After barely beating the NHL’s worst team on Sunday in Buffalo it was now time to roll up the sleeves and get a little greasy on a trip to Colorado. This could possibly be the Hawks first round playoff match up with some differences of course. Yes, the Hawks have lost to the Avs 3/4 times this year. But let’s be honest, in a 7 game series when Coach Q starts matching up lines, then we will see how things will play out. Oh yeah, and the fact that one of the best 2 way players in the game, Marian Hossa, is still on the shelf until this weekend at the earliest. The Avalanche have the potential to pass the Hawks in the Central division with a regulation win. The good news is the Hawks will be done with Roy and the boys after this one. Read more »
Now that the Olympics have claimed its victor and the Stadium Series business is behind us, its time to shift focus to the NHL playoff chase. On the eve of the trade deadline, the Chicago Blackhawks host the Colorado Avalanche. The Avs entered the contest trailing the Hawks by three points in the standings. To make Tuesday night’s matchup even more meaningful, Colorado also has a game in hand on the defending champs in a tight race atop the Central division between the Avs, Hawks and Blues.
As we sit on March 4, 2014 the Hawks have 20 games remaining in their schedule with the pesky Avs nipping at their heels. While the St Louis Blues began the evening tied with the Hawks at 86 points (St. Louis won 4-2 over Tampa on Tuesday night to climb to 88 points]. This will make for a great finish heading into the playoffs. The bad news coming out of the Madhouse on Madison is that Marian Hossa will be on the shelf for approximately 2-3 weeks with an upper body injury suffered in Saturday night’s affair at Soldier Field. This next stretch without him will be a very tough test as no one can play as good a 200 foot game as Hossa. Brandon Saad started out on the top line Tuesday night as a first-laid plan to replace Hossa alongside Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp for the time being. Read more »
That Great Izaak Walton in the sky – RIP Zoie girl.
By Rich Lindbloom
As I walked down the stairs at 5am on Friday morning, I took a nervous glance at the two hirsute beasts laying on their mats. Our Wheaten Terriorist had taken a turn for the worse recently, and had a growing mass on her back. The night before we noticed she was having a very difficult time walking, also giving up any interest in food. For you dog lovers out there, it had reached the time where you would offer the dog steak or ice cream, anything to try to get them to eat. Unfortunately, we all seemed to know it was only a matter of days before – pick one – Zoie, Zobo the Hobo, Dumb Blonde, Taco or Bird, would breathe her last. Read more »
After a victory on Sunday night at the UC over the woeful Oilers, the Blackhawks are slowly trying to climb out of this mini slump that they have on the go. The road ahead did not get any easier when the Colorado Avalanche invade the United Center on Tuesday evening. Then, on Friday it’s the NHL best team the Anaheim Ducks. And finally, an afternoon Stanley Cup rematch is on tap on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. when the pesky Boston Bruins come to town. The Avalanche would be a great test for the reigning Cup champs to test their ability as a team and try to start racking up some wins. Read more »
Hawks can’t keep pace; lose 5-1 in Colorado to open Circus trip.
By Brad Vandenberk
It was time to kick off the Blackhawks annual circus road trip on Tuesday. This happens every year around the same time in November when the lions, tigers and bears, OH MY, invade the United Center for two weeks. As we have witnessed in the past, this trip provides an accurate measuring stick as to how well the Hawks play on the road. Read more »
The Chicago Blackhawks continued to roll on the road Monday night, coming away with a 5-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche. Chicago prevailed despite losing Marian Hossa to an upper body injury early in the game and Brent Seabrook to an apparent benching by coach Joel Quenneville during the second period.
The Blackhawks got off to a fast start, with Jimmy Hayes benefitting from a strong fore check by Dave Bolland to pot his first goal with the ‘Hawks this season. Jan Hejda lost the puck to Patrick Kane, who fired to Hayes in front of the net. Hayes went to the backhand and slid home the game’s first goal at the 3:47 mark.
Less than a minute later, Bryan Bickell took a hit from Erik Johnson but was able to tip the puck out of the Chicago zone. Viktor Stalberg went up the left side and found Andrew Shaw to his right. Shaw went high on Semyon Varlamov and gave the Blackhawks a 2-0 with less than five minutes into the contest. Read more »
Is getting punched in the face by John Scott an alternative?
“He disliked emotion, not because he felt lightly, but because he felt deeply.” – John Buchan
By Rich Lindbloom
To be honest with you, I had forgotten what it felt like after a Hawks loss. I had been perched on Cloud Nine, (clearly a million miles, from reality), for 24 games in a row. There’s such a feeling of “momentary” euphoria when we triumph over the known scoundrels in the NHL. Truly a case of good triumphing over evil – Truth, justice and the Chicago way. When we win, I devour every word of the postgame show as if something meaningful is actually being said. As the song goes, “Oh Lord it’s hard to be humble, when you’re perfect in every way.” While we all knew it couldn’t last, a feeling of invincibility and smugness had settled in during “The Streak.” Read more »
Ladies and Gentlemen, we have reached the halfway point of the shortened NHL season and your Chicago Blackhawks have yet to lose a game in regulation. Let’s see a show of hands of how many people thought this would happen.
At this stage let’s take a minute to review the season preview that was posted back in January. There were a few statements that I made in believing what would make this Hawks team successful.
We will start from the goalies and make our way up to the forwards. Corey Crawford and Ray Emery were viewed as being the “unknown” factors. Read more »