Tag: Joel Quenneville

Are there some parallels between Joel Quenneville and Ken Hitchcock?

There’s nothing that makes a coach look worse faster than bad goaltending. Let’s take Ken Hitchcock as an example. Since taking over the St. Louis Blues early in the season, Hitchcock has piloted the team to a 21-5-6 record and a spot near the top of the Western Conference. Hitchcock led the Dallas Stars to... Read more »

Blackhawks no longer dodging bullets

Scotty Bowman, the Blackhawks senior advisor of hockey operations, said he thought the Blackhawks “dodged a few bullets” during October. They won a few games they shouldn’t have or earned two points thanks to the shootout. That will always catch up with a team (the same can be said when you’re losing.)  And it came... Read more »

What Toews wants to see on the Blackhawks power play

“What’s up with the power play?  I used to be excited when we got a power play in the past.  Now I feel like we’re not gonna score.” That was the first call of the night on the WGN postgame show after Saturday’s 3-2 shootout loss to the Boston Bruins. Other than Patrick Kane’s move... Read more »
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Blackhawks have to fix starts

Ask Blackhawks Head Coach Joel Quenneville how to beat a certain team — it doesn’t matter which one — you generally get the same answer.   “We want to make them play in their zone.  We need to manage the puck.  And let’s get off to a fast start.” Starts have been a strength for... Read more »

A move to get Hossa the puck

Marian Hossa will have a true centerman on Wednesday against the Wild. Head Coach Joel Quenneville will put Dave Bolland in the middle with Hossa and Michael Frolik on the wings.  Hossa is the type of winger, similar to Kane, that needs a center who can get him the puck to have an impact.  ... Read more »

Thoughts about the Frolik deal

A few things to keep in mind about the Michael Frolik deal (in no particular order). Frolik gives the Blackhawks, potentially, a second line center.  Frolik has been playing almost exclusively on the wing with the Panthers.  He can play all three positions and Joel Quenneville loves versatility.   This team desperately needs someone who... Read more »
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Only the "engine" can drive the Blackhawks into contention

Getting markers from Duncan Keith and Nick Leddy the other night in Columbus are more than welcome sights, they’re necessities. Goal-production from the back-end has been in short supply this year.  Heading into the six-game road trip, Blackhawks defensemen scored only 12 goals, collectively.  Only the Leafs, Islanders and Devils had fewer. The engine that... Read more »

Goaltending speculation begins as Blackhawks hit the road

Marty Turco gets the start against the Blue Jackets tonight, when the Blackhawks kick-off a crucial six-game road trip. I can hear the speculation now: “Quenneville is trying to motivate Corey Crawford.” “The Blackhawks are shaking things up.” “Has the coach has lost his mind?” Whatever you may think about Marty Turco, the Blackhawks need... Read more »

HOW TO RIGHT THE BLACKHAWKS SHIP

Every coach in the National Hockey League will say the same thing Joel Quenneville mentioned this morning.    “You’re top guys, we expect them to be our top players.  That’s always what makes the ship work and go,” Quenneville said. Captain Cook Right now, that ship is off-course. “(I) defintely want to score some more... Read more »
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BLACKHAWKS HAVE TO BREAK OUT

Blackhawks Head Coach Joel Quenneville has harped on the importance of a strong start to the season.  As the season progresses points are harder to come by.  The points awarded in the shootout  make it harder to gain ground.  And the number of teams in contention make it more difficult to jockey for playoff spots. ... Read more »