By Chris Block
Once night removed from a 6-1 clobbering at the hands of the Chicago Wolves in their first preseason game, the Rockford IceHogs returned home to clip the Milwaukee Admirals 3-2 in a shootout victory.
In the end, the three deciding IceHogs’ goals all came off sticks of players who played or finished last season with the Blackhawks.
Carter Hutton started the game for Rockford and gave up a deflating goal against to Milwaukee’s Jani Lajunen at 7:30 of the period. The goal defined the first period for the IceHogs. Lajunen picked up a puck along the goal line to Hutton’s left and tossed a weak backhand attempt toward the Rockford goaltender. Hutton was a couple feet off the post and was caught off guard by the shot, which hit him in the left pad and trickled over the goal line to give the Admirals the early lead.
The period as a whole was largely forgettable for the IceHogs. With 11 players seeing their first game action of the preseason, nearly everyone seemed sluggish and the team was out of synch.
With four and a half minutes left in the first period, Daniel Bang (apparently pronounced “Bong” So, Dan Bong-banged in the rebound. Okay, I’m done.) scored a power play tally for Milwaukee when he picked up a rebound and beat Hutton to give the Admirals a 2-0 lead. A hooking penalty to Brandon Pirri had sent Milwaukee to the power play. Marcus Kruger and Jimmy Hayes were sent out kill the first portion of Pirri’s penalty. But the trouble began when Kruger was kicked out of the circle on the defensive zone draw. Hayes then came in and lost the draw, pinning Rockford against it in their own zone. Read more
Posted in Game recap, IceHogs, Preseason
Tagged Adam Clendening, Adam Hobson, Andrew Shaw, Barry Trotz, Ben Smith, Brett Lebda, Byron Froese, Carter Hutton, Daniel Bang, David Toews, Jake Trask, Jeremy Smith, Jimmy Hayes, Joe Lavin, Joel Quenneville, Joonas Jarvinen, Juuso Puustinen, Mac Carruth, Magnus Hellberg, Marcus Kruger, Martin St. Pierre, Stan Bowman, Travis Novak
Less than half of current NHL players recently participated in a voluntary poll presented by the National Hockey League Player’s Association and the CBC television network in Canada. Of the 318 players who did return surveys, 11% identified the Chicago Blackhawks as the team they’d most-like to play for. And 7% choose the United Center as their favorite arena to play in.
Duncan Keith, the reigning Norris Trophy award winner, finished 5th in the category of toughest defenseman to play against. Keith received three percent of the votes in that query. Patrick Sharp ranked 3rd in the most-underrated player category, tied with New Jersey center Travis Zajac with each receiving 3.5% of votes. That’s something of an arbitrary category. Frans Nielsen, who got the 2nd most votes for most-underrated, is a sneaky-skilled player but he’s not in the league of Sharp or Dallas Stars winger Loui Eriksson, who led the voting by a slim margin over Nielsen (5 goals, 16 assists, 43gp).
In Joel Quenneville, the Blackhawks have the league’s 5th most desired coach, according to players polled. Quenneville received 6% of votes tallied, behind Guy Boucher (8%), Dave Tippett (8%), Mike Babcock (18%) and Dan Bylsma (21%). Bylsma was obviously aided by how well he came off in the HBO 24/7 series.
Here’s the entire list of questions and top vote getters: Read more
Posted in News and Notes
Tagged Alex Ovechkin, Barry Trotz, Blackhawks, Brent Sutter, Canucks, Capitals, Dan Bylsma, Darren Helm, Duncan Keith, Dustin Byfuglien, Henrik Sedin, Henrik Zetterberg, Joe Louis Arena, Joel Quenneville, Mike Keenan, Mikka Kiprusoff, Nicklas Lidstrom, Patrick Sharp, Pavel Datsyuk, Predators, Red Wings, Roberto Luongo, Shea Weber, Sidney Crosby, Tony Granato, United Center
Buddy Oakes, of the Nashville Predators’ site PredsOnTheGlass.com joined us on this week’s TTMI~Radio.
We discuss all-things Predators as we preview Wednesday night’s game between the Predators and Chicago Blackhawks. This will be the first of six matchups between these two division rivals.
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Tuesday October 12, 2010 ~ e.56 ~ Right-Click to Download This Episode
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Among the topics discussed on tonight’s show
- 2010 Conference Quarter-Finals – A Nashville Perspective
- Sergei Kostitsyn a Predator
- The greatness of Shea Weber
- Matt Lombardi a #1 center?
- “The Predator Way”
- Ex-Hawks J.P. Dumont and Steve Sullivan
- Fans discontent with Jason Arnott last season
- Barry Trotz’ iron-clad job security
- Acquisition of Shane O’Brien
- How, or if, Nashville franchise would benefit from having a true superstar on the ice
- Would the Preds & their fans accept Alexander Radulov back?
- The rocky career of David Legwand
All this and a bunch more with Buddy.
- Then, we discuss the Niklas Hjalmarsson blind side hit on Jason Pominville from Monday night’s game in Buffalo
- Was the 2-game suspension handed down by the NHL just?
- More on these kinds of hits and Ryan Miller’s reaction
- Impressions of the Hawks first three regular season games
- Including Nick Leddy, Viktor Stalberg, Jack Skille and Marty Turco
Our show returns next Tuesday night, October 19th @ 8pm.
Posted in TTMI~Radio
Tagged Barry Trotz, Buddy Oakes, Jack Skille, Jason Arnott, Jason Pominville, JP Dumont, Marty Turco, Matt Lombardi, Nashville Predators, Nick Leddy, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Podcast, Sergei Kostitsyn, Shane O'Brien, Shea Weber, Steve Sullivan, Viktor Stalberg