By Chris Block
Tonight on PuckChatter~Radio we were joined by Al Cimaglia, Blackhawks writer at MyFoxChicago.com and also the Chicago correspondent at XM Radio Home Ice.
Al joined me for the first 50 minutes to give us his take on the 5-game suspension league disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan handed down to Duncan Keith last week for his flying elbow smash on Canucks’ star Daniel Sedin, whether it was fair and Al’s ideas to improve the suspension process in the future.
We take a look at that inept Blackhawks’ power play, standing in front of the net, whose to blame and the roll-down effect problems with that special teams creates. We also discuss Corey Crawford’s recent performances, good and bad and Joel Quenneville’s handling of the goaltending position.
All this and much more on this edition of Puck Chatter. Same show, new name.
Thanks as always for listening.
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Tagged Al Cimaglia, Barry Smith, Blues, Canucks, Corey Crawford, Devils, Duncan Keith, Ed Belfour, IceHogs, Kyle Beach, Mike Kitchen, Predators, Scotty Bowman, Ted Dent
By Brad Vandenberk
After a gruesome loss on Sunday to their division rival Nashville Predators, the Chicago Blackhawks were on the road to play the New Jersey Devils. This would be the first and only meeting this year between the two clubs as each team came in sitting in the sixth position in their respected conferences. The Hawks are currently holding a five point lead in sixth, while the Devils are feeling the heat from the Ottawa Senators who are just two points behind them in the East. This game would mark the 17th straight contest that Jonathan Toews was not in the line up. The good news is he has been skating for seven consecutive days and sees a return in site. Duncan Keith was serving game two of his five game suspension given to him after hitting Canuck Daniel Sedin with a head shot just six days ago. On the brighter side, Steve Montador returned to the ice as a winger on the fourth line after missing 22 games with a concussion. He started with fourth line duties to ensure Monty eases himself back into game shape. Marcus Kruger also returned from an upper body injury giving the Hawks their second line center back. With the two players returning, Jimmy Hayes, Brendan Morrison and Michael Frolik were scratched. Carter Hutton was recalled from the IceHogs due to Ray Emery suffering an upper body injury during Sunday night’s debacle. Corey Crawford got the call from coach Q to start as fellow Quebecian Martin Brodeur was between the pipes for the Devils. Read more
Posted in Blackhawks, Game recap
Tagged Adam Henrique, Brent Seabrook, Corey Crawford, Dave Bolland, Devils, Johnny Oduya, Marcus Kruger, Martin Brodeur, New Jersey, Patrick Sharp, Petr Sykora, Steve Montador, Travis Zajac, Viktor Stalberg