• cliffkoroll

    OT: shootouts can matter. Both Toronto and San Jose have 53 points in 43 games. In games that don’t go to a shoot-out, Toronto is 24-14 while San Jose is 15-16.

    • JKM13

      That’s an argument for a 3 point reg/OT win.

      • guest

        on a night where torres scores a shootout goal, I’m becoming a fan of ditching it altogether.

        • lizmcneill

          Torres plays hockey?

  • ilikeanactivestick

    Well at least the sod won’t be an issue for the Bears since the season will be over. Big pet peeve is the Park District scheduling events days before a game so the field is crapola on gameday.

  • Preacher

    The woman in the picture–just to the right of Eakin’s shoulder–is that Tazer’s sister? Her expression is Tazer-like.

    • derlemke

      Synchronicity right there my man.

    • SAMCRO Outlaw

      It’s like she’s saying “NO NOT TAZER! Please I can’t watch this happen!”

  • raditzzzz

    odds on which jersey the hawks wear?

    my bet is the barberpole.

    • Bullitt315

      Los halcóns!

  • Hawks pens at Soldier, hell ya. Novelty or not I’ll talk my wife into spending way too much to attend. Close to a dream matchup

    • Bullitt315

      Early reports are that Crosby won’t be playing

      • Preacher

        LOL!!! People in the office are looking at me, wondering why I’m having so much fun at my desk.

  • Waylon

    Watching the Nucks/Blues tilt last evening was akin to watching two bears try to skate – both teams tried mightily not to play anything resembling hockey and out – douche each other to the death. Probably won’t happen, but I’d love to see them both meet in the 1st round – complete dopplegangers of each other.

    • SAMCRO Outlaw

      I saw that & Backes is in full douche mode, he spent the night chasing Ballard around. One tough SOB that Backes finding himself a guy who isn’t going to drop gloves and give what he’s getting. Of course Backes gets credit for his stellar leadership & gets thrown on the arena cam on NHL Network. Puke

    • mightymikeD

      yeah, watched it too.. awful, horrible non-hockey. Any game where I’m openly rooting for the Nucks is a sign of the impending apocalypse anyway. Fuck St Louis.

    • guest

      To be fair, I see STL as more giant thugs, where VAN is split between thugs, soft skill guys that poke at you then cower and wait for one of their thugs to lumber over. VAN also has a lot of “ha ha you retaliated against me and the ref only saw you do anything, have fun in the box” like that shitty little kid on the playground.

      TLDR stl are thugs, but they’re at least reasonably upfront, honest knuckledragging troglodytes. VAN is crafty and despicable about it.

      • lizmcneill

        My hate tends to fluctuate based on which the Hawks played more recently. At the moment it’s the Blues after that performance on Sunday. (To put the crowning touch on it the SLGT commenters were accusing Shaw of diving when he was clearly shaken up and bleeding at the mouth after a shoulder to the head/face)

  • Accipiter

    The NHL has just added more outdoor games than the Chicago Blackhawks have losses all year.

    • thepuckstopshere


  • lizmcneill

    That is some fine Toewsface.

    • happyhuman

      He looks like he’s about to sneeze in Eakin’s face.

      • lizmcneill

        Or bite him.

  • MySpoonIsTooBig

    I find it interesting that in the coach’s poll there was no eastern conference coach’s pick for the Selke. Either McKenzie didn’t even bother asking them, or he did and they all said “doesn’t matter that we haven’t faced him this year, the award goes to Toews. D’uh”

    • lizmcneill

      There was, it was Bergeron.

      • I love that guy. I read that he’ll be back on the ice tonight … an obvious good thing.

        • lizmcneill

          That is good news, his concussion history’s worrying.

          Marchand’s back too, apparently, but as he’s raffling his suite with the money to go to the family of the little boy who died, I’m not going to get my hate on.

          • Marchand as a Canadian Junior, I loved him. Marchand as a nasty, diving, bitching and moaning dirty Bruin, I hate him.

          • DesertHawk

            Maybe there’s some credence to the thought that players develop to fit the system they play in.

          • lizmcneill

            Oh Bruins, why are you the way you are? It frustrates me.

  • Sparky_The_Barbarian

    Blackhawks / Gwens in a prime outdoor special event during a traditionally slow ratings period…. NBCgasm.

  • Accipiter
    • mad-hatter

      This is a great read, and part of me wishes some of these stats were used today.

      It also had me wondering if Kane is Russian.

    • Z-man19

      There are interesting similarities here with the way other countries try to beat the US in basketball now, good passing and lots of movement.

    • DesertHawk

      They used Arabic, huzzah!

  • ballyb11

    30 Thoughts –

    No mention of the tam w/ the best record.

    • DesertHawk

      That’s par for the season.