Strange Cousins From The West – Sharks vs Hawks Preview, Pregame Thread, Happy Hour

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Game Time: 7:30PM Central
TV/Radio: CSN, NHL Network (US), WGN-AM720
Del Davis Tree Farm: Fear The Fin, Battle of California

What a difference a week can make. Last Tuesday in this same space, much was made of the Hawks visiting the Sharks and it being a milepost for both teams 10 games into a 48 game campaign. After the Hawks emerged on top on what was a raucous affair, the clubs have very divergent trajectories.

Since falling to the Hawks, the Sharks have taken only two of a possible six points, both of which coming via overtime charity. They’ve now lost six in a row overall (3 regulation 3 OT), the most embarrassing of which was a 6-2 torquing courtesy of the Columbus Blue Jackets. Yes, the Columbus Blue Jackets.

For the stat heads who love the phrase “regression to the mean”, this Sharks club of late has been a dream come true. After a torrid start, Patrick Marleau has come back to earth, with but one goal to his name in the blowout loss to Columbus since the streak started. It’s fair to say that there’s a correlation here, as the Sharks have only scored 3 goals at one point in the last six, and Hawk fans will recall all three of those coming in the first 10 minutes of the first period against Corey Crawford. However Marleau is not the only one culpable in the offensive drought, no matter how much the media both local and national likes to pile onto him. Joe Thornton has but one assist in that same stretch, and that too came after the game in Columbus was already out of control. As a matter of fact, the Sharks have been held goalless in two of their last three games, so it appears the entire team is scuffling. Even the return of woodland creature Brent Burns and his tremendous shot to the power play hasn’t helped the Sharks generate any offense.

None of the blame however can be thrust upon old friend Antii Niemi, as the 6 goal drubbing came courtesy of backup Thomas Greiss. Niemi has actually held the opposition goalless in the last 120 mintes of regulation time he’s played, and has but an overtime and a shootout loss to show for it. In his first couple outings against his former mates over the last 2+ seasons, Niemi did everything he could to make Stan Bowman foolish, often robbing the Hawks blind. In the last couple however, he’s been far more generous. Given the way he’s seeing the puck recently, the safer bet is on the former tonight.

As for our Men of Four Feathers, the big news out of practice today is that Corey Crawford is now day-to-day with an upper body injury, though it’s pretty obvious that it’s a concussion as a result of Bobby Ryan colliding with him during the third period Tuesday. Crow practiced yesterday, but as is the case with these things, the symptoms seemingly creeped up on him, and Ray Emery will get the start as a result. After a wonky outing in Phoenix during opening weekend, Emery has stabilized his game keeping the Hawks in both of his other starts, and of course stealing two points in Calgary on his own. This will be Razor’s first start at home, where he fared far better last season. But it’s a new year, and the Hawks’ D will need to continue to keep chances to the outside and clear rebounds to keep Emery’s bionic hip from getting exposed.

In front of Emery, the lineup appears to be remaining the same at press time, though there’s always the possibility of either one or both the Bollig/Mayers and Rozsival/Brookbank platoons flip flopping. The Sharks as a team are excellent at the dot, so look for any line that doesn’t have Jonathan Toews centering it to be chasing down a lot of pucks as plays begin (we’re looking at you, Bolland line).

At the morning skate the Sharks were already kvetching about the UC’s ice conditions, and regardless of whether that’s the mark of a frustrated team in the midst of a spiral, those conditions have always been suspect. And while it’s infuriating that one of the league’s preeminent free-wheeling teams can’t seem to create conditions that would facilitate that, the fact of the matter is that both teams have to play on the surface, and both try to play a similar game, so there shouldn’t be a real clear advantage for one squad tonight. If the Hawks have to result to a chip and chase game, the speed of the forwards should still expose what’s long been a plodding Sharks blue line, and making Nemo have to play the puck is always a smart decision. But once again, even though the Sharks are struggling, they do have the firepower to breakout at any given moment if taken lightly. To reiterate what was said on Tuesday- the successful road trip only matters if the two week homestand is capitalized on, point streak or no. Let’s go Hawks.

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  • Accipiter

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    • BigHoss

      look up

  • Bwana

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    LETS GO HAWKS!

    The fake “Black Ice” Toews jersey gets it’s first start of the year tonight.
    Away Bolland: 4-0-1, Home Hjalmarsson: 0-0-1, WC Kane: 4-0-1, Socks: 1-0-0, Hat: 1-0-0

    • Bwana

      What the fuck happened with my other post? Somehow to a picture of Teuvo Teravainen shows up? And is there any way to post a picture in-line in a comment?

      • 2883

        Teuvo is everywhere. Amen

      • Joe Banks

        Well, Teuvo does look a little pale.

      • mightymikeD

        because of reasons

    • Skags

      Yo dog! Keep this shit going. I for one, am a huge fun of both your beer recs and the jersey results.

      I have to say to that last point, a “fake” black ice Toews jersey seems like you’re tempting fate. If they lose this one, it’s on you.

      • Bwana

        The WC Kane is fake too, lol.
        My dad got the Toews jersey when he went to China a couple years ago.

  • http://twitter.com/LBlissettUSA Luther Blissett

    Why would other teams complain about the ice being bad at the UC? The Hawks might very well be the best skating team in the NHL and have been the last four or five years now.

    • Waylon

      because the ice, in fact, does suck donkeys at the UC, and has for years. During the SC run there were innumerable mystery puck bounces that looked pretty strange, and some of those were at the beginning of periods.

  • 2883

    Crawford being out is very worrysome, I am really hoping that he doesn’t miss a ton of time with what is only described as a UBI.

    • Accipiter

      Undisclosed Brain Injury.
      (I also hope he is okay)

      • 2883

        Heh, yup. the new definition for UBI. I don’t know if Ray is strong enough to carry this team, and Karlsson wasn’t even good enough to lock down a backup job for Calgary. I’ve heard the words big, slow and unathletic to describe Karlsson

        • TheFullAmonte

          Just listen to the word big- he’ll sound much better

        • girlphoenix

          He hasn’t been too terrible for Rockford.

      • 10thMountainFire

        This goes in the category of ‘really fucking sucks’.

        All I can see right now is Bolland and Toews’ time off for brown brain. God motherfucking damn it.

        • Waylon

          think of it this way, it could be worse – look at farking Ottawa.

  • raditzzzz

    you win the internets for the sharkticon picture.

    DIDN’T EVEN BEND A FENDER

  • pompoon

    Tracy Meyers sure is patient…I swear someone on twitter asks her about Carcillo’s status every half hour, every day.

    • BigHoss

      i wonder how much she gets paid

      • AMR

        Not enough for some of the asinine questions she gets asked

  • Hi, I’m Bob LeDonne

    Hello I am Robert LeDonne.

    • Accipiter

      Bob.

      • Hi, I’m Bob LeDonne

        JUSTICE

    • 10thMountainFire

      We’re good to drop the puck now.

      • Hi, I’m Bob LeDonne

        2 hours early? I don’t know, sir.

    • mightymikeD

      Robert

      • Hi, I’m Bob LeDonne

        ROMIGHT

        • mightymikeD

          ROGGGERRRGH

  • ballyb11

    California team bitching about a Chicago team’s ice.

    Not good.

  • ballyb11

    Glenn Hall wouldn’da missed the game.

    Suck it up Corey.

    • Accipiter

      Glenn Hall is starting tonight.

      • ballyb11

        VG.

        Hope it’s w/ no mask like real men do it.

        • BigHoss

          i also hear stan mikita is playing too

          • ballyb11

            All the “Scooters” – Mikita, Wharram, Mohns.

  • cliffkoroll

    I didn’t look at the byline, and when i hit ‘torquing’ I eeemediately thought: MCCLURE! Sorry Sam, but that boy just has a real gift for expression.

  • BigHoss

    so i guess havlat is on the same lines as burish tonight…

    • mightymikeD

      and in a small, private hell.

      • 10thMountainFire

        Somewhere, David Bolland is grinning.

        • mightymikeD

          obviously. He just found a small nest of baby mice and he remembered to stop off at the store to buy some heavy-grade sandpaper and vinegar on his way home from lurking in the bushes outside “Octagenarian Synchronised Swimming” tryouts.

  • mightymikeD

    Completely off the topic of tonight’s game.. but isn’t it about time someone with a huge shotgun put the fucking NW Division out of its misery?

    Nucks aside, 2nd place Wild’s 14 points would be good for last place in the Central. Edmonton aren’t any better.. Calgary, with fewer games played are still at 11 points and Colorado are worse. The Beej have 10 points. That’s how bad this Division is.
    The Nucks coasting to the playoffs and that weird looking trophy they love so much was supposed to end this year.

    • 10thMountainFire

      But… ESPN told me that the Wild were contenders for the Cup this year.

      • mightymikeD

        I.. I don’t know how to break this to you.. (I hope the Army has some decent counsellors) but ESPN lie like cheap whores. Who need crack. And couldn’t get crack. But will settle for melting down pocket-lint.

        • 10thMountainFire

          If I could like this twice, I would.

          • Accipiter

            You can.

          • mightymikeD

            fffuck

            I can upboat my own post! Upboats are still like Calpol to us serious rec-whores though

          • Accipiter

            Logout and go hog wild on the upboats.

          • QCBlackhawk

            I can’t get my fix anymore since nothing gets turned green. I mean, what’s the point :p

        • Waylon

          BOO YEAH!

    • girlphoenix

      The Avs at least have the excuse that 75% of their team is injured.

      • mightymikeD

        and O’Really is still sucking down dem roubles..

    • Waylon

      yeah, but I think playing in that soft of a division has actually hurt the Nucks over the years, since they usually don’t do nearly as well in the playoffs.

  • Hi, I’m Bob LeDonne

    THIS IS BOB LEDONNE’S “OF THE DAY” RAP BATTLE RESPONSE TO BWANA’S BEER OF THE DAY WHISKEY OF THE DAY!

    You know what’s better than beer? Fuckin whiskey. And given that we’re in a dance off, I’m breaking off the whiskey version of the ACTUAL HARLEM SHAKE, none of that new age crap.

    So lettuce get 2 it. George T Stagg. The crown jewel of the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection. This rye’d recipe bourbon is limited, highly sought after, and will give you a stomach ulcer and throat cancer quicker than a Coach Q roulette line scramble (when we’re losing). Was that joke good? NO! Was it topical? YOU BET! The reason it tastes like jet fuel is because you’re a wimp, and because it’s 140+ proof. 140+ prooves of face melting goodness. So much flavor, so smooth, and yet so much burninate. Think 140+ proof is not that high? Consider that the FAA technically doesn’t allow alcohol past 140 proof to go on planes because they classify it as a FIRE ACCELERANT. I know because I’ve been told that while in handcuffs.

    GTS is a non-age statement whiskey, but usually aged around 15-17 years depending on which vintage you get. If you can find it in November-ish, it’ll run you anywhere from $80 (MSRP) to $120. Totally worth it if you find it, and remember – whiskey doesn’t go bad in your storage cabinet. Save it for when you’re 80 and you want to teach your great grandson how to be a man. Or don’t. I don’t give a fuck.

    • mightymikeD

      “burninate”.. one for the ages

    • ballyb11

      I haven’t had a drink in almost 15 years and I never even liked whiskey, but very well done Bob LeDonne. Classic

      .Think 140+ proof is not that high? Consider that the FAA technically doesn’t allow alcohol past 140 proof to go on planes because they classify it as a FIRE ACCELERANT.

  • putmeinthemadhouse

    Bollig is adorable in his NHLN interview lol, he seems so nervous stumbling over his words. Seems like a real good guy though.

  • 10thMountainFire

    Trying to analyze Q’s statements on Crow’s condition… I just don’t know now. He mentioned that it may have been something related to practice. Either he’s diverting attention while they figure out what’s going on with Crow’s brain or maybe it’s not his head?

    • mightymikeD

      it’s a concussion.

      Uh oh.

      That said, sudden call-ups of unheralded goalies have worked for the Hawks before, amirite?

      (clutching at straws, here, people)

      • 10thMountainFire

        Niemi?
        Crow was alright when he was an unheralded call-up.
        Craig Anderson? Eh, bad example. I’m reaching.

        Save us, Oprah Winfrey!

        • mightymikeD

          she’d be great in net… bees for everyone

        • Accipiter
          • mightymikeD

            that one hurts. Lance was my idol, once.

          • Waylon

            meh, never my idol, had that book of his shoved down my throat while going through Chemo back when it first came out – sounded fraudulent to me and everyone else I discussed it with who were getting treatment at that time. Long story why, I’ll STFU about it now.

  • girlphoenix

    For anyone wondering, Block just tweeted that Ben Smith is still 1-2 weeks away from returning.

    • BigHoss

      what happened to him?

      • AMR

        hurt his wrist/hand in a fight

        • BigHoss

          oh thanks

    • Waylon

      Sure hope he gets called up – love to see both Smith and Morin get another chance this season.

  • BigHoss

    isnt are strange cousins from the west Winnepeg too and then the southern weird cousins are the panthers right?

  • Toews still makes funny faces!

    With the Exception of the Hawks, I fucking hate all teams east of me. fuck the sharks!!!

    • mightymikeD

      so full of all sorts of win.. in an unrelated thing, do you have Kindle, TMFF?

      • Toews still makes funny faces!

        No, just a PC and laptop.

        • mightymikeD

          OK.. just downloaded and read a very interesting book by an Irish/American Navy Chaplain.. thought of you while reading.

          • Toews still makes funny faces!

            Cool. Which book?

          • mightymikeD

            “Follies Of A Naval Chaplain” by Connell J. Maguire.. it’s a lovely wee read.

  • QCBlackhawk

    I’m having anxiety issues over this UBI of Crawfords. If it was because of the collision, maybe he should have flopped around like an over-dramatic crybaby bitch to get a call. Wait, that’d be Smith. >:| So annoyed with Seabrook because of that, and the own goal. He was Crow’s worst enemy last game.

    • putmeinthemadhouse

      ryan was going to hit him anyways, that was a tiny push by seabs.

  • BigHoss

    can we post gifs on here?

    • QCBlackhawk

      Haven’t been told otherwise that I know of. Unlike SB this format makes the links tiny so it doesn’t eat space.

    • ahnfire

      you can but they won’t show up like they did on SBN – it won’t be animated until clicked (where it’ll open in a new tab/window)

      • mightymikeD

        I won’t be animated until some point tomorrow evening

        • ahnfire

          no alcohol until then or something?

          • mightymikeD

            naaaaahhh… don’t be daft

  • BigCSouthside

    Im drinking Bell’s Best Brown Ale tonight. Has an Owl on the label. Its a bird of prey. Hawks are birds of prey. Close enough.

    • Accipiter

      You had me at I’m drinking.

    • QCBlackhawk

      Local bar here with a big bottle selection has that stuff. It’s so good. The owl looks seriously unimpressed with you though, like you don’t deserve to be drinking the beer.

    • mightymikeD

      Carlsberg Export in 500ml portions.. it’ll do

  • http://twitter.com/oregon_hawk Oregon_hawk

    Getting over sickness. Drinking Hansen’s Diet Black Cherry Soda.

    BOOOOOO

    • Accipiter

      You’d be better off drinking alcohol.

  • DesertHawk

    Is wanting to “pass the time” with the Geico pig officially the end of an actress’ career?

  • ahnfire