Opening With The Meat: Blues v. Hawks Preview, Pregame Thread, My Dinner With Andre Viewing Party

FACEOFF: 7:30pm
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CSN, WGN Radio
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St. Louis Gametime (not as fun as it used to be)

Before I get to the game tonight, as I should do every year I want address everyone’s questions about where to get The Committed Indian if you’re going to the game. More people have been asking than usual. We are stationed basically at every corner of the United Center, or as close as we can be. I man Madison St. outside Gate 3. We have another one by the bus stop on Madison outside Gate 2, and that’s Scott. On the south side of the arena, Sarah is stationed at Damen and Monroe, because we can’t be inside the UC parking lots. Flip that around, and you’ll find Hamish at Wood and Monroe to cover the Southeast corner. In addition, we usually have Adam on the corner of Madison and Wood. Most of the time, we have Glenn on the corner of Madison and Damen, though that’s the spot we can’t always cover. Glenn is also Sarah’s husband, so don’t say anything weird to her or I’ll be forced to sick him on you and you don’t want that. So it’s pretty easy to find us if you’re looking for us. We’ll be the hypothermia victims tonight.

And if you’re not going, you can always just get it online from this site. I’ll tweet when it’s posted if you just want to get that game’s. Ok, enough of that.

To the home opener. And it begins with what is looking like — after an admittedly small sample size — the main antagonist in the Central Division. If you’ve seen Detroit’s defense in their two games, you’ll know why I’m saying that.

St. Louis played last night, and got a shootout win over Nashville after Alex Pietrangelo tied it up late in the 3rd. That makes the Blues 2-0-0 just like the Hawks, except the Blues are carrying the weight of being everyone’s pick to come out of this whole Western Shoot-Em-Up. That’s what tends to happen when you put up 109 points one year and then essentially return the whole team back the next.

Except for one addition, and that’s Vladimir Tarasenko. He’s certainly looked the part in the first two games with three goals — all of them pretty special — and two assists. This may be the top-line scorer the Blues have always craved. Then again, it doesn’t take all that much to scorch Kyle Quincey and Scott Hannan, so we might have to pump the brakes just a tad. Anyway, the Hawks will have to watch this kid closely. He’s got a wicked release, so gap control when he’s on the rush is paramount.

But it’s that returning the whole team that I take some issue with. Because that means that Barret Jackman, who they could have let walk in the summer and I think we all assumed they would because why would you keep him around unless you lost a bar bet, has to skate significant minutes. How far you going with that? So does Ian Cole or Roman Polak. Or maybe even the newly-signed Wade Redden will have to, and frankly I’ll die like the weasels in Roger Rabbit if that happens. If the NHL is serious about upping the scrutiny on interference this year, this group will struggle. They took eight penalties yesterday, for example.

Oh, same team means same level of intelligence too. And by that I mean this team still has dead termites for brains. This newly discovered “movement on the power play” the Hawks have been toying with the past two games will certainly get more outings tonight.

The drill is a familiar one. Leddy, Keith, and Hjalmarsson will have to maintain their composure as the Blues repeatedly put pucks behind them and then turn into ICBMs into the end boards. Calm, measured breakouts instead of panic will see the Hawks firing at a very slow defense with speed, which is all we want. Cash in a power play or two, you know you’ll get them. Sit through Bollig and Reaves fighting, don’t get too angry with the meatheads telling you that’s what it’s all about. Repeat.

In this short of a season, even two points in the third game is pretty important. Especially when it’s over the team you’re probably competing with most directly.

  • mightymikeD

    Oh, I’m looking forward to this… nothing like the StL Club to get the old hate flowing..

    I made this, too… http://fallingdownthemountaintime.blogspot.ie/

    • FakeASeizure

      BOONGGG!

  • shinkicker

    try not to get frostbite out there.

    • cliffkoroll

      Yes. Y’all will want to take steps to ensure you are fortified against the elements. Then, when you walk inside for the game, you’ll realize how shitfaced you are all at once. #silentroar

      • laaarmer

        #keithstone

      • http://twitter.com/ChiNativeSon ChicagoNativeSon

        This silent roar thing, is it a fart game?

        • cliffkoroll

          Pictured below: CNS and good friend laaarmer:

          • laaarmer

            I knew CNS was a fat guy

          • Accipiter

            errrr … stat guy.

  • DaveM36

    Can’t wait for the Anthem. It’s been too long.

  • The Doctor

    Pretty anxious about tonight’s game. Like you said, the Blues will probably be our primary competition this year. Will be a good test.

    Have school the following day…not sure if drinking is a good idea…

    • Woods

      Drinking is always a good idea. I’ll write you a note.

    • Accipiter

      You mean tomorrow ?

  • Hi, I’m Bob LeDonne

    Aloha, I’m Bob LeDonneoeaowea.

    • ahnfire

      Aloha, Bob.

      • laaarmer

        Hey Ahn. Just discovered the My disqus button. Click it. Shows who has responded to you. Handy little item. Just click discussion to go straight back to the idiot page – here.

        • cliffkoroll

          laaarmer! You know I tease you about technology because I love you (no homo), but your queries have in fact unearthed valuable information for me too. Look, my name is red now just like the cool kids! At last, I feel like I’m part of the team.

          Did you see Seabrook the other night? How come 100 idiots didn’t rush over here to comment about how he sucks? Because that would be idiotic, that’s why.

          • laaarmer

            He did make a mistake and let a guy off the wall, but his hair redeemed him later and they won anyway. (no homo)

        • ahnfire

          yup! It won’t tell if there are new comments/replies that aren’t to you, but if don’t care what anyone else says, then you’re set :)

          • laaarmer

            Are there other people commenting on something else?

          • ahnfire

            supposedly?

    • laaarmer

      Do you have an online girlfriend?

      • Hi, I’m Bob LeDonne

        Technically no, butt yes.

  • http://twitter.com/oregon_hawk Oregon_hawk

    LETS GO HAWKS!

  • cjsax

    SLGT is slipping; I must have read a dozen comments before I got to a “Shitcago”.

  • laaarmer

    Since I can’t get HOHOs anymore, I am trying Little Debbie Swiss Rolls. Not a bad substitute.
    Did anybody notice that Saad was in deep last game. Not quite ready for Toews and Hossa, in my opinion, which is usually correct.

    • ToewsFatherInLaw

      He looked like he was just playing not to screw up, which given who he was paired with in understandable. I did see some effort to get to the dirty ice though. Give him a few games to get comfortable with The Hoss and Marvel and he’ll be OK. Sadly I don’t think Carbomb will be missed too much.

      And what did Mayers do to get the press box in the playoffs that has carried over till now? Bollig = Fluffy lite.

    • Bullitt315

      What happened to HOHO’s? Next thing you’re going to tell me they don’t make twinkys anymore either!

      • laaarmer

        Twinkys are made by Hostess. They did not just decide to stop making Twinkys. They decided to make Hostess go away. Something about making money. It could be a ploy to get us to miss Hostess so when they reopen we start up HOHO’s and Twinky blogs and talk about how nuch we hate Little Debbies. Do you think the owners would go that far?

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

          Walmart bought the Twinkies brand and will be issuing them in the future, though they will be made completely void of organic material (VoOM) as opposed to 98% VoOM like back in the day.

          • Black JEM

            I always thought Twinkees were just molded plastic paste. Organic? When the apocolypse comes the only food left will be twinkees and cool whip.

    • mightymikeD

      correct. He got caught napping by them a couple of times. Then again, most seasoned NHL forwards would struggle to keep up with that particular pair. He’ll learn.

  • Sparky_The_Barbarian

    St Louis Gametime…. That is easily the UGLIEST logo I have ever seen.

    Let’s go Hawks. You’ve thrown down the gauntlet to the Pacific, now do the same in the Central.

    • Chesterfield King (Chelsdag)

      For real, that logo is stunningly bad, even for Blues fans

  • http://twitter.com/oregon_hawk Oregon_hawk

    I would appreciate a resounding Hawk’s win tonight. I don’t like having to listen to st louis morons gloat.

  • JesusMarianHossa

    Sarah is at Damen and Monroe? Am I allowed to make a Kramer and the Nexus of the universe joke here? Regardless, she’s getting my $3 and I promise not to say anything stupid.

  • cdz3210

    Dear Mr. Fels,

    In no way shape or form does the following mean
    to be insulting, condescending or anything negative but it’s Madison
    Street not Avenue.

    • SamFels

      Fuck I know that. My bad.

  • cjsax

    So, does Halak go back in tonight?

    • Apothecaries’ Weight

      Elliott was named the starter after their game last night.

  • girlphoenix

    I’ve been waiting for when I could transfer my Rivermen hate to the big club. Also, I am already so sick of hearing about Tarasenko I could stab something.

    • Roy Batty

      Come up

    • John Smith

      Sad Vlad

    • Accipiter

      Tarasenko is pretty good.

    • Roy Batty

      Upboat # 2

    • Roy Batty

      # 3

  • Chesterfield King (Chelsdag)

    Fuck the blues

  • DesertHawk

    HOCKEY!!!!!

  • 10thMountainFire

    I very much enjoy beating the living shit out of Scum, Jr.

    • mightymikeD

      I, too, take a peculiar pleasure it that most satisfying of pastimes..

  • Staypuft

    LETS GO HAWKS!

  • justforkicks

    here’s another definitive win by the hawks tonight!! fuck the blues.

    • 10thMountainFire

      If Hoss nets two more, does the league instate some sort of psychological treatment program for goaltenders set to face him?

      • justforkicks

        it would only be fair!

  • Z-man19

    Is it too much to ask that we DLR these assholes tonight?

    • QCBlackhawk

      Jungle Drums, Son.

      • Z-man19

        I WANT SOME

        • Accipiter

          I tea-bagged your drum set !!!

          • Z-man19

            Asshole

          • Accipiter

            I’m gonna shove one of those fake hearing devices so far up your ass… you can hear the sound of your small intestine as it produces shit !!

          • Z-man19

            I was going to go Sergeant Hartman on you but Asshole was easier

    • http://www.thecommittedindian.com/ PowrFwd37

      First DLR of the season, Division foes…

      MAKE IT SO!

  • Woods

    FUCK THE BLUES!!!

    • Joe Banks

      FUCK THE BLUES!!!

      • Chesterfield King (Chelsdag)

        FUCK THE BLUES!!!

  • putmeinthemadhouse

    Cant wait, st louis is the only team i despise wholeheartedly. Absolutely nothing redeeming about them. Aside from the fact that picking tarssenko as my aleeper in fantady wad an awesome dexision

  • Accipiter

    Hi ! Where is HIBLD ?

    • ahnfire

      he’s below/above, depending on how you have the comments organized.

      • Accipiter

        Okay then. I guess I’m late.

      • BanjoLegs

        Oh man, Thanks. The “how” of your comment led me to finding how to organize the comment section. Things make sense again. Thank you. Fuck the Blues.

    • laaarmer

      HIBLD is chatting with his “online girlfriend”

      • Accipiter

        Are you sure that is the real HIBLD ?

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

          Like Santa Klaus and Vunter Slaush, there isn’t just one “real” HIBLD.

          • Joe Banks

            It’s true… I just saw HIBLD ringing a bell in front of Wal-Mart.

  • Waylon

    Gee I sure hope Mr. Backes tries to pick a fight with our captain because hey that’s what a real captain does everyone tells me so sometimes white trash meth heads from Clayton are right you know why because shut up.

    • laaarmer

      I might listen to the STL feed just to hear that asshole say “BACKES” with spit foaming from his mouth.

      • Accipiter

        Are you saying that asshole has a mouth ?

        • laaarmer

          #assholemouth

          • mightymikeD

            Backusssssssssblrrblbrghbbblll

      • Joe Banks

        I know… how about a spelling contest?

      • Waylon

        Dear god, why? I don’t mind Panger on the national telecasts, he actually does his job adequately. But last night he was doing his usual MO of full – on orgasm on any play that a Blues player made – he’s worse than Riley and many others at this point.

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

      Meh. That’s probably the current SCH. Most of the “fucks” there now are the background radiation after-glow of when that universe exploded in 2010.

    • Joe Banks

      Aw Fuck.

    • Chesterfield King (Chelsdag)

      We got there primarily from the end of last season and the playoff threads. I consider it a moral victory

    • QCBlackhawk

      “Remember that these numbers only count the number of articles that contain at least one “fuck,” not the raw number of “fucks.” “

  • laaarmer

    I’m excited to hear Foley say Shattenkirk and Roman Polak tonight. Another classic would be Jaden got hit in the schawartz with the puck.

    • mightymikeD

      this boat is upped

  • JRF

    Tried make a $20 bet with my friend, who is a Blues fan that constantly shit-talks the Blackhawks, on the game tonight. His answer,”No, the Blackhawks are good.”

    Not really sure what to think about that.

  • barnum22

    Fuck shit louis LETS GO HAWKS!!!!!

  • yelovetter

    Goddamnit Sam! Leave it to you to almost make this wuss boy weep whilest reading the “From The Editor” in tonights CI.

    While it was the same sentiment as the other day when the lockout was settled (you said as much in the intro), you nailed me as the in-betweener. That being said, it’s a little easier for me living in Phoenix as I can’t spend my money on the NHL. Wait, they’re still here???

    I will pony up my $60 to watch NHL Center Ice (although I’m hearing good things about GameCenter Live), but I have decided that is all. I’m still wearing all of my existing Hawks parafanalia (yeah, yeah, the drinking started early in the W Valley)…

    Thanks for saying it so eloquently as always and as I know you don’t remember, being the awesome guy I bought my CI from personally back in January 2010 (first UC game after the WC, I was still in town). Hope you’re one of the ‘little guys’ that makes it through the fallout from the stupidest standoffs in sports history.

    God I’m a puss….

    • yelovetter

      Tried to make this a Forum topic and get away from this thread, but hey, I suck. Sorry all.

  • Woods

    Can’t wait to hear the ravioli heads begging for fights from Backes tonight.

    • putmeinthemadhouse

      Whete do you see this?

      • justforkicks

        hahahaha

  • yelovetter

    And now I see Block mentions #92? Holy fuck, I think I creamed myself

  • pierzynskirules

    let’s have the blues continue sucking at the madhouse! :)

  • QcBlackhawk

    Anyone know how the fuck I stay logged in to comment? I have to keep picking my name and entering my email addy.

  • 10thMountainFire

    Scum, Jr: David Backes eats shit.

  • Hi, I’m Bob LeDonne

    Let’s get this fucking show in the road.

    • 10thMountainFire

      Well now we can play… you’ve arrived.

    • Accipiter

      Bob.

  • putmeinthemadhouse

    oh monty. looks so sad.