The Sunshine Bores The Daylights Outta Me: Blackhawks At Scum – Preview/Pre-Game Thread/Midnight Screening

  http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/2/2a/Rebel_Alliance_logo.svg/200px-Rebel_Alliance_logo.svg.png @ http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/b/b2/Galactic_Empire_emblem.svg/200px-Galactic_Empire_emblem.svg.png

Game Time: 11:30AM Central
TV/Radio: NBC, WGN-AM 720
Go East, Young Man: Winging It In Motown

Oh, the lovely NHL Game of the Week. I can’t imagine how much this messes with the players habits, seeing as how hockey players are such creatures of habit. Instead of the normal morning skate, afternoon nap and whatever else they must get up to before a game, they get to just basically wake up and play. And it breaks the habits for all of us as well. Luckily for me, my favorite bar decided to open up early. God bless ‘em.

As Fels mentioned in the wrap on Friday’s game, the Blackhawks seem to have a habit of playing just a touch better than their opponents this year. This was true the last time the Hawks and Scum met as well. Oddly enough, the last time these two met the Hawks had just finished off the Blue Jackets in a game that was more difficult than it needed to be before needing OT to take down the Wings.

In that game, we were still looking at the glory of the early season rust from both sides after the long off season. The play was sloppy and rushed and didn’t quite ever kick into the high gear both of these teams are capable of. Still, the Hawks managed the win in extra time off a Nick Leddy wrister. That game set the new club record for the best start to a season. We know how well the Hawks have done since then.

Scum on the other hand have had a bit of an up and down season. They’re still mired in battle against St. Louis and Nashville for second place in the division. Only a single point separates the three teams, though St. Louis has games in hand against the other two. The Wings are playing pretty solid .500 hockey of late, they’re 3-1-0 in the last four but were 0-3-2 in the five before that. They dismantled the Canucks before falling apart in the third to the Kings and needed a shootout to win over the Sharks.

As to be expected, Zetterberg leads the team in points even though he seems to be doing so without much flair for the year. I wasn’t even sure he was having a solid year until I looked up the points earlier this morning since I don’t seem to read or hear much about his play this year. As always, Pavel Datsyuk is the player you love to watch while still fearing what he can do both with and without the puck. Scum will be without the talents of Valtteri Filppula, Mikael Samuelsson and Carlo Colaiacovo, which is thankful since trying to remember how to spell their names is a struggle. The speedy Helm and criminal Bertuzzi are also sitting for the game with back injuries.

It seems Jimmy Howard gets the start for the Wings this morning while the Hawks have yet to announce who will go against him. Everyone else seems to still be asleep so there isn’t much news on what may change for the Hawks. Early guesses are that Bolland will miss his fifth straight game with the dreaded “upper body injury”.

Somewhat sadly, this will be the first game the two franchises have played since the news that longtime rivals won’t be seeing as much of each other due to the realignment of the league starting next year. The Scum are moving over east and taking Columbus with them. This rivalry hasn’t been what it used to be in year’s past thanks to more intense hatred directed towards Vancouver and the re-emergence of bile directed towards St. Louis. Still, it will be sad to not see these two teams (who have played more games against each other than any other two in the league) face off several times a year. Though imagine how nasty a meeting in the finals would be? That’s a long way off though. Two points are all that matters today.

Let’s Go Hawks

  • chidiver

    Wakey wakey..eggs n bakey. Coffee and a bloody mary..stat!

    • bizarrohairhelmet

      I’ll have my coffee Irish, please. Hold the coffee.

      • http://www.thecommittedindian.com/ PowrFwd37

        Werarafe! Asiscveon wi wjaveuner!

        (I’m pretty sure this translates into: I’ll have what he’s having.)

      • Joe Banks

        I just saw this at the Jewels yesterday…
        2 gingers Irish Whiskey gotta be a Sedins joke in there somewhere.

        • RWCrum

          I believe it looks to me like a Sedin urine test.

        • bizarrohairhelmet

          Yeah, well, considering how PC this place can be, you should handle that ging…er, uh…carefully.

          • The Doctor

            Ginger? I don’t even know her.

          • Flavius

            Bus to the UC joke
            /Wacker’d

        • Accipiter

          You mean the Hardly Boys.

  • The Doctor

    Never have a good feeling about these morning games vs Scum. Hoping to see Crow start today. If he was healthy enough to play backup against the BJs he should be good to go today.

    • Joe Banks

      Good news. A do over 4 weeks from today. Sunday, March 31st, 11:30 AM, in Scumland.

    • RWCrum

      It has to end sometime, doesn’t it? Doesn’t it?
      Strangely, the way the Blue Jacket game was going the other night I was okay with the idea of finally losing and have it be them. By and large, they’re a team that has the right idea and me being a mushy old fool, I was feeling kind of sorry for Steve Mason. Had Columbus won, they would have earned it. I can’t quite get that feeling about the Scum, however.

  • moose vasko

    The road is the best. I love going into another team’s building and dominating. That’s the chance to really send a message.

  • steeg of their own

    Heavily spiked OJ and crabcakes eggs benedict are on the menu for my morning brunch. Here’s hoping the Hawks come out with a fire under their asses in this one. I hate noon games.

    • Joe Banks

      spiked with what?

      • steeg of their own

        Tequila, probably. I might go the sunrise route.

  • Flavius

    This league is run by brilliant men….nothing promotes hockey in the western two-thirds of the goddamned continent like a 12:30 eastern time puck drop.

    • DesertHawk

      Yay 1030 am hockey

      • Waylon

        Yay 9:30 Am Hockey. Now, that’s real counter – programming!

        • 2883

          Wake and Bake? or Wake and Liquor up?

    • http://whatisthebestadverb.wordpress.com/ I am not Chico Maki

      Nothing says hockey like Cheerios.

      • MattC86

        And booze. Booze with cheerios.

        • Flavius

          That’s a warning sign…..ahhh, to hell with it.

  • Skags

    Crawford in, according to the Twitters.

    • RWCrum

      Yay. Since here in the L.A. we only have the defending Cup Champs as well as the Ducks, who are 15-3-2 and whom everyone would be talking about if not for the Blackhawks, there apparently is not enough interest to merit decent hockey coverage out here. To that end, is Crawford presumably recovered from whatever has been ailing him?

      • bizarrohairhelmet

        It was a flu virus that can only be transmitted via abrupt contact with the cranium.

        • RWCrum

          Even better.

      • Z-man19

        No one knows

        • RWCrum

          Oh good.

      • Waylon

        Considering the Hawk’s prior actions regarding concussed players, I’d say that’s a pretty big assumption. I have no idea why they’re sending him out there again so soon, after what was an apparent relapse of his previous injury (despite whatever the hell Q was saying afterward). If he gets injured again then they truly are culpable.

  • RWCrum

    So there. I guess you’ll need to click on the picture if you want to see it.

  • Accipiter

    Hi ! Where’s HIBLD ?

    • Z-man19

      Before noon on a Sunday? that’s about as silly as asking if you are wearing pants right now

    • Hi, I’m Bob LeDonne

      Hi, I’m at church.

  • DesertHawk

    Your move Accipiter

    • Accipiter

      If my answers frighten you then you should cease asking scary questions.

  • DesertHawk

    I do have to say, I really like the fact that disqus allows us to edit.

  • red palace

    Hossa 1K! Let’s Go Hawks – make it memorable!

    • DesertHawk

      In a good way!

  • red palace

    I don’t want a Emrickle
    I just want another goal from Bickell
    I don’t mind me some Olczykle
    But I just want another goal from Bickell
    And IIIII don’t want McGuiiiiiiiiire
    I just want another goal from Bryyyyyyyy

    an Bickell

    • http://whatisthebestadverb.wordpress.com/ I am not Chico Maki

      This is very bad, red, in the best way possible.

  • AirTrafficAJ

    Bertuzzi has back problems stemming from carrying around that meteor-sized chunk of guilt due to being a dirty sack of elephant testicles. Steve Moore says “hello”.

  • Sparky_The_Barbarian

    2nd period scotch will come awfully early today.

    • 2883

      Rally beer opening will have to come early…

      • CozBullsFan

        I’m just fine with my Bloody Mary thanks.

        • 2883

          Hair of the dog? Sometimes you just gonna bite the bullet.

  • Hi, I’m Bob LeDonne

    Hi, I’m Bob LeDonne.

    Todays whiskey of the day is Early Times.

  • MattC86

    We have an entire Chi vs Det pregame thread and not a single “fuck scum” exhortation?! That’s about as clear a verdict on the state of the rivalry as I can imagine.

    • 2883

      People are starting to wipe the crusts from their eyes and wake up. Also fuck scum. Fuck Bertuzzi

  • birdhead

    Fuck Monday mornings. Let’s go Hawks!

    This has been a PSA from the other side of the international dateline.

  • Hi, I’m Bob LeDonne

    Its Sunday, Im Davidbob Gregory, and this is meat the press.

    • Flavius

      Meat

  • guest

    10 minutes before purported puck drop, and NBC is showing me how to uninstall a toilet.. Meanwhile, every football game (bears or not!) gets a 2-4 hour pregame extravaganza. Good on you NBC.

    • 2883

      there’s only so much Milbury one can take.

  • Sparky_The_Barbarian

    “Though imagine how nasty a meeting in the finals would be?”

    I did, and I just soiled my knickers.

  • CornelisonsFlagPointer

    BRAINS…

  • ahnfire

    aight, the few of you that are here – new thread time

    http://thecommittedindian.com/blackhawks-at-scum-first-period-thread/

  • 2883

    MOAR HAWKS GOALS…

  • 2883

    time for the clown shoes