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TV/Radio: NHL-N, WGN/WGN 720
Whole Mess of Whippersnappers: Silver Seven Sens
After dropping two one goal games in a row, the Hawks face another team that’s off to a surprising little start. The Sens lost their first game before rattling off 4 wins in a row before losing last night in OT. That’s a damn good start for a team that’s not expected to do very much this season. They’ve had their previous captain and most beloved player in franchise history head south before last season. The guy next in line, Jason Spezza, was moved down to Dallas. Ales Hemsky, a pick up from the Oilers at the deadline, also went down to the Lone Star State. Also gone, Joe Corvo – who seems allergic to playing on a team for consecutive years these days and Matt Kassian who went back to the Wild.
But fear not because the Senators did add plenty to compliment their young team by adding David Legwand. So that’s… something.
Stop me if you heard this one before. The Blackhawks go in to St. Louis for an early season matchup against the Blues, lose a frustrating game, walk out with 0 points, it gets projected for how things will shape out in the playoffs and then no one remembers what happened a week later.
Oh that’s right. This has been an ongoing tradition since Barrett Jackman slowly slid out of a goat’s birth canal.
Whatever. On to the rest.
TV/RADIO: WGN for both
MAKE SURE YOU’VE HAD YOUR SHOTS: St. Louis Gametime
You can’t avoid it forever. Eventually you have to go visit the outdoor prison that is St. Louis and play the hockey team comprised out of whatever they scraped out of the drains that resides there. It’s hardly enjoyable usually, and you’ll just want it to be over, but the NHL schedule-makers make you do it anyway.
This is kind of an extension of Wednesday’s Angry At Numbers, but looking more specifically at Patrick Kane. We’ve spent a lot of time on this blog analyzing Kane’s linemates and production, which seems weird. It seems weird because no one would argue that Kane isn’t one of the top 10 players in the league, so why should it matter so much who he is playing with? In one sense, you feel like it shouldn’t. But in another, it does. Kane’s such a unique talent with such a unique style, he’s not as user friendly as say Toews or Hossa is (and there’s been plenty of talk about who Hossa should play with too).
So I thought I’d go back through and look at Kane’s most productive seasons and see who they were spent with, and maybe we’ll have a better idea of what should be happening now.