California Über Alles – Blackhawks At Kings – Preview/Pre-Game Thread/Window Washing

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Game Time: 2:00PM
TV/Radio: NBC/WGN720
Still Suffering Stanley Cup Hangovers: The Royal Half/Jewels From The Crown

First things first – If you aren’t coming to Sheffield’s with us for the season opener… you’re blowing it and everything bad that may happen throughout the course of this season will likely be your fault. So get it together and come lose your mind with us.

Now that that’s out of the way… let’s talk some hockey. The last time we saw anything hockey related, we were watching captain Dustin Brown and the rest of the Kings skate the Stanley Cup around Los Angeles ice for the first time in franchise history. Then everything went black.

So what can we expect from this game? Well it’s really anyone’s guess. Many players used the time away from the NHL to keep their legs working in Europe or in the AHL, some just rested and I’ve heard Dave Bolland took up taxidermy. We’re likely to see a pretty rough and sloppy start to the season though. It always takes a few weeks for it to really feel like the season is underway and the extra time off isn’t going to do us much favors in terms of getting things back to normal.

The Kings were the hottest team to close out the season last year after a pretty mediocre start. It took a coaching change and a big trade but they ended the year strong and didn’t show any signs of stopping in the post-season as they took out all three of the top seeds in the West before downing the Devils in 6 games.

And not too much has really changed for the Kings. I know it comes as a shock to some of us Blackhawk fans, but the team that won the Stanley Cup is pretty much the team that will take the ice this afternoon (Yes, that is allowed). The biggest move the Kings made in the extended off-season was re-upping Conn Smythe winner Jonathan Quick for another 10 years. It was his best year ever with a 1.95 GAA and 10 shutouts. And for those keeping score, that’s 10 more than all the Hawks goalies had combined last year.

Up front, the Kings are still a group of big nasty forwards that play a physical uptempo game that can give the Hawks fits. They will be without the help of Anze Kopitar who suffered an MCL while playing in Sweden just days before the news of the lockout officially ending was announced. That’s a big loss for the Kings. Kopitar’s line with Brown and Williams was one of the strongest in the playoffs last year – putting up over 50 points in just 20 games. Word is that Kopitar is healing well and should be back soon though so we’re likely to see him the next time these two squads meet. With Kop out though lines for the Kings likely jumbled around a bit and will probably look like this:

Penner-Carter-Williams
Gagne-Richards-Brown
King-Stoll-Lewis
Clifford-Fraser-Nolan

Penner on the top line is an interesting experiment – he had a pretty lousy regular season but turned it on in the playoffs. He’s on a new one-year deal though so he’s got something to play for so long as he can avoid any pancake related injuries. Oh, and look – Colin Fraser. Good kid, that one.

Kings are short a man on the blue line as well with Willie Mitchell out after undergoing knee surgery. Mitchell is a key component of the Kings PK so missing him could potentially give the Hawks an advantage there.. but that would require a decent power play and we’re learning to crawl here, not run. It’s obviously Drew Doughty running the show here for the Kings though. Doughty’s name will be thrown around a lot for the Norris trophy for years to come.

As for the Hawks – well, you’ve hopefully been reading our previews so you know where we’re coming equipped with this year. The biggest news out of practice recently is probably the health of Toews who seems to have come down with this plague of a flu that’s destroy America. The captain missed practice yesterday and I haven’t seen any news about his status for the day. I would imagine it would have to be fairly serious for him to miss the opener though it would be wise for the Hawks to isolate him if he’s contagious because the last thing the Hawks can afford is a slow start due to everyone getting sick. With the short season, it’s crucial to not fall behind as the Hawks have a tendency of doing the last few years. There just won’t be as much time to catch up.

If Toews does miss the game – we could see Saad skating up front with Hossa and Carbomb as he did in practice yesterday. The rest of the line up is likely as follows:

Sharp-Bolland-Kane
Bickell-Shaw-Stalberg
Mayers-Kruger-Frolik

With the Sharp-Boll-Kaner line, Q achieves the always elusive “Three Centers” line… or at least he does in his own warped mind. The bottom six is a bit of a scramble of mix and match players. Can’t say it really has a fully fleshed out purpose but they rarely ever do anyway. No surprises on the blue line or in the net for the Hawks. Corey Crawford gets the start and hopefully the chance to pick up the pieces on a fairly disappointing season last year.

The Hawks and the Bruins both lost their banner raising games. With the extra time off perhaps adding even more pressure and emotion to the LA squad, it might not be the easiest game for them to win. This is the same team that surprised most people last year though – so it’s anyone’s guess.

We’re doing these threads just like the old site – so if you’re stuck away from Chicago (or just staying home.. but seriously, don’t do that. Come drink with us) then look for new threads for each period.

Let’s Go Hawks

  • KoalaKowalski

    Ahhh that non-lockout new Gameday thread smell!!!
    Im so pumped for today ive been feeling like a kid on christmas eve all week.
    One questions still remains, where’s Bob?!?!

  • http://whatisthebestadverb.wordpress.com/ I am not Chico Maki

    Ya!

    (Except BLACKHAWKS uber alles.)

  • KoalaKowalski

    Quick question- im trying to put my avatar up that i had from SCH but on my profile page it says to set one up at gravatar.com???? Is that true?

    • http://twitter.com/ChiNativeSon ChicagoNativeSon

      Not sure what your question has to do with goaltending?

      • KoalaKowalski

        Chuckle chuckle-

      • stacie7

        It’s not pick your own goalie day?

    • Z-man19

      I don’t recall having to do that but it’s been a while since I set mine up

    • http://www.thecommittedindian.com/ PowrFwd37

      That IS true as far as I know. At least I vaguely remember doing so.

      If there is another way to do it, then I’m the stupid one and also the proud owner of an otherwise needless gravatar account.

      • DesertHawk

        I had to use Gravatar as well.

    • girlphoenix

      you only have to do the gravatar for the forum pic. if you go to the gear at the top of the comment space and click on edit settings then avatar you can change your pic

    • http://www.thecommittedindian.com/ PowrFwd37

      Actually, I went and took a look at my disqus profile and you can ad an avatar there. No need to utilize gravatar afterall.

  • http://twitter.com/ChiNativeSon ChicagoNativeSon

    I’m smelling a Hawks PP goal and one from the 4th line for a 2-1 VICTORY today.
    Hockey’s back. TO THE CLIFFS!

    • Jrs23

      And Crow the #1 star! At least according to EA

      • http://twitter.com/ChiNativeSon ChicagoNativeSon

        /falls out of chair
        Obviously a fantasy league.

        Ima be Crow’s biggest fan this year – until I’m not.

        • AirTrafficAJ

          Over/Under on the amount of games before you’re not?

          • Z-man19

            .667 games

          • http://twitter.com/ChiNativeSon ChicagoNativeSon

            One Goal!

    • stacie7

      Well I’m smelling something and I hope I may be wrong, but it could very well be the Hawks PP.

    • activestick

      That does look like a really good 4th line. I hope they get some time on the ice.

  • DaveM36

    Been waiting for this day for a long time.

    LET’S GO HAWKS!!

  • Toews still makes funny faces!

    This comment needs to be rec’d

    • DaveM36

      flec’d

    • DesertHawk

      Badger!!! :pours one out:

      • Z-man19

        Cheers Badger

    • http://twitter.com/oregon_hawk Oregon_hawk

      I hope the hawks make it a good one for Badger.

    • Z-man19

      Again or is this a glitch?

      • Toews still makes funny faces!

        What?

        • Z-man19

          You posted this earlier as well or I’m hallucinating

          • Toews still makes funny faces!

            Did you select “Newest” or “Best” at top on your discussion setting?

          • Z-man19

            Newest but its switching around on me, slightly annoying

  • pompoon

    Good lord, finally the day arrives. I am so excited for this game I almost don’t care who wins.

  • KoalaKowalski

    Yaaaay, i feel so happy again! We’re all talking about an actual game and not some pissing contest! W00t!

  • http://twitter.com/oregon_hawk Oregon_hawk

    Game Day Game Day Game Day!!!

  • KoalaKowalski

    I shiver at the thought of Bolly Taxidermy…hnnnggh….

    • http://hesaid.midwestmentality.com/ JeromerInc

      At least he’s not keeping the bodies in his trunk anymore.

  • DesertHawk

    But I can’t get to Sheffield’s…. Oh no the season is doomed!!!!!

  • Hi, I’m Bob LeDonne

    Hi, I’m Bob LeDonne.

    • DesertHawk

      You don’t say?

    • KoalaKowalski

      You’re here you’re here!!!!

    • mightymikeD

      ohaibob

      • http://hesaid.midwestmentality.com/ JeromerInc

        And the Irish contingent has arrived.

      • 10thMountainFire

        Well who let this guy in?

    • AirTrafficAJ

      Upboats!!!

    • ahnfire

      IT’S GAME DAAAAAAAAAAY

  • BodomSlayer

    That’s a lot of pressure and blame to put on me for having to work lol. So happy to read this though. I’ve missed these so much! Let’s go Hawks!

  • Scarecrow

    finally I get to watch the Blackhawks.

    Suddenly, DeKalb doesn’t suck so much.

    wait, nevermind

    • KoalaKowalski

      Haha its better than Peoria, i hate it here….

      • http://twitter.com/ChiNativeSon ChicagoNativeSon

        Luckily I’m in Aurora! Off to get some Stan Mikita’s donuts! Woot!!

        Oh, wait. Yeah, Aurora sucks too.

        • AirTrafficAJ

          Butbutbut….the casino….

  • Roy Batty

    Captain Toews with the winner…sets the stage for a season framed in legend…at the end the only one ever to win Hart, Conn Smythe and Jack Adams…in the same year

  • Jrs23

    GAME DAY!! So excited. Hello all, wish I could comment here more but at work, disque isn’t allow for some reason. Oh well. Lets go HAWKS!! I missed this

    • Hi, I’m Bob LeDonne

      Hi, I’m Bob LeDonne.

  • Gozer the Traveler

    FUCK. YES. let’s get after it, boys. just bought my gamecenter live subscription (i live in michigan so the game will be blacked out here, i’m hoping that means i’ll be able to watch), and i am fucking amped. go hawks.

  • KoalaKowalski

    everyone has a profile pic but meeeeeeee :(

    • http://whatisthebestadverb.wordpress.com/ I am not Chico Maki

      I think I signed up through discus … that should do things for you? Wish I could give you more info. It took me forever just to figure out how to sign in regularly and get my normal self up here.

      • KoalaKowalski

        thanks im so confused. i did the gravatar.com thing and have a photo set but for some reason it doesnt translate here.

        • Z-man19

          Have you tried editing your profile? I just checked mine and it let me choose a pic off my computer without using gravatar

          • KoalaKowalski

            Under the forum sign in/sign up box on the right its showing a picture now…but not here in the thread…this is so difficult, ugh!

          • Z-man19

            Try logging out then sign back in

          • birdhead

            the forum account is a different one than this one I’m pretty sure. You want to go to the top of this comments section where it says “Discussion/Community/My Disqus” and then on the right-hand side of the column there’s a little Settings gearwheel. Click on that and then on Edit Settings and it should take you to your Disqus dashboard and there should be a pop-up and on the left-hand side an opportunity to change your avatar.

          • Z-man19

            What bird said, I didn’t catch the ‘forum’ part

        • DesertHawk

          Disqus settings, should have a place to pick where your avatar comes from.

    • http://twitter.com/ChiNativeSon ChicagoNativeSon

      Here’s a temporary one for ya. It’ll take at least a few years until anyone realizes it’s not really you. Ohana!
      http://www.everyjoe.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/lennay-kekua-pictures.jpg

  • BigCSouthside

    Drop the puck. Im hung over and pissed that this isnt on TV but fuck it, at least we have some hockey

    • KoalaKowalski

      its on NBC????

      • stacie7

        He’s in Ohio so probably getting the Pens game

    • GreenLantern

      and it’s on nhl.com or nbcsports.com if you live somewhere on the east coast where they’ll be showing Pens-Flyers

  • Hi, I’m Bob LeDonne

    UP BOATS UP BOATS NO COST FOR AN UP BOAT
    UP BOATS UP BOATS GIVE THEM OUT FOR FREE
    UP BOATS UP BOATS NO COST FOR AN UP BOAT
    UP BOATS UP BOATS TRIGONOMETRY

    • putmeinthemadhouse

      take one of mine here.

  • Z-man19

    So Toews is in and Saad is scratched, anyone know the rest of the lines?

    • Accipiter

      Yes.

      • Z-man19

        Thanks Jave, that’s good to know

  • chichicagochi

    I’d rather play trivial pursuit with Sergeis Krivokrasov and Berezin than walk into Lakeview bar to watch a Hawks game.

    Goals from Hossa and Bolland, 1A/1PPG from Doughty in a tough 3-2 Shootout loss.

  • DesertHawk

    So, anyone know what Channel it’s gonna be on for DirecTv? I’m not seeing it in my guide.

    • stacie7

      NBC – channel 5 locally

      • DesertHawk

        Oh, rearry! Sweet.

    • bdmoss

      I’m not getting either game. My local NBC’s have basketball. Are we allowed to do the online link thing? I’ll be looking for one.

      • DesertHawk

        I’ll be super bummed if it’s not televised :(

      • stacie7

        If it is a legal stream, and I do believe that NHL.com is streaming the games today. I also believe that there is a free preview of center ice right now if you get those channels, but since the game is on NBC it may not be on there today.

        • DesertHawk

          Yeah I can’t buy Center Ice yet, but they’re offering the channels for free right now. Usually if it’s doing some weird local only thing, they’ll unlock the local version of NBC or what have you… but I don’t know if that’s gonna be the case, since I haven’t actually paid for Center Ice yet…. of course they’d fuck this up. :glowers:

    • Gozer the Traveler

      ok, so how about if you live in the eastern viewing area? the hawks game is technically blacked out because i’m stuck with pens-flyers. will i be able to watch on gamecenter live? what about if i go to a bar? will it be available on center ice?

      • stacie7

        Normally I would say yes, but it may be blacked out since NBC is a national feed.

  • putmeinthemadhouse

    Lets get this going.

    aww we can’t post gifs…

    • http://twitter.com/oregon_hawk Oregon_hawk

      no gifs!?!?!

      • DesertHawk

        What is this tyranny! :rabble rabble rabble:

        • ahnfire

          you can post links to gifs…

          that’s about it.

  • stacie7

    I just noticed if you put your mouse over an avatar you have an option to follow. Is that like on twitter where you just follow them around this site and what they post?

    • Z-man19

      You got the kool-aide ready? I haven’t noticed that following someone here really does anything, but I’m not always the most observant.

      • stacie7

        It’s the first game. Kool-aid won’t be ready until we really need it – probably two to three games in :)

        • Z-man19

          Who are you kidding? We’ll need kool-aide about 2 minutes after puck drop

          • stacie7

            You mean after the first goal Crow lets in?

          • Z-man19

            I didn’t think you were that pessimistic but yeah 2 min in and the first goal Crow allows could be about the same time

          • stacie7

            Nope still the optimist here, I was just projecting what others are thinking.

          • Z-man19

            So you’re optimistically projecting other’s pessimism? That’s kind of like selling snake oil isn’t it? :)

        • ahnfire

          games??

          don’t you mean, periods?

    • ahnfire

      no, it just gives you an update whenever that person posts.

  • http://whatisthebestadverb.wordpress.com/ I am not Chico Maki

    Anyone know how to sign in/up for this so-called free gamecentre live? I feel like a fucktard but I can’t find anywhere to do that without having to put in a credit card number for what looks like it would be a permanent payment.

    • Z-man19

      I don’t think you need to sign up for it, you’ll get it regardless

      • http://whatisthebestadverb.wordpress.com/ I am not Chico Maki

        Thanks Z … so, to be a further idiot … once game time starts, just click on the “watch now” thingy on the score tracker banner-majig up top?

        • Z-man19

          I think so

          • http://whatisthebestadverb.wordpress.com/ I am not Chico Maki

            You’re a good man. Thanks for thinking on my behalf.

          • Z-man19

            I guessed mostly, you might hate me in 30 minutes or so

  • girlphoenix

    why did they keep saad if they’re going to scratch him?

    • http://whatisthebestadverb.wordpress.com/ I am not Chico Maki

      He’s forward 13, just in case of injury or flu or whatever.

      • Z-man19

        But why do that to Saad? If he can’t play here, he should be playing somewhere else

        • girlphoenix

          exactly. he should be playing.

        • http://whatisthebestadverb.wordpress.com/ I am not Chico Maki

          I agree … but I don’t think it was clear that Toews was going to be able to play, so better to have him here and ready than someone else. If he’s first sub and Toews couldn’t go, we’d want him in. I don’t think this is a permanent state for him this year.

          • Z-man19

            I’ll buy that but since he’s here let him play anyway, sit Carbomb or other 4th liner instead. Doesn’t take sense for him to go from centering your top line to not playing at all.

        • http://twitter.com/ChiNativeSon ChicagoNativeSon

          Q always starts the season with veterans in the lineup whenever possible. With Toews back in, no chance for Saad.

  • Sapper84

    Hello all, lookin forward to see how the GDT experience is on diqus

  • http://twitter.com/stites8 Glen Stiteley

    Vancouver sucks and go hawks! There I feel better…..

  • Dran

    Anything for us poor saps on the east coast who get a damn philly pitts game on nbc instead? :/

  • barnum22

    LETS GO HAWKS!!!!!

  • 10thMountainFire

    Holy fucking shit. Hockey.

  • Sapper84

    Once more unto the breach dear friends!

  • ahnfire

    GAME DAAAAAAY.

    Of course, because NBC/NHL suck, I have to stream it but WHATEVER.

    HOCKEYYYYYYY

    • pierzynskirules

      free NHL trial.

      • ahnfire

        ?? you mean center ice? it’s not on there, I checked.

        • pierzynskirules

          yeah.i just saw that too.

  • pierzynskirules

    i so hope i don’t have to give out a lot of medication this year..

  • CozBullsFan

    NHL Center Ice starting off with a bang this year. No Chi feed! :/

    • Jonathan Toews
      • CozBullsFan

        Thanks!

        • ahnfire

          are you still in Mexico? because it’s US only.

          otherwise, thefirstrow in the eu is still working…

          • Z-man19

            That’s good to know, thanks Ahn

          • CozBullsFan

            yeah, still stuck south of the border. just found out it doesn’t work. :/

  • Sapper84

    Is this also the 1st period thread?

    • ahnfire

      see above/below, depending on how you organized your comments

  • ahnfire