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By Chris Block
On this edition of the internet’s premiere bi-monthly podcast….
-Some recap of our Vegas and West coast hockey vacation/road trip.
-Olympic hockey predictions
-Blackhawks fans jam Staples Center and the Anaheim pond
-Chances Brandon Pirri or Jeremy Morin are traded before the deadline.
-Brandon Pirri says he believes he’s an NHL level player now.
-Pirri leads the AHL All-Stars to victory over Farjestad
-Block’s dog is seeking different company
-A Richard Wallin career retrospective
-The Rockford IceHogs playoff chances
-How the team sets up and whose neck is on the line
-Why its crucial Rockford qualifies for this playoff season
-Most disappointing player on the IceHogs so far
-More on why Brandon Pirri keeps getting sent down
-More IceHogs news
-Tale of the tape: Brandon Mashinter vs Kyle Beach
-Let’s talk about Joe Juneau
-Being ticketed for contaminated loads
-Block jinxes everything
-Blackhawks talk Stephen Johns
-Real hockey talk (maybe not on this show though)
-Missing the Amtrak to St. Louis
-Trying to convince the Ceasar’s Palace sports book to put hockey on
-And much, much, more
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**As some have noted to me already, there are some occasional quick snippets where the audio skips or hiccups. I am fairly certain this is an ethernet chord issue (as in, it wasn’t plugged in) and we’ll have it fixed for the next show… which, if all goes well, will be next week.
By Michael Calvert
Friday night in Phoenix was the last game for the Hawks before the 3 week shutdown for the Sochi Olympics.
Patrick Kane was not available to play against the Coyotes. Kane was on personal leave from the team in order to attend the funeral for his paternal grandfather back in Buffalo. So, Brandon Saad moved up to the second line. Missing Kane will never be good for the Hawks, but I doubt they will always struggle this bad offensively when down only one superstar. Read more
“Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow;” Isaiah 1:18
By Rich Lindbloom
All’s well with the exception of severe sleep deprivation. Five O’clock in the morning comes a wee bit too early after burning the midnight oil. A frequent blogger at The Committed Indian site named 10thMountainFire described my sentiments as I stumbled out of bed yesterday. When asked by another blogger how he was doing he replied, “I’m ok, but the alarm clock isn’t doing to well.” Read more
By Jon Fromi
Corey Crawford recorded a shutout Wednesday night to lead the Chicago Blackhawks to a 2-0 road victory over the Anaheim Ducks. Crawford’s 29-save effort, along with some outstanding penalty killing, allowed Chicago to make goals from Marian Hossa and Jonathan Toews hold up against the NHL’s point leader.
First Period-Anaheim came out the aggressors and generated some chances in the opening minutes, though the Hawks gained a power play midway through the period when Kyle Palmieri was called for interference on Kris Versteeg. Nothing came of the opportunity despite a couple of early shots on goal by Versteeg and Brent Seabrook. Read more
By Brad Vandenberk
At the halfway point of their current six game road trip, the Hawks are collecting points and slightly staying ahead of the St Louis Blues in the Central Division. Before entering game four in Los Angeles on Monday evening, the Hawks were 1-0-2. They were still struggling to close the deal in OT and or the Shootout adding to their league’s worst 14 overtimes with a point lost. LA on the other hand is currently looking for goal scoring being shutout in most of their games. Bryan Bickell made his return to the line up on the 3rd line along side Andrew Shaw and Brandon Saad. Bickell is slowly creeping his way out of the Q’s dog house and knows he needs to use his physicality on the ice. Marian Hossa has been taking a few maintenance days missing morning skates. He remains in the line up but with the Olympic break just 5 days away, fatigue can be a factor. You wouldn’t think with the Big Hoss, as his game is already getting Selke nods. The fourth line has been exactly what the Hawks have asked for, playing good minutes, establishing the forecheck and actually tucking a few in at key times. Read more
By Michael Calvert
This matchup between two Western conference Cup hopefuls didn’t really provide much scoring opportunities, fireworks or even a lot of chippyness, but it still was a fairly exciting game.
The Hawks had their usual top line of Patrick Sharp and Hossa centered by Toews. Line two had Versteeg in place of Saad with Brandon Pirri in the middle, joined of course by Patrick Kane. The 3rd line benefited from the addition of Saad. Along for the ride was 3rd line stalwart Andrew Shaw and old man Zus at center.
In goal was current cup hero Corey Crawford vs former cup hero Antii Niemi. Crawford and Niemi are both beneficiaries of solid teams in front of them as they both sport a sub .920 save percentage to go along with excellent win loss percentages. Read more
“Now is the winter of our discontent.” – William Shakespeare
“People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy.” – Anton Chekhov
By Rich Lindbloom
Ok, ok, I’ll admit it. I’m one of those demented souls who doesn’t get it; warm-good, cold-bad. As I walked the dogs at about 9:30 last Sunday, I initially felt like I was on an expedition to the North Pole. The temperature had dropped from 32 to 18 degrees almost instantaneously. I must admit, even I wasn’t looking forward to the bone chilling trek. Read more
By Jon Fromi
The Chicago Blackhawks found themselves down a pair of goals in Vancouver Wednesday night minutes into the second period. Chicago responded with five unanswered goals to snap a four-game skid, rallying to defeat the Canucks 5-2.
First Period-The Canucks got on the board 16 seconds into the game. Ryan Kesler put a backhand attempt on the Hawks net. Chris Higgins gathered in the puck and beat Corey Crawford via the five-hole to give Vancouver a 1-0 lead on the game’s first shift.
A minute later, Niklas Hjalmarsson threw a shot toward the net that floated past Roberto Luongo. The puck struck the crossbar and glanced off of Luongo’s leg. However, Luongo was able to keep the puck from sliding into his net. Read more
By Brad Vandenberk
After an abysmal week that saw the Hawks go 0-2-1, it’s now time to embark on a 6 game road trip spanning over 12 days and playing some difficult opponents out on the West coast. These are the last six games that the Hawks will play before the Olympic break starting February 9-26. The Hawks are suffering through a mid season slump and what better team to bust this slump then the streaking Calgary Flames. These same Flames gave the Hawks trouble during their last meeting back on November 27th until Patrick Kane threw a backhand over Reto Berra with just 18 seconds left in the 3rd period winning 3-2. The start of this current road trip is also game one of a back to back with a quick visit to Van-city on Wednesday before heading south to enjoy some fun in the sun, with San Jose, LA, Anaheim and Phoenix waiting patiently. Read more