NHL: Chicago Blackhawks at Dallas Stars

I Wish I Was Special: Hawks 3 – Stars 2 (OT)

The Hawks special teams save the day. I’ll now take a break while you try and shake the cobwebs from the embolism you’ll have had reading that.

No….not yet…..

Ready?….

Ok, now we go. The Hawks weren’t great for the first half of the game, and what moments they did conjure were stopped, dropped, and rolled by an inspired Kari Lehtonen (no doubt motivated by McClure’s reminder in the preview that he usually steals one from the Hawks once per season. I’m contagious, apparently). And while they improved in the last 30 to claw back a two-goal deficit, it was their power play that got them there. Along with two important and pretty dominant kills. Isn’t that a welcome change?

Our world famous bullets:

-I’m not going to say the Hawks were bad in the first 30, but they were doing something they hadn’t done much in the first three games and perturbs me greatly, and that’s a  dependency on the stretch-pass. Wingers were not cycling back to their zone, and once again that annoying tendency to fire a puck to a stationary winger at the other blue line. All he can do is chip it in from there and pray that the other winger is hitting the line with speed when he does. Thanks to what is basically an inept Dallas defense, it was more effective than it should have been. But after the first 10 minutes and until about 10 minutes left in the 2nd, this all the Hawks were resorting to. When they made an effort to break as a team and keep the passes to no more than 15 feet….well, you saw the results.

-Case in point was Dallas’s second goal. While an egregious turnover by Rozsival, both Sharp and Kane made a beeline for the Stars line, with Rozsival skating backwards. He only had a covered Bolland in the middle and Leddy on the other side which was too risky. There was only one alley he could take, and it was easily blocked. This is something they didn’t do again after.

-Ok, good stuff. The power play. It’s got movement, it’s got some imagination, and if you keep giving the Hawks superior talent space, they’ll get lucky and they’ll find a way through. Or did the Stars think that Marian Hossa was just going to keep missing all these chances?

-Hey, did it look like Jaromir Jagr couldn’t be bothered? Yeah, Stars fans should get used to that. That motherfucker is basically Alex Kovalev with better hair and more of a rep.

-Brent Seabrook didn’t have his best effort, and he’s looked rusty all season. This was eminently predictable after I called him the Hawks best d-man. Nor do I expect it to continue.

-But it hasn’t mattered as much, as both Hjalmarsson and Nick Leddy had strong games. Leddy had one or two wobbles in his own zone, but I’ll live with those if he continues to push it the other way. The Hawks are a much different team with another guy who can do that besides Keith. Hammer has really had a good gap all year, which has caused his stick to be much more active. He hasn’t had to turn himself into a backstop because he’s in better position to stop the shot before it ever happens. Looks like a guy who’s not afraid to get burned, and when you play fearless you tend to not get burned. Much different than the timid Hammer we saw last year.

-We get it, Lehtonen’s left pad works. Stop trying it.

-I kind of remain in a state of bewilderment that there are people who think Brandon Saad looks out of place. I understand the points might not be there, but isn’t he already one of the Hawks best forecheckers? He’s keeping and stealing possession which is allowing Toews and Hossa to go all Galactus on teams. In fact, Saad should be replacing Shaw on the power play in 3….2….1….

-They didn’t have any points, but I thought Stalberg and Bickell also had strong games. A mere flipping of Shaw and Kruger would see them get a true center and might make that line pop more than it already is.

-In case you can’t tell, I’m not exactly enthralled with Shaw’s frantic, energetic yet brainless game at the moment.

-Very small sample size on Crawford. Eriksson’s goal was unfortunate in that he stopped the shot but had it bounce funny through him, and he got lucky with Keith backing him up. But he stopped a penalty shot, made a couple big saves in the 3rd after getting to read most of the Dallas Morning News, check out the AAC signage, and maybe send his room number to a Texas honey or two on the glass due to inaction. Isn’t that all the Hawks are asking of their goalies?

-I get annoyed when Sharp is on the point and all he does is crash to the goal line. Because he’s capable of so much more there. His big shot keeps penalty killers occupied, which opens up passing lanes which he can exploit. Oh look, there’s Toews’s goal.

-The Hawks attempted 77 shots. The Stars 42. That’s what we call the cliff-notes of the game.

Four is better than three. While this is getting out over the skiis, if the Hawks can get both this weekend, they won’t have to ace the Ice Show trip to be in good position when they get seven straight at home. Winning three in four nights in three cities is never easy….except they’ve already done it once this season.

  • mightymikeD

    One of the interesting subplots has been the solid play of Kruger, Frolik and Bickell.. nothing spectacular but considering all three took turns being the Red Headed Stepchild at times last year, very gratifying. Shaw on the other hand.. he looks out of his depth a bit.. a lot more so than Saad. I think where people are getting confused about Saad is because he’s having to keep up with the machinations of 19 & 81 at full throttle: a task that would stretch most veteran players in this league, let alone a kid. He’s doing better than fine.

    • Z-man19

      My cat is strongly interested by your avatar. I agree on Saad.

      I have a question about Leddy’s positioning on the second Dallas goal. Shouldn’t he be a little closer to the center of the ice when Rosz turned it over?

      • Accipiter

        Possibly. Roszie kinda just stood there after the giveaway and let Whitney go to the net alone.

        • Z-man19

          True, but Leddy is on the other side of the ice like he’s stuck in concrete. Shouldn’t he at least be moving towards the middle? I’m not trying to fry Leddy here, just understand why he’s not moving towards the middle.

          • Accipiter

            Yeah I think Leddy was cheating a little thinking the play was going to go up ice, no question, his positioning on that play wasn’t good.

          • Z-man19

            I just watched it again. Both guys did nothing but watch that play happen. If I’m Q, I’m asking Leddy what he’s thinking there, why he’s not moving towards his goal when it’s clear the puck wasn’t getting out is befuddling. I don’t know if he stops the goal but his odds are much better. Not that Rosz did much better

          • Cluster_Puck

            Look for brookbank on Saturday. If I’m Q, I am dreaming of John Scott.

          • MNHawkFan

            Please, please, please tell me you are being sarcastic about dreaming of John Scott.

          • DesertHawk

            Q always dreams of John Scott.

          • justforkicks

            this is insanity

      • nextgame

        I had the same thought when that play happened and saw the replay. Leddy makes this big circle away from the middle to the far board, and by the time he’s headed back toward the middle the puck’s in the net. Just a poor defensive sequence all the way around. Unfortunately, this shit is gonna happen from time to time.
        I’ve also got to comment on something I read at TTMI in their game wrap. Chris Block wrote a comment to the game wrap (which was written by one of TTMI’s other writers) that really roasts Dave Bolland (as well as laying blame on Roszival & Leddy) for an epic failure on the Stars 2nd goal. He basically says (at least as I read it) that Bolland is primarily responsible for the misplay that leads to Whitney scoring. He states that Bolland makes a boneheaded (he actually refers to Bolland as a knucklehead at one point in his comment) play on Eakin along the boards that results in the goal. He goes on to state that Bolland should not be centering the second line. That he’s ill suited to play between Kane & Sharp and is wasting their talent due to too many giveaways. And that Sharp should be moved to center on the 2nd line.
        That assesment seems overly harsh to me. I think Bolland’s been doing just fine so far at the 2nd line pivot. And while playing Sharp at center isn’t the craziest thing that’s ever been suggested it would seem an unnecessary overreaction to one unfortunate play. Plus it would necessitate a shuffling of lines 2 thru 4 that seems wholly unnecessary right now.
        I know Block is fairly well respected by the TOS (although I’m not much of a fan) but I just don’t understand the Bolland ‘diss’ in his viewpoint. Am I missing something here? Has Bolland been worse than I think? Am I seeing him through rose colored ‘Rat’ glasses? Or is Block just being a Debbie Downer again, as is his wont?

        • http://twitter.com/neo873 Neo

          I’m not much of a fan of Block either. And anyone suggesting Sharp should be a center, shouldn’t be respected. Sharp was +25 last year as a winger when paired with two of the three core forwards. He was in the negative teens as a center the year before and almost +20 as a winger during that year. Dude is a winger and especially on a power line.

          And I don’t really agree with either assessment on that play concerning Bolland. It is a stretch to say that was a 50/50 puck. Bolland was behind the Stars player at the time of the turnover. Maybe he could have played the puck better. However, both Patricks flew the zone and Bolland was the only one being anywhere near defensively responsible on the play.

    • The Doctor

      This is pretty much what I meant about Saad when people jumped on my back. He is a great player and obviously very talented, but he can’t keep up with Toews and Hossa. He’s doing an admirable job, but he’s not quite at their level. Then again, there aren’t many forwards that are, so yeah.

      • 10thMountainFire

        What does ‘can’t keep up with Toews and Hossa’ mean, exactly? I don’t get that statement at all.

        • The Doctor

          It means not being able to produce at their level. I don’t think it’s a hard concept to understand. If Saad were as good as Toews and Hossa, he would be producing. But he is not on their level. It is not a knock on him and I don’t understand why you’re so defensive of a player that is obviously nowhere near the skill Toews and Hossa possess.

          He is a great player, like I’ve said time and time again tonight. But he is not ready for top line duties yet. Before this season started I was a huge advocate for getting him started off in the NHL. But now I’m not sure that’s the best move for his long-term development. It’s obvious he could use some more time in the AHL.

          • Glaze

            Who exactly fits on that line better? I think the lines are as evenly balanced as they’ve been in quite some time. Saad may not be producing points, but he’s generating offensive pressure and allowing the point producers on the line to get to open space and make plays. Not sure there is much more to ask from him at this point outside of a point or two, which will come with time.

          • TheFullAmonte

            Hossa and Toews are arguably both in the top 5 of forwards in the NHL. Do you want another top liner at their level? Is that what you are saying? I think Saad is absolutely doing a great job on that line. He is responsible defensively and a great fore checker. He’s made some nifty passes and done good work below the net to get the puck back or keep possession in the zone. I don’t see how the Hawks have anyone better for that line, or how Saad could use some time in the AHL. He doesn’t look out of place at all, which is more than can be said for almost anyone else who has tried to play those minutes for the Hawks recently. (Bruno, Stals, etc.)

          • Paul the Fossil

            Bingo, well said.

          • 10thMountainFire

            That’s so vague that I dismissed it entirely.

          • http://twitter.com/neo873 Neo

            There is a big beef that Saad is a rookie on the first line. Problem is, Q doesn’t work that way. Q spreads his “talent” and doesn’t play a traditional depth chart.

            At one time in the cup year, Kopecky was on the 1st line, Sharp on the second, and Ladd on the third. And that was when Madden was the third center. No way the skill level matched the lines.

            And later when Morin was up, he played on the top line too. So there are people who don’t understand that and get upset with Saad on the top line.

      • Paul the Fossil

        This makes no sense to me.

  • Bwana

    Socks: 1-0, Away Bolland: 3-0

    One of these days I’ll post a Game Day Beer. Sorry :(

    • ahnfire

      it’s ok. Bob posted a Game Day Whiskey while you were gone. :)

  • red palace

    Just for the fun of it: was Kompon the key off-season change? And yes, small sample size, but the Kings are 17th in PK and …. 29th in PP.

    • Cluster_Puck

      Get out the pom-poms for Kompon!!!!

    • Sparky_The_Barbarian

      Yes, for all my bitching, I have to agree, based on the small sample size, QKK actually seem to know what they are doing, though I do miss Havi’s smile on the sidelines, I’ll gladly trade it for special teams totaling 121%, as the Hawks are this morning. The last two games have seen a goalie win, and a special teams win. Who’d a thunk it?

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

      I wasn’t able to watch last night. One thing that’s bugged me, though, is that they’ve been really inconsistent on the PP, scoring just enough to hide the greater trouble they’ve had with entering the zone–yet again. They’re scoring, and I’ll take it, but so much of the PP time they’re chasing down iced pucks due to an inability to gain the zone and keep possession. The weird gulf between the inept possession on the one hand, and then the scoring on the other … it worries me.

      • Waylon

        I’m not too worried – remember, it’s still early in the season and I do believe they’re in the midst of changing their tactics in those in – game situations.

  • AMR

    I think that LA and Chicago traded power plays.

    • 10thMountainFire

      No tradebacks.

  • justforkicks

    would love, love, love to see kruger and shaw switched (in position and in toi), i trust him so much more in his play and really think he’s earned it. that probably means it’ll never happen but i live in hope.

    ot goal was gorgeous, may this weekend bring more regulation wins for the hawks.

  • Accipiter

    I agree that having Shaw on the PP is going to be (or should be) short lived. To me it would make more sense to keep the 1st line together (as you mentioned) and put Saad in front of the net.

  • Joe Banks

    One hell of a comeback. Wow, just wow…

  • amontesawesome

    I’m glad Andrew Shaw is drawing the ire of others as well. As someone who had never been a particularly big fan of his play I was worried what I was seeing so far was a case of confirmation bias.

    • http://twitter.com/AndrewCieslak Andrew Cieslak

      Without Bollig to smack around last night he took over the role of “escape goat”

  • 10thMountainFire

    I’m glad someone else noticed Saad’s forechecking. And he had numerous quality chances on net tonight that were turned away through superb work by a hot netminder in Lehtonen. If I had to read one more ‘Saad is slowing down Toews/Hossa’, ‘Saad looks out of place’, or ‘Saad looks confused’, I was going to set something on fucking fire. Those statements are plain fucking stupid. I don’t know how one watches the past four games and isn’t impressed with Brandon Saad.

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

      Toews and Kane both had 6 shots on goal, Saad had 5. Honestly he should have a goal or two and a couple assists but some strong goalie play has stymied his production. the points will come. Im just glad he looks in place.

      • 10thMountainFire

        My perspective as well. When they start getting through netminders, Saad is going to put up some good numbers… especially if he remains on a line with 81-19.

    • Accipiter

      Kneel.
      I have no problem with Saad and his performance so far. If by confused, out of place, or bringing down 19 – 81, you mean making smart plays or being first on the puck in the offensive zone, then yes Saad is guilty.

    • QCBlackhawk

      Reals. Nothing holding back that line tonight other than Lehtonen. Saad has been making me a happy camper and every time I saw someone talk shit my reaction was http://i.imgur.com/U8IYBYm.jpg

    • Z-man19

      I agree minus one small tidbit, Saad didn’t play in game 1. I’m sure he looked great in the Lepisto Lounge though.

    • MySpoonIsTooBig

      Maybe it’s because I don’t live anywhere near Chicago, and the only Chicago hockey news sources I follow are the triumvirate (here and on Twitter) and Tracey Myers, but I haven’t seen or heard anyone saying that Saad looks out of place or is slowing down Toews and Hossa nor have I expected to see that because I agree with you that it’s complete and utter bullshit. Who is saying this crap?

      • detroit must die

        Ditto, I don’t live in Chicago, and I voluntarily ignore inane Blackhawks coverage (i.e. I only get my Hawks stuff from the triumvirate, Bartl, and Tracy Myers, with the occasional Al Cimaglia peppered in).

      • http://twitter.com/AndrewCieslak Andrew Cieslak

        I don’t know if anyone is – but I think a lot of us might be worried that he’s feeling pressure from himself to score (he doesn’t have to, yet) and that he’ll stop doing the little things in an effort to do that. He’s been effective and hopefully the coaches are telling him to keep doing exactly what he’s doing.

        Also, I think some of us are skeptical of Q keeping him in there just because Q does Q things.

        • MySpoonIsTooBig

          I totally buy the worry that he’s feeling some pressure, and I definitely buy the skepticism of him staying where he is because with Q you never know when the random line generator is gonna get going. What I DON”T buy is the idea that he has hindered Toews and/or Hossa in any way, or that he looks even remotely out of place with them.

      • http://twitter.com/neo873 Neo

        Saad has replaced Kane on Jaeckel’s personal vendetta list, he has Saad back in the minors in 5-10 games.

    • nextgame

      The best thing about Saad’s game is he’s not trying to force anything. He’s making the smart plays, the right plays, and not trying to force things that aren’t there just to prove he belongs. He seems to realize that as long as Toews and Hossa are lighting it up right now he doesn’t have to, and that his scoring will eventually come.
      As least as far as hockey is concerned, he seems wise beyond his years.

      • krome

        A rookie playing with two superstars?
        It seems to be he has a solid plan for fitting in and helping the team while getting his head adjusted to NHL life (solid D and grunting things out to set up the current stars) – the other things will come in due time if he does these things well enough to stay up.

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

    Favorite Hossa quote: “So I knew right away he (Kane) got something in his mind, so you just have to be ready to, you know, unleash it.”

    UNLEASH THE HOSSA

    • 10thMountainFire

      Texas experienced the full releasing of The Hossa tonight.

  • Hi, I’m Bob LeDonne

    Wooooo 82-0 mother fuckers!

    • Sparky_The_Barbarian

      That’ll be a neat trick this year,.

      • DesertHawk

        We’ll just keep winning well into next year, silly Sparky.

  • QCBlackhawk

    I’m going to go ahead and say this is the most impressed I have ever been with Leddy. Caught a game in the Rock before the lockout ended and had my eyebrows raised by his play aand was cautiously optimistic (I’ll be honest, I don’t have tons of experience with the AHL and didn’t know how to weigh it). Tonight, he proved me wrong and looked comfortable doing what he needed to, being clutch at points, drawing penalties (fuck that boarding), and I rescind all of the grumblings I had about him last season.

  • Cluster_Puck

    I am no fan of the current 4on4 5 minute overtime and the skills competition, but I get it. But was anyone else thinking last night how fun a 3 on 3 OT session would be?

    • MySpoonIsTooBig

      3-on-3 would be nuts (in the best way possible). I was more than a little disappointed that there was so little time left on Hjammer’s penalty when Morrow interfered with Seabs, it would have been hilariously awesome to see more than 20 seconds of 3-on-3

    • kev623

      I was thinking people think this would be less gimmicky than a Shootout? I do think 3 on 3 would be more fun to watch that a shootout. But it’s just as stupid of a way to decide a hockey game as a shootout. Please just play a 5 on 5 ot and have ties again. It solves so many problems.

  • Gozer the Traveler

    Saad has really impressed me. He’s displayed some really nice hands and vision; I saw at least three nifty little quick-touch passes between the blue lines and high in the offensive zone that bought teammates space. Also, he’s very strong on his skates at 20 years old. I haven’t noticed him get really outmuscled in the puck area (shout-out to Q).
    Last night, sitting at home alone (fiancee already in bed), I asked my dog, “Frisbee, what the fuck is Shaw doing on the powerplay?!” He sighed and then farted. I don’t know what it means, but it just seemed fitting.
    Shaw looked like a solid energy 4th line center; Kruger has looked like a defensively responsible 3rd line checker with a good active stick. Let’s make that switch.
    I think I just saw Duncs shoot into another set of shinpads.

  • Cluster_Puck

    Is there an idiot’s guide out there for how to follow comments on this new site?

    • putmeinthemadhouse

      set the discussion tab to newest

      • DesertHawk

        And suck it up, it’s about all we can do…

  • JesusMarianHossa

    This is me nitpicking, but anyone else think the penalty shot probably should have just been a two minute minor? Seabs was with him step for step as they approach Crawford. That did not look like a definitive breakaway to me.

    Not that I’m complaining because I’ll take the penalty shot over 2 minutes of kill time.

    • 10thMountainFire

      It did not appear to me that Seabrook was beat crossing the blue line… but it ended well with Crow. No complaints from me.

    • kev623

      I thought it was a penalty shot. Seabrook was a step behind from the blue line and then when dove to try to knock the puck away and tripped him.

      I always surprised that people would prefer the penalty shot. I thought I saw somewhere that penalty shots are successful around 25-30% of the time. Even your top PP and bottom PK are usually better than that. But maybe I’m wrong.

      • http://twitter.com/ChiNativeSon ChicagoNativeSon

        You are correct. Statistically better to be on the PK – unless of course your team is down by 1 or 2 and then you’d prob prefer to throw the dice with the PS and get the extra 2 mins on the clock at EV.

    • mightymikeD

      I think it could have gone either way.. and yes, I’d always prefer to face a penalty shot than a penalty, especially with Crow (this may not be backed by stats but I think he’s pretty damn good at penalty shots/shootouts?)

      • MNHawkFan

        I have the same impression of Crow. I remember him performing well in shootouts last year, despite having a pretty crappy season otherwise.

      • zacked

        Normally I’d say this is crazy talk, but with Crawford it might not be so insane.

        He’s never allowed a penalty shot in 6 shots in his career. He’s actually the active leader in shootouts against for goalies who have faced 50 attempts.

        I don’t have the exact numbers easily available, so for the PKs I’ll just take the Blackhawks team numbers which include the terribleness that is Turco and Emery, but for the last 2 years goals have been scored on about 20.6% of hawk PKs (after subtracting shorties). For Crawford’s career, they’ve scored on 18.3% of his shootouts and penalty shots.

        So they actually have been less likely to allow a goal on a PS than a regular penalty. That all said, the sample sizes are tiny and if the PK skaters did a better job than they have the last 2 years you’d rather have a regular penalty.

  • cliffkoroll

    “Isn’t that all the Hawks are asking of their goalies?”

    During the regular season, yes.

  • cliffkoroll

    Also, did Bolland just come back from a “I’m not just gonna learn how to win face-offs, I’m gonna learn ridiculous decisive face-off win technique” seminar or sumpin?

    • Gozer the Traveler

      yeah he had some really clean F/O wins. i heard during the broadcast that the stars are typically terrible at the dot though. i guess they got horsed by Scum there too (Scum with 58%).

      • justforkicks

        and a lot of his wins were at really key moments too, imo.

  • zacked

    Wait…you’re allowed to score 3 PP goals in one game? I thought they just stopped counting after the second one.

    My one gripe with the PP (which has been somewhat more lucky than good the last two) is that Keith and Seabs never, ever trade sides. It’s a pretty standard move and maybe they could get a shot through once and awhile if they tried it for some one-timers. It’d give the PP a different look than the backdoor pass if they could get shots from up high consistently.

  • Waylon

    Big difference so far this year from last – last year Duncs misses that puck as it slowly slides into the net, Hawks lose. Last year Leddy gets horsed on the PP during overtime, leading to a clear by Dallas, Hawks lose. Last year Dallas D – man doesn’t deflect pass into his own goal, Hawks lose. Last year average goalie stymies the Hawks despite facing almost twice as many SOG, Hawks lose. So far, so good.

    • mightymikeD

      That’s it exactly.. early on, while Lehtonen was standing on his head I flashed back to all those nights last year when Rinne or Smith stonewalled the Hawks.. but this year they seem to have an extra gear (and it’s a slower, more considered gear rather than mad frenzy)

      • Waylon

        I think they’ve all made a conscious decision not to repeat their mistakes from last season – but watching Dunc start to launch those shots from the point into the inevitable shin pads gave me a quesy feeling, all the same.

        • krome

          80 foot rink, 8 inch shinguard.
          Why is it so ard to miss the shinguard?

          • nextgame

            Keith almost always takes a huge backswing for the big slapper. A quick wrister or snap shot with little or no backswing (ala Seabs PP deflection goal against St. Louis off a quick Keith snap shot) would go a long way towards cutting down on the number of shinguards he finds.
            My theory, which belongs to me, and is mine, is:
            Less backswing = quicker release = fewer shinguards.
            – Anne Elk

  • Cam’ron Barker

    A question that came to my mind when Rozsival’s play was mentioned: Is Steve Montador the next Kim Johnsson or will he return from the abyss?

    • mightymikeD

      nevermind making the team: I’ll be happy when Monty is a fully-functioning person again

      • Waylon

        Yeah – I don’t think he should try playing again, for the sake of his long – term health. He was cleared to play and then after taking a slight bump during practice went right back into his prior symptoms – does not look good, hope he heeds what his body’s trying to tell him.

        • mightymikeD

          yeah. Sad but true.

    • frictionjane

      Does it really matter? Wasn’t he a healthy scratch for a few games of the 2010 playoffs?

      • Accipiter

        Are you referring to Kim Johnsson ? He missed all the playoff games.

  • Waylon

    Forgot to mention Foley and Eddie’s continuing to mention of how badly the Hawks are being out – hit every game. To which I always wonder if they have any idea just why that’s occurring this season? Could it be because other teams are finding out that they can’t skate with all four lines going on the Hawks right now? Nah, that couldn’t be it.

    • cliffkoroll

      If I was gameplanning against the Hawks, I would stress the physical theme.

      • Paul the Fossil

        Every hockey coach always stresses the physical theme before every game. Right after “gets some shots” and “we gotta win the puck battles.”

        • cliffkoroll

          Really? Because I thought it was possible for teams to actually emphasize one aspect of the game versus another, and perhaps tweak the emphasis depending on factors such as the opponent, but you’re prolly right, it’s all just platitudes.

  • TheGuyFromTheBar

    Saad is awesome, when we get Carcillo back, put him on 4th, leave Saad on 1st.

    When did Hjammer learn how to stick handle and pass?

    Kane seems do be getting a lot of sneaky Datsyuk like steals where he weasels in behind somebody and before they know it, Kane took the puck from them. Hell of a game.

    • http://twitter.com/neo873 Neo

      Imo, the big revelation from last year was when Q switched which sides Hammer and Leddy were on. Leddy looks so much better on his natural side compared to his off side. And Hammer has looked better on his off side. And that is from both this and the short sample size from last year.

  • frictionjane

    Jaeckel on Hockeybuzz is floating the Bobby Lu to Chicago rumor, said it’s been heating up recently, and that Luongo is interested.
    Thoughts?

    • Waylon

      I doubt that’ll happen, mostly because Gillis is an idiot and wants top – level prospects on top of a team taking on that ginormous contract. Stanbow loves his prospects, and it makes no sense to take on that kind of cap hit for a player at this stage of his career.

      • laaarmer

        “Just say no to Roberto”

    • zacked

      Not with that contract. He has negative trade value, which Gillis doesn’t seem to understand.

    • krome

      Won’t work cap-wise, by my reckoning.

  • cliffkoroll

    When you’re 4-0, karma’s prolly doing its part too. The goal off Doughty’s skate, Seabrook’s goal, and Sharpy’s last night. By my count, that’s three fluky goals the Hawks have enjoyed versus zero against in 4 games. The last two years, the Hawks registered 20 fluky goals but gave up 5 billion.

    • laaarmer

      Is it Karma or Newton’s laws of motion? Or are they one and the same?

  • laaarmer

    Saad looked out of place in his 1st game. He is picking it up nicely. I wish I was playing with Toews and Hossa. I overheard Q say this. “Hey kid, go out there and stay out of the way for a while, watch what they do, and then try to do the exact same thing as best you can. If you don’t your ass will be playing with Bollig before you can say Keith Stone.”

  • krome

    Crawford has been very ‘above average’ so far.
    That’s really all the Hawks need (if it continues consistently).

    • cliffkoroll

      one good game outta three ain’t gonna cut it in the playoffs.

      • laaarmer

        Did the playoffs start already?

        • cliffkoroll

          Are you suggesting it’s pointless to consider personnel decisions with an eye to what it may mean for success in the playoffs? Cuz the way I think about it, that’s kinda the whole ball game.