Say Something Nasty: Hawks at Predators Preview/Pregame Thread/Mosh Pit

Hawk Wrestler vs. Nashville_Pussy_4

FACEOFF: 7pm

TV/RADIO: CSN, WGN Radio 720

GIMME, GIMME, GIMME THE HONKEY TONK BLUES: The incomparable On The Forecheck

There’s only one storyline for the Hawks tonight, and obviously it’s KRS-23 suiting up in his first game back with the Hawks. If there was any danger of the Hawks either not taking this one fully seriously or getting caught looking ahead to the Sharks tomorrow night, there should be an extra jump in everyone’s step with Versteeg joining the ranks. As you know by now, Steeger will skate on the 3rd line with Bryan Bickell and Andrew Shaw. The combination of Chicken Hawk and VerStud might give the Hawks the yappiest line they’ve iced in… forever?

It has not been the kindest of starts for our friends in Music City. They are rooted to the bottom of the Central Division at 8-9-2. The problems? They can’t fucking score, and they can’t stop the puck. Being a hockey expert, I can tell you that’s a nasty combination.

The scoring problems are nothing new for the Preds, who haven’t been prolific in a long time. But they only have two players over 10 points, and only one who has scored five goals (Hornqvist). Some players they counted on to help out have done nothing like it. As you may have heard, Viktor Stalberg had such a debut with the Preds that he’s found himself a healthy scratch a couple times. Matt Cullen has been old, because he’s old. Filip Forsberg got demoted, but has been recalled in time for tonight’s game.

They’re not totally bereft of skill, however. David Legwand can always be counted on for an annoying, ugly goal against the Hawks because he’s annoying and ugly. Colin Wilson is back from an injury-ravaged season last year to be a boost. Craig Smith looks to have shaken off some of the cobwebs of a woeful 2013 season to at least not be a blister.

The real strength of the Preds is on the blue line, with American hero Seth Jones backing up longtime ass-kicker Shea Weber. This will be the Hawks first look at Jones (I’m sure Brandon Saad is very excited to see what he’ll be dealing with for the next decade), and though I’ve only caught a couple Preds games this year you’ll be impressed with a guy that big who skates that well. There have been bumps for Jones as there always would be and he hasn’t seen to many attacks like the one he’s being asked to repel tonight. Mattias Ekholm is another young blue-liner who’s been good, however Roman Josi and Kevin Klein have taken huge steps back.

But it all comes crumbling down straight to hell in net for Nashville. Pekka Rinne is on the shelf for a while with a hip problem, and Carter Hutton couldn’t, or at least hasn’t, been able to fill in the gaps. Marek Mazanec (it’s a name not a condition) got lit up in Pittsburgh last night, as he has in his other appearances. It’s Hutton to get the start tonight, and though he might have some extra motivation against the organization that didn’t have a place for him, you still can’t see a way that he’s not really up against it.

I don’t need to tell you the method for the Hawks tonight, but I have to wrap this post up somehow. The Preds can’t generate any offense on their own, so as long as you’re clean in your zone and the neutral zone, you’ve pretty much locked them up. No cutesy-fancy stuff… ok, Steeger gets to try one thing for old time’s sake, because it’s not watching Kris Versteeg unless you’re yelling at him for a minute. Use the middle of the ice in the Hawks’ zone to get out, because the Preds love to pinch down on the guys on the boards and the points. From there it’s fire at will, because Hutton has been that shaky.

The Preds tried a Keep The Red Out campaign, I bet when I turn my TV on tonight it won’t look like they succeeded.

  • jordyhawk

    Khabby no play good kaput.

    • Joe Banks

      C’mon Khabby, bring home a winner!
      Win one for the Geezer!

      • jordyhawk

        Inspiring. Would not be surprised if Preds get no SOG in first period as Red Men lock it down in attempt to save Khabby job.

        • Joe Banks

          Well, considering their only goal last night came on a shot from the point from the mighty KEVIN KLINE that cut Malkin’s stick in two, then bounced off two skates, this is feasible.

  • Accipiter

    Hi ! Where’s HIBLD ?

    • ahnfire

      speaking of…I have a IRL photo of Bob. I felt, as your moderator, that everyone deserves to know what the man, the myth, and the legend looks like.

      Now, I know some of you aren’t prepared for this, so I’m going to link to it as opposed to posting it here. When you’re ready, you can see a 100% real photo of what Bob looks like.

      HIBLD unmasked

      • Z-man19

        That caps it, I’ll definitely let you buy all the drinks

      • VerStig

        Who’s the guy in the gray shirt and yellow round face on the right?

        • bizarrohairhelmet

          Whoever he is, he can sell the hell out of some insurance.

          • VerStig

            Oh, I guess I meant the “Not Bob.”

          • ahnfire

            I think you might be confused as to which one Bob is, however while it might be more in the spirit of LeDonne for you to stay confused, I’ll clarify: “Not Bob” really is not Bob. He’s a non-TCI person, so I hid his face. Bob is on the right side of the picture.

          • bizarrohairhelmet

            I think the NotBob said he actually participates on very rare occasions

      • Joe Banks

        Hitting the Scotch early, eh?

      • 10thMountainFire

        He looks really, really happy.

      • http://www.polyptych.bandcamp.com/ Samuroth

        Kumas!

        • bizarrohairhelmet

          Those burgs have an unbelievable amount of meat. I still don’t believe it. I think I was lied to with smoke sauce and mirrors.

      • Accipiter

        He’s a good looking man, I’ll give him that.

  • lizmcneill

    This may be the highest-scoring game the Perds have ever been involved in.

    • birdhead

      Between Hutton and Khabibulin …

      • Joe Banks

        oh, noes!

        • ChicagoNativeSon

          related oldie…

      • Z-man19

        What’s Q’s threshold for pulling Khabby, 6? Crow really needs to sit this one out

        • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

          I have a pic in my head of StanBo, sitting in the press box with his finger poised over the speed dial button of whatever GM hinted at a backup caliber goalie to be had for draft picks.

          • Z-man19

            My pic of Stan has him cringing over who else he has to give up to get some sap to take Khabby and the puck bag he’ll get back

          • ChicagoNativeSon

            Whaddaya think the odds are that Khabi mysteriously pulls a groin if he sucks tonight, and Stan puts him on LTIR?

            “Look Nik, you’re embarrassing both of us out there. I think I have a graceful way out of this situation for both of us.”

          • 10thMountainFire

            Who’s going to pull his groin for him?

          • bizarrohairhelmet

            in steps Bollig, always smiling

  • detroit must die

    I have to prepare myself. Its been 4 years since I’ve screamed at the TV begging Kris Versteeg to dump the fucking puck

  • Joe Banks

    Anyone who has had a kidney stone knows what we’re in for tonite…

    • mazer_rackham

      Oh man, I’ve been using that thing to rinse my quinoa!

  • 10thMountainFire

    Right now Bollie has a sad.

  • derlemke

    I wonder what the chances are the Preds will make this game well…dull.

  • mazer_rackham

    In unrelated news, I have been watching this _all day_

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T858-6F8B-I

    • MattC86

      The Jackets have the worst announcers in this sport. What the fuck was that? Be excited. Or something.

    • Joe Banks

      Thanks! – That cheered me up!
      If Boll was wearing an indianhead sweater, would he have been called for interference?

      • bizarrohairhelmet

        Imagine if that were a Shaw/Smith interaction.

  • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

    I get home from work at 5:30, clean up, have dinner with the wife and sit down about 6:30 or later. So for weekday home games I usually put off reading the CI until after the game. To be honest, I only subscribed as a thank you for all the fun I have here on the board, but the last Indian (for the Yotes game) had me LOLing multiple times until the wife came in to see what was so funny.

    I sometimes feel lost with the 80′s music references, but then I see ‘Super Geniuses’ scrawled across the top of the Yotes lineup, or a picture of Olivier next to Mike Smith’s name, and I feel right at home.

  • Preacher

    What, no “trap” comments?

    • BrandonPirri

      With Khabi in net, this could suck. It probably won’t, but I definitely feel the Hawks need to put 4 or 5 in goal.

    • HarryBalzonya

      It’s a trap.

    • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

      This is a trap. A large trap. In fact, if you got a moment, it’s a twelve-storey trap with a magnificent entrance hall, carpeting throughout, 24-hour portage, and an enormous sign on the roof, saying ‘This Is a LARGE TRAP’. A large trap requires a large plan. Get me two pencils and a pair of underpants.

  • Marian Brossa

    I’m in Nashville. If the hotel is any indication, the Red has not been kept out. The anthem is going to get a standing O.

    • CornelisonsFlagPointer

      Jim anthem’d the Northwestern game, the crowd responded appropriately.

      • 10thMountainFire

        Jim Anthem’d the NIU game on Wednesday and they won. In the process, 59 al-Qaeda were also killed.

        • Shooter

          huskies!!!! As an alum living in Austin, nothing makes me happier than seeing my boys on the duece

          • 10thMountainFire

            Jordan Lynch for President of the Universe.

          • CornelisonsFlagPointer

            You going to COTA tomorrow?

    • putmeinthemadhouse

      personally think that tradition belongs in chicago and chicago only…bad form to do it in visiting arenas…maybe its just me.

      • bizarrohairhelmet

        and me. There were a LOT of hawk fans in D and we didn’t do it

  • CornelisonsFlagPointer

    Howdy ya”ll.
    I’d forgotten about the Hawks fans ticket thing (“Keep The Red Out”).
    Grand Ol’ Fuck You.

  • 10thMountainFire

    Someone’s tasked with ensuring they take away Khabibulin’s bottle a few hours prior to game time, right?

    • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

      Perhaps the problem is that he’s not getting enough Vodka?

      • Z-man19

        Kinda what I was thinking

  • CozBullsFan

    Tonight’s beer of the game is Chuckle Sam made by Clown Shoes. Thought it was fitting for the Hawks.

    • bizarrohairhelmet

      Crunkle Sam

      • CozBullsFan

        Thanks, I’ve been drinking since 4 so I have an excuse.

  • bizarrohairhelmet

    This will kill few of the waiting minutes for ya:

    http://screen.yahoo.com/sketchy/30-30-space-jam-game-155008766.html

  • DuHawk

    Hello friends

    VERSTEEG!!!

    • VanDorp’sMullet

      Hi Du!

      • Accipiter

        Haiku !!

      • DuHawk

        Dorp!!

  • VanDorp’sMullet

    Well, today has officially sucked. Hopefully tonight will be better. Already starting on the whiskey.

    • CornelisonsFlagPointer

      You are among friends.
      Until the crisis gets here.

      • VanDorp’sMullet

        Thanks, CFP. I appreciate it.

  • bizarrohairhelmet

    no Hossa??? I has a sad