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Blackhawks Fall To Wild In Home Finale

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Bryan Bickell got the Blackhawks on the board with less than two minutes remaining in regulation, but it was another case of too little, too late for the Chicago offense. With the Blues getting shut out at home by the Jets, the Hawks let another opportunity get away.

Neither team was able to score in the game’s opening 40 minutes, but Minnesota was able to beat Corey Crawford twice in 3:44 in the middle of the third period to put the game away.

The game-winner was scored by Jason Zucker, who returned a month earlier than anticipated from a broken clavicle (cough… Patrick Kane…). Zucker had been out since Feb. 9 but his goal was his 19th of the season. He skated 15:47 and put a five shots on net in the victory.

Mikael Granlund scored the first goal of the night for the Wild.

Chicago announced earlier on Tuesday that center Brad Richards is done for the remainder of the regular season, which meant recently signed college free agent Kyle Baun made his NHL debut. Baun skated on the Hawks’ second line with Brandon Saad and Antoine Vermette, who returned to the center position.

Baun was credited with one shot on net and a team-high five hits in 14:24, while Vermette won 10 of 15 faceoffs in the game; the second line played well, but failed to generate any offense.

Crawford made 28 saves against 30 shots in the loss, and made a couple magnificent saves just before Granlund got Minnesota on the board. Unfortunately, a rebound led to Granlund’s goal; Michal Rozsival had a great view to watch the goal go in.

David Rundblad skated himself out of position on Zucker’s game-winner, and a nice pass from Chris Stewart set up the shot.

UPDATE: the Avalanche beat the Preds 3-2, meaning the top three teams in the Central all lost on Tuesday night.

64 thoughts on “Blackhawks Fall To Wild In Home Finale

  1. Maybe I’m just disappointed but these are crucial points being left behind and a team playing like this now has little hope in the playoffs. Crawford can’t win games by himself. What a pitiful effort but the home team in huge game.

    I have incredibly little hope for this team that can’t seem to show up when it matters.

  2. Poor effort other than crow. Versteeg needs to sit. He’s playing shinny hockey or pond hockey on a Sunday afternoon. Why does Q keeping putting this guy out there?

  3. Yah some pretty awful D on the Zucker goal. Nice try by Saad with time running out…darn near got it. What the heck was Versteeg thinking with less than ten seconds left?…no time to make that play…cannot shoot it back to Keith and regroup..to the net Mr. Versteeg, to the net! Nice hit by Rosy near the end as well…thought he played very well. Oh well..personally don’t mind that we lost because I’d rather rack up the L’s now than in the playoffs. That was a real barnburner in St. Louis. Good on Winnipeg. Thinking we are capable of defeating St. Louis because we are the better team of the two. LA not looking too good.

  4. I agree Versteeg should have shot the puck towards the net. Brutal play drawn up by Dineen after a clutch faceoff win by Toews.

    Once agai, everyone was too gunshy to pull the trigger. Too many opportunities wasted. This includes Vermette and Shaw on a 2 on 1 where the passing lane was closed.

    Good news no one ahead of the Hawks won.

  5. Versteeg’s laziness caused the Hawk too much man penalty. He coasted to the bench and then waited for someone to open the door. Bickell is assuming an actual NHL level change. Rather see Baun than Steeger at this point.

  6. These 4 game are meaningless. Sure the 1,2 and 3 seed are to be determined. Other then that that have no effect at all on the playoffs. I wanted to win about half of them to just feel good principality wise but other then that, meaningless. What matters is tuning up our engines and not getting hurt/suspended. We still can get the 2 seed. That might be the better spot.

    What is meaningful. It is CAL or SJ knocking LA out of the playoffs. I think SJ would love to put it to them and in style.

  7. I thought the Hawks passing was below where it needs to be for them to “play the right way”. Too many passes telegraphed and picked off and too many passes that should have been shots on goal. I realize a very good defensive team like the Wild can do that to a team, but some of the poor passing was poor decisions on the Hawks part – not forced errors credited to the Wild defense.

    And I’ll respectfully disagree that Rozsival had a decent game. His slowness afoot results in him not keeping a good gap defensively and he got caught flatfooted and wasn’t able to tie Parise up to stop him from puting the shot on goal that Granlund shot in off the rebound. He’s is a half second slow and that makes the difference between tying up Parise’s stick so there’s no shot on goal and what happened when they scored the goal. He’s got no quick-twitch reaction to go along with his slow foot speed.

    And then there’s Rundblad who botched up the Zucker goal by not playing the right man.

    That’s the kind of defense that will lose playoff games. For as much as Timonen hasn’t lived up to hopeful expectations, he is a better option than either Rozsival or Rundblad. Can Paliotta play? How about bringing Cumiskey up? He’s small but at least he’s mobile and can he really be as bad as Rundblad?

    At least the Blues, Preds and Kings lost and the Flames and Jets won.

    Down to the wire – this is fun.

    Go Hawks ! ! ! !

  8. A fun and annoying game to watch, several open drives from the slot that just didn’t happen. The dig on Rozi isn’t fair, he knocked his man flat out of the crease, Crawford left the entire center of the net open overplaying something to the right that I couldn’t see. 32 looked good on both sides of the ice to me, but 5 just crapped his pants on that decision to double team, made a bad situation worse and cost the Hawks the game in a tight battle. I’ve liked a lot of his play this year, but to paraphrase the great Jim Mora Sr., that absolutely sucked. But a battle for what? Home ice? This team seems to pretty much suck at home, but I don’t get to watch a lot of games. Bring on the road! If 10 can reverse last year’s trend of career regular season, silent playoffs, I’ll be thrilled. The Hawks are still dangerous. Can they stay alive long enough to see 88 return?

  9. 23 has no business on the first line, or the second, or the forth. Q knows this as he once again puts Saad on the first line at the end of the game, looking for lightning to strike. To frustrated to finish this post. Another fine effort by CC wasted.

  10. Totally agree Jax. 23 didn’t even deserve to be out there in the last minute. If TT had the puck at the end, he would have found a shooting lane. 86, 10, or 20 are all better options on the 1st line over 23.

    5 and 32 are very bad at hockey. We need to have two other options along with 2, 4, 7, and 27 come playoff time.

  11. We ain’t getting past the first round if guys don’t crash the net and screen the opposing goalie! Every team in the conference knows to clog up center ice on our breakouts and to watch for those cherry pickin stretch passes. Until we can skate the puck into the o-zone, screen the goalie ( like shaw, attn bicksey), and realize that playing keep away around the perimeter on the pp is just what the opposing team wants us to do, we’re out in 4 straight next week! These last 3-4 games should hv been used to perfect new strategies to use for the playoffs. Hardly any hitting on our part and mark my words if we don’t pay the price by parking a man in front of the opposing goalie, we re toast! Bigkahuna over and out!

  12. This is a veteran hockey team that is tired. A roster that is less deep and more flawed than any others in the 7 year stretch of Quenneville being the coach. The core leaders of this team know that any hopes for a playoff run hinge on this team being as physically and mentally “rested” heading into the first round and, most importantly,
    Crawford carrying this team. Obviously a productive Kane must come back too, or this thing dies early in the playoffs.

    While it is silly to look ahead to the offseason, that is where my mind most rests with this team. Major deletions to this roster are coming. Some much needed, others cap necessitated, some to be painful perhaps too. Sharp, Richards, Vermette, Desjardins, Rosival, Oduya, Kimmo, Raanta will all be gone for sure. Bowman will try to move Bickell. He might be forced to move Seabrook. And it’s no more than a 50-50 proposition that Kruger is back because he will be attractive free agent. van Riemsdyk is a question mark given the devastating injury and the fact that he isn’t exactly a proven commodit having logged only 18 NHL games. Opportunity knocks for Johns, Paliotta, Pokka for sure. McNeal and Danault will have definite opportunity too. Beyond all of this Bowman will have to find a way to be bold and creative to infuse a roster that is in need of significant help. But we are going to be shackled by that little something called the salary cap.

  13. Didn’t see the game last night so can’t comment on that-it seems that you can see the desperate teams and their effort level-Ottawa and Winnipeg last night were good examples-
    It’s not necessary to knock yourself out to finish in a certain spot-LA is proof that best record not always important. (good to see them possibly out) Chicago is OK playing the Preds and if-
    they don’t have home ice to start a quick win puts the pressure squarely back on the team with the better record.Worst case Blues falling to 2 spot and Hawks 3
    Regardless it will be fun!

  14. Rufus, the worst roster Q had in 7 years was CLEARLY the 2010-11 team, which Tab keeps pointing out to you and you keep ignoring.

  15. At this point there is no reason not to play Paliotta, Rosival is just too slow and Runblad I don’t know if it’s because of lack of playing time just makes bone head plays. Versteeg should not be on the ice he doesn’t even seem like he wants to be. Q needs to put Saad back with Toews and Hossa they just generate things when their together. I didn’t think Baun looked out of place for his first game trouble is he can’t play in the playoffs. I can only hope Kane can come back early otherwise whoever we play in the first round will be a challenge.

  16. Mo- I disagree… Hawks need to get a point to avoid the 4th spot (wild can win out-if they do and Hawks lose out… Hawks are the #4)

    imo- Hawks should try to avoid playin Blues in 1st round… but Preds could still be #1

    Wild Looked in control the whole game- The Wild making Dubnyk look like the “MVP”- just proves my point/Rant even more… about goalies…

    The Hawks really mustered NOTHING in quality shots/possessions…

    The 1st period -Wild- were like watching Hawks in 2013… in Control

  17. Odd game, Wild coming off a brutal lose with JETS and Hawks rested which is not always good from them and on the so called “home ice.”advantage? Crow continues as I look at this entire season to be the most steady and valuable performer, he is really calm in the net and using his size perfectly, less slop, staying between the post. Crow also plays great in meaningful games too like last night.Everyone else sort of mailed it in?

    The kid Baun looked okay and like the many “AHL and COLLEGE and WCHL”really just another guy who really is not a consistent goal scorer, not overly physical, but a good skater, finished his checks and good replacement for the likes of Ben Smith ( who worked his ass off to play in the nhl) but the league has many guys like Ben and Baun.
    I have a feeling Hawks might move Shaw but SHAW development over the last 2 to 3 years is simply incredible, you cant replace him and he even has a burst of speed, but Shaw is in demand around the league but cant replace him but to a nhl novice he looks replaceable.

    Vermette looked about 10% better. Yes he is a top Dude at the “Dot” where he needs to be. I am still very concerned that his addition was not a good “fit” Sadly like some Hawks, they do a lot of little things right, but do not do one thing that really really stands out only guys are Kane and Hossa and now Crow. Even TnT last night shows brilliance in passing and I do mean brilliance, just no players on his line with an offensive IQ or mind set so they still are shocked to get the puck or out of position. Tnt is impressing me more and more, he’s “timing” which is nhl iq in the corners is getting better, you can get to the puck, long arms, poke check, and get there with perfect timing then you don’t have to be big.

    To me Colorado’s Ryan O Reilly is the typical and type of player I want and Hawks needed, and just adding with a”Copy or Replica” of the player you already have adds “not much”!

    Hawks are NOT trying to move up by the way, no effort, and the Wild ( who where tired from physical game with jets) seemed content to do little forechecking no big hits but well played defensively in the middle zone. Wild unlike the Hawks are protecting Dubnyk who is over rated and as I have repeated give up MORE REBOUNDS than anyone in the NHL, lucky they have big smart d men who clear the crease, hold sticks, check and clear it out unlike Hawks.

    Power play Schotizophrenia continue (I have a trademark on Schootizophrenia) ha!

    I’d play Sasquatch vs. the Blues and rest Crowford!

    If TnT had Bick’s Wrist shot we’d have 115 points!

    Also about 15 teams can hit 100 points this year so the 100 point mark is sort of another LAME STAT or benchmark, way too many good teams with good goaltenders who are very very “Hungry”this year.

    Go hawks as always! It’s hockey, it’s ice, it’s slippery, it’s a frozen 3 inch rubber disc, it’s brutal, it’s magic with a dash of karma and a pinch of luck.

  18. It’s about time they changes the name on the back of #10’s sweater to “Highnwide”?

  19. Can the real season start please?? It’s a shame to drop some potential points in the last 2 home games against good teams, but Blues BARELY won Sunday, and last night the Wild clearly were the more desperate team, as they should have been. We all know what the Wild bring to the table within the system that Yeo has them play. They can really shut teams down, and they did it again last night keeping traffic away from Dubnyk, especially in the 2nd and more so in the 3rd. Dubnyk by the way had a pretty easy time of it, while CC came up huge and kept the Hawks in the hunt, despite the outcome. Rozy and Rundblad paved the way for 2 goals. Crawford was spectacular especially in the 1st. Minn had huge percentage of shots on goal as quality chances in my book. Hawks could have been down 2-3 goals easily in the 1st, but this is old news now. I thought Duncan Keith was very good defensively last night. Sorry Mo, but Rozy seems to be on the ice and standing around for most opponents goals the past 2-3 weeks. I like the guy, but their ain’t much left in that tank imo. Rundblad shows excellent offensive instincts, but is still in need of increasing his defensive skills in the D zone. Kind of like Leddy was when he first came up.

    I don’t like 23 on 1st line either, but I am sure this will change when the games really count. Q has many combos to play with given current mix of Hawks forward. Apart from the Zus mess from last year, Joel imo is a guy that finds good line combos when it counts. Bicks played a better game last night, and seems to be trending higher in my eyes. Not a moment to late. He will be needed to be a force in the playoffs. 4th line was decent last night, but I like Desjardins with 86 and 16 better,and I bet that’s what we get once the puck drops next week when playoffs start.

    The wild card race will go to the last game. LA really has to be feeling pressure. Jets are showing some heart, Calgary plays hard, and so do the Wild. BEAT LA!!BEAT LA!!

    Blues and Preds aren’t exactly lighting it up either guys. All the top 3 teams appear to be content to be where they are. Would be nice to have home ice, but the Hawks are very formidable team on the road when they want to give it all.

    Fun to watch game at UC with JS last night, and see AJ pre-game over at Swig for a few. JS we need to have curfews imposed on us…I propose a blog turnout at Swig first round playoffs for a road game. Let’s see how the schedule unfolds and pick a date. We have had a solid winning record as a group over there at the bar.

    Lets Go Hawks!!

  20. Yo Bigkahuna – we all agree (I hope ) hockey is really that simple and Hawks can not place SHAW on every line to get net presence, BUT if you watch even closer we don’t even SKATE TOWARDS THE NET on the rush, we settle to soon and over pass, ALWAYS! Hawks love to go wide and defense loves that, Hawks are an easy team to play against because they go wide, worst timing on dump in’s in the nhl too by the way, Hawks have to hold and over pass, sooo in NHL stat-dom that means a higher risk of turnover, sloppy pass or shot wide of the net. SPEED KILLS not the SKATE SPEED but decision speed, hold the puck for more than 3 seconds you better score or sit in the press box. SO yes every NHL coach knows get players to the front of the net and screen, but the Hawks system is not built around those types of players and why one guy like Dustin Byfuglien made the game easy for the Hawks and is making the JETS a team to fear too and why the only trade i hate in over 50 years even losing Bobby Hull was okay was Dustin Byfuglien and what hole he left.

    Sadly, I am also certain that the Captain gets off the hook a lot by all my friends and fans, but when you lose like they do, well Toews is sort of the front man? Silent leader? DID ANYONE PAY ATTENTION to Mr. Zachary Parise last night and every night? WOW, what HEART ( smaller than Toews ) and Zach plays that way every single night, I mean every single night, love that kid and he does not have HOSSA to cover! Toews need to be find a way to impact games every single night, he is a STAR for sure but some nights I watch every damn he’s almost invisible! Hossa makes him look IMO soo much better! Hossa is a beast i have seen him our skate Toews getting back 3 or 4 times every game, yes every game? Not nice to pick on the captain . . . but it’s him and or Coach Q? Ya can blame Versteeeeeeg for everything or Run-dad?

  21. We certainly do need a curfew. 3.5 hours of sleep is not enough.

    But yes, first round of the playoffs there has to be a blog meet up with far more than just the three of us.

    Have some fun guys and go back on like the last 20 goals scored against the Hawks and count how many of them that Rozy was on the ice for or in the penalty box. It’s crazy. He’s been absolutely brutal.

    And Wall, I definitely agree with you. If the Hawks could trade Crawford for Ryan Suter, they could have anyone in goal and still be formidable. That will help with the cap situation, right?

  22. Mook, Do I ever agree with you about Big Buff……and to a certain extent about Taser!

    I think Buff is making between 5-6mil…..Give them Sharp, Bickle and a prospect! Buff is and has been the missing piece to multiple back to back to back Cups!

  23. MtM, no disrespect intended, but you must be drinking early this morning, because your Parise vs Toews rant is so WAY, WAY out there. Words just fail me here to rebut that, well, because it just seems superfluous to even try. Mtm, thanks anyway for a good laugh with that one anyway. I’m still cracking up!

    Not to say I don’t like Parise, but for $11 million, cmon?? Over the Cpt???

    Lets Go Hawks!!

  24. All of you just calm down. In the PO’s, all that matters is wins. There are only three teams in the league with more W’s than the Hawks. Home ice nice, but not a deal breaker. The Hawks WILL win their first round. PO experience matters! Love to see a Nashville matchup as the Hawks had their number this year!


  25. Ummmm. Pretty indifferent towards that game. You’d like to see a little more urgency but eh. I think the guys are and have been a little checked out and will look different in a weeks time. The 4th line is looking solid, certainly an improvement over last year.

    Would have been nice to have picked up some points on the preds though.

    LA lost again lol.

  26. LA will be watching this year! Stanley Cup again will not be a repeat winner. Funny and great that LA will fall short. That should make all of the Hawk fans here smile BIG :)!

  27. MtM- some good observations… Parise is incredible… TnT made some very good passes/decisions for naught… loved Buff and his PP assets…

    Wild have Great/young D… that forces most everything to the outside
    Hawks have no desire to get to the net…

    I will even call out Hossa… Who is my favorite Hawk… when Saad drove wide right w/ about 20 seconds left… Hossa- could have easily crashed (and should of considering time left) on weak side… Saad was forced wide- instead of shooting from terrible angle-he correctly slid it thru the crease… to NO ONE… 81 – chose to “float” instead of Crash…
    watched slow mo several times… 81 would have had Great chance at scoring on that…
    weak side D was watching Saad!!! Really upsetting- to me… Really expect way more from 81- Game IQ and effort in closing seconds-wise

  28. Man this love for Big Buff really has me baffled. YES we all liked him as a HAWK, but. He is not the reason the Hawks won the Cup in 10 and will not be the reason the Jets make the POs if they do. Again, he had 2 goals against us but was on the ice for 3 of ours and in the box for the other. The Jets are in their most crucial stretch and Buff is in the press box on a 4 game suspension. The Jets have won their last 3 without Buff beating VAN, MN and STL…..no small feat.

    Wanna trade Sharp, Bickell and a prospect……fine, just not for Buff.

  29. Phil > first, glad I made ya laugh, My comparison from watching and playing a lot of hockey is Zach has a visible, tangible, and measurable impact on his team as Captain night in and night out. I do not Measure the Check and Salary Cap as other fans do and this entire blog seems to be pre-occupied with. Toew’s is better on many levels, BUT Zach finds a way to have impact and lead, did YOU SEE HIM TAKE THAT PUCK AWAY FROM KIETH he is relentless! Period! Go read a wild blog? But not comparing them but do want so called hawk fans to know that playing next to HOSSA is a gift that keeps on giving. Toews also is the center piece of a rather um….hum drum power play, so I question how with his skill. leadership and on ie IQ can not orchestrate it to be more effective? Our power play is a puzzle . .. Go hawks and Go Toews!

    Last comment even my 80 year old day when I am back home in Chi and he takes me to see the Hawks says ” Why the hell do they burn Toews out on the frickin penalty kill what moroooooons? “and I Agree.

    BUFF was the leading goal scorer in the Hawks CUP, anyone that does not see his void as an issue is IMO not paying attention to why the Hawks are in a lot of one goal games. Hawks today can play Flawless and win by a goal! But NO ONE player is It, we all know that, but because the Hawks are so “physically challenged ” when you take the BUFF & BULK out your in trouble? Small Wingers like this Braun kid from out east here are a dime a dozen, I do not see anyone who is LIKE BUFF, no one playing now in the NHL, no one, he is like RODMAN IMO, but sadly i think it’s fact. Plays fricking defense and offense and enforces as well . . . come on!

  30. wall > Your right but again it is the system, you really can’t just roll to the net when you “think” it’s gonna result in a rebound, pass or tip in? It is a system. Most teams pinch on the dump in and one get the puck one plays the lame wrap around pass and one guy drift to the net, many teams come up with 3 players lined up into the zone like a bombing raid in Cambodia, timing! Over 1,000 passes have be won in a hard battles in the boards and slide right by the crease like last night and NO HAWKS WITHIN 2o FEET, not kidding!
    The Players we “get” are the same and sadly Vermette fits right in, not a big hitter and sort of like Hossa thinks a lot, before he goes anywhere, but often he is looking for open space which is GOOD, but you can have 3 guys on a lien looking for space, YOU MAKE SPACE, as my coach once yelled at me as i was benched! more than once!

    So yes, bad habit and the only guy who got YOUR MEMO is SHAW and he is taking a beating every night while others drift in float and look for the Harlem Globe Trotter Goal of the week?

    Playoffs tuffest this year, no room for weakness! I fear the Blues only the rest are a wash and one goal over time waiting to happen.

    go hawks

  31. Some excellent comments made here…I think that most of you understand the situation with the Hawks quite well. With a mixture of Timonen, Rozy and Rumblad we simply don’t have a playoff calibre 3rd D pairing and it has shown ALL SEASON and will force the Hawks out of the playoffs early. Bowman swung for the fences on Timonen hoping to catch lightning in a bottle, and he missed. For the last 2 months Stephen Johns has been playing NHL quality Defence in Rockford and wasn’t brought up…Paliotta has been skating with the team for two weeks and hasn’t been given a shot…Q has stubbornly gone to Rozy and RunBAD game in and game out and they have done the same lazy, weak, scared things every time (isn’t that the definition of insanity?).

    Johns and Paliotta are NOT great options for a team that has their eyes on another Cup this year, BUT, clearly, beyond belief, neither are Rozy and Runbad who prove their worthlessness every game! That’s coaching and Mgt…for five seasons we have fielded a team that doesn’t want to go to the net and the coach allows them to get away with it…that’s coaching and Mgt. Q and Bowman KNOW what the problems are for this hockey team (ANYONE who watched the LA Kings series last year could see it) and Brad, Richards, Kris Versteeg, David Rumblad, Rozy returning on a 2 year deal, Kyle Cumisky, Joakim Nordstrom and even Teravanian (who I like a lot) are NOT the answers to ANY of their problems!!!!!!!!!!

    Bowman and Q have put together a good team with major flaws that are easily exploited during playoff hockey, not the smartest plan of action in the world…goaltending, centres, and faceoffs are NOT problem areas, but toughness, guts and desire ARE! When a rookie college forward like Kyle Baun can suit up for the Hawks for the first time ever in that kind of important game and come away as our best winger is incredible! That’s on the players for sure, but also the coaches and the Mgt!

    When you allow players like Kris Versteeg to get away with playing his cutsie little perimeter game, avoid contact and the net and risk dangerous passes game in and game out, OTHER PLAYERS watch and learn…that’s on Q!

    No PP since Q had been the coach in Chicago with multiple assistants, all friends of Q, means that Q should be held responsible for it! Right now Queneville has circled the wagons on the Hawks, he knows that Rozy and Runbad have to be protected so the Hawks are playing a very conservative game that generates little or NO offence…and nothing is going to change that because Q doesn’t know anything different. But EVERY GAME in this system one or two mistakes from Rozy or Runbad sink us in a 1-0 or 2-1 losses….nothing will change come playoff time unless the Hawks can find an adequate 3rd D pairing…we didn’t have it last postseason and we don’t have it this year again…and even if Kane puts his red cape on and comes back early, he won’t be enough (coming off that injury in the very violent, physical playoffs) to counteract the Hawks glaring weaknesses.

    All season long in Rockford the Hawks have had Garret Ross, Stephen Johns, Mark McNeil and Phillip Danault playing night in and night out perfect defensive hockey, good special teams hockey, PHYSICAL hockey and offensive hockey by going to net and crashing goaltenders! Bowman and Q have tried lots of “sexy” options out of Rockford and with trades/signings, but they haven’t tapped into what THEY ACTUALLY NEED! Ross, Johns, McNeil and Danault all lead the Hogs and much of the AHL in their +/- and Corsi numbers…only Danault was given a small chance with the Hawks and he was outstanding!

    The days of Patrick Sharp, Kris Versteeg, Bryan Bickell, Roscival, Oduya (who has played well since the injury), Runbad, Timonen, Cumisky need to be over in Chicago! The days of Andrew Shaw centring the likes of Ross, McNeil and Baun, with Johns and Paliotta on defence need to begin…Toews, Hossa, Saad, Teravanian and Kane can consistently score goals, while the rest of the team shuts down scoring opportunities against…boring hockey, yes, but in this NHL, its what wins hockey games and always has!

  32. Buff ain’t coming back Buff ain’t leaving Jets, so no one needs to worry unless we face them in the playoffs then we can blog the results of his performance! Buff needs some respect he played HARD every night for the Hawks.

    Anyway god bless Dusty! Even God misses him . . . Buff was the home ice advantage by da way . .

  33. Bannerman & Belfour GREAT POST need more of these, thanks for taking the time. I agree on it’s the system to blame in addition to coaches and also on the Captains. No Hawks go to the net by DNA or Instinct even Shaw has developed that talent and it is not easy. Plus we need like two guys (shaw is one )who get to the net, period so this is not an overhaul to me that is what sucks. Even Saad last few games has actually turned his shoulder and got to the net with the puck, strategically it makes the defense collapse! This perimeter crap makes for time of possession lots of long easy shoots but a losign formula. Also we have 4 very good defensemen, none very tuff but Seabrook and Hammer can be, to have 6 good defensemen is so rare it never happens we put to much pressure on them .
    thanks again

  34. The whole missing Buff argument is silly in that the 2010 Cup in Chicago was bought and paid for dearly. Buff had to go, as did(most sadly) Ladd in the eyes of the Bowmans. They could not have re-signed those guys without parting with guys they felt were essential core players. They chose to pay #4 thank God, and let Niemi scoot. Of course, it would be great if we still had Ladder and Buff, but its ancient history. Buff remains an enigma. Loads of talent, but not the brightest bulb, or consistently motivated to play up to his potential. The guy can be a load when he wants to be and then coast for long periods. Who knows why? I kinda root for the Jets cuz I really liked Ladd and Byfuglien. Weird, when I was at the last Peg-Hawks game, there were few Ladd sweaters in the crowd.WTF? Hope they do well as long as it isn’t against the Hawks!

    Lets Go Hawks!

  35. Hawks seem to be in coast mode until playoffs. I cant blame them. They are in a spot that is fine for the playoffs. I know you guys all want a 1 seed or home ice in round 1 or whatever, they are fine where they are at though. No matter who they draw its gonna be tough, but odds are its STL or NSH and I think they know that. Good news is it is looking more and more like LAK will not be in the playoffs. I do not think they are a real cup threat this year, but I would love if they missed.

  36. Hof,
    So if it is being coached and the players aren’t doing it, you are saying Q has lost his locker room.

  37. I feel like agonizing over the last few games is kind of arbitrary at this point. They’re going to be in the playoffs, their roster is still strong and probably the deepest since 2010 forward wise. Also, Patrick Kane will be back early because he has the will to win (Hawk Harrelson logic because baseball season). Vermette had some life last night and won some draws so that was neat.

    Panic button should not be pressed unless down 3-0 and looking like poop in round one.

  38. In response to the Hawks doing or not doing what the coaches want… They’ve played basically the exact same way the last 7 years and when they have hit rough patches they’ve sucked at doing the same stuff the last 7 years. In that time they haven’t missed the playoffs, made it to 4 WCF out of 6 chances and won 2 Cups.

    If past history is any indication, they ought to have an exciting post season. Especially with how deep they are at forward. They’re going to have 3 Conn Smythe winners on the ice once Kane comes back, intangibles and all if you’re into that rationalization. Also Keith will be off the leash.

    They only thing we should really be afraid of right now is bears in the forest.

  39. No one asked me but, Coach Q never had control over the locker room, the team is “stacked” by most NHL experts. Q is very good coach but when you coach 9 to 10 highly skilled guys and want to get “grease and gravy” out of them it’s hard. Not many can do it both ways, keep skills guys motivated and also ask them to DO MORE to get dirty, maybe Phil Jackson, Thibs for the Bulls and Mr. Bill Belichick with the PATS thats it! , You can’t be a full time “players coach” and then get tuff all of sudden that is why Q benches guys like Bick, Q is weak, benching Bick does nothing, bench someone who matters or call someone out?
    Q is not evil or a bad coach just now and the next 3 or 4 years they need a guy like Bab-Cock the team needs an attitude adjustment and 1 or 2 bigger players a winger with speed and a stand up defensemen, not much really.

    go hawks

  40. Booman, nope, not what I’m saying, bu nice try putting words in my mouth.

    Even if they somehow manage to win the Cup this year, they need different (better?) players. More grit, more skill, more youth, whatever words you want to use. Going to the net is a “want to” issue, it’s also an issue of capability. They need to weed out some of the guys who don’t have the want to and/or the capability.

    It always starts and ends with the players. Get another coach or coaching staff in here and you’ll be blaming them within a few months, it’s the easiest thing to do.

  41. Montana, you tell em.

    Laddy and Frozal were the ones to keep.

    This roster might not be as deep as 09/10/13 but its deeper then all the other yrs. That’s like saying Big Buff is better/team player then Laddy.

  42. Scotty, that’s what the Bettman realignment has created. 4-5 meaningless games for the top teams.

  43. Hof, we have a bunch of those type of guys coming these yrs coming up. Going to be a fun future for the Blackhawks.

  44. I sure HOPE they have a lot of those types of guys coming up. I just read where three of their recent Swedish D draftees are coming over to finish the year in Rockford – Dahlstron, Press, and Norell. Dahlstrom I know is a really big guy but I can’t say I’ve ever seen him play.

    Hartman has improved significantly this year, he is a much better player now than he was in October. Getting a ton of ice time and working closely with the Blackhawk development staff has been a boon for him. He’s much better positionally, a much better passer, his whole game is just leaps and bounds better.

    Some of the other forwards, well, I hope they can step in but I’m not seeing much high end talent down there (maybe in college or overseas) although I do think they’re quite deep in defense talent, some of it possibly top 4 type guys.

    I like the development of Pokka, he has leveled off the past month but he’s had a really good year plus I think Johns has a really good chance. Paliotta I really like too and we should see him on Saturday.

  45. Hof – thanks for the info on IceHogs / development. (I don’t get to see any of their games.)

  46. Hartman and Pokka have had good seasons and more importantly lots of growth in their games…I can see Johns, Paliotta and Pokka all vying for that 3rd pairing next season. Ross, Danault, Hartman, McNeil and Rasmussen are all ready to play for the Hawks, in that order, IMO.

  47. That’s good news on Hartman to do that good/improvement in first ahl yr and a really good sign for him/our team. I like Ross too reminds me so much of Shawzer. The funny thing is they both were drafted at 20. The Daves a killer line 38-65-61.

    Would be real sweet to have a stacked in size D in a few yrs.

  48. Hof and Mo,
    I know they have Johns, Paliotta (sp?), Dahlstrom all with size, but they are dmen. I know Hartman has some grit, but not the size. Who are the guys do you see that will be net front players with grit? From what I read on here, several seem down on the prospect pool we currently have. I’m excited about the d prospects, but don’t see the size and grit type players beside Hayden.

  49. That’s probably why Hof said he hopes so (for the FW). Shawzer 180ish but not everybodys fearless like he is that 180. We do need a few FW in that role though.

  50. Amazing to me that SOOO many tickets are straight up for sale in St Louis today and that’s not even through NHL Ticket Exchange. Regarding the game tonight, I guess both teams just want regular season to end, and might not go out full tilt tonight. I just want our guys as healthy as possible starting playoffs next week. It would great if the Hawks could pull out 2 pts from this game, but win or lose I am happy if they play a solid 2 way game. When they do that, Hawks generally prevail. Some good Western Conf games tonight so NHL Game Center Live is going to come into play on my laptop along with having the Hawks Blues game on tv. Darling tonight?

    Lets Go Hawks!

  51. The comments preferring a desperate, hungry Zach Parise at age 30 vs 2 time Stanley cup Champ/captain Jonathan Toews at age 26 are easily the stupidest things that have ever been written in the history of the Internet. Yes Parise is a great winger, in his prime. But for consistency, track record, and future potential, any GM that would take that straight up trade would be fired, beaten, drawn, quartered, then quartered again, disembowled, and forced to live in Detroit.

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