Just For The Fünf Of It: Hawks at Jackets Preview, Pregame Thread, Front Squat Wave Load

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Sorry, couldn’t figure out how to get an umlaut into the title. I can do it here though if you want me to make up for it. ü. There you go.

Edit: Umlaut achieved.

The Hawks try to push it to five tonight in Ohio, against the carcass that the other carnivores in the Central have been scavenging off for years. And that will probably remain the case this year as well, as the Blue Jackets continue the bobbing for Seth Jones competition they are in.

Word out of the morning skate is that Corey Crawford is the guard for the cage tonight, which is something of a small surprise considering the Hawks turn around tomorrow at home against Scum. But Quenneville wants to ride the roll here, or was so terrified by Ray Emery’s one start he’s not going to play him until he has no choice, or both. I don’t have a problem with it, as this early Crow should be able to handle three in four and there’s nothing wrong with trying to build the confidence as much as they can.

Only other lineup decision is Jammer is staying in ahead of Bollig in an unusual bout of common sense. Maybe Jared Boll isn’t someone you need to account for after all.

The Jackets probably are correctly defined now as “new-look.” That is because they finally shipped off alleged dong-concealer and overrated obelisk Rick Nash to New York, and they are no longer defined by his mood swings, performance, or desires. I will say in the brief glimpses I’ve gotten of Columbus this season, they do appear a little more fun to watch and more committed than they have in the past, when it seemed everyone was looking to Nash to discover if he was going to pull their ass out of a sling or not give a shit and they could follow suit.

However, Nash was their one vessel of actual talent. This team is bereft of it currently. While I love Brandon Dubinsky, he’s really nothing more than a third-line player on a good team. But he has to skate on the top line here. Nick Foligno is another new addition, and he’s skating over his head as well. At least they’ve finally gotten Brassard and Johansen playing in the middle, at least at times and something they out-thought themselves out of a lot in the past.

Ah, but the dish turns rancid when you cast your eyes back to the blue line. They actually toss out James Wisniewski and Jack Johnson (he’s the name you know) as a top pairing, as apparently Todd Richards loved the Looney Tunes so much he wants to see it on ice at all times. Fedor Tyutin is a fine bottom-pairing guy, but Nikita Nikitin plays a sport I’m not familiar with and Adrian Aucoin….well, you know.

That’s all in front of either Sergei Bobrovsky, who no one has told that players are allowed to shoot at the top half of the net, or the permanently bewildered Steve Mason. It’s going to be Mason tonight. In his last four starts against the Hawks, Mase has allowed the twine to be molested 19 times. Yeah, get some.

The Jackets started the year with two sprightly performances that ended in shootouts, splitting decisions against Nashville and Scum. But since they’ve gotten clocked by Colorado and Phoenix. I suppose there’s a chance that the Hawks could be overlooking this one to Detroit at home and then the Ice Show trip. But even in that state, this is a team the Hawks can get by. Don’t do anything stupid, and the Hawks will find out five is better than four.

 

 

  • Toews still makes funny faces!

    Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa are playing out of my fucking mind!

    • mightymikeD

      That’s a really small backyard rink, right? :]

      • Z-man19

        it’s covered in sand at present

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

          What’s all that tar-like crap? Smells like a whale-blubber Molotov cocktail.

  • Hi, I’m Bob LeDonne

    Hi, if I’m Bob LeDonne, then who the hell are you?

    • mightymikeD

      I BOB.. YOU JANE

    • Accipiter

      Just a fan.

    • StealingHappyHour

      You’re a fucked up man with a fucked up plan.

    • Sparky_The_Barbarian

      I am the Walrus. Koo Koo Ka Choo.

  • mightymikeD

    Ah.. I’d forgotten about Wiz (funny how that happens) and Aucoin.. the Ghost Of Shit Ex-Hawks Past.. and he’re’s some lame jokes about Columbus Fans.. (I’ll be doing the “Comedy” fanposts from here for the time being) http://fallingdownthemountaintime.blogspot.ie/2013/01/blog-post.html

    • Toews still makes funny faces!

      No more Grant Clitsome jokes with the BJ’s anymore though :(

  • Accipiter

    I wonder if CBJ’s and Mason have been able figure out his equipment issues and fit him with pads that are his size.

    • Toews still makes funny faces!

      They probably have not yet learned the 6.5′ x 4.5′ net behind is not regulation size. So lets just keep that between us!

  • Toews still makes funny faces!

    Since I had job obligations Thursday night. WTF is with Kaner’s bridal jump into the arms of Panda? Cute or Disturbing?

    • Chesterfield King

      I think we universally found it cute

      • Z-man19

        I deny this report, babies are cute, grown men jumping into each others arms is never cute.

        • DesertHawk

          Kaner counts as a grown man now?

          • mightymikeD

            he does..

          • Z-man19

            Keep up with the times DH, our Kaner is all growed up now

    • mightymikeD

      Erotic

    • Accipiter

      Unbridled affinity of Hossa.

    • laaarmer

      He made a pass to Hossa in OT and Hossa scored. But I’m sure you knew that. BTW if you are going to jump into Hossa’s arms, he requires that you do it this way.

    • steeg of their own

      Adorable. Come on, who wouldn’t hop into Hoss’s arms after dishing him a behind the back pass that sweet?

    • shinkicker

      Completely understandable.

    • stacie7

      Adorable. His goal is to make it into hockey hugs with as many of the Hawks as he can this year.

    • Hawkeytalk

      The other way around would have been messy.

    • justforkicks

      adorable obviously! how is this even a question?!

    • cliffkoroll

      Heh. I noticed Kaner’s effeminate leg-tuck but deigned not to pass comment…until now.

      • Z-man19

        at least he didn’t wrap the legs

    • lobsters

      Disturbing. It was a little weird with sharp against st louis, and got extra weird with hossa. Stick with the fist pump on your goals and the fist bump on your assists! Even yakupov it for all I care, just don’t hop into hossa’s arms like his wife on his wedding day.

    • birdhead

      Cute. Kind of judging anyone who was even tongue-in-cheek disturbed, to be honest. Hugging is never the wrong decision.

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

    Atkinson?

    • Accipiter

      Questionable for tonights game is what I heard (LBI) .

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

        ooh. He scored a beauty the other day.

        • Accipiter

          Twas really nice.

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

    I like the idea of Crawford getting the road start and Emery at home vs. the Wings – assuming Q sticks to his plan.

    • JesusMarianHossa

      Seems the new rage is to get the first set of points and worry about tomorrow’s… Uh, tomorrow. Guess it’s been happening the last year or so in more frequency league wide. Start your #1 against the cupcake and come back the next day with at least 2 out of 4.

      If Crow has an aneurysm tonight then obviously it all changes.

      • mightymikeD

        “Aneurysm”? that’s a funny way of spelling “Shuto..” no, I won’t do it…

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

          C’mon. You can do it. Here: I’ll do it for you. Corey is going to Shuto Con today after the game if he doesn’t have an aneurism.

    • Sparky_The_Barbarian

      I was wondering if Q would start Razor against the less dangerous team and save Crow for the hated rivals.

    • detroit must die

      Actually, I wouldn’t be surprised if Crow gets both (assuming he doesn’t shit the bed tonight/ *throws salt over shoulder) since the Hawks are off until Wednesday after that.

      • Toews still makes funny faces!

        I do not like when my bed is shit in. If I have to shit in a bed, I prefer to use someone else’s.

        Let’s have Crawford shit in Columbus’ bed.

        • detroit must die

          That would be preferable, yes.

          This is a game where the Hawks simply need to take care of the puck, make Columbus generate offense on their own, and not give up anything on a silver platter. Columbus only has 6 goals in 12 periods of regulation play, afterall.

        • Z-man19

          That’s almost Dr. Seuss like

          Would you shit in a box
          would you shit on a fox

          • Accipiter

            Yes to both.

          • Z-man19

            could you would you with a goat?
            would you could you on a boat?

  • laaarmer

    Knuble signs with PF Flyers. 40 years old and still kicking. He’s been coaching at the rink my kid plays at this year. I’m glad he’s getting to play.

  • Sparky_The_Barbarian

    As long as our boys don’t get caught looking back at the last two emotional wins, or forward to Scum, and as long as they take the BJ’s seriously, they’ll be fine.

    • mightymikeD

      Kaner ALWAYS takes BJs seriously…

      • Accipiter

        He has to. Have you seen some the humans he fraternizes with ?

      • laaarmer

        mmD, do you want me to ask how you know this?

        • mightymikeD

          no, no you do not

      • Sparky_The_Barbarian

        Thank you, I was wondering if anyone would react to the puck I left lying in the crease.

        • mightymikeD

          you set ‘em up, I’ll knock ‘em down, son

    • flavius

      “As long as”……”and”…..”or”…..sounds like this game is going to require maximum alcohol consxumption

      • Z-man19

        that’s different how?

      • Sparky_The_Barbarian

        If I have provided a valid excuse to drink, then my work here is done.

      • Joe Banks

        Isn’t that the point of this exercise?

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

    What are we here for?

  • justforkicks

    Woo Let’s go Hawks!!!

  • mightymikeD

    Currently mainlining Industrial-Strength Chicago Blues courtesy of Mr. Muddy Waters, drinking me some Heineken and getting ready for a Beej Beatdown.. life is good.

  • Accipiter

    Marleau is putting up some big numbers so far. Just into the 2nd period of his 4th game and he’s got 8G.

    • Sparky_The_Barbarian

      Av’s (lack of ) D seems content to let him sit on their goaltenders shoulders, eating ice cream and reading Hustler while waiting for the puck.

    • Chesterfield King

      Sharks in general have looked really strong out of the gates. They’ve been rolling

  • Qcblackhawk

    Out of curiosity, when was the last time that we had a 5-0 start, if ever?

  • birdhead

    Avs not looking amazing today.

  • Chesterfield King

    Looking forward to the Sharks-Canucks game tomorrow.

    • Accipiter

      Same.

      • Chesterfield King

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FK7jka7tSNk

        Love me some Canucks trolling

        • Accipiter

          Even though it’s that fuckwad Joe Thornton, it’s still hilarious.

          • Chesterfield King

            Having grown up in the Bay Area, the Sharks are my number 2 team.

            This means I like Joe Thornton. I mean, I like Pavelski and Couture more, but still.

          • mightymikeD

            MOOOODDD!! we needs a banhammering right here…

            just kidding

          • Chesterfield King

            Before you ban me: LET’S TAKE A POLL WHO HAS PARTIAL SEASON TICKETS

          • Accipiter

            I don’t even have one season ticket.

          • Accipiter

            I don’t like what he did to the Hawks’ Captain.

          • Chesterfield King

            No, I didn’t like it either. I didn’t like what Keith did to Daniel Sedin either. I’m not going to keep a grudge for that reason (Unless it happens again, like with Torres)

          • Accipiter

            Agreed. I still think he’s a good player.

          • Joe Banks

            THIS.

  • adelfiacco10

    Adrian Aucoin is stuck in Columbus? (rubs hands together) Good…good…

  • mightymikeD

    Before we hit the Hockey, you all have time to listen to tonight’s theme tune: Shake ‘Em On Down by Bukka White

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JjCXIdLrD58

  • Toews still makes funny faces!

    I am hoping Crawford has learned from last season, that failing is often the most important thing to finding success.

  • birdhead

    Brookbank in, Rozsival (needs a nickname stat) out, via Chris Kuc:

    Scratches for #Blackhawks vs. Blue Jackets: Carcillo, Rozsival and Bollig. Sitting for Columbus: Gillies, Atkinson and Savard.

    • Joe Banks

      How about Rosie the riveter?

      • birdhead

        Cute but IDK that he’s as badass as Rosie.