Living With The Living: Predators At Blackhawks – Game 3 – Preview, Pre-Game Thread, Booster Shots

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Game Time: 2:00PM Central
TV/Radio: NBC/WGN720
Smashy Smashy: On The Forecheck

Around the time of Craig Smith’s second goal of the night, the conversation at the bar I was at, as I’m sure it did in many bars and living rooms, turned to “Well who starts Game 3?”. I can’t say I’m shocked to see Q give the nod to Darling. Pulling him in Game 1 was certainly the right move, even as a wake up call to the rest of the skaters. He came on and was excellent. Like many of us, I also agreed with putting Crow right back out there to start Game 2. And after that lackluster performance where the entire team seemed to pack it in early, I’m not really sure there is a right answer on which goalie to start. I would personally lean more on Crawford. He’s shown us multiple times throughout the year that he can bounce back. He can win a game on his own. But the atmosphere in the UC this afternoon is going to be a force to reckon with. If Crow were to give up that first goal there would be no shortage of people calling for his head. Maybe it’s smart to just run with the laregely untested commodity at the moment.

And maybe it’ll still act as a wake up for the rest of the team – since that’s still where the majority of the problem remains.

This game feels like the kind where everything is going to come down to that first goal. The Hawks only lead in this series has been when Keith put that puck in the net during double overtime. Every other advantage has tilted towards Nashville. As always, Nashville is not a team you want to play against from behind. They aren’t as defensively minded as past iterations we’ve seen and been annoyed by but they still aren’t a team that gives up a lot of goals. They’re in the top 10 in GA/G for a reason. What people seem to be forgetting – is Chicago was even better. When the Hawks take a lead into the third period they are perfect.. and it’s damn close to perfection after 20. Get that first goal and the load gets a lot lighter from there on out.

With Shea Weber and Mark Fisher out, this game is as close to a must-have as we can get before you actually start to face elimination. The Predators are awful on the road and even worse without Weber. They’ve still got talented, quick, smart guys on their blue line and Roman Josi and Seth Jones are stepping up their games beautifully but there’s a clear disadvantage the Preds are at now and it’s something that the Hawks have to exploit.

While it’s easy to be worried and freak out about the mess the Hawks left on the ice in Game 2, it’s ought to be just as easy to look on the bright side. Coming home with the series tied is just about all any of us would have asked for before the series actually started. You’re now in possession of home-ice advantage against a team that is weakened by the loss of some key players and already performs worse on the road and hasn’t won a game in Chicago all year. The solutions seems apparent and easily addressed on the Hawks side too. If Q insists on playing Rosi (and he seems to) then shelter the hell out of him. Don’t force Keith to cover for him because it severely limits what Keith can do best. Ideally, we’d see Kimmo and Rundblad playing limited time and only in the right situations. We’d also so Vermette back on the ice and playing at center. Shaw is going be at his best when he’s allowed to crash around on the wing raising hell. It’s not going to be where he’s responsible for taking draws. Those simple changes and having their top players wake up and take charge and the series ought to easily tilt in our favor. Easier said than done though. Repeat the mantra folks – nothing is fucked here. In reality, we ought to think we have the Preds right where we want them. Now execute.

Lets Go Hawks

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  • DJ

    Mike Fisher, not Mark.

  • rhodes

    https://twitter.com/ChrisKuc/status/589837299141181440

    So, DJ in for Nordy, probably. Vermette in for ???.

    • KoltForty5

      THERE IS A GOD

    • Jim

      Until Q pairs Keith with Seabrook, the Hawks are exposed. They aren’t scoring enough to overcome the 1-2 goals per night Rosy is letting in.

      • Pair 2-7, 4-27 together play them close to 27-28 min TOI and then shelter the living hell out of Rozi/Blad/Timmo whomever is the 5-6th d-man.

        The other thing is the forwards have to help out a little more. That end of the period goal last game was more on the forwards support in our zone, than Crow.

        One last thing, the Hawks usually get this stuff figured out around this time of a series. I’d expect to see a much improved performance tonight.

        • Jim

          I’m with you on all that for sure. I like that plan.

          We’ve been seeing a lot of 2-32

          Not sure why, maybe it’s some sort of caveman, locker room mentality. Some kind of hierarchy thing, or maybe it’s just being plain dumb.

          Yes, *sigh* Q has 2 Cups. I’ve seen this in other sports where the 50,000 people in the stadium know exactly what needs to be done, but for whatever reason, the management does not do it. (How about Pete Carroll’s SeaHawk pass play to end the Super Bowl?)

          • There are two pieces to that right. Bowman could’ve sat there and put a roster and said Morin, Pirri, Hayes, Clendening and Dhalbeck are here for good use them. But history has shown all Q would’ve done is play them all an avg of 5 min a game and would have destroyed the core in the process.

            Ideally you would’ve liked to see 1-2 prospects come up a season be given enough rope to see if they can hang. However, that just hasn’t been the case. I’m not saying anything different than Block has been writing and podcasting about.

          • Harshboy

            Didn’t Clendening score in his first game with the Hawks? Apparently not a good enough start for Q. It’s maddening how he sticks with certain players.

    • Guest

      Unfortunately, probably TT. Q said he was “just ok” in game 2. I’m guessing it means he’s out :/

      • Jim

        OMFG

  • SAMCRO Outlaw

    So I saw elsewhere that it’s TT getting Q’d. Anyone else see that?

    • TitanTransistor

      A lot of the beats are saying they think it might be him based on Q’s tone when he was asked about specific players, but nothing concrete yet.

    • Jim

      Let us hope this is not true.
      It was TT’s pass to Hammer that saved their bacon in Game 1.
      Meanwhile, I would not mind Nordy or Versteeg sitting down for a game or three.

      • I’d be shocked if Nordstrom is out naming from a penalty kill perspective. However, that’s an area the hawks have truly failed at. Vermette should have spent the last 19 games being fully integrated into that system it’s one of his strong suits. He could have been contributing there while providing a higher upside to Nordstrom this whole time.

        • TitanTransistor

          However, that’s an area Joel Quenneville has truly failed at.

          FTFY

        • Jim

          Wait, you’re talking logic and common sense. There is no place for that here. What about grit?

  • TitanTransistor

    As long as Michael Rozsival continues to see ice with Keith in any capacity, the goalie-change and the forward swapping is merely rearranging deck chairs.

    This is the NHL playoffs. This was going to be a close series at the best of times.

    The team simply cannot afford to have the single worst defensemen on ANY of the remaining rosters (including a comically depleted Pens roster, which is saying something) handcuffing the Hawks best defenseman.

    • You’re at home so you’ve got last change. You can spot him in certain spots, ideally if you can get around 8-10 min of ice time out of him in reasonable spots you’d take it. Same with Kimmo. That leaves you with 104-100 min to be split between the remaining four. That puts you at about 24-26 min TOI.

      Last the other thing that would help significantly would be to avoid penalties as that screws with all of the rotations.

      • SAMCRO Outlaw

        The only place I’d like to see 32 spotted is @ ORD in the international departures terminal.

  • jordyhawk

    I agree with dropping 42/86 for 11/80 if that’s the case. This is the playoffs, we need to start swinging the lunch pails. I also like think we need to try and build f a moat around Darling. These guys are better suited to do that. The other thing is, as Sam once wrote, Nordy is a black hole offensively. I didn’t see it that way at the time, but so far he has been exactly that at the NHL level. Time to step it up boys (and, oh yeah, it might help to cut down the ice on Jones and Josi).

  • Lord Greypuck

    Crow is out and Darling’s in,
    Is that enough to steal a win?
    Our D-Men are aging,
    Not really engaging,
    So who will protect BigD?
    Better count on the post,
    To help him the most,
    Because it won’t be Kimmo or Rosy!

  • Teuvo and Nordstrom out

  • TitanTransistor

    Teuvo out instead of Versteeg is the Qist Qism ever.

    The man is a buffoon.

  • TitanTransistor

    No changes on defense, while TT sits in favor of one of Q’s favorite pets.

    The sooner Stan Bowman pulls the trigger on this moron, the better off the Blackhawks will be in the long term.

  • TitanTransistor

    Hoping for a win, but with Rozsival STILL playing with Duncan Keith despite being a sustained tire-fire from day 1, a loss is likely the smarter bet.

    Thank you, Q.

    • Guest

      You sure you’re hoping for a win? But what will you bitch about if we win?!?

    • WookRN

      How the hell is he still not in the box?

      • TitanTransistor

        Speaks to poor coaching.

        One can only hope either a) the talent on the team overcomes both their coach, and Rozsival, or b) the resulting failure leads to the coaching enema that this team dearly needs.

  • TitanTransistor

    https://twitter.com/CheerTheAnthem/status/589867130801238016

    The truth. It stings, yet creates laughter.

  • TitanTransistor

    Kris Versteeg is such an integral part of this team. All those blown zone entries and dropped cycles are key to the Hawks game. Joel Quenneville is a genius.

    /Q apologist

  • TitanTransistor

    Desjardins was the better choice than Nordstrom all along, like everybody with a functioning brain said? That’s unpossible! Q is a genius and is never wrong!

  • TitanTransistor

    This team doesn’t have it. Nashville is the superior team with superior coaching.

    • seabsrat

      Easy there, this game is still young. I won’t disagree about the wonky coaching, but I think it’s too early to declare death.

    • Guest

      I’m sorry, who won the game?

  • TitanTransistor

    Jonathan Toews once again bearing down and simply out-talenting his coach’s utter worthlessness.

  • TitanTransistor

    And just like that, his coach’s idiocy comes back to bear.

  • TitanTransistor

    This game is weird. Whatever, try to actually HOLD this lead.

  • TitanTransistor

    I DARE Joel Quenneville to ascend beyond being a worthless, pathetic useless fraud and actually change that garbage 2nd line.

    • seabsrat

      Hoping we don’t have to endure that line for much longer. Richards just looks off since his injury and Versteeg is playing real Versteegy.

  • TitanTransistor

    You can feel the crowd’s quiet, nervous energy through the screen.

    They know what we know. At any moment, this team could melt down and be embarrassed. They don’t have ‘it’.

    • DJ

      Um…you sure about that? We just trucked them that sequence to push it to 4-2. And Lavi didn’t call time out to check his text messages.

      • TitanTransistor

        it was a good sequence.

        Are you confident after last game this team doesn’t give up 4 unanswered in the third?

        • DJ

          I’m not saying we can’t lose. I’m saying giving up four like that was very unusual. Even Nashville would acknowledge that.

          • TitanTransistor

            2nd time in the Hawks last 2 playoff series they’ve given up 4 in the 3rd.

          • DJ

            With an entire year’s worth of play in between.

            If the Hawks had made a habit of it last season or this, your argument would make more sense.

          • TitanTransistor

            If you weight recency, this season’s stats don’t look much better than their post-season play. From October through mid December they looked great. Since the turn of the calendar, the Hawks have been a middling to above-average team at best.

            The hope was they would flip the switch. Could still happen, not seeing much of it yet given the abundance of incredible chances they’re handing over to the Preds.

    • Guest

      Seriously dude. Can the Hawks do ANYTHING right by you? Why are you a fan of this team? Just fucking stop already.

      • TitanTransistor

        Q apologist in the house. A peak inside this one’s brain at the moment:

        http://stream1.gifsoup.com/view/49845/trubo-hamster-o.gif

        Run rationalization hamster, run!

        • Guest

          Actually I disagree with Q’s roster moves today, with the exception of Vermette. The difference between us is that I don’t feel the need to tell everyone in EVERY. POST. I. MAKE. Also, I’m not being negative about a championship team and saying how they’re going to lose every chance I get. Fuck off troll.

          • TitanTransistor

            Ah, I see. Your position is ‘stay quiet and hide your feelings lest they may rock the boat’.

            Blackhawks uber alles! Da?

            We definitely have different worldviews.

          • Guest

            We’re up 4-2 yet you post that we don’t have it and could meltdown at any time. Why are you a fan of this team? God I hope the Hawks win, if nothing else than to shut you up.

          • TitanTransistor

            A single win definitely outweighs the much larger sample of games that demonstrates an over-reliance on goaltending to cover systemic defensive issues and poor roster management.

            Oh wait, no. That isn’t the case at all. Oops.

          • Guest

            Maybe not, but it prevents you from beating that dead horse for a while.

          • WookRN

            While I’m annoyed with TTs non stop griping. I agree with this. Crow and the kids have been bailing water on a bad D set.

          • DJ

            He’s a fan. You’re a critic. Both have their value. The former needs to take a break after a game like Game 2. The latter…well, they’re never content.

          • Guest

            The thing is, I’m completely fine with critics. But literally every fucking post of his is the same thing. Guys, Q sucks. Did you know Q sucks because Q sucks and my lineup would be way better than Q’s. Q is Hilter, did you know that? He’s brain dead and if you say any different than me, well you’re a mindless fanboy. Oh, Q sucks in case you didn’t see my 864 other posts that say that.

            Gets old.

          • WookRN

            I’m a fan too. I respect criticism. But ibdidnt bother with yhisnboard aferer the first period, it was just TT jerking off. Dude makes good points, but doesn’t appear to enjoy anything aside from being right.

  • seabsrat

    I’d like to change my difference maker vote to #11

  • TitanTransistor

    Nice #7.

  • TitanTransistor

    Pretty good second period all around.

    The 2nd line continues to be a disaster, and even a pee-wee coach would have broken it up by now.

    Jonathan Toews though. What a player.

    • seabsrat

      For as long as I’ve watched the Hawks, I am always terrified when they enter the 3rd with a two goal lead. The way they sit back scares the hell out of me.

      • TitanTransistor

        Absolutely.

        Speaks to poor coaching.

        • DJ

          But being perfect after two speaks to…what? Having a horseshoe up their ass? Clean living?

          • TitanTransistor

            Speaks to great goaltending through the regular season, as the team is 10th in the league for CF% since 2015 and far worse than that for shots against.

          • Guest

            Lol. TT knows better than all, don’t you know?

  • WookRN

    Hey. Someone other than TT is here…
    so far… Liking Desjardins over Nordstrom. Vermette looks ok, but a power play would be nice, see if he’s the difference maker there. Richards is….a step off but making good stick moves? Slow but trying?

    My big concern was Darling. He looks ok. His two goals, Crow probably would have missed….. I just want to hear the Crow haters Bitch equally about those….

    • seabsrat

      Really liking #11 in this game. Agree on all accounts. Darling has made a few big stops, but I think if Crow had played exactly the same, he’d be crucified for giving up 2.

    • Jim

      Richards just missed one, hitting the crossbar above Rinne’s head. #11 helped keep the puck alive before Seabrook’s goal. That was the sequence of the game.

      • Hockey Newbie

        I love how everyone “knew” Toews was going for the wraparound as all 3 Preds and Rinne closed on Rinne only to see Seabs get the shot!! Top line was amazing today!!

  • TitanTransistor

    How many games in a row is that now that Chicago has given up 30+ shots?

    And, follow-up for the laughable ‘Chicago is a high event team’ nonsense posters, it would be cool to see what percentage of those games Chicago was out-shot in. Over/under 65%?

    • WookRN

      (Not being a dock, legit question) wonder what the playoffs stats are over all for SOG….Not just us, all 16

      • TitanTransistor

        Well that one is easy.

        Of the 16 teams in the playoffs, Chicago is – wait for it – the WORST in Shots against per game.

        http://www.nhl.com/stats/team?fetchKey=20153ALLSAAAll&ord=asc&sort=avgShotsAgainstPerGame&viewName=summary

        • TitanTransistor

          Would you like to know where they stand in the goals against per game rankings?

          HINT: It’s the same as the shots against per game rankings.

          • WookRN

            I wanna know SOG….but I’m on my phone and busy watching the game….

          • TitanTransistor

            For SOG/G in the playoffs, Chicago is 5th.

            Nashville is 1st.

          • WookRN

            Word. Thanks. So, while we are letting a lot of shots, might be a league trend?

          • TitanTransistor

            I mean, maybe. It will take more than 2 games in the playoffs to see that.

            Nashville may owe it’s rank at the top of the charts to Chicago being just dreadful defensively and from a coaching standpoint.

  • TitanTransistor

    That was a PP right?

    • JJNDadTo4

      It was a *Blackhawks* power play… not the same thing!!

      • TitanTransistor

        Hahahahaha, so true

  • TitanTransistor

    Keep kneecapping Kane by playing him on a line with zero possession drivers Q. You’re a genius. Nobody is smarter than you.

    • Guest

      Nobody is smarter than you, TT. You’re the smartest poster here.

      Speaks to coaching.

      • TitanTransistor

        Guest is happy seeing Kane held off the score-board as he desperately tries to overcome playing with Versteeg and Richards.

        Good to know what ‘real fans’ are in favor of.

        Quenneville uber alles! says Guest.

        • Guest

          We fucking won, dipshit.

  • TitanTransistor

    Darling covering for some sloppy, lazy, systemic defensive issues once more.

    Speaks to coaching.

  • TitanTransistor

    The Blackhawks 2nd line is a clownstorm. When they step on the ice, clown shoes and red noses fall from the sky with thunder and lightning.

  • seabsrat

    That Ribeiro punch was the cheap shot of the century.

    • TitanTransistor

      Yeah, that was pretty gross

      • WookRN

        Reminiscent of the ol Vancouver series…

    • D_Smith

      I was glad to see the Hawks not lose their cool and get a penalty on a retaliation. But it was a complete cheap shot and I hope they get to return the favor on Ribeiro before it’s over.

    • Jim

      He was a tool pretty much the whole game.

      • Hockey Newbie

        He has been a tool pretty much his whole life!!

  • TitanTransistor

    Hawks win, despite a coach that continued to roll out 2 of 4 lines that simply, obviously, clearly did not work.

    You won’t see a more heroic performance from top-end talent overcoming the handicap imposed on them by their bench boss.

    Huge applause and respect for that top line and 4th line.

    • Guest

      Oh just fuck off already. It must suck being you.

      • TitanTransistor

        Guest is happy with the performance of the 2nd line, a combined -16 in CF and a combined -16 in FF. Never mind the 35+ shots against that a consistently porous defense gave up once again.

        This is a fantastic example of how fanboyism can poison the mind and allow the weak-minded to ignore clear, obvious problems with their team of choice.

        One can only hope and pray, that such weak-minded people can overcome blind loyalty and find the ability to evaluate and observe reality as it exists, rather than as they wish it exists.

        • Guest

          Ahahahahaha, but who won the game?? I’m sorry the team you picked to win didn’t.

          • TitanTransistor

            I said that Nashville was the superior team with superior coaching. Losing one game hardly disproves that. Which is why there are 7 game series. The way you pick and choose victories and ignore clear, obvious trends in play is truly a testament to delusion. You are a fantastic exhibit of fanboyism. If I could, I would put you in a museum of psychological disorder under the dangers of extreme emotional investment and the potential for resulting detachment from reality.

            Please seek help. Given your clear detachment from reality, I’d hate to see you unintentionally harm somebody without realizing it.

          • Guest

            K.

          • TitanTransistor

            Admission and seeking help are the first steps.

          • DJ

            When the critic resorts to condescension, he ought not be surprised when his audience tunes out. If they haven’t already.

          • chitownproud85

            While I will not argue against the obvious flaws of this team, the very idea that someone with any knowledge of hockey at all would proclaim the CURRENT Nashville Predators as superior to the CURRENT Chicago Blackhawks…well…troll. Just troll. Period. Not a chance, this life or the next, that someone feels that way. Talent-wise, this is a lopsided affair. Even the Preds themselves wouldnt argue it. THEY DONT EVEN HAVE WEBER RIGHT NOW! And Pet Lov is superior to Q? …I know Q likes to outdo himself but…lol. Back under the bridge, Troll.

          • TitanTransistor

            Comment speaks to a lack of understanding of hockey.

            A roster is only as good as it is managed. The Predators have the benefit of a great deal of puck-moving ability and mobility throughout their 6D. The Blackhawks have no such benefit. At the best of times, they are a top 4 with a cancerous growth masquerading as a bottom 2. in the worst of time, they are a top 3 and a prayer.

            Likewise, on paper, the Blackhawks clearly have better offense. Unfortunately, a fair bit of that offense is kneecapped by their braindead arrangement. Anybody with even a passing understanding of possession knows that the 2nd line as currently composed is not merely a disaster, but a tire fire in the crater of an active volcano.

            Likewise, the 3rd line currently offers both middling possession AND middling to poor possession.

            And yet, fanboys such as yourself are shocked, SHOCKED, that the two lines affording the Hawks any form of forward momentum are the 1st and 4th. I’m sure Joel Quenville is every bit as confused as you are.

            Nashville’s key injuries may very well provide the opening necessary for Quenneville’s insanity and the weakened roster on the ice to come out on top. We shall see. I hope it’s the case, if only to see at least 4 extra games.

          • chitownproud85

            Yawn. Lets go Hawks!

          • TitanTransistor

            Yep, that’s about the response I expected from somebody with a borderline understanding of the game at best. I won’t be shocked when your interest in the Hawks dissipates if/when the Bulls go deep. LOL

          • Guest

            DO NOT disagree with TT as it will render you a fanboy with no understanding of hockey. Trust him, he’s a troll in his parents basement who could easily manage an NHL roster better than a guy who won 2 cups.

            Ps – Q sucks. Don’t forget it.

          • TitanTransistor

            Q won 2 cups with loaded rosters that literally any coach could win a cup with, therefore he is infallible.

            Likewise, Guest believes that since Pete Carroll won a superbowl, those who critique his decision to throw with 1 yard to go in his second super-bowl, have no right to criticize.

            Past success clearly immunizes people to criticism of present decisions in the eyes of the genuinely stupid, such as Guest.

          • Guest

            Apparently, you don’t understand it when I’ve already said a few times I disagree(d) with some of Q’s roster moves. The difference is, I don’t flood the message board with Q sucks messages and being a condescending asshat to anyone that dares disagree with me.

          • WookRN

            They Didn’t. They lost two.

  • TitanTransistor

    After watching this game, pretty much everybody with a functioning brain agrees TT back in, Versteeg out, right?

    10-19-81
    20-91-88
    29-80-65
    11-16-86

    We can only hope that Q manages to cross the rubicon from his place in the devoid-of-brain camp, to the obvious solution camp.

    Cross your fingers….

    • Jim

      I don’t think it’s going to matter this series. Nashville is wounded, and they found a chink in Rinne’s armor. This is one thing I will say the Hawks are outstanding at. Finding the weakness in the opponent’s strength and exploiting it. Against Boston in the SCF, they completely frustrated Zdeno Charra by grabbing and clutching, and it was very effective. Now they are taking out the Nashville rush (better) and hammering Rinne’s stick side, and it helps that Weber is out.

      It will matter against St. Louis.

    • CoolTalk

      Ridiculous. Sharp finally playing great so lets move him to the line facing toughest defensive pairing and best two way players each night. Great idea Einstein, maybe we can fuck up two lines at once.

      • Guest

        He knows better than Q though

      • TitanTransistor

        Nonsense of course.

        The 2nd line requires a possession driver to lift them from utter trash into respectability. The three best possession drivers on the team are Toews, Hossa, and Saad (not including dmen, otherwise Keith would be on the list too).

        In a shocking twist of fate, putting all the best possession drivers on one line leaves the rest of the offensive lines as a liability.

        Let’s take a look at their numbers, shall we?

        20-19-81

        Combined +15 CF

        23-91-88

        Combined -16 CF

        29-80-10

        Combined -19 CF

        11-16-65

        Combined +20 CF

        *sniff sniff*

        You stink of bandwagon.

        *sniff sniif*

        With a hint of genuinely stupid.

        Sharp is playing great, despite being on the worst line on the team tonight.

        Sure thing bud,

        Thank you. Ignorance spoken without self-awareness provides laughter, and nobody has provided more laughter than you tonight.

        • Guest

          Have you not been a condescending dick to anyone who has disagreed with you?

        • CoolTalk

          What the 2nd line needs is a healthy Richards!

  • Jim

    It was great how they were going stick side on Rinne. Pekke looked flustered at times. It was blissful watching him swimming around in front of his net. Almost as good as Sharp’s slapshot on Nashville #11 on the empty netter.

  • chitownproud85

    I’ll take the 2-1 series lead and a slowly unraveling Preds squad any day of the week. Its not very surprising that the regulars on this site, that chatted it up during the last two cup appearances, dont seem to be around anymore. Someone let the trolls in. Good win Hawks, but please, please, dont let them back in this series.

    • WookRN

      Looked better tonight. Better passing, better zone exit, etc.
      losing Weber helps us A LOT

      • chitownproud85

        Yes, and the Hawks MUST take advantage of the situation. 3-1 when this series goes back to Nashville or we are in serious trouble.

        • WookRN

          Taking away an away game give us a slight edge. Even in Nashville. But yeah, pretty much.

        • Jim

          I was thinking 6 games, but after watching this game, I’m thinking 5.

    • TitanTransistor

      They were ‘asked to leave’ on account of being racists and subsequently asked to leave the site they swarmed to on account of being misogynists. They’ve since created their own pathetic MRA/Blackhawks fanboy haven. You’re free to join them if you harbor similar views.

  • Aaeismacgychel

    It might just be me, but actually thought we played well today and a pretty smart defensive game. Our forwards came back and helped, our defense actually limited penetration and didn’t allow unchallenged Nashville players to waltz in 1 on 0. In fact, I’d even argue that Darling wasn’t tested despite the number of shots. He didn’t have much chance on the 2 goals, made maybe 1 good save. Good team performance. We carry this performance to Game 4 and we’ll be up 3-1.

  • seabsrat

    Can I just say that 32 wasn’t that bad this game? Did he deserve to play with Keith? Absolutely not, but I didn’t notice any egregious errors resulting in goals as a result of his play so that’s an improvement. So that’s good I guess?

    • Aaeismacgychel

      Yeah, I was just saying the same thing. This was Rozi’s best game. He’s playing every game no matter how bad he is, but if he can play more games like this one, we’ll be okay and can deal with it.

      • seabsrat

        He actually played like a 3rd pairing d-man and not an elderly circus monkey. It was refreshing!

    • TitanTransistor

      Agreed, he was better.

      If that’s the kind of performance he’s going to offer, then he can work as a sheltered #5 Dman.

      Q cannot continue to put him out with Keith on a regular basis, however.

  • Aaeismacgychel

    As for the lineup changes, Desjardins was outstanding tonight. I don’t think any of us foresaw that level of play coming from him. Vermette again I would say struggled pretty hard all night. Yes, he’s a better option than Versteeg at this point but that’s really it. I know Q haters keep screaming how can we not play him, but he really really really hasn’t panned out and I honestly can see the logic behind not playing him. The Richards line was bad tonight- I think Richards actually showed a bit more burst today and he really has made some dangerous passes that haven’t been finished off. Kane had an off game which isn’t surprising- he’s recovering from injury and there wasn’t that much space out there. And Versteeg was simply bad. The other three lines I thought did pretty well and got chances. Also this was Rozi’s best game of the series. We’re playing him regardless sadly, but if he can just show the play and consistency he did today we’ll be alright. He just cannot be Game 1 or 2 Rozi. That Rozi will sink a team.

    • TitanTransistor

      Vermette was statistically the best player on his line, and would likely be performing even better today if his 19 games previous were not characterized by getting dicked around the line-up and getting played in different positions with different linemates. It’s really not that hard to intuit that a player learning a new system with new players would benefit from a modicum of consistency, but apparently that’s too far above a certain coach’s head.

      The problem with teh 3rd line is…what the hell is it’s role? You have a center tailor made for 2-way shut-down play, flanked by snipers only one of which has looked dangerous consistently thus far. So is it a shut-down line, an offensive line, what the hell is it supposed to be doing, aside from being a collection of Q’s misfit toys? It’s a nonsense bit of roster management among many.

      The 2nd line was a disaster for the second game straight, as was expected by anybody that has taken a glance at War-on-Ice all season. They are a possession dumpster fire.

      Thus far, Kane has contributed 5-on-4 and 6-on-5 (albeit, not officially, lol). He needs a legitimate possession player like Toews or Saad on his line to get going.

      Versteeg should not dress again these playoffs. TT should be back in immediately.

      The 4th line was great. If anybody can provide sound reason for why Q replaced 11 with 42 down the stretch when 11 was working so well in that position, I’d love to hear it. Cause the immediate reaction is another example of Q playing favorites.

      • CoolTalk

        Hey bozo, the 2nd line was a +32 CDiff in game 2. Highest of any line in any game of the series, and they generated a whopping 13 scoring chances. Clearly the best line on the ice.

        Lot of good that did.

        Stop using fancy stats you don’t even understand when it suits your needs. Your uni-dimensional whining is so tiresome.