Outside Southfork – Hawks at Stars Preview, Pregame Thread, Password Reset

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Game Time: 7:30PM Central
TV/Radio: CSN, WGN-AM 720
Craig Ludwig’s Shin Pads: Defending Big D

For the third time in less than two weeks, the fourth time so far this season, the Hawks will take on the Stars for the third and final time in Dallas. So if it feels like the Hawks are constantly playing the Stars within this newly christened (or re-christened depending on if they’re still viewed as a descendant of the North Stars) divisional rivalry, it’s because it’s kind of true.

When last seen, these Stars were skating out of the United Center a week ago with two points on the back of a 47 save performance from Kari Lehtonen, which is apparently only worth a third star if you’re dinosaur Tim Sassone. The decisive goal was provided by Antoine Roussel via a penalty shot, the first goal allowed in such a situation in Corey Crawford’s career. Between his celebration after that goal and his earlier fight with Andrew Shaw, it appears that Roussel is trying to single-handedly create a rivalry between these two teams, and based on  Brandon Bollig’s idiotic comments today in the press, it’s working.

But the Hawks are best served to allow Roussel to be the pecker that he is and focus on Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin, who were reunited during the weekend when Seguin came back from his concussion suffered in the Hawks’ last trip to DFW, and promptly dropped three goals on the Flyers. They’ll be joined by the large Russian rookie Valeri Nichushkin, who had a goal himself last Tuesday. The aforementioned Roussel has gotten a bit of a promotion, now seeing time flanking the Ginger Ninja Cody Eakin, opposite Ryan Garbutt in a line basically consisting of three bowling balls. Rich Peverley is curiously still on a wing with Dustin Jeffrey (Alshon’s brother) centering, and Shawn Horcoff and Erik Cole remain together on a line as well, with Vern Fiddler and his mouth not going tonight. For all intents and purposes the lines look approximately as they did a week ago, with the glaring exception that Seguin is back in the mix.

On the blue line, Stephane Robidas remains out, and Trevor Daley has joined him on injured reserve with a high ankle sprain. That means the Hawks will get their first look at what the Stars hope is the future of the blue line in the third pairing of Kevin Connauton and Ent Jamie Oleksiak. Oleksiak is a gigantic 6’7″ and 243 lbs, though he lacks the raw natural fury to his game that say Chara or Pronger have at that size that might prevent him from truly dominating, even if there is sound position, range, and offensive polish all highly regarded in his skill set.

Once again Kari Lehtonen will get the call against the Hawks. The hope is that after 1 goal against and going 11 rounds deep in the shootout, and then stopping 47 in a victory, Lehtonen is due for his annual turd against the Hawks, but those games often come as a result of being hung out to dry by his d-corps and not just plain being bad. The Hawks are acutely aware of Lehtonen’s ability to win a game by himself, and it’s fresh in their memories.

As for our Men of Four Feathers, life without Corey Crawford officially begins tonight, as it was announced that Crow will miss 2-3 weeks with some kind of crotch issue, and Kent “Bottomless Pete” Simpson has been recalled to back up Antti Raanta, who was ehhhhhhhhhhh in relief of Crawford against a bad Panthers team on Sunday. Both Raanta and Simpson are smaller, more acrobatic goalies in style than Crawford, and the last time the Hawks had one of those in net, it was the Marty Turco show, and yikes. But even if it’s been a high wire act, Raanta has only allowed two goals in each of his starts, which should be enough for the Hawks offense. SHOULD BE.

The blue line in front of him will welcome back lost Hemsworth brother Mike Kostka to the lineup in place of Michael Rozsival, at least it’s assumed. As there’s been no report on the exact lines to this point. He could very well be in at forward, because stuff like that is just so fun to watch.

What these Stars want to do shouldn’t be a surprise at this point, and with Raanta now having to see a game against a non-squirtgun offense for a full 60 minutes, Quenneville would probably be best served in not throwing the Bollig-Kruger-Smith unit out against Seguin and Benn, especially on the road, and with two extremely green goalies dressing. But Q and his staff have been trying to convince the general public that Bollig is an actual NHL player for a while now, so why stop tonight?

At the other end of things, with the Stars out two of their top 3 defensemen (the #1 emerging as Brendan Dillon), there’s opportunity there for the Hawk forwards to once again pepper Lehtonen, but getting it past him will be an issue. Traffic in front and waiting an extra second if it’s there to pick a corner will make things more difficult for him, and hopefully lead to two points before another quick turnaround home. Let’s go Hawks.

  • rhodes

    No stupid penalties tonight. Stay off the PK! I’m looking at you Bollig.

    • cb_audio

      Bollig will probably end up getting an extra 2 min tacked on to his fighting major for instigating. Stupidity is damn near inevitable tonight.

      • Country_Bumpkin

        Bollig needs to STFU and score one of his rare goals and not be an asshat. Chicago can ill-afford to lose this game b/c they are on the PK the whole time.

        • rhodes

          Maybe one of his blue-line wristers will go in tonight.

  • Accipiter

    Fallopian Tubes !!!!

    • laaarmer

      Are you on the subway?

      • Accipiter

        Is there Wi-Fi on the subway ?

        • laaarmer

          There is Wi-Fi on the subway to Fallopia (or so I have heard)

          • 10thMountainFire

            I don’t like where this discussion is headed.

          • laaarmer

            “We’re on the road to Fallopia”

          • Accipiter

            It’s not the destination, it’s how you get there.

          • laaarmer

            I’m taking the scentic route

          • laaarmer

            I mean scenic, of course.

          • Accipiter

            Usually it’s best to take your time.

          • laaarmer

            Have you seen the roses on the scenic route? Very nice.

            Anyway, game tonight, eh?

          • Accipiter

            Yes, sir.

            Your opinion on Raanta ?

          • 10thMountainFire

            Raanti-goal.

          • laaarmer

            He is playing goalie tonight. He should do well.

          • 10thMountainFire

            That’s more of a statement and predictive analysis than an opinion.

          • laaarmer

            I am of the opinion that my opinion is of litlte matter in this discussion, but if you must

            20 saves on 22 shots, Hawks win 4-2.

          • 10thMountainFire

            Raanta simply has to be one better than Kari. And with our lines, that possibly means Raanta needs to keep Dallas under five net dents.

          • Waylon

            and part of that being one better includes no extended walkabouts behind his net, and having his D – Corps come back to retrieve pucks. Of course, I would guess that this issue has been well – disQuissed (pun intended) internally already.

          • bizarrohairhelmet

            Well, there’s two paths and whichever one you chose will make all the difference

          • Fleshrifle

            I always chose the Fallopian less traveled.

          • Joe Banks

            The Brown line?

  • Shooter

    Here’s hoping their deficiency in D tonight makes up for our deficiency in net. Plus I’m still holding out hope for a Shaw-Kruger-Saad checking line.

    • StealingHappyHour

      The checking line is the 4th line now.

      • Shooter

        Exactly, Hence the holding out hope comment. Don’t want it to be the 4th line anymore

        • StealingHappyHour

          Got ya. Not sure why you’d want to waste Saad as a checker though.

          • 10thMountainFire

            Began the year on the third.

          • StealingHappyHour

            So? The third line isn’t the checking line on this team.

          • CozBullsFan

            Not really a waste as both the second line and Saad himself have continued to produce after he moved.

  • Preacher

    My guess is that Bollig’s comments are meant to endear him to fans. Don’t you feel endeared to now?

    • laaarmer

      I wouldn’t mind if he fought the guy. It would get both off for 5 minutes or more. Plus, maybe by fighting a “lesser” tough guy, Bollig could actually accomplish the task of beating somebody up.

      I am, however, thinking more along the lines of Seabrook ends The cheese eater’s night.

    • Joe Banks

      Was that Sarcasm? – Tell the truth…

  • lizmcneill

    Laz was being lazy/sensationalist: He followed with: “But who knows? Our main focus is coming here, getting the win and the two points.” 140 characters and all…

  • Country_Bumpkin

    Dallas with only 33 points? They seem like a really good team when the Hawks play them, but beyond that I guess they ain’t that good.

    • jordyhawk

      They only have three more losses than us, and four games in hand. We are not that far up on them.

  • laaarmer

    What is your Allstate Play of the Week?*
    Shaw and Roussel scrap (12/3)
    Hossa goes top shelf on Harding (12/5)
    Smith snaps one past Hiller (12/6)
    Seabrook blasts PPG on the short side (12/8)
    Saad’s breakaway beauty (12/8)

    Enter to win the signed puck after voting!

    I voted, but I can’t see the results because of some fucking Allstste information gathering thing. My guess is that Shaw wins.

    • bizarrohairhelmet

      Would be best if this poll is in an anti-fighting piece

    • Accipiter

      Even though it made the score 6-2, I vote (here) for the Saad breakaway beauty.

  • Toews still makes funny faces!

    Tonight’s team comparisons

  • Toews still makes funny faces!

    crickets……………………………………..

    • Z-man19

      Hi

      • birdhead

        are we all pumped to concede the season series to Dallas tonight?!

        • birdhead

          (I’m feeling very negative today.)

          • Z-man19

            You are healthy?

          • birdhead

            there are roadworks outside my place that run til 1am and kick up again at 6am and so while I might be physically healthy I’m in a mediocre psychological place.

          • Z-man19

            Sleep is overrated, I get to go to a middle school band concert tonight. 2 hours of musical bliss. I think the hawks kick ass tonight.

          • Fleshrifle

            Will they play any DLR?

          • lizmcneill

            oh no you di’n’t.

          • Fleshrifle

            di

          • Joe Banks

            Geez…

          • lizmcneill

            Welp.

          • birdhead

            bearing in mind that I don’t usually sleep until after 3am in these circumstances, I will beg to differ. sleep is the fucking best.

            although I’ve been to my fair share of middle school band concerts (middle school orchestras are worse). courage, friend.

          • Joe Banks

            Are we talking Jackhammers and shit?

          • http://www.lotsofbutterplease.com/ I am not Chico Maki

            or just jackhammers?

          • birdhead

            They’re installing underground broadband cables and expanding the road by a lane. So jackhammers, concrete pourers going grumble grumble grumble, random shit that I have no idea what it is thumping away, guys standing under my window having a chat (I am on the ground floor) … you name it, I’ve heard it. It’s taken fricking forever.

    • bizarrohairhelmet

      I’m heading to the game now

      • Z-man19

        Have fun, asshole

  • Z-man19

    Du

    • DuHawk

      Z. Was that a preemptive strike?

  • DuHawk

    Hello friends. Internet is down, so I’m posting from my phone. Blech.

    • Joe Banks

      Hello, DU!

    • Fleshrifle

      du

  • AirTrafficAJ

    “Lost Hemsworth brother Mike Kostka”

    So we calling Kostka “Thor Lite” now?

    • Joe Banks

      “Thor Lite”… without that Miley aftertaste…

  • Toews still makes funny faces!

    Merry Christmas, figured some Red and Green was appropriate given the Season and tonight’s teams, and we could all probably use a good laugh! lol

  • CozBullsFan

    Evening fellow miscreants!

  • Joe Banks

    IceHogs sign Goalie Allen York to a PTO. No word yet on whether he will later be replaced by Allen Sargeant…

    • AMR

      Upboat for the Bewitched reference

    • http://www.lotsofbutterplease.com/ I am not Chico Maki

      An ex-Bluejacket … yep, we smoked him.

  • Joe Banks

    BTW… Fuck Antoine Roussel! – I wave my private parts at you!

  • AMR

    Kings are killing the Canadians 5-0 11;46 left in the second

    • CozBullsFan

      Yikes. They don’t have anyone injured either. Maybe Price is having a bad game?

      • CozBullsFan

        Never mind. Bourque and Drewinski are out.

        • AMR

          I don’t think that Bourque and Drewinski are such important defensive pieces to prevent this score

          • CozBullsFan

            Nope.

      • AMR

        pulled after 4 goals. The kings are all over them, Its almost sad. Though right know its either a Montreal PP or 4 on 4. Fox sports west is displaying both

        • CozBullsFan

          The Kings are an enigma. The just got shutout by the Oilers on Sat.

          • AMR

            They truly are. In my opinion they are not built for a season but they are built for the playoffs. Big, strong but typically not a high scoring team

  • CozBullsFan