Dylan Sikura Finally Scores, Blackhawks Top Red Wings

For years, Blackhawks fans have chanted “Detroit Sucks!” when the Red Wings have come to town. And, for the first time in more than 30 years, it’s true.

Detroit came into the United Center on Sunday evening having a historically bad season. The Wings were 4-15-2 away from home and, entering Sunday, had won three times since Nov. 14 (3-17-2).

The Blackhawks, on the other hand, were showcasing what the future might hold in Chicago. Seven of the 20 players dressed for Chicago had fewer than 50 career regular season games on their resume, including emergency backup goaltender Kevin Lankinen.

Which youth movement would be served in Chicago in front of a national television audience?

The Red Wings came into Chicago averaging 2.14 goals per game – dead last in the NHL. When the first period ended, Detroit had a 2-0 lead in Chicago.

Because of course.

Detroit’s power play entered the game ranked 26th in the league (15.3 percent), just behind the Hawks. Filip Zadina scored a power play goal at 3:21 into the first.

And Luke Glendening was credited with his sixth of the season at 16:53 into the first. The puck was redirected and Corey Crawford had little/no chance of stopping it.

The Blackhawks out-shot the Red Wings 12-8 in the first period and hit a couple posts but the two-goal deficit to a team playing as poorly as Detroit was ridiculous.

Chicago kept getting chances and kept throwing the puck around the ice early in the second period. Lots of passing, not enough shooting. And more wasted power play opportunities.

But Dylan Strome was able to get the Hawks on the board 15 minutes into the second, scoring his tenth of the season.

Alex DeBrincat picked up the only assist on the Strome goal.

One of the highlights of the Blackhawks’ season to date came 45 seconds later.

Dylan Sikura, who has been desperately trying to score his first career NHL goal, finally found the back of the net.

Erik Gustafsson and Patrick Kane picked up the assists, and Gustafsson (literally) picked up the goal scorer as Sikura celebrated a significant moment in his hockey life. His smile said it all – and there was energy back in the United Center with the score tied.

The Hawks out-shot the Wings 6-5 in the second period. That’s right, 11 total shots on net in 20 minutes. And the score was tied.

The turnover parade continued into the third period. Chicago had the better of the action but there wasn’t much sustained action on either end because of the sloppy passing and lack of puck control from both teams.

Eight minutes into the third period former Blackhawks defenseman Trevor Daley was hurt in front of Jimmy Howard in the Red Wings’ net. He struggled to get to his feet while the Hawks passed the puck in a circle – something they did far too much on Sunday night. But once Daley was on his feet Adam Boqvist navigated his way through traffic and scored his second of the year to give the Blackhawks a 3-2 lead.

Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith were credited with the assists on Boqvist’s goal.

Neither team was able to score again until a stoppage in play gave Detroit the opportunity to pull Howard for a faceoff in the Blackhawks’ zone at 2:31 left in regulation. Toews got a good look at the empty cage with 60 seconds left but the shot was wide. Dominik Kubalik did not miss his shot at the open net with 19.4 seconds remaining.

Kubalik became the third Blackhawks’ rookie to score in the game; the fourth goal came from Strome, who is 22 years old.

Toews skated 22:11 and won nine of 14 faceoffs with an assist. Kane skated 21:02 and picked up an assist but was not credited with a shot on net in the game.

Dennis Gilbert bounced back from a rough night to be better against Detroit. He was credited with three blocked shots and a team-leading five hits in 15:43.

Ryan Carpenter was also credited with five hits but won only two of 14 faceoffs in the game.

Boqvist led Chicago’s defensemen with three shots on net in 20:32.

Detroit finished the night with only 21 shots on net. Crawford made 19 saves but wasn’t tested much. The Red Wings are going through an awful stretch right now and the Blackhawks took care of their business after an ugly opening 20 minutes.

64 thoughts on “Dylan Sikura Finally Scores, Blackhawks Top Red Wings

  1. Smith very strong and smart game.

    Murphy is the only D man tonight that didn’t have trouble simply clearing the puck out of his own zone. It’s hit or miss otherwise w the other 5 D men, Keith included. As Mayers says on TV over and over, it’s ok to ice the puck and live and fight another day. They need to start doing this to avoid disasters and minute plus shifts in their own zone.

    Crawford looked out of sorts. I am his most ardent supporter, however he looked like he slept thru most of the game. Let’s hope he was just rusty. As he has said and we’ve seen many times, he plays better when he plays frequently.

    Sikura for Art Ross Trophy, Mcdavid and Ovechkin better watch out for him. Aside from that, he is a huge improvement from Nylander, he may kind of suck, but at least he plays hard the whole game.

    Let’s celebrate the victory over dog breath team.

  2. The first period was one of those periods where things just didn’t go right. The Hawks outshoot them 12-8, hit two posts and are down 2-0. Howard was great. Larkin’s snipe had about a 9” window and he found it. An outstanding shot. The Hawks PP was beyond annoying, especially the second one. The first 15 seconds of the second PP was great with shots and rebounds and then they went to pass, pass, pass, pass, pass, pass and then pass some more. Why have Bovquist out there? Every single time he touches the puck on the PP he passes it to Kane on his right. He is bringing no value or creativity. Anybody can do that. If that’s all he’s going to do, put Gus back out there. He did look good at full strength and his goal was very nice and he almost got a second goal on an identical play.

    So happy for Sikura. He has played hard and well lately and had some assists and good scoring chances. Posters on blog sites like to bitch about Sikura no end, but the fans were obviously pulling for him because when Gene Honda announced his name after the goal, the eruption in the stands exceeded what I expected.

    Earlier in the year, a 2-0 deficit seemed insurmountable. Deficits don’t feel that way anymore, as tonight proved. It helps when you are playing a lousy team.

    I thought Gilbert had a nice bounce back game. Kubalik remains dangerous. Keith seems to fan a lot lately. Nylander is exactly where he belongs.

    Maybe the rookies are figuring some things out and maybe the coach is figuring some things out. Nothing has turned yet, but there is some hope versus despondency. That said, this was not a pretty game, but one where they managed to get two points instead of give away two points as they would have earlier in the year.

    While attending a Hawks game in Dallas one year, the Dallas fans sitting by us told us that Detroit has the worst, most obnoxious fans of any team in the league. Those two guys sitting in the front row with Red Wings jerseys weren’t looking too happy when Boqvist jumped in to the glass in celebration. I felt really, really, really bad for them. (sarc)

  3. I keep envisioning a blue line next year of

    Keith-Boqvist
    Maata-Murphy
    Gilbert-Mitchell

    The right side of our blue line has the potential to be pretty solid..I do think I would buy out Maata this year..he looks to be no more than a replacement level player..even if Seabrook and/or De Haan aren’t healthy by next year, I think those cap savings can be better spent elsewhere..especially since between Krys and Beaudin you have a couple of options in house to try out on the left side..but consider me optimistic especially on the right side of the blue line..there’s talent coming..I’m also including Regula (who I’m incredibly high on) possibly being in Rockford by next year..another defensively responsible right handed shot who is showing some real offensive prowess on the PP for London this year..

  4. Just looked at the box… Perlini played? Had no idea. 24 games. 2 assists. How could Stan let that kind of talent get away?

  5. So happy for Sikura. He deserves this and his goal was big for the game. Ties it.

    I do not mind giving up a yr, in order to have BoQ for the next decade and not Daley.

    Cant wait until BoQ hits his fully established level like Teuvo did. Look out.

  6. Happy for Sikura and even though the Wings are awful, it’s still fun to see the Hawks beat Detroit. I just want to see the Blackhawks stay in the playoffs race for as long as possible and the current homestand will tell us a lot. Sikura’s first NHL game was the Scott Foster game almost 2 years ago. Long time coming.

  7. Rusty. I hear ya. Perlini got the puck in the 3rd period and Chris Cuthbert said his name. I had no idea he was even dressed.

    Happy for Sikura. He scored a goal in the NHL. That is a huge accomplishment in life. I mean that sincerely.

    Call me foolish but Quenneville plays hard. Seems to like contact. He hit the crossbar tonight. A shame it did not go in.

    Strome has an excellent shot. He must shoot more.

    4 home games this week. Hawks need to go 2-1-1 to keep the optimists going.

  8. The goal is supposed to be win the cup.
    Staying in the playoff race to try to squeeze into the playoffs with no chance of actually winning the cup makes no sense.
    Start the rebuild now so we won’t be mediocre for years to come.
    Pull off the blinders there are way to many teams that are better than the Hawks.

  9. Since Dunks came back were, 7-3? We were 3-7 when he was out. Got those 4 games back.

    Other then blowing a 4-2 lead in VAN, we have played good enough to be 8-2 last 10 games and thats after blowing a 3-0- lead 11 games ago/STL.

    See how we do, starting with Dunks return, so far were a 7-3 team.

  10. For loading up the young wave we have coming. Getting a top 5 skill draft player is very important.

    Stape, theres 5 teams ahead in a group of there own, after that theres a bunch of teams, that were leading for 6th pick-all the way to NAS at +4.

    Some of us looked at mock draft in last thread, the mocks have 8 players ahead of the other 1st round picks, quality wise, counting the goalie. So we get top 8 that is a good player. The draft has moslty very good FWs. What we need more of.

  11. Good team win, led by the guy behind the bench! Nice to see the hawks come from behind to pull one out. Not the prettiest but got the job done! Doesn’t matter how, just matters how many! Go hawks!

  12. Lot of highlights recently with either Kubalik or Dach right around the net when goals are scored. Good signs.

    Happy for Sikura. He seems like a likeable young guy.

  13. Jordy, yea hopfully the, timing, works out really good for us. That 77 and 8 do not get too good too fast so we can get another top 5 skill draft player. Then in a yr or and half the D is coming and the Horsemen will be established enough. Then were looking good. Just get those tuff FWs everyone here talk s about in summer and get rid of the guys that have been here/not part of longterm.

  14. Craig, I too like Quennville`s game so far. He does play hard and seems to very responsible along the boards. Can win some battles there which is more than many other smaller Hawks. Has a little bit of speed and size. If his confidence grows I think he can find his way onto a permanent spot on the roster, at the very least a solid fourth liner.

  15. I like the progress we are seeing from Boquist. He has been very solid the last several games. Would like to see him get more aggressive on the power play and use his excellent shot. Still frustrated by the number of shots we pass up. Toews line with Kubalik and Q looked good tonight.

  16. Well no matter how bad things get around here I dont think the Hawks will be as bad as Detroit.What a bad combo of misfits on that team.A group and Coach that look shell shocked.With the god given talent and size that Perlini has, for him to look like that is a sin.Bowman may win that trade.During the behind the bench interview with Pierre I thought their Coach was going to cry talking about all the losing that they are involved in.For the Hawks tonight 39 was better but he was playing against a much different set of forwards.8 was beautiful tonight getting to the open ice using his speed.Very aggressive and noticeable all night.95 had some nice jump,worked hard,and deserved his 1st Goal.5 was very good also.Really like 47.He would be a real nice hard working 3rd liner especially with a solid defensive center.He wins battles and goes to get the puck.Powerplay is stale and needs to be shaken up.They dont utilize the bumper position properly and puck movement is way too predictable and slow.I sure hope 22 has some sort of injury because he is 5 for 28 on faceoffs the last 2 games and his game has gone south.Get 88 a Center.

  17. What people have said/wanted here for going foward, build wise.

    8 19 88
    12 17 ?
    20 ? 47
    ? 64 22

    Get those tuff ufa FWs for those spots.

  18. Agree little Q looked good as did DKube and Boqvist and Murph

    What I liked most of all was they didn’t sit back after going up 3-2, granted it was DET but not that long ago they would go into a defensive shell, Dach and Boq wouldn’t see the ice at all and the fire drill in their own zone would be on

    But tonight they kept the pedal to the metal – again vs a weak opponent but still they did it

    This was a game like the NJ game where after some good previous performances they come home to play a weak opponent and tbh I thought they’d lay another egg

    It started out that way but kudos to the Hawks for battling back – that’s gotta help the confidence

    It would be nice to see a 4-0 home streak although I’d settle for 6 of 8 points

  19. I’ll jump on the Quenneville bandwagon with some of the rest of you. I liked his game tonight a lot. He’s seemingly been pulled by Colliton in some previous games, but he was really noticeable along the boards and he was really getting after it.

    Man, I wish that Detroit Sucks chant would just die a quick death. Some will argue it’s tradition, but come on folks, we don’t want to be in the same league with Nashville and the other bush league crowds/announcers that are around the NHL. And it was particularly bad when it was going on when they were beating us 2-0 in the first period.

    Kane didn’t have a recorded shot on net, but that one off the post in the first was a laser.

    Heard the stat after the game that Abdelkader has no goals in close to 30 games this year for the Red Wings. Ouch.

  20. So happy for Sikura. I stretched my hand out for him just like his teammates. Just checked my crystal ball. It says Sikura scores his tenth goal 20 games from now. He broke the spell and there’s no stopping him.

    RUSTY, thanks for the stat on Perlini. A bag of pucks is worth more than him and Stan may have gotten much more from that trade.

  21. Count me in the “happy for Sikura” club. He’s probably still wearing that perma-smile – he was in the post game interview. Very cool.

    I’m liking the 12-77-17 line more and more. Swap out Quenneville for Saad when Saad is ready and there’s another line. Not sure about long term for Kane on a line with Carpenter and Sikura/Nylander but it’s working out that way for now.

  22. First and foremost, I despise the Red Wings immensely so getting a chance to stoke some old school hatred is always welcomed for me. Adding 2 pts to the scenario is a win win.
    I was reminded that with the close of the decade and the topics that were tossed about,… I wanted to offer the following highlight. Our record at Joe Louis Arena. while leading up to the latest realignment, …Im sure we won 9 or 10 in a row in Detroit.
    This was well before Detroit fell to the bottom of the league. Some great games, with OT/Shootouts and some great memories from the early part of ’10-’20.

  23. Kudos to the Hawks European scouting staff. Kubalik looks like a keeper. Plays hard and has great scoring opportunities every game.

  24. Lots of love for Quennville and rightfully so. If only you could put his work ethic and engine into Nylander’s body. Why doesn’t he just change, because human’s don’t change much, and if they do it’s a lot of work.
    (I also think Quennville has just enough skill/size to be in the NHL)

  25. Big Indian……….I agree, let the “Detroit Sucks” chant go. Respect the opponent. You don’t have to like them just respect them. The reason Nashville will never win a Cup is simple, they don’t respect the opponents or the game itself.

    Hawk fans understand the game and, as a fan base, we are a TON classier than Nashville fans.

  26. I disagree.

    Any other team besides Detroit, I’m totally on board. Now if they for example are doing it against Carolina makes Hawk fans look dumb

    To compare that to a chant that a team whose barely been in league 20 yeears and does it for all team ( correct me if I am wrong)

    To Hawks fans doing it just for one specific team, one game each year that they who rivalrly goes back long long before NHL even thought about Nashville as NHL city. I have no problem with.

  27. Mo,

    I like the following lines:

    88/95/? Need a center
    19/20/8
    77/17/12
    64/22/65
    15/91

    Maybe you can trade Cagg and/or Smith to keep up Qunenneville and/or Highmore. For now, Carpenter can stay the center of Kane and Sikura. Like I said in past post, Sikura plays well with Kane but who doesn’t it.

    As for DEF, Boq is really starting to look the part of Top4 we need with next year having him with DeHaan will be special. Keith/Murphy and Gilbert/Maata would be a strong 6. Mitchell and Seabrook could also be in the picture for bottom pair.

    To me the hawks need a center for this year for the Kane/Sikura line and/or they could also trade Gus and get an upgrade on DEF.

  28. A few WJC comments:

    – Byram was (in Q speak) okay, but did not make me regret taking Dach

    – Voleno was very good and I think that will turn out to be a big miss

    – The Hunters might be a nice fit in Chicago

    – Teply has good hands but skating not great. Big frame so he has potential

  29. Stape, agree 100%. We’ve seen teams in this town mired in mediocrity. They try to fill this need and that need every year only to be just good enough. Tear it down and get a top 3 pick again.

  30. Nice comeback- and great to see the AHLers scoring. I’d UP the minutes for Sikura, Highmore and Quenneville- let’s see how 12-13 mins pregame opens up their scoring threat!
    “D” still a work in progress- whatever Hunter did with team Canada’s defensive play ( in world jrs) maybe he could call up Stan and Jeremy and let them know!!

  31. I would rather bring up Hagel ,Wedin,and Kurashev when they are healthy rather then rolling 91 and 65 back into the lineup.Reading what 65 has gone through makes you wonder why he would take a chance again.91 is probably 1 collision away from being done for his career.I agree wholeheartedly,this team needs at least 2 NHL Centers like yesterday.Hold on a second,I think 22 just lost another faceoff.

  32. i find it interesting that there are complaints about the “detroit sucks” chant, but it is okay for the blackhawks to obectify women by sending out the scantily clad ice crew in their sprayed on uniforms 15/20 times a game. and they add what to a game? lily white roster as well. anyone pony up $100+ for tickets lately to watch the hawks because the girls skate around and wave to the crowd?

  33. Can Bowman gets some love on the 5th round pick for Kubalik. Snap, he actually did something right or maybe someone will find him at fault for it not being a 7th rounder.
    I like his play. 2nd leading Hawks goal scorer ahead of Dcat, Strome and Saad.

  34. Jordy-I would add Cozens looked good and will probably be a force one day. he Hawks may have gotten the better player but perhaps not by much.

  35. HAWKS IN 2020

    bowman doesn’t do everything wrong, but he does most things wrong. he is responsible for the state that this team is in and the solid move in acquiring kubalik does not erase his much more often failures than successes.

  36. Tear down the team and kiss off the playoffs?

    Good thing the soldiers at Normandy did not have that attitude.

    Europe would be rising to recite parts of Mein Kampf before soccer games.

  37. To me for the world junior guys/top players from that draft. Dach is one of them, then I am cool with who we got and I like 77. Bryam turns out to be a dud or any of the other ‘top 10’ draft players, then we got it right.

    I would like 65 to play again, if he cant thats fine. These guys, 91 65 15 56 6 even 7 arnt here for longterm, so maybe with thes injuries its a blessing to get the younger guys in. These guys wouldnt be playing if those guys wernt hurt.

  38. How many 8th seeds have we seen make a lot of noise in the Spring?

    Hell, the Flyers gave Chicago all it could handle in 2010 and the Kings won the Cup from that slot.

    EDM took Carolina to 7 games from that slot.

  39. You guys know how the playoffs work.

    A fluke goal here, a crossbar there, and the next thing you know, you won the Series.

    Toss in a goalie who gets hot, and you could be playing in June.

  40. I don’t think it should go after play off at all cost.

    Although I don’t think this is a play off team, with these 2 kick ass goalies this year, I willing to see what happens.

  41. Marco Scandella played some great games against the Hawks while with the Wild. Great career so far! Habs got him for nothing! Would have fit nicely with the HAWKS.

  42. Funny,who would have thought that the Nashville Predators would fire their Head Coach and Associate Coach before the Hawks moved on from Colliton?

  43. re: Hawks in 2020’s lines…

    It’s damn near impossible to make lines out now w/out 20 or 65 in the lineup. Not having an ETA for a Shaw return sucks. Saad will be back soon, hopefully skating as well as he was before the injury.

    Assuming 20 comes back in one piece/as he was before…

    20-19-88
    77-17-12
    8-36-95
    64-22-15

  44. Well NAS, does have a top 5 team/roster, I think? They are only +4 for awhile. They should be right there for 1 or 2 seed every yr and havnt been since the yr they should have won, 2017.

    Which means Wirtz aint doing the reset during these 82 games.

    Although those teams have top 5/10 rosters and are sucking, like STL lasy yr.

    Were still rebuilding and need to keep at it. Keep making good moves and take care of the bad ones that didnt work out well. No worries.

    Keep at it.

  45. Lets say 65 7 91 do not play again. Were going to have some cap space next yr there to add some good players. Both goalies, theres another large cap space to use.

    I really hope 65 well.

    Guys NAS in 17 LA in 14 and 12 were not 8 seeds or 4 seeds, team/roster wise. They just were record wise. Those teams were top 3 teams in conference or league those yrs. PHI was pretty good in 2010, they had half of LAs 12 and 14 top FWs.

    Those teams wee build for the playoffs and not for the 82 games. We wee the best team in 2010, prob 2nd best in 2009, top 5 in 2011 playing short handed with 6ahl players, 2012 top 5, best team in 2013 2014 2015, and top 5 in 2016. 2017 we were not the 1 seed in conference, we were more like 3/4/or 5 best team that yr but we were 1 seed because of record.

    Cant go by seed, go by roster.

  46. I like 36 as an energy hard forechecking forward but he has not played Center at the Nhl level and if he gets matched up against some of the horses that are Centers in the league he will get destroyed.If 17,22,and 36 are your centers you are going to have some problems.Waiting for or planning on Shaw,s return seems like wasted time. Very good chance that 20 gets dealt.With his hands he is better suited for a 3rd line roll.6 mill is a little heavy for that roll.64 is the 3rd line center as the team is constructed now.

  47. No matter what you think about seed, roster, or whatever, the fact remains….
    You get in and you got a shot.

    I have been watching the NHL passionately since 1967.

    A very good Hawk team got beat by a HOF goalie performance in 1971. (Dryden)

    Some crappy Hawk teams went to the Conf finals in the late 1980s.

    Some really good Hawk teams got bounced in the 1st round in the 1990s.

    The fact is: The best team does not always win in hockey. Roster schmoster.

    A good roster cannot answer an OT winner that bounces in off to two sets of shinpads.

    Sometimes the Hockey Gods smile on you.
    Sometimes they dump a pile of Nylanders on you.

  48. Sure, agree. What I meant was that, those perticular teams, were not ‘really’ 8 or 4/5 seeds on there best standings yr. They, LA LA NAS STL, were really top 3 teams in conference and/or league those yrs.

    I see what your saying, and were prob just like Islanders last yr, not going by 82 games standings record, but in the way we have a top 5 goalie like they did and we have two top 5 goalies and they had a really good DEF, where were not but we might have a good OFF where they didnt.

  49. A team can’t go from picking top 3 in the draft to winning the Cup in one year – there has to be a progression where that team makes the playoffs first then has more success in the subsequent year or years then maybe wins the Cup

    With that in mind I don’t understand why making the playoffs shouldn’t be a goal for this year’s hawks team – most of this team is very young and probably will get younger with trades of Gus, maybe Crawford, maybe Saad, maybe Shaw, maybe Caggiula so if they could make the playoffs that accelerates the learning curve toward playoff success and most of these young players will likely still be with the Hawks when/if they do win it all again

  50. Think the thing there is, even though that would be good. It might be better to get another top 5 skill draft player to make the young wave that much better and then get the experience from then on.

    We could make the playoffs and the players are going to playfor that, so you think why not ‘play’ more then 50/50% of the time. Well we have in the last 11 games but before that it was like clockwork with the 50/50% ‘play’ of the time.

    I do not think we should burn it down and trade everyone, because I think we have most of the pieces. I do think we need several more and the right kind and a good system. With a deep roster, quality deep with the entire young wave established and starting prime yrs, we could win the Cup with this coach and Bowman.

    Most people think we have to have new gm/upper others/coach the whole thing. We might, though once the roster is good again, then its a matte of identity.

    When we do win a 4th Cup, whatever yr that is, I will laugh my ass off in joy, if Bowman is here or if this coach is here, and we win with on or both of these guys. I do not have anything agasint these guys, just want a top 5 roster again and that starts with more top 5 skill draft players when were close to getting those, we need to take them. Thank you sir may I have another.

  51. Professional hockey players getting paid millions of dollars are trying to win every game.

    When the trade deadline comes teams have to decide are we buyers or sellers.
    If you are buyers you have to think that by adding players you have a better chance to either make the playoffs or win the cup. Problem is by adding players it will come at a cost. Draft picks or young players that have high end talent. Bowman has capspace for this year as well to pick up a rental player or two.

    If you are sellers it a great time to pick-up assets in the form of young prospects or add some draft picks. Bowman could also use the capspace to try to possibly help future Blackhawk teams by adding picks or prospects.

    Problem is if the goal is to make the playoffs you hold on to players that you could have traded for assets instead these guys walk at the end of the year and the hawks get absolutely nothing in return….Crawford , Lehner , Gustafsson. With still no guarantee of making the playoffs. Or Bowman overpays these guys to stay.

    Gustafssons replacement is already on the team…..Boqvist
    If the hawks cannot sign Lehner to a reasonable contact by the trade deadline i hope that they trade him. Problem is will Bowman hold on to Lehner and Gus for a chance to make the playoffs? It wouldn’t surprise me.

    Jim the hawks have one hundred to one odds to win the cup. With you being such an optimist it seems like you might be willing to bet a thousand on Chicago to win the cup and you would make some big money. After all any team that makes the playoffs could win the cup…Good luck!

  52. You should always try and win to make the playoffs! There are no medals for “showing up”!!
    We may not be top 10 team, but being bottom 10 doesn’t guarantee a top 5 pick.
    “Giving up” talent at trade deadline is something even Stan can excel at! But hunkering down to shoot for a playoff spot is a terrific goal- and, if achieved, can bring a roster of young talent to gain valuable experience that can ultimately lead to the big prize in the short term!
    We won’t be a top 10 with Colliton leading, and Stan working the talent acquisition!

  53. Yes you should always try to win to make the playoffs.

    In Chicago’s posiion they should not be trading draft picks and young players to make the playoffs. Draft picks are the lifeline of future Hawks teams.

    Example…. Don’t trade second and third round draft picks for injury prone players like Andrew Shaw short time gain equals long-term pain.

  54. I understand this is my opinion but the Hawks should go for the playoffs. they have two stellar goalies and really need to add a top 4 DEF and a top 6 Center or Wing. With Dehaan and Seabrook out maybe we can get takers for GUS, Caggs, and maybe smith.

    Tab,

    My lines were because Kane seems to double shift a lot so why tie him down to a top line like Toews and Saad. Get Kane a top six center and he seems to gel with sikura so that would from 4 solid lines. You can sub for shaw using smith, nylander, highmore, caggs for the last spot.

  55. If stan does not make a move to eat some bad cap hits along with prospects or picks he should be fired. Even if he has to move a prospect or pick to get a better prospect or pick it needs to be done. Although I should point out the Blackhawks are not the only team in the position to do this.

  56. Yes yes. If were not adding a top 4 Defensemen/for the future not just this playoff push and a top 6 FW/for the future not just this playoff push.

    Then we have to add a player with salary to get more picks and/or a good prospect.

    If we sit on the salary cap space and do nothing with it, then that is a wasted opportunity and then yea everyone should be hanged.

  57. Honest guy,

    Maybe Rocky does not want to eat bad contracts which amounts to giving away real money for a few draft picks especially if they are after the first 30-40 picks. Or maybe they want to make the playoffs this year and would rather spend money on a Forward or DE. Or maybe they do take on some bad contracts and sell off some pieces.

    Either way, why would they fire Stan Bowman. He has made mistakes but not worthy of firing after winning a few cups and could have had two more if not for Raffi Torres and an offsides that was not called against the Kings.

  58. Let’s just add to raffia Torres the refs clearly favoring the then “for sale” coyotes.
    Yes yes it may not make sense from a financial standpoint and again many other teams are indeed in position to eat cap space however those draft picks in a way are like having cash too in terms of a bargaining chip which could …could be used as a tool to get a good deal on a player via trade…..or you have the player from the pick.

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