Archive for October 2010

Hawks/Oilers Postgame Thoughts and Injury News

Friday’s game is one the Hawks would like to forget about. The Oilers are a talented young club, but giving up seven goals to them isn’t only bad, but scary.  The Blackhawks continued to play without any sense of chemistry in the 7-4 loss. That’s an overused word, but the team’s cohesiveness this year compared... Read more »

As Bolland goes, so go the Hawks?

Much has been made about the impact Brian Campbell’s absence has had on the Blackhawks during this young season. He eats big minutes, moves the puck, and skates through opponents’ neutral zone traps better than any other defenseman on the roster. While the Hawks certainly miss Campbell, are they missing production from somebody IN the... Read more »

Hossa, Hawks steal two points from Blues

I mentioned in my last blog that “some would suggest” Marian Hossa (and Patrick Sharp) have been single handedly winning games for the Blackhawks. On Monday night, there was no question. The Hawks as a collective unit were average from start to finish against St. Louis on Monday night and still came away with a... Read more »

Reality check: Sloppy, injured, out-of-sync Hawks are 3-2-1

There have been glaring weaknesses in this new Blackhawks team through six games.  The defense has been suspect, opponent shots on goal totals have been way too high, and too few players have developed any type of chemistry or consistency. Individually, there have been a few disappointing moments: New goaltender Marty Turco hasn’t been on... Read more »

Rapid fire: Quick postgame reaction to Hawks' 4-3 win in Buffalo

The Blackhawks got in the win column on Monday night, bouncing back from a slow start to beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-3. The Hawks got two goals from Marian Hossa and a goal a piece from Nick Leddy and Patrick Kane. Here are some things I noticed throughout this back and forth game: -The Niklas... Read more »

Rapid fire: Quick postgame reaction to Hawks-Avalanche

The Hawks opened the 2010-2011 season the same way they did in 09-10 with an overtime loss. We all know how the 2009-2010 season turned out, so obviously there’s no reason to panic.  Here are some things I saw throughout Thursday night’s game that jumped out, for good or bad: -Marty Turco looked good. It’s... Read more »

Blackhawks/NHL Prediction Time

With the puck set to drop in less than 24 hours, it’s time for some late predictions.  First for some Blackhawks individual predictions: Team leader in points: Patrick Kane (104). Kane has improved each year offensively and should find yet another level to his game this season. Very scary for the Western Conference if this... Read more »

Q changing lines already?

Coach Joel Quenneville is known first for his mustache and second for his tendency to change lines when something isn’t clicking. The puck hasn’t dropped yet, and Quenneville is already tinkering with the lines that were commonly used in preseason games. According to ESPN’s Jesse Rogers, here’s how the Hawks’ forwards took the ice for... Read more »

Morin sent to Rockford; Opening night roster coming into focus

The Blackhawks made a relatively surprising move earlier today by sending prospect Jeremy Morin to Rockford. Morin will start the season there but is likely the first option to be called up if needed. The underlying reason for sending him down, as usual, is the salary cap. With Nick Leddy on the roster to fill... Read more »