Apr 212011
 

After merging with Hockeenight last week for a special 2-hour playoff preview extravaganza, TheThirdManIn~Radio returned Wednesday night to our regular home.

TheThirdManIn~Radio ~ Hammer To Fall
Wednesday April 20, 2011 ~ Right-click here to download

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On the show

– Alain Vigneault decisions leave door wide open for Blackhawks
– What to do with Roberto Luongo
– Dave Bolland’s elbow
– Another Blackhawk player who doesn’t get it
– Keith out of control
– Hawks down 3-1
– Chances, Ways to realize come back
– Suggestion for Vancouver lineup change
– Who the Hawks shouldn’t think twice to move this summer
– The Raffi Torres hit on Brent Seabrook
– How it compares to the Hjalmarsson-Pominville hit
– How the league could possibly eliminate bad hits such as those
– Did Kevin Bieksa deserve an instigator for late 3rd period fight with Viktor Stalberg in Game 4?
– Patrick Kane’s acting skill
– Blackhawks chirping
– We crowned Mr. TTMI~Radio 2011
– Plans for the show this summer
– all this and much more

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ChrisBlock@TheThirdManIn.com

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Apr 202011
 

They have “Bad Moon Rising” on continuous repeat in B.C. tonight.

Blackhawks are still in a 3-1 hole, but are now back in the series, relieved by the “no pressure – nothing to lose” position they earned over the previous 85 games.

NHL.com has the Game 4 and some guy named Bolland – highlights.

Game 5 in Vancouver on Thursday night.

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Apr 152011
 

On Monday night’s Hockeenight PuckCast, and on our show in the past, we’ve mentioned some Blackhawks’ goal scorer in-detail statistics.  The following is a full list of those figures for the Chicago Blackhawks 2010-11 regular season.

Here we take a look at where the Hawks’ goal scorers do their work; statistical data to back up who gets to the net and who doesn’t…. Which Blackhawks need to shoot more and who should keep it in their pocket…. and who has trouble getting their attempts on net.

Goals scored – Average distance from the net (average excludes empty-net goals)

Distance measured in feet (total goals, minus ENG in parenthesis), For players such as Michael Frolik and Jack Skille, only goals scored while with the Blackhawks this season are figured.

Hendry, Jordan – 8.0 – (1)

Johnson, Ryan – 8.0 – (1)

Boynton, Nick – 10.0 – (1)

Dowell, Jake – 11.0 – (4) – detail [7-9-7-21]

Brouwer, Troy – 14.5 – (17) [furthest 31, next was 23ft]

Bolland, Dave – 15.9 – (14) Continue reading »

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Mar 142011
 

You can put your pencils and notepads down.  The only thing left to learn about these 2010-11 Chicago Blackhawks is how bad the “core” wants to win at this point. Too, how far they can drag the dead weight Stan Bowman has anchored to what remains of the 2010 Stanley Cup champs.

One look at Cpt. Scowl-face and the ever-present expression tells the story.  This team can’t accomplish much if 50, 19, 10, 88, 2 and 7 aren’t hovering near perfection.  Throw Marian Hossa into the mix and you might have something, but those who remember last spring and have paid close attention this season should know better than to count on him.

Brian Campbell has sacrificed some offense to be a little more dependable in his own end.  He’s needed to.  His partner for most of the season, Niklas Hjalmarsson, has been a mess for the most part.  Good luck out East next year Nik.  Campbell’s plus-28 rating is second best in the NHL right now.  It’s a little misleading since his pairing draws the opposition’s secondary scoring line, but that’s no different than last year and Campbell’s offensive production has remained steady and his defense has improved, while Duncan Keith has gone backwards in both cases.

It’s about time we call a spade for what it is.  Outside of the aforementioned, adding Dave Bolland and maybe Troy Brouwer, there’s a bunch of guys in this locker room who should consider themselves lucky to be Blackhawks for the time being. Continue reading »

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Mar 072011
 

Rich Lindbloom: The USS Seabrook

By Rich Lindbloom

Back in the early 70’s when I attended Hillcrest H. S., we used a phrase when we were about to drop the gloves so to speak. You and your adversary would bump into each other and at least one of the combatants would exclaim, “Bumping it up it up, Jack.” It was the hockey equivalent of “Do you want to dance?” I recall Rick (Andy) Anderson and Ronnie (Spooky) Williams bumping it up on the way to a high school basketball game, in the back of the bus. Who says basketball is a non contact sport!

During Wednesday’s battle with a surging Calgary team, Brent Seabrook played with such might and force he resembled an air craft carrier. Brent was bumping it up with anything that crossed his path. “I’m a steam roller baby, I’ll roll right over you,” appeared to be his game plan. Before you go pointing out that Seabrook is Canadian and wouldn’t have a US aircraft carrier named after him, get a clue. You think the Hawks meeting with President Obama next week is a formality? The President is going to announce the commissioning of our newest aircraft carrier. Do you really think the Taliban wants to see the USS Brent Seabrook cruising their way – Forget about it! The pirates in Somalia are already thinking about taking up fishing as a occupation.

The cantankerous Seabrook especially impressed me the way he cleared out the crease after the whistle blew. It’s about time someone else besides Kopecks gets a facial for lingering around the net. I was a bit surprised when I asked Chris Block what he thought about signing Seabrook about 3 weeks ago. Basically he said the #7 car was worth every cent of $5 million for what he brought to the blue line. When you think about it, unless Scott is pressed into emergency duty, he’s the only really physical d-man we have. Continue reading »

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Jan 202011
 

Your move Blackhawks. The Clock is ticking.

By Rich Lindbloom

“The winner of the game is the player who makes the next to last blunder.” – Savielly Tartakower

Chess, like hockey, is a game that is divided into three distinct time frames. In chess they are called the opening, the middle game and the endgame. The Blackhawks misfortunes in the third period this year resurfaced some disturbing memories from back in the mid 70’s when I attended Loyola University. Mike McPartlin, (who was quite a hockey player for Mt. Carmel and Loyola in his day), and I used play chess quite often during that span of time. Even though in my mind I always dominated in the first two segments, Mike always took over in the endgame – or at least waited to pounce like a cougar on my inevitable blunder. I’m not sure I ever defeated him, although until this day I remain unconvinced he was the better player. I just had to congratulate him on his immense luck more than I would have liked too. Continue reading »

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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 »

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Jul 142010
 

TheThirdManIn~Radio “Versteegian Rhapsody”
Wednesday July 14, 2010 ~ e.44  Right-Click to Download Here

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TTMI~Radio returns with our first post-Stanley Cup thoughts with Dieter Kurtenbach of the Examiner.com and HereComeTheHawks.net.

We’ll return in a day or two with our 1st Anniversary show which my usual side-kick Superstar and I will be recording hopefully tomorrow.  Our first show first official show on Blog Talk aired live the day of Dale Tallon’s firing, July 15, 2009.

On our next show we’ll discuss Bob Probert’s career and unfortuate passing.  Also, more on the most recent Blackhawks’ prospect camp, Kyle Beach and more on how the Hawks will comply with this year’s salary cap.

On the docket for today’s show:

– Personal reactions to the Blackhawks Stanley Cup victory
– Debauchery and let-downs
– Liars, Deceivers or just full of it?
– Stan Bowman walking around with foot in mouth
– Niklas Hjalmarsson offer sheet
– Hjalmarsson’s “worth”
– Doug Wilson’s objective – ulterior motives?
– Annual summer tradition of Hawks wiping egg off their faces
– The Bowman myth
– Another BIG trade forthcoming
– Stan Bowman: Denis Savard of general managing?
– Dustin Byfuglien goes to Atlanta
– What did the Hawks really lose?
– What happens now with Antti Niemi?
– How Marty Reasoner fits
– Dieter Kurtenbach HATES the Kris Versteeg to Toronto deal
– Surprise young prospect Dieter has pencilled in on Hawks 3rd line
– Blackhawks would be better off signing Bon Scott
– Dismissing prospect rankings and “performance” charts
– Dylan Olsen
– Lalonde’s big chance
– What would’ve led to Hawks walking away from Hjalmarsson offer sheet
– Johnny’s Ice House
– Dave Bolland: A $3.375M third-line center
– Where Marcus Kruger stands
– Kent Simpson feels shame

All this and so much more on this edition of TheThirdManIn~Radio.  Enjoy.

ChrisBlock@TheThirdManIn.com

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