • Joe Banks

          Remember 2011 pre-season when Ben Smith was set to become the next big thing? and Brendan Smith took him out with a cheap shot? Look at all the crushing defeats he has overcome to get back here.
          Hopefully, Jeremy will overcome the barriers and get back here.

          • 1benmenno

            I like the way you think.

          • Accipiter

            You would like the way he drinks.

      • raditzzzz

        perhaps as a frequent purveyor of the Rockford Shuffle, Morin will emerge more of a beast each time he is brought up, only to ultimately outshine his fellow bottom liners and force a decision to keep him up.

        that would be nice.

      • Black JEM

        True. But sometimes breaks people as well. He has to know that either he is eventually going to stick or he will be traded or as a free agent can sign somewhere else.

      • 10thMountainFire

        This is true. Upboated.

      • 1benmenno

        As a character who has bred cattle and hogs, I find my future unfathomable.

    • Black JEM

      As figured – make a sweet assist – back to Rock Vegas with you.

      • 1benmenno

        I loved that assist. Pretty. As was JT’s SH deke/goal.

    • 10thMountainFire

      Well, I wasn’t planning on drinking tonight but…

      • Bob Lanz

        Fuck me with bicks still out I thought morin would stay, plus fuck Zues!

        • Waylon

          nah, I agree that he’s going to slow down that line immensely – but come playoff – time we’re going to need him.

          • Joe Banks

            I love Zus, and I understand the limitations…
            You’re my boy, Blue!

        • 10thMountainFire

          Love Zus, just want him down further on the fourth line. I do love his ability to make plays for the guys around him and would actually enjoy seeing him on a line with Morin.

  • http://www.lotsofbutterplease.com/ I am not Chico Maki

    I think the hugest difference is goalkeeping, on both the PK and at 5v5. Our goals-for has to be up as much on the PP as they are on the PK, making special teams a wash.

    But save percentage is awful, simply awful, as compared to last year, again, on both PK and 5v5.

    This alone has me frightened long-term. The regular season isn’t a concern, we can get by fine there. But in a given playoff series your goal-scoring is going to dip and your defense and goalie have to shine, and we haven’t shown the ability to do that yet–on a consistent basis.

    • http://www.thecommittedindian.com/ Matt McClure

      Khabibulin skews the team wide EV save percentage downward. The number show that Crawford has been at least decent at even strength. But you’re right in that playoff series become battles of attrition, and if given my pick, I’d rather have a PK that’s tighter than a coat of paint than a devastating power play, and recent history has borne that out to be a more clearer indicator of success. Particularly with teams that dominate at even strength, as the Hawks have. It’s all about making teams have to score 5on5.

      • http://www.lotsofbutterplease.com/ I am not Chico Maki

        True re Khabib, that’s admissible, and his few games matter more than I expected they would, that surprises me (as near as I can tell, by removing him and Raanta from the equation we move from 5th worst to 5th best). And so ya. PK save percentage … I’ll keep my fingers crossed that Crawford benefits from Handzus’s return. Oh, and Brad Mills.

    • 334Rules

      I do think you have to take some look at the shots he’s facing on the PK. In quite a few instances, he’s simply been hung out to dry by teammates forgetting what sport they’re playing. Would it be nice if he still makes some of those saves in spectacular fashion? Of course, but it shouldn’t be expected. I’m not saying he hasn’t let in some that were less than unstoppable – he has – but he’s also been let down by his mates.

    • Accipiter

      Don’t let any shots get through on the PK so CC doesn’t have to be the best PK’er.

      • http://www.lotsofbutterplease.com/ I am not Chico Maki

        You should send in your resume.

        • Accipiter

          Noted. Thanks for your vote of confidence.

          • http://www.lotsofbutterplease.com/ I am not Chico Maki

            You could do your between-period chatter over disqus instead of behind the bench, give Kitch and Kompon a rest.

  • Z-man19

    It will be interesting to see how these numbers hold up in the month of December. 10 of 14 games against the west. A quick view of the remaining months, December might be the toughest.

    • 10thMountainFire

      If the Hawks stomp through, I think most people would take that as an indicator of just how dominant not only the West is but the Hawks specifically. I don’t think anyone in the league thinks playing us in a seven-game series is beneficial.

      • 1benmenno

        A seven-game series against the Hawk would be detrimental, even.
        Exit, stage right.

        • 10thMountainFire

          Maybe they ought to start cloning Hossa. Saad appears to have worked out well. Compliments to the lab.

  • lizmcneill

    Zus centering Kane and Saad, Pirri centering Steeg and Shaw. FFS, Q, Pirri and Kane were scoring too much or what?

    I don’t even mind Zus as much as the stiffer QoC that comes with him. Yes, Kruger will be less drowned but even given the increased finish he and his buddies have this season we might be looking at the return of the 1-goal games.

    • putmeinthemadhouse

      oh jesus christ.

      • Black JEM

        Damn. Oh well, loved Kaners point streak while it was happening. What did they ask Pirri about what to do on the ice? What have you learned? His answer – get Kane the puck.

        • lizmcneill

          Zus would get him the puck, but he’s a zone behind. Give him a minute.

          • laaarmer

            Really? A zone behind?

          • Z-man19

            I don’t think Liz meant time zone, but maybe

        • Bullitt315

          During Kaners 11pt streak Pirri assisted on 0 of Kaners 6 goals and scored one of the nine goals Kaner assisted.

          • laaarmer

            Velly intellesting

          • lizmcneill

            What about Saad?

          • Accipiter

            He’s a LC.

          • Black JEM

            Merely repeating what he said. And of course the improved possession numbers have nothing to do with it.

        • birdhead

          not 100% but I’m pretty sure most of Kaner’s point streak is off the powerplay.

          • Bullitt315

            5 of his 15 points are from the powerplay. He had 10 games in a row where he had an even strength point

          • birdhead

            I’m just wrong about facts all over the place today. Good stuff.

    • jordyhawk

      How about 52/26/17….a true slug line instead of spreading them around.

    • cliffkoroll

      If you wanna play 4 real centers…

  • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

    PK has been sucking less and the PP is fading. Maybe the waters are seeking their natural level. One number mentioned is how YOUNG most of this team is.

    • lizmcneill

      We are actually something like 8th oldest in the league with the opening day roster. Take out Khabi and it’s probably 28th.

      • laaarmer

        Khabby, Handzus, Hossa, and Roz.
        I’m reminded of Paul Simon “Old”
        Give it a listen.

        • birdhead

          every song he wrote in like the last 30 years is about being old, bud (and the leaves that are greeeeeeeen turn to brown, so were half the songs he was writing in his twenties)

          • laaarmer

            First time I smoked
            Guess what? Paranoid.
            First time I heard “Satisfaction”
            I was young and unemployed
            Down the decades every year
            Summer leaves and my birthday’s here
            And all my friends stand up and cheer
            And say, “Man, you’re old”
            Getting old
            Old
            You’re getting old

          • birdhead

            that’s the only one of his albums (apart from the latest one) that I don’t really know, for some reason. I should pick it up some time.

          • laaarmer

            It’s a good song. Bo Diddley beat.

          • birdhead

            um-hmm. I listened to it from your YT link above. Sounds a bit like Think Too Much to my ear.

          • 10thMountainFire

            I admit that I’m a fan.

          • birdhead

            Oh, I am too, basically by breeding. We thrrrrashed Graceland and the Concert in Central Park in the car from when I was about five to when I was 12.

          • Waylon

            try Rhymin’ Simon – that work never gets old.

          • birdhead

            Yup, love it.

          • 10thMountainFire

            ‘American Tune’ makes it ok for a man to tear up.

          • lizmcneill

            Who isn’t?

          • Joe Banks

            But not an “old” fan?

          • 10thMountainFire

            I am.

          • 1benmenno

            I am too. And now that I am both ageing and an old fan, songs about ageing never get old.

        • 10thMountainFire

          You’re old.

      • 10thMountainFire

        Take out Khabi and we go from AARP to the school bus.

  • lizmcneill

    Raanta gets the start. Crow tries to remember how bench doors work.

    • putmeinthemadhouse

      crow will probably start walking out onto the ice halfway through the game hes so used to it by now.

      • DesertHawk

        If Raanta lets a goal in Crow will just reflexively grab his helmet and start tightening up his pads.

        • 10thMountainFire

          Does Raanta get Khabi’s water bottle?

          • DesertHawk

            Hopefully not.

          • steeg of their own

            Or hopefully so, if the problem with Khabi’s water bottle so far has been not ENOUGH vodka, instead of the opposite.

    • bizarrohairhelmet

      Remember that time when they said Crow was going to have a day off and he like planned all that stuff and then Khabi Wallbanger’s groin erupted like Kilauea?

    • steeg of their own

      Hey Crow, if you turn into another Turco with bench doors on your few nights off, I will venerate you like no other goalie before.

      • Joe Banks

        Don’t forget to mock PP head

    • Joe Banks

      C’mon, Antti, save our Crow!

  • 10thMountainFire
    • Waylon

      I don’t know if the former players have a case here, it’s not like the NFL suit. Not to mention one of the more prominent names was given the option of wearing a helmet during his career and chose not to – and now he’s claiming ignorance after the fact?

      • steeg of their own

        IDK the details of the case personally, but several friends with very sharp legal minds who are intimately familiar with both case and claimants tell me that this thing has legs. At the very least, expect protracted legal maneuvering aimed at forcing the NHL to reveal what it did/did not know about the current state of concussion science, and what some/most teams may have done to circumvent quiet room protocols or pressure players into returning early while they still had concussion symptoms.

        • lizmcneill

          What’s the likely effect this has on the league/the game?

          • steeg of their own

            Short-term, I’d guess relatively little effect, because this is the kind of case that’s going to take a while to make its way through the courts. Long-term, ideally there’s some oversight into how team doctors relate to players with head injury with an eye to preventing the ‘oh come on back, you just got your bell rung no big deal’ effect. There may be a greater effect on NHLPA than on the league itself, initially. If a ton of players sign on to a brain injury class-action, that’ll affect how the players association emergency and long-term treatment funds work and that sort of thing.

          • Waylon

            I’ll take a stab and go out on a limb and say that there will be strict guidelines put into place, ones that make mandatory games that each player must sit out, regardless of the team’s medical clearance procedures. The Smithsonian just came out with a study that says that the effects of a first concussion on a brain are much more dramatic and long – lasting than previously assumed, with the intial injury to the brain lasting almost four months before completely healing. The symptoms subside much earlier, but the synapses are still quite damaged.

          • lizmcneill

            4 months? Suddenly a lot of currently-legal checking starts to look…uneconomical.

          • Joe Banks

            Which could cause players to crash their cars into “L” platforms?

          • Accipiter

            He wasn’t driving what Kane and Toews drive.

          • Waylon
          • Joe Banks

            Based on that one paragraph, I would say everything folks have hoped for on this blog could become reality…
            Ban fighting, stop hiring goons…

      • steeg of their own

        As to ‘given the option to wear a helmet’, that’s iffy. If the helmet wasn’t presented as a concussion-preventing piece of equipment, and if it wasn’t clear to the player what the dangers of returning early from a concussion could be (whether or not he wore the helmet), then there’s still a strong case that the league fell down on its responsibility to inform and protect players.

        • DesertHawk

          Did the league know those things at the time, and deliberately choose not to inform its players though? That seems cartoonishly evil.

          • Waylon

            if you were around in the ’70′s and watched a few games in that era, worrying about concussions was about the last thing on anyone’s mind, as best as I can recall. But who knows, the discovery part of the trial should be interesting.

          • Joe Banks

            Having had 3 concussions in one year in the 70′s, I can tell you that doctors didn’t have a clue compared to now… not a clue.

          • 1benmenno

            No, they did not have a clue. But when did they start having a clue? That is a question that I’m sure NHL and NHLPA lawyers are scurrying to find an answer to as we speak.

          • Accipiter

            Ask Eric Lindros.

          • 1benmenno

            Yes, his case was the first time I realized that “getting one’s bell rung” was not a temporary event.

          • 1benmenno

            Hey Joe: How long did the symptoms of your concussion(s) last? I took me over a year before my dizzy spells stopped.

          • Joe Banks

            I had severe headaches for at least 2 years…
            after the third one, I was a walking zombie for at least 4 to 6 months. And at the time, they didn’t even connect it to the concussions… in today’s world, it would have been so different.

          • steeg of their own

            Not really. It’s a lot more complicate

          • steeg of their own

            *complicated than that, which is why we’re having court cases all these years later. We’ve learned so much about brain degeneration and dementia and the fragility of the brain in recent years that it doesn’t make sense sometimes to say “well, that should have been obvious”, even if it’s something that should have been obvious at the time (for example, that one of the major features of well-padded helmets is concussion prevention. None of this stuff is as easy as it seems when you take into consideration what WOULD have constituted reasonable warning given the science of the time.

          • DesertHawk

            Well that’s what I’m saying, I mean, how does their case have any legs other than to claim the league was just a bunch of Snidley Whiplashes.

          • 1benmenno

            You’re too young to know who Snidely Whiplash is.

          • 1benmenno

            I worked with with Snidely Whiplash. Snidely Whiplash was a friend of mine. You’re no Snidely Whiplash

          • DesertHawk

            I watched Rocky and Bullwinkle and its offshoots as a wee lad.

          • 1benmenno

            Okay, I’ll accipt that. But I’m still upset that you never liked Elvis–the old stuff–and I blame that on your youth. All I can do is stand here, paralyzed.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQ1ovU67F8o

          • Accipiter

            Who is Elvis ?

          • 1benmenno

            A British dude who married a Canadian chick.

          • Accipiter

            Costello.

            What aboot Iginla ?

          • Joe Banks

            Elvis Iginla?

          • Accipiter

            Yus.

          • 1benmenno

            What about Stojko?

          • Joe Banks

            Thin Elvis or fat Elvis?

          • 1benmenno

            Elvish Elvis.

          • DesertHawk

            I’ve mentioned my dislike of Elvis here, and you remembered? I’m touched. I’m a heathen I know.

          • Joe Banks

            Well, you DO like the Yotes, after all…

          • DesertHawk

            I do. Except on Nov 30th. Then they can GDIAF.

          • 1benmenno

            I don’t mail bagels to just anybody, heathen. Also, I care about the youts of today. I was a yout oncet.

          • DesertHawk

            We are acquiring things to send to you! Have you had prickly pear jelly?

          • 1benmenno

            That sounds great. I’ve never had it; will google it.

          • DesertHawk

            Trying to find a few other Arizona specific things, the wife being home now means my quest is much more fruitful.

          • 1benmenno

            You don’t have to do this but I’m glad that you are. I love care packages.

          • DesertHawk

            You didn’t have to send me bagels, but you did. It’s not a burden on me, she’s just better at gift type stuff. I get paralyzed by choice.

          • 1benmenno
          • Joe Banks

            My sister and I sat on Ring Master Ned’s lap and introduced Rocky and Bullwinkle!

          • DesertHawk

            I don’t even know what that means… should I notify the authorities?

          • Joe Banks

            And my ex-wife got to bucket number 3 in the grand prize game…

          • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

            We may be old, but we got to see all the good shows.

          • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

            Who’s your favorite clown?

          • Joe Banks

            I’ve got to save Nell!

          • 10thMountainFire

            By the way, I posted on an interesting event on the blog today, if you’re interested. It spread fast. Went all over some key military circles. You might enjoy it. Got tons of traction.

          • DesertHawk

            I appear to have lost my bookmark (or failed miserably at making one) hook me up with the name again.

          • 10thMountainFire

            Here’s a link to the site itself. Today’s article should be first in the queue. We’re pulling down the site later for a re-formatting of the content page so it will look different on the main page in the coming days.

            http://foreign-intrigue.com/

          • DesertHawk

            I did have it bookmarked, typed foreign into the search bar, and Chrome was all “I got nothing bro”… I’ve noticed that a lot with Chrome recently actually… anyone else have issues with it being all secretive about your bookmarks?

          • DesertHawk

            Edit needs to be made, senor. Would you like me to tell you it here, or in another venue? (It’s just spelling)

          • 10thMountainFire

            You can hit me here.

          • DesertHawk

            I got 4 on just a casual read through. Second bullet point: in the Levant and beyon(d). Second paragraph after the bullets: view one another (as) competitors for the role. End of that same paragraph: This nuanced geopolitical dance must be analyzed step by step in order to understand the entire(ty) of the number as a whole. And final paragraph “north” in North Africa should be capitalized no?

          • 10thMountainFire

            That is the initial draft. It must have posted by mistake last hour. Thanks for the heads up. I’ll pull it and post the other version now.

          • DesertHawk

            No worries, seems pretty professional, so I didn’t figure you wanted any gnarly bits, and if I could see them, someone who knows what’s up would be all over you.

          • 10thMountainFire

            No way. Got to take a punch to throw a punch. Have to be willing to get beat up to toughen up. Criticism is one’s best asset.

          • Accipiter

            Are you talking about Morin ?

          • 10thMountainFire

            No, he just takes punches.

          • Joe Banks

            ouch

          • 10thMountainFire

            That’s Jeremy Morin’s middle name.

          • Joe Banks

            OMG… are you saying Jeremy Morin’s middle name is “Punch Imlach”???

          • 1benmenno

            If you can’t beat them in the alley, beat them on the ice.

          • 10thMountainFire

            Got it. The ‘north’ in north Africa can go either way; I’ve seen it post as a capital qualifier. I left it as is initially but on your comment, I’ll adjust it.

          • DesertHawk

            I made that comment on the basis, of the Middle and Central next to it. For style sake I’d say capitalize it too, just cause it looks odd in context, even if technically correct. /2 cents

          • DesertHawk

            Awesome grammar in my posts here, pointing out editing mistakes…

            /hypocrisy!!!

          • 10thMountainFire

            Commenting/blogging is not academia so text all ur remarx how u like.

          • DesertHawk

            Grammar has always been my bug-a-boo. I can spell pretty well though, and I can usually tell if something is wrong, by how it sounds… but I’ll be damned if I can always fix it.

          • 10thMountainFire

            I run it through the ringer on grammar and spelling many times before publishing. This one was an earlier revision… WordPress allows for retention of those revisions and I may have hit the back key inadvertently.

          • DesertHawk

            Yeah, wordpress can be fun… my poor neglected blog thingy.

          • 10thMountainFire

            My buddy convinced me after I left the Army to do blogging to augment my policy career pursuits, etc. He’s a better man than I. I had to unlearn the Army writing style. I was once a writer. The Army killed that man.

          • 1benmenno

            Did the Army kill all the principles of good writing? When writing a report, should you not use the active as opposed to the passive voice? Mistakes were made vs. I/we/they/some fucker made a mistake.
            Incidentally, I taught at a military college which is where I heard that principle uttered.

          • DesertHawk

            The military kills a lot of things. :/

          • 10thMountainFire

            Yeah, I noticed that as well. The context of the sentence demands the capital so I went with it. Thanks for the heads up on the version, too. When we auto-saved last hour it must have reverted back to the earlier revision.

          • DesertHawk

            INTERNET!!!! :shakes fist:

          • 10thMountainFire

            Information age, why do you hate us so much?

        • laaarmer

          Helmets will not prevent a concussion. They prevent skull fractures and thus save peoples lives.

    • Waylon

      btw, not saying I don’t have the utmost empathy for their situation – Pronger’s case being only the latest one.

  • Z-man19

    Is this awful mustache month or something? Good lord there are some awful hockey staches out there.

    • birdhead

      um, yes?

      • Z-man19

        Yeah, men’s health month, right?

        • birdhead

          yeah, I couldn’t tell if you were joking or not, haha.

          • Z-man19

            Nope, brain cramp which seems to happen regularly

          • birdhead

            I like that you saw a whole bunch of gross mustaches and independently came up with Grow Sketchy Facial Hair Month.

          • Z-man19

            Have you seen some of these guys? I’m trying to watch hockey and half the guys look like 70′s porn stars, shit ain’t right

          • Accipiter

            That is your fault for watching porn in the 70′s.

          • Z-man19

            Ben smuggled his collection into our cell, 70′s porn>Ben

          • 1benmenno

            Sharing that information is unacciptable.

          • Joe Banks

            How many concussions?

        • 1benmenno

          Movember (Moustache + November) is what it’s called. Prostate cancer awareness month.

    • Accipiter

      You aren’t growing one ?

      • Z-man19

        Grew the goat

        • Accipiter

          You Daffodil.

          • Z-man19

            What you got tulip

          • Accipiter

            Moustache.

          • Z-man19

            Occasional or usual?

          • Accipiter

            It’s not a good look. It’s there just to make me laugh every time I see it.

          • Z-man19

            I like the goat minus the grey hairs, I look 10 years younger without it

          • Accipiter

            I look like I’m in high school, I don’t grow facial pubes well.

          • 1benmenno

            Now I have an image in my brain that needs washing.

          • Accipiter

            You’re welcome.

          • 1benmenno

            Apology accipted.

          • Accipiter

            Looking as good as I do, I accept.

          • Z-man19

            *accipt

          • Z-man19

            Just one?

          • 1benmenno

            I’m so old, I feel lucky to get any.

          • Accipiter

            Even in prison ?

          • 1benmenno

            In prison, when someone whispers sweet nothings in my ear, I always suspicion that it’s the prison wine talking.

          • Joe Banks

            So you look good in Orange?

          • 1benmenno

            Good enough, apparently, although I hear that stripes are more slimming.

          • 1benmenno

            So without it, you look 65.

          • Z-man19

            In your years? Yep, bout right

  • Z-man19
    • 1benmenno

      Yes, but now my cable package won’t cover Hawks games that televise Hawks games against Canadian teams. Can you help me out? Please send money order ($100 or more; US funds only) to 1benmenno, Cheapskaterina, Ontario KiLBiL

    • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

      DDN’s agents will take note.

  • Country_Bumpkin

    Anyone watching the Stars/Ducks tilt? Stars score three goals in 53 seconds.

    • Z-man19

      5-3 now

  • Z-man19

    Mallards down, send the dog

    • Country_Bumpkin

      Yay! Fuck them. I thought Boudreau was gonna to lose his shit.

      • Joe Banks

        Do tell…

    • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

      More concerned with The Blues. Annie and the Av’s will fall. (Sounds like an 80′s pop band).

    • Accipiter
  • Accipiter

    Why is laaarmer flexing ?

    • 10thMountainFire

      It’s the equivalent of bowing out one’s chest during a discussion.

      • CozBullsFan

        I just got here. What did I miss?

        • 10thMountainFire

          Nothing. Ever.

          • CozBullsFan

            Lies. I always miss the good stuff stepping away from the keyboard. Like shorties.

          • 10thMountainFire

            And Cups.

          • CozBullsFan

            That’s a pretty sore point for me. I missed Kane’s Cup winning shot. I had a Mexican friend over and I was trying to explain hockey. Last year, I was in my room watching the game on GCL. As usual, it was behind. Little did I know my dad was in the other room watching it live on a ustvnow steam. I heard him shouting. He came in and said they scored. He screamed after they took the lead. Shortly after that, they scored the tying goal on my screen. I have bad luck trying to watch the the cup clinching game.

          • 10thMountainFire

            You need to be left alone during clinching games. Put a sign on your door, ‘No.’

    • laaarmer

      I am the great Cornholio!

      • Z-man19

        showing off your guns above, kind of like your avatar

  • Toews still makes funny faces!
    • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

      I want scum to tear up the east…. but not hoist the chalice.