• GoldenJet

    Thankfully, I don’t have to be concerned with the stat that all 13 times the road team won game 3 to go up 2-1 in the Finals, they also went on to hoist the Cup…otherwise I might be a bit jittery.

    • bigtreina

      Yes, between the mainstream media touting stats like that and this site’s insistence that the Hawks should turn it around based on past performance (metrics) I’m perfectly calm. But then again, I never get too emotionally invested in the Hawks. You neither, right? Right?

    • Sopel the catfish

      The stat that I like is no Stanley Cup has ever actually been won after 3 games. Bunch of idiots just writing click bait articles.

      • CurvedBlade

        Yep, and every article is heavily salted with these useless statistics about how often someone won or lost after some past sequence of events. Guess that’s easier than actual hockey analysis.

    • ZigZags82

      Whatever trend that WAS, Hawks are breaking it. Book it.

  • GoldenJet

    Gotta love the genius that is Pierre McGuire…not…

    http://autopod.ca/chum/22/podcasts/

    He thinks the Hawks, should Oduya not play tonight, should play Timonen top 4 minutes.

    WTF

    • Sopel the catfish

      I really wish he would have gotten the head coaching job for the Penguins so we wouldn’t have to listen to all of his shit.

    • bigtreina

      The real question is, should Oduya not be able to go, who would you skate in his place? Or would you skate 3.5 d-men?

      • Sopel the catfish

        2, 7, and 4 each play 35 minutes, 5, 26, 57 each get 5.

        • bigtreina

          This is scary. No other depth d-man from Rockford is worth a try? TVR looked really out of place last game. What happened to that Erixson guy?

          • Sopel the catfish

            No idea what happened to Erixson, the other D that were/are on the Hawks roster per Monday Night’s report are Ville Pokka, Viktor Svedberg, and Michael Paliotta. Perhaps if Jon Fromi is lurking around somewhere he could give some of his educated input on who could be a good body to put out there.

          • sarah.

            Erixon got put on waivers and was picked up by Toronto. Paliotta is technically on the roster but the team said early in the playoffs that he’s gone home for the summer to train. Pokka looked fine in Rockford and will be a great asset in the future, but trial by fire in the SCF is probably not a good idea. I don’t know much about Svedberg other than that he is TALL, maybe he could just sit on Tyler Johnson or something. Johns could have been a possibility had he not broken his arm in the Hogs’ last game.

          • bigtreina

            In other words, what you see is what you got. My next comment is not to attract trolls, nor is it my attempt at trolling, but what if we platooned a forward at D for a few shifts like we do for a power play – especially if we’re in dire need of offense?

          • Hags

            I’m totally convinced Marian Hossa could pull off emergency D-man duties.

          • CurvedBlade

            Carcillo in bicks, steeger out. car bomb playing forward or D, as needed.

          • Hockey deities can do as they please, hence the above statement is true

    • Jim

      Kimmo in, he gets his name on the Cup, yay

      • Since when did we get all freaking sentimental around this joint… j/k

  • HawkIPA

    Per Lazerus, tonight’s lines:

    Saad-Toews-Hossa
    Versteeg-Richards-Kane
    Sharp-Vermette-Teravainen
    Desjardins-Kruger-Shaw

    Bickell out, Versteeg in.

    I expect there will be some blending tonight as well.

    • GoldenJet

      Hoping to see some of that 80’s line tonight…86-80-88 could easily be Nuclear Option II.

      • ZigZags82

        Won’t need it. Double shifts maybe but Hawks taking care of business.

    • Jim

      Bickell out, good

      • rhodes

        I hate to say I agree with you, but with the way he’s been playing, I agree. Let’s hope Versteeg takes advantage of the opportunity.

  • HawkIPA

    Also per Lazerus, Keith and Oduya sat out the morning skate. Take that for what’s it worth, but I’m thinking Oduya is playing tonight.

  • Sopel the catfish

    I really hope they find some way to get Desi to stay, not only have I been very happy with his play overall, but he writes better than I do too

    http://www.nhl.com/ice/newsindex.htm?location=/cup/2015/players-blog-chi&view=summary

    • casbone

      I’ll be even happier if he puts one in the net tonight.

      • ZigZags82

        He may……..

  • PrisonedMuffin

    Looks like Kimmo Timonen is in tonight, hold me, I’m scared.

    https://twitter.com/TramyersCSN/status/608666832174747648

    • HawkIPA

      I’m only scared if he’s in for Oduya. Cumiskey has been brutal the past two games.

      • bigtreina

        Who of the combo of Rundblad, Timmo & Cuminskey hasn’t been?

        • HawkIPA

          Exactly. It’s baked in at this point. Just gotta hope the top 4 can carry the load once again, and that Kimmo doesn’t burn the house down in his 6 minutes of ice time.

      • PrisonedMuffin

        No Rundblad or Cumiskey in practice, so he’s probably gonna be with TVR
        https://twitter.com/TramyersCSN/status/608668003962462210

        • CurvedBlade

          The 3 of them have had a pretty rough time, but Kimmo is the worst BY FAR. How many times have we Seen him get left behind the play at center ice. Trying to catch up he looks like an old woman on a mobility scooter.

          • PrisonedMuffin

            He can’t be much worse than the others, and for all it’s worth, he’s certainly a more intelligent player than the latter. But I’m concerned he won’t be able to handle the speed of the Lightning.

          • HawkIPA

            Watching noted speedster Kyle Cumiskey on the Paquette goal was just as infuriating. I think he bore at least some of the blame for a goal in Game 2 as well. And he saw about 12 minutes of ice time over both games. At this point, it doesn’t matter. Just spin the wheel and play whoever comes up. Tonight it’s Timonen.

    • GoldenJet

      Fuck…McGuire is advising Q!

      Hope Keith and Oduya are both still in…

    • GoldenJet

      Maybe he’ll look better against a less physical team……….because he got tossed around like a ragdoll vs Anaheim.

  • Brandon Murray

    I want to complain about Kimmo being in due to the speed of Tampa, but I can’t because it seems to be the only option at this point. Keith is immortal, Seabs is doing his thing, Hammer can take the punishment of blocking shot after shot, and Oduya may not be 100% but no way he sits out. These 4 have been true warriors since 4/15/15 began. Someone else needs to step up. The D is what it is right now. Time for 19 & 88 to lighten the load by potting a goal or two or three or four……….

    • jordyhawk

      TVR played 9 minutes on Monday so he could easily get up to 12 tonight (and if Oduya is hurting it could be more). I would be surprised to see Kimmo play more than 5 or 6 shifts and it could easily be fewer (even none).

    • ZigZags82

      They will man. They will. This is the Hawks time.

  • Sopel the catfish

    In today’s edition of news that isn’t news, Tampa is super jelly of everything Chicago has and does

    http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/madhouse-enforcer/Tampa-Tries-to-One-Up-Chicago-at-River-Dyeing-306516301.html

    • ZigZags82

      Can’t wait to see the Hawks end this joker’s team’s season and hoist the Cup on Monday or Wednesday.

  • JB from PA

    Looks like Kimmo is coming in for Cumiskey. Oduya should be good to go.

  • cza
    • rhodes

      I don’t know. Cumiskey is obviously much quicker, but Kimmo is far and away the smarter defenseman. I want to believe his experience can overcome his deficiency in speed. He never appears to be out of position and he makes good decisions about when to pinch without getting caught–knows his limitations and can play within them. Plus he can be used on the PP.

      I’m cautiously optimistic and certainly rooting for the guy. How cool would it be to see him pot one.

      • Sopel the catfish

        OT GWG while doing his best Seabrook impression.

        • rhodes

          Maybe he should try smaller pants to see if this improves his mobility.

          • The_Cheeb

            I say he should celebrate his advanced age by hitching his pants up to his ribcage, skating around in an old stained sleeveless undershirt, and yelling at the Lightning players to “get off my grass you little punk-ass bastards!”

      • cza

        That would be glorious.

  • Aaeismacgychel

    I actually am okay with the Timo move. He’ll get very limited ice time (as he should), but from an intangibles side this seems okay. Timo doesn’t have a Cup, and this is a backs to the wall must win game in the Fina;s. In terms of character or locker room presence, I’m not sure if the Hawks need any more, but I don’t think it’ll hurt seeing someone in the dog days of his career wanting that final piece. Cumiskey would be the better option for the power play or offensive zone presence, but we’re going to get 5 minutes from whomever that 6th D will be and they’re all going to be bad minutes, so give the old man one last skate and protect him as much as humanly possible. And you never know. Maybe for these 5 minutes, his legs find some youth

    • ZigZags82

      Trust in the process and he and the Hawks will find a way.

  • Hags

    anyone have a bomb shelter I can borrow so I can hide down there during Timonen’s shifts tonight?

    • Sopel the catfish

      I’m going to get bombed in my shelter if that counts

      • Hags

        that’ll do.

  • The_Cheeb

    I say they put one of those electric collars around Kimmo’s neck, and zap him every time he tries to cross his own blue line.

    • Sopel the catfish

      Coworker and I were joking that he is only allowed to leave Crawford’s crease when going for a line change or to get Crow a fresh bottle of water or towel.

      • The_Cheeb

        All kidding aside, is there any evidence that Q would instruct Kimmo to stay really at home, don’t join counterattacks, etc.? For his low level of minutes, that would seem workable. This also could mean Q thinks TVR can handle more minutes.

        • Sopel the catfish

          I wouldn’t think so, he has had some timely pinches this year and in what could be he last game(s) I think Q would try to give him at least a little bit of a benefit of the doubt (shit that sounds awkward but w/e)