Posts in category "Stanley Cup Finals"

Realizing the Magnitude of Tonight's Game

It feels like the Blackhawks have been through it all since Wirtz kicked the bucket in October 2007, yet they find themselves in unfamiliar territory tonight. It’s 60 minutes for all the marbles. Game seven. Just saying those two words brings on a feeling of intensity and relentlessness. In hockey especially, Game seven means a... Read more »

Final Blackhawks Playoff Scenarios

For those wondering, here is the final “what if” postseason situation for the Hawks heading into their regular season finale on Sunday.  Let it be known first that the Hawks could technically finish anywhere between 5th and 9th place. That is remarkable with only one game to go. Missing the playoffs with 97 points would... Read more »

Passive "PK" is killing Hawks

Listen, nobody is expecting this year’s penalty kill to remain on par with last year’s. John Madden, Kris Versteeg and Brent Sopel were major factors on last year’s unit and are surely missed. With that said, something else is going on and a failure to fix it will result in the defending champions watching the... Read more »

Blackhawks Blog: Is Jack Skille being shopped?

As it often does, the NHL trade rumor mill is beginning to heat up as the second half of the season gets underway.  Joel Quenneville’s recent lineup decisions have left fans wondering what he is trying to accomplish (ie. scratching Jack Skille and Jake Dowell tonight), but what we also have to consider is whether... Read more »

Toews out 2 weeks with shoulder injury

Joel Quenneville confirmed at the team’s Wednesday practice that captain Jonathan Toews would miss “a couple of weeks” with a shoulder injury suffered in the first period of the Hawks’ Tuesday night loss in St. Louis. The injury comes at an inopportune time; the Hawks have a busy January schedule with seven games between January... Read more »

Blackhawks Blog: Hawks lose 4th straight at home; disturbing trends continue

When the Blackhawks took a 1-0 lead against Phoenix on Wednesday night, all signs pointed toward a victory. The Hawks were controlling the tempo, moving the puck, and getting quality chances. Add the fact that Phoenix was 0-5-2 when giving up the first goal and it looked like a gift-wrapped, much needed Blackhawks win. Unfortunately,... 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 »

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 »

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 »