We analyzed the Blackhawks draft, the Patrick Sharp trade rumors – the who, what and why…. why the Ryan Kesler talks broke down, the ‘Hawks salary cap situation, players Stan still may move, the Kevin Hayes saga and impact of the impending contract extensions for franchise players Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane.
I was a guest on Shawn Hopman’s podcast a few weeks back to digest the fallout from the Blackhawks loss to the Kings as well as previewing the off season moves. You also can listen to that podcast here. On that episode I am on from about 5:30 to the 1 hour 21 minute mark.
–I will be doing a Puck Chatter Radio some time this week as well. Fingers crossed. The last one we did was such an audio disaster that it was almost immediately deleted. I was unaware of the audio problems as we recorded. And, as it turned out, it was all my fault as far as the issues were entirely on my end. But I think I am over that experience now, so we can go forth and take Puck Chatter out of time out.
Sunday night, I joined the HockeeNight gang for our annual NHL Draft preview discussion.
We covered all the bases, including the trade rumors surrounding the team, what could very well happen, organizational depth needs heading into the draft, who the ‘Hawks may be drafting, big seasons ahead for some Rockford IceHogs and much, much more.
“Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. Yes it’s Superteravainen, strange visitor from another planet, with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men! Superteravainen, who can change the course of mighty rivers, play #2 center for the Hawks, bend steel in his bare hands, and who, disguised as Patrick Kane, a mild mannered forward for a great metropolitan hockey team, fights a never ending battle for truth, justice and the American way.” Read more »
Last night I jumped on the HockeeNight PuckCast for 100 minutes of hockey talk. A lot of things were discussed. Head over to HockeeNight’s site for a list of some of it. If you don’t do so already, check them out for their unique and fun slant on Blackhawks hockey.
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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 »
If there ever was a game that could exemplify the current era Chicago Blackhawks, Monday’s 5-2 victory over the visiting New Jersey Devils is just it.
The Hawks patented style of suffocating much of the opposition’s attempts at advancing the puck through the neutral zone was in full force. And even when the Blackhawks let up temporarily and give an opponent a glimmer of hope, the Hawks are much too talented, and their opponent knows the fatal gut-punch is always potentially just around the next corner.
With the three-day Christmas break looming, the Chicago Blackhawks took to the United Center ice on Monday night to face off with a New Jersey Devils team that entered the contest with a .500 record (15-15-7).
Antti Raanta made his seventh consecutive start in the Hawks net since Corey Crawford suffered his injury during the first period of the December 8th game against the Florida Panthers. Raanta made 10 saves against a grand total of 12 New Jersey shots on Monday in improving his overall NHL record to 8-1-2 (2.20 GAA, 91.6 sv%) and 5-1-1 as Chicago’s interim number one goalie. Read more »
Remember November 16, 2013? That was the last time the Hawks entered Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. The game ended looking more like a murder scene than a hockey game. The Predators taught the Hawks a lesson, defeating them 7-2. After that game, the Hawks went on to win their next seven out of eight, which included their circus road trip. If we look back to Saturday night when the Hawks were blown out on the road 7-3, we start to see a trend here. The Hawks then came home on Sunday to play a complete effort beating up on the LA Kings 3-1. Now it’s back to the scene of the crime to show why Chicago are the defending Cup champs. Read more »
Remember the phrase “Home sweet home”? Well the Blackhawks have finally returned back to the United Center with faint smells of horse dung still lingering in the air. The circus has travelled to its next destination and the Indian head shines bright at center ice once again. The opponent on Tuesday was the same Dallas Stars that the Hawks played in Big D five days prior. That game went to a shootout with Ben Smith grabbing the victory as the 11th shooter, ripping one over Kari Lehtonen’s glove. The league leading Hawks completed their best circus trip going 6-1 and winning 6 straight after losing to Colorado to begin the trip. I smell another streak on the horizon, better scent than horse droppings. All four lines are clicking for Coach Q making it easier to have any given line out against any of the oppositions attack. Duncan Keith is making a strong case for a Norris nod being named 3rd star of the week with 6 assists. The Stars will be without one key element heading into Chicago. Tyler Seguin is suffering from concussion like symptoms and was sidelined for this event. Read more »
Sometimes two games are just that, two games, and not some dramatic up or downward trend.
The Hawks and Wild were pretty evenly matched throughout most of the 1st on Monday night in St. Paul, but as the game got closer to final horn it got further in hand for the Hawks. To say this game was a total blowout would be doing a disservice for Corey Crawford, who was phenomenal AGAIN.
Crawford stopped 30 of 31 shots for a lofty .967 save percentage. The Hawks were actually outshot in this game, but when the scoring opportunities occurred, the superior talented Hawks closed on them. Crawford was simply better than his Wild counterpart, Niklas Backstrom. Read more »
It wasn’t a good night Saturday for the Chicago Blackhawks, who fell behind early to a visiting Minnesota Wild team and came out on the short end of a 5-3 score. The Blackhawks drop their second regulation contest and failed to earn a point for the first time at the United Center this season.
Jason Pominville paced the Wild effort with a pair of goals, while Niklas Backstom stopped 33 shots, consistently turning Chicago away through the evening.
First Period-Jonathan Toews went strong to the net in the opening minute with Marian Hossa sending a rebound attempt toward Backstrom. The Wild goalie stopped both shots. The fourth line got a shot on goal when Brandon Bollig found the puck in front of the net, though Backstrom saw it all the way and made the save. Read more »