Off The Record – Jackets vs Hawks Preview, Pregame Thread, Juice Cleanse

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Game Time:
6:00PM Central
TV/Radio: CSN, WGN-AM 720
Woody Hayes’ Snapping Turtle: The Cannon

For as interminable as the road trip(s) of January and early February seemed, the Hawks’ seven game homestand is already reaching game six tonight, and it feels like it’s already blown by. Tonight presents the middle stanza of the rare three-games-in-four-nights-at-home that the incredibly productive lockout has now yielded, and in it the Hawks welcome the Columbus Blue Jackets to West Madison for the first time this season.

It’s an easy reaction to pity the Blue Jackets and their unending futility, but it’s largely been of their own design, namely in the form of the recently deposed Scott Howson. And it’s only fitting that Howson’s yield for the assets of Jeff Carter and alleged wiener tucker Rick Nash (Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov, and Jack Johnson) are all hurt and won’t be participating in the festivities tonight. Not that any of the three of them had been setting the world on fire prior to their respective injuries. The Jackets only have two skaters in double-digit points, with young center Derick Brassard and Fedor Tyutin tied for the team lead at 10 a piece.

That doesn’t mean that this roster doesn’t come without its share of irritants, however. Hometown turd Jared Boll and Derek Dorsett will almost assuredly find themselves in the middle of some manner of altercation by game’s end, and Dorsett can actually contribute in the realm of discernable hockey skill from time to time. Cam Atkinson and Matt Calvert are speedy and would be nice parts if there were actually anything to compliment. R.J. Umberger and Nick Foligno will make their presence known on the forecheck. And familiar and unwelcome faces of James Wisniewski and Adrian Aucoin are doing whatever it is they do these days on the Jackets’ blue line.

This will all likely be in front of the death spiraling Steve Mason, as Sergei Bobrovsky played last night in St. Louis, and has started 6 of the last 8 games for the Jackets. Neither option for the Jackets is all that appetizing, as both goalies are sporting save percentages around .900, and for a team that gives up as many shots as the Jackets do (28.9 per), dat’s-a-no-good.

As for our Men of Four Feathers, with the season-starting points record now in tow, the focus should now become socking away the division, and potentially the conference as soon as possible. There are no team or personal records to be achieved that won’t come with an asterisk in this shortened season, so getting into May with everyone healthy and with home ice is has to be the ultimate focus. Naturally, things aren’t starting out on the best note in that department, as no one seems to be able to confirm what the hell exactly happened to Dave Bolland in the third period Friday, nor if he will be in uniform tonight. Though that news is apparently coming down at 4:00PM. With that in mind, it’s really anyone’s guess as to what the lines will look like if Bolland is out, but expect the defensive pairings to remain the same, with the obvious exception of the Rozy/Brookbank coinflip. One would assume Razor will get the go again tonight in net, with the wildly skilled (emphasis on wild) Oilers in the building tomorrow night.

Ultimately though, whether Bolland skates tonight shouldn’t affect the outcome of the game that much, provided the Hawks give a shit. It’s not cocky or arrogant to think that given the status of the two teams that the Hawks should walk away with two points from this with relative ease, even if everyone on both sides were healthy. That the Jackets are missing three key contributors (by their standards) and are tossing Mason out tonight only exacerbates things for them. But the Hawks do have to give a shit, because from here until it actually ends, every team is going to be looking to be the one to finally end their streak. But apathy will be the only reason it ends tonight. Let’s go Hawks.

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

    Since the purported wiener tucker left, there’s nothing to even be concerned about on the Blue Meanies’ side. Oh well. Score moar or all goalz! Let’s go Hawks.

  • Joe Banks

    Go Hawks Go!

  • mightymikeD

    Well said, MM.. and while people may be thinking “Trap Game”,if the Hawks blow it tonight they really can’t do anything other than blame themselves. And then punch themselves. Real hard.

    • AirTrafficAJ

      Punch themselves right in the Seabrook.

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

        That got me.

        • Z-man19

          In the biscuits?

  • 334Rules

    Purported

  • amontesawesome

    Even now, months later, I still can’t believe the Kings managed to pull of a Jack Johnson for Jeff Carter swap.

    • amontesawesome

      Seriously, fire Howson again for that.

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

        Hire him and then fire him the second ink is on the paper. And then kick his dog.

    • birdhead

      Carter’s having a good season for the Kings, too.

  • Sparky_The_Barbarian

    “It’s an easy reaction to pity the Blue Jackets and their unending futility”
    // Especially for a life long Cubs fan in his fifties.

    “so getting into May with everyone healthy and with home ice is has to be the ultimate focus.”

    // A-fucking-men, brother.

    Admiral Akbar has box seat tickets to tonight’s game. And is considering attending tomorrow.

  • DesertHawk

    Do we know who’s in net tonight?

    • AMR

      Crow

    • http://www.facebook.com/derlemke Mark Lemke

      craw

  • AMR

    So bolland is out for tonight

  • birdhead
    • birdhead

      And Kruger will be 2C. That should be really interesting to watch but makes our fourth line pretty terrifying, no? Presumably Fro-Mayers-Bollig?

      • TheFullAmonte

        My guess would be Fro-Mayers-Carcillo.

        • birdhead

          oh duh, I forgot Carcillo. I guess that’s less horrifying.

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

            You would hope. Haven’t seen anything from Carello yet that puts him in front of Bollig.

          • birdhead

            He’s only played like a game and a half, man.

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

            Career-wise. If he could be a Bolland-type irritant, maybe. So far I’d rate him as a downgrade from Burish.

          • birdhead

            Time on ice, time on ice, time on iiiiiiiice. (Bollig vs Carcillo, not vs Burish.) Carcillo averages 11 minutes career; Bollig 5 (smaller sample size). that puts Carcillo pretty squarely in front of Bollig, IMO.

          • TheFullAmonte

            Carcillo is way better than Bollig. And for that matter I would rate him as an upgrade from Burish too.

  • girlphoenix

    Icehogs Update!

    After the 1st, Hogs are up 2-0 over the Wolves. Goals are from Brad Mills (career AHLer) assisted by Adam Clendening and Brandon Pirri and a power play goal from Martin St. Pierre assisted by Jimmy Hayes and Jeremy Morin. Shots are 11-8 in favor of the Hogs. Kyle Beach had a fight fairly early in the period with Kevin Connauton that was his fault and had a slashing penalty to go with it. Mills’ goal had to be reviewed but the call on the ice stood. Henrik Karlsson is playing but Carter Hutton did come in for a shift which is a little worrisome.

  • girlphoenix

    Also, Bolland is out with Kruger taking his spot according to the twitters and Crow will start

  • mightymikeD

    Is tonight the night that BigC finally drinks out of that stupid fucking bell?

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

      Tosh. It’ll never happen.

      • mightymikeD

        Balderdash!

  • PainSt

    Blackhawks are The Story

    Someone posted eloquently last night how everyone around the NHL is gushing about our Blackhawks
    I’ll attest to the fact that this extends over seas
    Chicago is all my relatives in the Czech republic talk about anymore
    Its exciting and we have a very very good team here
    But this shouldn’t mean that we can kick our feet up, relax and enjoy the ride!
    Well we can
    but Q and Stan B shouldn’t

    Just like everything didn’t suck during the losing streak last season,
    everything isn’t all hunky dory now
    I was happy to hear Crow is starting tonight because we seriously need him to be on top of his game ..now and later
    Also very happy that Seabrook seems to be coming out of his melancholy
    TOI management has been superb but this is probably the result of winning and nothing else

    Bolland is out tonight I guess?

    The thing about being awesome is that you can translate adversity to advantage
    Just like Carcillo’s ache forced Saad into active duty, Bolland’s injury may be a boon for someone … would prefer it to be Pirri but probably Kruger
    Kruger and Kane have something that Kane and Bolland never seem to attain.. some chemistry
    Bolland’s transition to the second line has been less that seamless
    and although he really never totally sucks,

    except for a few flashes here and there he hasn’t been very good either
    He doesn’t shoot enough he isn’t in position to accept Kane’s passes often enough and he doesn’t dig the puck out of the corners for Kane enough
    As perfect as he seems suited to Kane it hasn’t been translating to the ice
    Kane looked so much better with Shaw and Stalberg than with Bolland and Sharp
    Its an issue

    The passing which is the backbone of the game the Hawks play has not been there the last two or so games either
    We need good passing to be a priority or the posession game crumbles liek a house of cards

    Go Hawks

  • putmeinthemadhouse

    “dats-a-no-good”

    gold

  • Accipiter

    Hi ! Where’s HIBLD ?

    • Z-man19

      Whiskey hunt

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

    Damn you, Abdelkader. Your piledrive of Burrows makes you a little less hard to hate.

    • mightymikeD

      it’s a tough choice but I’d go with Justin And His Flying Elbow over that bitey liitle shit any day of the week..

      • 10thMountainFire

        So upboated that I downboated it so I could upboat it again.

        • mightymikeD

          OT: message recieived, proper response inbound tomorrow. I have a plan…

          • 10thMountainFire

            It’s a trap!

  • Country_Bumpkin

    This Hawks should win this game walking away but I believe the Beej will throw everything at the Hawks plus the kitchen sink. I will focus on Bickell so I can extract me head from me anus.

    • Z-man19

      Just keep in mind $541,667 is a friendly cap hit

  • MattC86

    I’m more nervous about this game than any other so far this season.

    • mightymikeD

      why? The Beej are propping up the Conference for a reason (hint: it’s because they’re shit at Hockey)

      • MattC86

        Trap game w/ letdown from setting the record; won eight in a row vs them (they’re gonna win one eventually), who knows. Mostly I’m just being a Chicago sports fan and picking out the one cloud in a beautiful blue sunny sky.

  • DuHawk

    The BJs may be so bad that it doesn’t matter, but this feels like such a trap game. An early goal or two would make me much more confident.

  • QCBlackhawk

    Agreed with the nervousness. This game has bad juju around it.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=piVnArp9ZE0

    • Accipiter

      I disagree.

      • Z-man19

        I agree with this disagree

      • mightymikeD

        I’m not nervous at all. It’s the Beej. If the Hawks bring their “F” game they should still win.

        • 10thMountainFire

          This.

        • Accipiter

          Not that I think the game is a gimme, but the bad juju, I don’t agree with that.

    • 10thMountainFire

      Pffft. We got this.

  • Hi, I’m Bob LeDonne

    Sorry I’m late, I got blinded by the stupidity of the pre-game show’s Oscars hockey awards.

    • 10thMountainFire

      That’s better than being blinded by moonshine.

      • Accipiter

        I disagree.

        • 10thMountainFire

          Upon reflection, I also disagree.

          • Hi, I’m Bob LeDonne

            You were blinded by moonshine on the original statement?

    • Accipiter

      We are all disappointed in you Bob.

  • mightymikeD

    SCUM/Nucks sounds hilarious.. wish they could both lose…

    • Accipiter

      So far, it has been awesome to watch.

    • 10thMountainFire

      I had some time to think about this game today. Sometimes, you have to root for Scum. Because Scum v Scumbags means go Scum. Because fuck Vancouver, that’s why.

  • mightymikeD

    Let’s Fucking Go, Hawks…

  • ahnfire

    damn, only CBJ streams :|

  • 10thMountainFire

    If I hear ‘trap game’ one more time, kittens blood will be spilt.

  • ahnfire