Jan 142011

The following is my column which ran in Wednesday night’s Committed Indian.

One thing struck me going back and watching last Friday night’s broadcast of the Hawks-Senators game that I felt shined a spotlight on what’s wrong with the Blackhawks this season.

In breaking down and assessing blame for the Senators’ power play goal at the start of the first period, Eddie Olczyk put Fernando Pisani under the bus for doing the very thing that has been missing since June 9thbeing aggressive.

On Daniel Alfredsson’s goal, 49 seconds into the middle stanza, Olczyk ranted on and on over Pisani putting too much pressure on Sergei Gonchar as the top pointman quarterbacking the Sens’ power play.  How soon we forget how these things were done for the last three years.  Olczyk tried to make the point that Pisani’s over-pursuit of Gonchar disassembled the Hawks’ zone coverage.  If Joel Quenneville and his staff have instructed their penalty killers to sit back in a passive box, then Olczyk is factually correct in this case.

But I wouldn’t be so quick to take Olczyk’s word for it.  After all, what experience did he ever have playing in his defensive zone?  And ask Mark Recchi how much he thinks of Olczyk’s hockey acumen. Continue reading »

Jan 122011

There is no Dark Side of the Blackhawks 

By Rich Lindbloom

Last Saturday I sat down to catch up on my BSF study that was placed on the backburner for the last three weeks. (After all these years, I’m still cramming the night before the test.) Were almost through the first 39 chapters of Isaiah – not exactly a stroll in the park. As I began to ponder the questions on my worksheet, a vivid splash of color mysteriously appeared on the living room floor. The best way to describe it I guess would be to say it looked like a rainbow that Picasso would have painted – the colors were intense purple, blue, green, yellow, orange and red.

Trying to focus on the matter at hand was proving to be an exercise in futility. Not only were my eyes transfixed, my mind began racing with numerous ways to contrast the Hawks current state of affairs, with the splash of color. I seriously wondered if Satan was trying to keep me from my study or God was just rewarding me with a beautiful bouquet for my inquiries into His word.

I quickly traced the source of the splendid splash to a Christmas ornament hanging in the mudroom window that contained a prism, some 40 feet away. As I continued to observe this uninvited, highly entertaining guest, I noticed the size of the splash would change from about 18 square inches to 4 square inches.  I felt like I was at a private art exhibit.

Ok, I know, you’re all thinking Lindbloom’s been flying over the cuckoo’s nest again. Yet, as I pondered the recurring “rebellion – judgment- salvation – restoration” message contained in Isaiah, I also found myself scribbling little notes to the side that would become this article. You see, in my glass is “half full” world, there have been plenty of splashes of light  from our beloved warriors that bear the Indian Head. Heck, Sunday’s game against the upstart Islanders,  was a veritable Aurora Borealis! Continue reading »

Jan 112011

Blackhawks "Blogger" Symposium

It’s been awhile, but its time once again for another round of “blogger” symposiums.  Credit McClure of SecondCityHockey.com for moderating this one and setting the topics.  Seated at the table as always is the mysterious “Forklift” of Hockeenight.com fame; John from the Fifth Feather, Jeff Bartl of BlackhawkUp and Sam Fels of The Committed Indian and NBC’s Madhouse Enforcer blog.  As well, I join in on a list of five hot topics.   Enjoy. Continue reading »

Jan 102011

On this week’s show, we discuss Blackhawk victories this weekend over the Ottawa Senators and Brideport Sound Tigers; the penalty kill woes, tackle the team’s biggest problem (rhymes with “teeth”), Brent Seabrook and Corey Crawford’s contracts and respective futures with the Blackhawks.

Also we look at Nick Leddy and if he’ll crack the significant 10-game barrier this week.  Later, we look at Stan Bowman’s trade options, his needs and our ideas for potential trade targets.

We list our picks for 1st Half MVP, Norris, Vezina and Jack Adams trophy leaders; biggest surprise, disappointments and more.

And we close with a shootout debate.  Should it be changed, if so, how?  And how we would improve the NHL’s current 3-point system.  All this and a little bit more on this week’s TTMI~Radio!

We’re joined this week by Dieter Kurtenbach.  You Tweeters can follow Dieter on Twitter @DKurtenbach

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Jan 032011

 Here’s the video we talked about earlier in this morning’s update.  Video footage of last Thursday’s fight between Rockford’s Brandon Bollig and Houston Aeros’ winger Matt Kassian.

Courtesy of JimKorn20 ‘s YouTube channel

Get another look in a different angle shot after the jump Continue reading »

Jan 032011

A reminder that tonight’s Blackhawks-Kings game in LA is an exclusive VERSUS telecast and will start at 8pm central/6pm pacific.  So that puck drop will be an hour and a half earlier than Kings’ fans are accustomed to.  And for Chicago fans hearing “Hawks-Kings at Staples Center” and figuring the game won’t start until late, be advised.

— Also tonight on NHL Network is the IIHF World U20 Championship tournament semi-final between Canada and the United States.  That game starts at 6:30pm central.  Winner plays for the Gold Medal on Wednesday night against the winner of Russia-Sweden (airs live 2:30 central today on NHL Network).

— The Penguins-Capitals Winter Classic Alumni game, which happened on New Years Eve at Heinz Field and Mario Lemieux participated in, will air on NHL Network from 5:30 to 6:30, leading into the live CAN-USA game.

— New Years Day’s Winter Classic rating is in.  In the ratings demographic most-coveted by advertisers, ages 18-49, meaning also the most-important to television executives, Saturday’s Penguins-Captials game drew a 1.8 rating in the 18-49 demo and 4.56 million viewers overall (2.3 rating).  The 1.8 (5.0 share) at 18-49 is more than any other show on basic television did that night.

For a little clarity in what that rating means in the grand scheme of things, last night’s NFL game on NBC did an overall rating of 5.1 (13.0 share) in adults 18-49 and an average of 14.28M viewers overall from 7-10:30.  Last night’s Rams-Seahawks game peaked in the second quarter quarter with 16.7M viewers and a 6.0 rating in adults 18-49.  The Winter Classic started with 4.46M viewers, then dropped to 4.35M in the 8-9 hour, and back up to 4.57M during the second intermission and third period. Continue reading »