Patrick Kane Makes History, Blackhawks Down Jets

The Blackhawks came home off a strong victory in Toronto to face a division rival. There were reportedly 24 scouts in attendance to watch the Hawks host the Winnipeg Jets, who were two points in front of the Hawks (with one game in-hand) at the start of the night.

History was on the line in Chicago on Sunday night as well. Patrick Kane was one point shy of 1,000 for his career and Jonathan Toews needed two points to reach 800 in his. Duncan Keith came in with 99 career goals. Maybe the scouts were there to witness greatness? Or maybe there were there to watch some of the players on both teams who might be available before the NHL trade deadline.

Chicago got on the board first. Alex Nylander finished a pretty goal 2:51 into the game to give the Hawks a 1-0 lead.

Erik Gustafsson and Connor Murphy were credited with the assists on Nylander’s sixth of the season.

At 14:11 into the first Gustafsson ripped a shot that went in to extend the lead.

Nylander and Highmore picked up assists on Gustafsson’s sixth of the year.

Neither side was generating a lot of shots on net but Winnipeg benefitted from a parade of penalties from Drake Caggiula that started late in the first. With 16 seconds left in the opening period, Cagguila collided with Adam Lowry and was called for interference. Lowry went to the room and was not able to return (upper-body).

Both sides put eight shots on net in the first. Chicago took a 2-0 lead to the second.

The Hawks killed the Cagguila penalty to open the second but he went back soon after. At 4:20 into the second Cagguila interfered with Nikolaj Ehlers and picked up an extra two minutes for barking at the officals.

Chicago killed off four critical minutes of penalty time and played on with their two-goal lead.

The Hawks got a power play 12 minutes into the second but weren’t able to convert. Three seconds after the Jets penalty ended Cagguila went back to the box for a third time – four total penalties – for tripping Luca Sbisa. Chicago killed that penalty as well.

Mark Scheifele got Winnipeg on the board at 18:17 and the score would stay at 2-1 in favor of the Hawks as the second period came to an end.

After the two teams combined for 16 shots on net in the first, Winnipeg out-shot the Hawks 20-14 in the second. Robin Lehner was on his game, however.

Unfortunately for fans who came to see Kane reach 1,000 points the penalty killing time limited his time on the ice. He skated 12:10 in the first two periods and put four shots on net.

Interestingly, Toews led the Hawks with three hits after two periods.

The “next goal” is always huge in a one-goal game and it took almost ten minutes for either team to score in the third. Kirby Dach made a strong power move to the net and Connor Hellebuyck left a rebound just out of his reach. David Kampf crashed the net and tapped the puck in to extend the Hawks lead back to two.

Dach and Alex DeBrincat were credited with the assists on Kampf’s seventh of the season.

One minute later Scheifele hooked Nylander and the Blackhawks got a power play. Chicago didn’t convert.

At 14:14 into the third, the fans who paid good money to see history got their wish. Kane was credited with an assist on Brandon Saad’s goal to give him 1,000 regular season points in his Hall of Fame career.

Ryan Carpenter was also credited with an assist on Saad’s 13th of the season. Saad immediatelyt grabbed the puck for Kane.

The entire Blackhawks roster cleared the bench to celebrate with Kane on the ice – a moment that means so much to Blackhawks fans who have witnessed the greatest generation of hockey in the history of the franchise.

Patrik Laine scored to cut the Hawks lead to 4-2 at 17:51 but the Hawks took advantage of an empty net moments later. Dominik Kubalik scored into the open cage to make the score 5-2.

Toews and Cagguila were credited with the assists on the Kubalik goal, giving Toews 799 points in his career.

The final minute clicked off the clock and the Blackhawks won their fifth in a row, pulling into a tie with Winnipeg in the Central Division.

90 thoughts on “Patrick Kane Makes History, Blackhawks Down Jets

  1. Great to see another Kane milestone, 1000pts pretty impressive.
    Big win for them, everybody helping out, fun to watch right now. Q coming back should give them incentive not to on vacation early.

  2. Have to factor in the players who played in the 80s when players then benefited from 4.0 goals for per game/team. Kaners era is what, 2.5 goals for per game/team.

  3. A month ago, none of us would have believed that watching hockey can be this much fun. Who knows if a corner has been turned? They could still relapse and break our hearts, but right now this is good.

    It was a big night for Kane and one we are all glad to see, but the “depth” players were great. Nylander was excellent. He made some nice plays in addition to the goal and assist. Maybe he can get there. Dach was great and it was nice to see him break his 12 game pointless streak. Pretty soon, pucks are going to start going in for him. Kampf was stellar as was the rest of the PK. Lehner was great, but that doesn’t really need to be said anymore. It’s just what is. The defense was good, despite a 20 shot second period. When you are short-handed for 40% of the period, there are going to be some shots.

    The depth players and the “hands of stone” guys bailed Cags out time after time.

    The “good Gus” is starting to appear more often.

    After a beautiful tribute to Q on Tuesday, they then need to ruin his night. Let’s do this again!

  4. A very impressive performance against a desperate team.Overcoming penalties and fatigue was great to see.Nice to see 92 and 64 chip in and play well.Lehner was solid.He would probably say that he wants both goals back but those high danger stops were something else

  5. For Hands of Stone Kampf naysayers,
    1g 3shots 1 block shot 3 takeaways zero giveaways and 5 wins no losses on faceoffs. Plus some elite pk work. How dare he hurt the team that way.

  6. Of 15 22 64 If you said at the start of the season 64 would be the guy at 52.5% faceoffs. Krugs clone.

  7. Contributions from every guy tonight – 3rd period one of the best of the year. Pk and Lehner were excellent. The way Dach, Boquist and Nylander played in such a big game was fun to watch. Only time will tell how Nylander develops but it is clear to me that he has high end skills that are tough to find. I think he should stay on the 4th line and hopefully strings together more games like tonight.

  8. High time Kampf gets some respect. He plays hard. Always. I love Eddie’s “no fly by there” comment on his goal.

    Okay, Gus with the points but he is still the same Gus to me. There was a play when it was 1-0 and Kane was about to get stripped. Gus just stood there like a kid watching a marbles game. Didn’t peel back, didn’t give Kane an option, just stood there. Laine then came down on the break and hit the post so we got lucky.

    In any event, call it the central/eastern Canada sweep. Good stuff. And it must be nice for our guys to know that either/or they’re playing in front of a stud in net.

  9. Bettman you had your jollies with the shootout crap and division excitedment-only because it was new/fresh. These two things are not fresh anymore and are getting in the way of good hockey.

    Get back to what we started from. Top 8 teams in conference.

  10. Big hawk win and 5 in a row and only 12 comments on here! I guess a lot of people are eating crow and can’t admit how wrong they were! Yea yea I know the coach sucks, etc etc etc!

  11. Murf has become a staple, prob why people arnt mentioning him like the first 20 games. Its like people are guiding the guys that need to be, with posts here.

    Dunks has been good, like the 15 6 22 guys. Doing what they are suppose to. Role players make a difference. Wonder why Bowman got what we didnt have the last 2 yrs, with those 5/6 players in the summer. Really deserve to have Haan. Injuries happen every yr, not season long injuries.

  12. When the Hawks beat Anaheim I said not a big deal cuz Anaheim sucks.
    When they beat Ottawa I said so what – they suck too.
    When they beat Montreal I said Montreal is in a slump and missing players.
    When they beat Toronto I said they’re missing their best d-men.
    When they beat Winnipeg I said … hold on now … I’m not sure what to say anymore.

    Winning 5 in a row is good regardless who you beat – right? Let’s see what happens on Tuesday against the Florida Q-boys.

    Congrats Kaner on 1,000 points. It’s been a privilege and a pleasure to watch you play for my Hawks.

  13. Why was it 4 min, did the coach give it to the ref so they called unsportsmanlike when it wasnt/or both players did a penalty. Saw coach and Saad tell the ref, F off he pucnhed him in the face or something. Would have to revieew in slow play, every penalty on 91 but they called everything they could and other stuff that wasnt after intermission of the big hit.

    If he hit him high/contact neck-helmet-face, fine. If it was clean, contact at shoulder and body-then the heads did a normal whiplash from contact, thats clean. It was like after the intermission the refs just wouldnt allow 91 to hit them, though they were allowed to hit whole game.

    Thought there was hitting whole game by both teams, why 91 not allowed to. We have the advantage on that, well were not allowed to play with a physical advantage?

    Is it no penalty/legal-in the rules and regulations to collar tackle 77 down to ice or is that a rookie thing the league allows for players under 100 games.

  14. Was lucky enough to get some last minute tickets for tonight and just now starting to wind down from the sheer emotion of it all.
    Everyone would gasp/yell/hold their breath each time 88 had the puck; when it finally happened it was such a relief and the floodgates opened.
    I’m hoping it’s a metaphor for the rest of the season.
    Kudos to The Captain who was the first one off the bench to celebrate Patrick and everyone followed suit. So classy. So much love there tonight.
    #Showtime, indeed.

  15. Morrison cheer up man….Its getting better!! Showtime your table is ready !@ GO HAWKS!! Keep it up Boyz……

  16. Hawk 2020 do you know who Sigmund Freud is? Doubt it. (Just in the event he/she didn’t read other thread.) Mouth taste like Johnny Walker Black, club soda, lemon wedge, thank you.

    Congrats to Kaner! JT next.

    Didn’t watch much of the game. Watching SF pound GB as I put the mortgage on the over because I put something on the under in the early game. Why I don’t know. Weather temperature maybe.

    SF Super Bowl Champs!

    Put the mortgage on it.

  17. A great night. Unreal. Credit the Captain Toews for having the team pile off the bench to congratulate Kane. An amazing moment in Hawks history and those 20 guys looked like they won something special. Great team building moment from an individual accomplishment.

    Maatta, Slater and Conner Murphy all playing really really good hockey on the back end at the same time. Also Boqvist more willing to rip it on the power play is a huge plus.
    Saad talked the talked on working on his skills during the injury and now he’s walking the walk. He changed the way he taped his stick and perhaps its flex and his hands are much much better in the last two games.
    Amazing Joy in Hawk land that was hard to envision just 8 nights ago.

  18. We can all see the contributions being made nightly by Kane, Toews, Kubalik, Lehner, and Keith. They have all played exceptionally well the last 10 games or so. But, I want to really commend the play of some unsung guys, namely Koekoek, Maata, Highmore, Carpenter, Smith, and Kampf. Without their much improved play, we would not be winning with such consistency. Particularly Koekoek, I think once he took over for Gilbert, our defense has stabilized and he’s turning into an excellent two-way defensemen. Well done KooKoo!!

  19. Credit where it’s due – JC has got this team playing with a discipline, intensity and a team structure that didn’t seem possible under his leadership

    I’ll stand down from the JC must go position for now – I hope this is a real turnaround and not a 10 game blip – we’ll see but right now they’re playing excellent hockey

    The fact that this stretch coincides with Seabrook’s surgery and being out for the year seems a very interesting coincidence – maybe 7’s ice time was a bigger distraction than people realized

    Huge congrats to Kaner – he’s a joy and a marvel to watch – keep it going 88!

  20. This two week run has created not only some excitement but some really key decisions in the next few weeks, moves/non-movers that will not only impact this year but the next few.
    Wrap, I was thinking along the same lines but didn’t want to say it. 7 has been such a key fixture and leader in the past but…
    KK has looked good on his side, and has been an improvement-who knew he could play this well-is it long term? Well see.

  21. This is a great stretch of Hockey but I hope you all noticed that At least 3 times Nylander coughed the puck up to avoid any contact and the Gus is still the worst defenseman on the ice. If we squeak into the playoffs, watch us get badly outcoached. I am very interested to see what Stan Bozo does before the trading deadline now that he has some money to play with. As much as I want to be positive, I remain VERY cautious…..

  22. last night was huge from every angle….how long has it been since we’ve had that much to cheer about?

    and it seems like yesterday that people(not just here but all over) were ready to run Kane out of town. He doesnt need my support or approval, but by God he has ALWAYS had it and he he always will.

    A great night of hockey on Madison!

  23. Realistically this team still needs to win close to 2/3 of their remaining games to qualify for the playoffs, so far from a done deal, but at least be entertaining and fun to watch if they don’t.

  24. So which is the Hawks team?

    The team who just sucked and now has a hot streak going.

    Or a good team who just had a bad steak going?

  25. Since the bad loss to the Blues December 14 the Hawks have gone 13-4. The loss to the devils and one to the Avalanche is in there but from a record standpoint, it’s been a month of success

  26. Glad that 1000th point came around. If I’m being honest, Kane’s play has been kind of annoying lately, just his lack of interest on the ice when he’s not on a break or in a prime scoring position. He’s either all in or all out any given moment. Hopefully this jump starts a new push for him, though I can’t really see that being the case. Either way, always one of the best and very lucky to have watched all the highlights over the years.

  27. Lo0king close at the standings and the February schedule,I would agree that the Hawks are still in a very tough position.The teams behind them in division have games in hand so they are still closer to last place.I would wait till after that February circus trip is completed before making playoff plans.It is getting closer to being in their own hands though.

  28. Gilbert & Hagel sent to Rockford after the game on Sunday night because of the all-star break. The Hawks are healthy enough to roll the same lineup against the Panthers on Tuesday. Looking forward to hopefully seeing Strome back soon after the break so the Hawks can be *close* to 100 percent.

  29. So here is a new problem we are now going to have to consider. And I am hoping that Ian and anyone else who understands the workings around this question can help us out as a group – which is usually done!

    Kubalik is on a contract with $850k of performance bonuses. How can we see when those bonuses kick in? And even more importantly, since he will be an RFA for next year, how does his age (25 in summer) and status affect his Seattle draft status? And then of course, what the heck are we going to pay him for a bridge?

    Guessing $2-3m for 2, maybe 3 years. This is a good problem, but also a bad one.

  30. To piggyback on this, SS:
    Is there enough money for Kubalik AND Lehner? And are we assuming Crow is done?

  31. Silent anybody who signed their first professional contract this season is exempt from expansion draft. European pro leagues don’t qualify only Nhl contracts do as we saw when Panarin was exempt last draft, so Kubalik doesn’t need protected.

    As for bonuses usually for a forward they depend on your year as whole. Hus are A bonuses so 20 goals coukd trigger one of them, $212,500, among top 6 fwds in ice time, 35 assists 60 pts, .73 prs per gametop 3 in +/-, all rookie team are others. The only thing that would be not achievable at this point is not making all star team, so it is possible that could knock $212,500 of total but not sure how you find out for sure unless cap friendly updates on total available.

    Agree 2.5-3 m for 2 or 3 years is a fair deal.

  32. Thanks Ian. As always, your knowledge about all things contract related are appreciated. That insight is helpful to everyone on the board.

    Stefanie – All the right questions now. But it is likely that things are not set in stone yet as Crow could get injured again and change his future, or Lehner can ask or get moved at TDL and change all that too.

    I think it’s fair to say that we are in a state of indecision about a lot of things, but as fans we have our preferred scenarios.

    This has been a nice run for the team, and fans. To me, it looks and feels like the players are coming together to be a team. That’s great news.

  33. Stefanie bottom line is if you go with no ltir, not a given by any stretch next season.
    19, 88, 20, 65, 12, 77, 64, 22 and say a minimum salary 47 for 13th fwd that comes to 41.8m.
    Say Gus and Maatta are casualties for arguments sake, that means 2, 5, 7, 27, 44 and say 39 as 7th guy is 22.7m, Delia as backup 1m. That’s a total of 65.5m for 9 fwds, 6D, 1G.
    Leaving 17,8, 91, 36, 68 and either 50 or 40 to resign with 18m ballpark. Say 6.5 to 7m to sign 17 and 8 that leaves 11 to 11.5m then 68, 36 and 91 say 3.5 to 4m to bring them back, leaves in vicinity of 7 t0 8m for a goalie, possibly squeeze another million if Cagguila not resigned and Kurashev says make roster. Bowman may do better on resigning too than i allowed. So yes it is possible and any other adds depend on ltir that may be available and no bonus overs or more pieces traded.

  34. What stands out to me in the current streak is the improved play of the blueline. In particular, Boqvist and Maatta have been much improved. Maatta playing with a lot more grit and Boqvist solidifying the fundamentals.
    Kane continues to be a brilliant star. What a pleasure it has been to watch him shine.

  35. Silent no problem, agree won’t have a clear picture of salary cap until after the draft quite likely.

    Only thing missing from Kane’s celebration was Seabrook not there to congratulate him too unfortunately.

  36. Our forecheck has really improved lately – mostly due to new guys like Highmore, Kubalik, Dach, Smith and Nylander. Causing multiple turnovers each night. Would like to see Hagel get a shot after the break as he sounds like another pest with high end speed.

    Ian – I also appreciate all your contract and cap knowledge – very helpful for the rest of us. What do you think Strome’s deal might look like? I think his play this year supports a bridge, not a long term deal.

  37. Kooky looks like a player last couple weeks. way to go Stan! Our D has stepped up since Seabrook stepped down.

  38. Getting a handle on next years Salary Cap is going to take longer this year than ever before.If you asked me today I would say very realistically that you are looking at Seabrook,Dehaan,Shaw,Crawford,Smith,and Gus not being here next year for different reasons.If Lehner is more interested in the length of his contract than an outrageous dollar amount I would sign him.I know that they are going to do it,I would not,but they are going to sign Strome.With all of that being said,hopefully you would have enough for a solid Center and a top 4 defenseman.It would have to be Delia as the backup in net.

  39. MS rest of the year can change things but yeah agree on bridge, i’m hoping both Strome and Kubalik get signed for no more than 3yr/10.5m, gets them through to when 12, 88, 19 and 2 contracts all expire.

  40. I was really impressed with Boqvist last night. He made a bunch of very good defensive plays including holding his own physically against those big Jets players. He has replaced Gustafsson on PP#1 so hopefully that means Stan tries to get something for Gustafsson at the TDL.

  41. Whether or not the Hawks are in or close to a playoff spot come the TDL the Hawks have to consider moving Maata at the deadline. Right now he is a third pair defenseman on a team that is (currently) not in a playoff spot. He has a 4 million cap hit. If his recent play sparks interest from a playoff team looking to solidify their blue line for a cup run, the Hawks have to move him, right? My thinking is that the Hawks can find a better use for that cap hit than a third pair defenseman.

    Same for someone like Smith. He has a 3.25 cap hit through next season. With Carpenter in the fold and playing well in a bottom six, pk specialist do they need both him and Smith on the roster?

    Can the Hawks make the playoffs if they move Maata? I don’t know. I am not sure they make the playoffs if they keep him. But for me it doesn’t matter. Does a 4 mil cap hit for a third pair defenseman make sense for a team that is fighting for a playoff spot? The math doesn’t add up for me.

  42. Moving any Defenseman if you are going for the playoffs is a big gamble.I would sure like to get a look at this team without Gus for about 5 games to see how he changes things.They just dont have any puck moving d men ready to step in.As far as the off season,hopefully the Hawks have clear pictures on Seabrook and Dehaan.You would hope that Ian Mitchell could take over Gus,s spot.

  43. Miroslav not disagreeing on selling high on Maatta actually thinking that too, but with lack of depth would that mean keeping Gus and going with Gilbert on 3rd pair. Agree Smith playing well and maybe Cagguila could draw interest at tdl too.

    2015 if somebody moved may answer your question that way.

    Tim if playoffs do happen, that gives another option for Mitchell , he could sign elc and be eligible for playoffs even if his Ncaa season ends after Nhl season. Avs did that with Makar last spring, he made his Nhl debut in the playoffs.

  44. If money is an issue (and when isn’t it) my priorities would be in this order:

    1) Kube
    2) Lehner
    3) Strome

    Strome would actually be a distant third as well. I’m not totally down on him but he has yet to show he is much more than a one-trick pony. If the price of signing Kube and Lehner would be selling low on Strome that wouldn’t be the worst thing. Obviously if Dach can be 2C that would help.

  45. Hawk 2020 do you know who Sigmund Freud is? Doubt it.

    JR rowan, hope the counseling is helping you cope with the blackhawks spanking of the leafs. SB and Colliton have given many of you ptsd. Get better for all of us.

    As for Kane, we are very spoiled to have him and toews. To me, only Sydney Crosby is better in the NHL. I know people will say Ovi but I would rather have kane. Nylander looked good, now do that every few games. Nylander or Highmore will be the odd man out. If Caggs does what he did last night, might see him on the bench. Cant keep that up.

  46. Thinking about who sits when Strome returns? Until Nylander got a goal and assist last night I would have said he should be the one … but now I would lean toward Highmore mainly because Nylander has a higher ceiling than Highmore so the hope is that he develops into a top-6 skill guy so let’s build on the success he had.

  47. Who Sits? Who gets traded? Who do we re-sign?

    I think Stan will make a trade prior to Strome returning. I think Smith has played well enough that he will get traded. I think Highmore has shown enough to be the new “Smith”. Nylander needs to play!

    I also think that we will trade Crawford. It’s just that a hot goalie can get a team deep in the playoffs and he needs to play every game, and Lehner is so hot right now, he’s Christie Brinkley circa 1979! Having Crawford sit on the bench is a luxury that we cannot afford right now.

  48. RUSTY SHACKLEFORD
    January 20, 2020 at 9:21 am
    Since the bad loss to the Blues December 14 the Hawks have gone 13-4. The loss to the devils and one to the Avalanche is in there but from a record standpoint, it’s been a month of success

    Rusty, thats where I am coming from, when I, we have played good in 14 of 18 games, counting that 3-0 lead STL game.

  49. Gander, Kaner has been om a line with 92 22 for awhile?, I would do the same.

    TIM
    January 20, 2020 at 11:44 am
    Getting a handle on next years Salary Cap is going to take longer this year than ever before.If you asked me today I would say very realistically that you are looking at Seabrook,Dehaan,Shaw,Crawford,Smith,and Gus not being here next year for different reasons.If Lehner is more interested in the length of his contract than an outrageous dollar amount I would sign him.I know that they are going to do it,I would not,but they are going to sign Strome.With all of that being said,hopefully you would have enough for a solid Center and a top 4 defenseman.It would have to be Delia as the backup in net.

    This is what I see and us having lots and lots of capspace to add what we need toe most and not be affraid to add a top pair Defensmen in summer.

  50. Nylander has a higher ceiling than Highmore (probably) but Highmore is more consistent on both ends of the ice. I would rather have Highmore grinding w/ Smith & TBD on the 4th line than Nylander.

    Kubalik-Toews-Cagguila
    Saad-Carpenter-Kane
    DeBrincat-Strome-Dach
    Nylander/Highmore-Kampf-Smith

  51. Miro, yea I think we should for any of the guys that arnt going be here long, even if they are good because we need the capspace to add a top pair Defensemen in summer and the type of players we need. Those are the players we should, when its a good return at deadline.

    Then by the time we are in the 21 season and 22 season, players like 64 Highmore Hagel others can do those roles.

    In the mean time we add a very welcome top pair Defensemen with the caphits. A good trade. Theres our Hammer back.

  52. Sure would like to get a look at Hagel and Highmore flying around on a line together or even on the 3rd and 4th lines apart.With Carpenter a regular on the penalty kill I guess Nylander and Smith would have to sit.If Gus gets moved would like to get a look at Carlson.

  53. @Tim…

    I doubt that Carpenter gets moved. He has a team friendly deal, and he’s playing well on both ends. That one touch pass to Saad last night was a beauty. I, too would love to see Hagel and Fortin and Entwhistle. I am a big Fortin fan. The kid played really well at times last year, and C brushed him aside like he was Jokiharju. I think that’s really dumb, because his speed and aggressiveness kept the puck in the offensive end countless times, and that simple ability is priceless in tight games, plus allowing Kane to play in the offensive end and not track back is invaluable. Fortin was one of the kids that Q was bringing along slowly and getting his confidence up, and as soon as C came in, it was dog-house, shit-house, and out-house for Fortin. Big mistake!

  54. I couch my preference for Nylander over Highmore with the notion that this is still a development building block season regardless of the current position in the standings. With Highmore it is more of a get the expected result level of play so it is less of a build up confidence to reach potential like it is with Nylander.

    I like Highmore and realize he can be a very good contributing player but even if he reaches his maximum potential he won’t be a top-6 skill level player. Nylander, on the other hand, has a lower probability factor of reaching his maximum potential but his potential is much higher than Highmore.

    Therefore in a season where building a team to compete for the Cup next year or the year after is the primary objective, then sacrificing a little consistency this season for being rewarded next season is a price worth paying – in my opinion.

  55. I need to do a mea culpa regarding Kampf. Even though my main complaint about Kampf was his lack of offense – it really wasn’t his fault he was put in a position that needs to produce more offense that he is able to do. I still ragged him and I’m here now to say I was wrong and have come to appreciate him for what he is able to produce which is pretty good 4th line and PK guy. The PK has been outstanding and he’s been a big part of the improvement – so good on him.

  56. ER, tottaly right on that stuff. I would however/also like these guys to be able to play when the team is good/in the way the lineup-roster is complete, at least in the terms so the younger plaeyrs-like 92 can just play his own game and not worry about the lines being/missing links.

    I think when the lines are more complete then the younger players can just play, in there roles at the time, and get better. When the lines are not assembled right-complete, then it makes it harder on them because matchups arnt good for us. When that is good, then I think the younger guys can get better/do better.

    77 and 27 are getting better because they are elite top 5 and top 3 kind of players. So they can do that, not many can without a more complete lines.

  57. There was enough people last yr that said they liked 64 and he could play. In a 4th line center role like Krugs.

    Thing was he wasnt good at faceoffs last yr. Well he has impressed me by upping that to 52.5%?, Ian?

    So I was good with 64 as a Krugs role player.

    Then people ripped on 64 this yr early saying he has hands on something. Sure. Then during the 1st 40 games, hes up to 5 goals, well thats 10 for a 4th liner, that is really good.

    How many goals did Eags Burr Madden Krugs Frozal Dejon Carbomb other have each yr, usually. 10 is very good. Hes just not ideal for 3rd line center, because hes not like Bollys checking line. Hes more like Krugs checking line.

  58. I do think we should do what Miro?/MS? said and that no matter if were in close or whatever, makes those moves to add pretty good returns for those posiitons because we have good players coming that can do those rolls-maybe not as good for a yr but for .925m and we need that caphit space to add top pair Defensemen this summer.

    Bowman has always said, not going to moves players just to do it. When there is someone ready to fill the role then make good return trades and upgrade roster that way. Those players, along with 50, 15 65 6 other could make the young wave better. It was genius of Bowman to add those good players in summer with the intentions to make roster full and then get returns based on how they did/team did/and what we need and who we have coming in that can do thsoe roles.

  59. Fortin is Nordstrom light. At least Nordstrom produced moderate offensive Numbers in the AHL. Fortin who has been hurt a lot this year has put up 8 points in 23 games. Hardly noteworthy. There’s better guys ahead of him.

  60. Mo Kampf up to 53.3% on fos now and Carpenter down under 45% now. Faceoffs aside i like the Carpenter signing, just my belief he is more effective as a winger than center. Kampf seems less effective on the wing and the better center to me. Kanes production and chemistry has limited at best and at times non existent with Carpenter at center.

  61. 16 points in 23.
    33 points in 58.

    Fortin has 8 in 23 this year. 12 in 47 last year. And 21 in 53 the year before.

    He went 1 point in the first 11 games this year and 0 points in his last 6.

    He played 1 missed 1. Played 9 missed 2. Played a few more and missed 10.

    Guys like Hagel and Highmore have done more lately and played more consistently. I’m not saying he’s not gonna be something. Just that I’d like to see more production before he leapfrogs someone else.

  62. Carpenter took over 300 draws last year playing 68 games and was 53%. He’s a little over 400 right now.

    His usage in Vegas was a bottom line player with Eakin and nosek the 2 he took the most draws with followed by Lindberg, Reaves, Hyka, Carrier. He took the 5th most draws on the team. Looks like Gallant split his time pretty evenly between center and wing.

    I think it’s worth mentioning that when the team was healthy he did play wing more when the season started.

  63. Rusty Carpenter was well behind the top 4 in draws well under half, in 350 less range the of the closest and just 60 more than Marchesault who was strictly a winger also. Watched some games and talking with Vgk fans his usage was predominantly as a winger to my knowledge.

  64. I liked Fortin’s speed – who doesn’t? And I think put into the right situation Fortin could play in the NHL because of his speed. But the Hawks aren’t in the position to use a specialty forechecking guy because they have too many other developing and/or holes in their lineup.

  65. Well we just do not have enough centers, at the moment. 77 is canter, will he ever play there if he remains under 50%. Hopfully 77 does what 16 and 64 did, get way better, so he can play tehre. 22 can play RW when we get roster more adjusted for coming yrs.

    I like every guy we added this summer. Right now, I would keep 44 40 22 and trade 6 15 65 56 in order to add a prime time top pair Defensemen this summer. Do it do it.

  66. They have to solidify that Center position.If they are set on signing Strome it is going to have to be a solid 3rd line guy.I would prefer both a 2nd and 3rd line center both but I know they won’t do that.

  67. While I am late to comment, the game Sunday evening at the UC was one of those memorable games I won’t forget. Recent road trip was very successful, but how many times this season had the Hawks come off some very strong performances on the road only to return to the UC and just lay a bum showing out of the gate at home? Happily this was not the case against the Jets Sunday. Perhaps it was Kane being on the cusp of getting point number 1,000, a matchup against a divisional opponent just ahead in the standings, or this team just having the confidence to go go out and take it to the opposition.

    Whatever it was, Hawks looked very motivated against Winnipeg who can bring a big heavy game when they want to. Hawks though gave Jets all they could handle. Very impressive showing top to bottom in the Hawks lineup. This team clearly is confident and not only are they putting offensive pressure on opposing teams lately, but their D zone coverage and puck clearance has experienced a remarkable turnaround.

    One player I have really been impressed with as this season has moved to half way mark is Highmore. He plays hard every shift. He does the little things on the forecheck, finishes checks, goes to front of the net offensively, provides quality screens, and gets back to clog neutral zone and help in the d zone. Highmore screen on Gus goal was a beauty Sunday. Sure Highmore isn’t top quality, but all teams need guys like Highmore that embrace their roles if teams are going to roll 4 lines. Kampf, Smith play similar roles. Other players that continue to show real progress are Boqvist and Koekkoek.

    I thought refs were a bit harsh on Cagguila Sunday. Kudos to Hawks PK unit that is really on fire now for what seems to be multiple games. That 4 minute kill against Jets was huge.

    So one could feel the tension and anticipation in the air at the UC Sunday with Kaner trying to hit the 1,00 point marker. It was true that every time he got the puck the crowd was looking for the moment, and as the game wore on even more so. There was a sense he was going to get it done. When Saad tapped that goal home the place simply erupted in appreciation and joy for Kane, who has been showtime for this franchise for over a decade. The sustained cheering and volume in the building was one of those moments I won’t forget, and yes I blew up my voice cheering for Kaner.
    Good for the Cpt to get everyone off the bench to mob 88! What a player we have had in Patrick Kane!!!

    Such a night. Felt like a playoff game. Interesting that Q makes his first appearance tonight back at the UC. While I don;’t have my tickets for tonight I am thinking I need to get down there to see this one and give Q a warm welcome back as Hawks hopefully put another into the win column before the long break. What a great run this Hawks team has been on. Let’s enjoy it while we can.

    Let’s Go Hawks!

  68. I think JC sits Highmore first when Strome is back and if Nylander doesn’t play well then he comes out for Highmore

    Agree that if there is interest in Smith trade him – Highmore can take his spot

    Maatta maybe could go at TDL but Stan would have to pick up a rental D man on an expiring contract to fill out the 3rd pair until season’s end

    Gus should go and hopefully they sign Lehner and Crow can also move at TDL

    Maybe Shaw needs to go when healthy leaving enough $ for Lehner, Strome and Kube – all 3 should be signed IMO

  69. @Ebony…I just think of Michael and Paul McC every time I read any of your posts, and that is a great thing!

    I just want to point out one thing about Fortin. I have watched many of the Icehogs highlights, and he makes pinpoint passes where his linemates do not finish, well because they are AHL lifers! I mean, Tyler Sikura is his center! Enough said! If he made that one-time pass like he did yesterday to one of our NHL players, like Debrincat, it’s in the back of the net. So, take the AHL points with a grain of salt. It’s the intangibles that impress me, and yes we could use intangibles on the big club.

    Nevertheless, keep posting so I can hum whenever I read your stuff. You know your stuff and always make excellent points…you’re not as good as Tim, but not bad! ;-)

  70. @Phil, love your assessment & reflection about Sunday. Right on.
    I was lucky enough to have my 11 year old daughter with me, and she remarked on the drive home that her back& legs hurt and her hands were sore from “clenching her muscles” all night until “The Assist”.
    We absolutely lost it at that moment, like everyone else in the building. I haven’t heard a roar like that in the UC since 2015.
    Now that she is older, my daughter is really able to understand the greatness she is witness to and we were both moved at all the emotion Patrick displayed. It was such a release!

    Tonight will be a fun one. Time to say “Thanks, Q”–and then show no mercy.
    Cheers guys.

  71. Thats makes the most sense, when you consider past injuries-how many times, of each player for who were keeping and trading. It really is only about that and making room for another round of good ufa players in summer. We prob donot need 6 this summer, that was only that many because we played short handed for two yrs, with Hoss caphit. Now without Seabs caphit and these trades/of who were keeping and trading will have lots and lots of caphit space to get what we need the most.

    Having good players in ahl/college getting ready allows us to fill from within and get what we need ufa wise. That is where we got key players like Soupy Hoss Madden others. This needs to continue. You cant draft trade everyone of them.

    Think about it, those players are key positions. Top pair Defensemen is a key add.

  72. What the heck is going on at the Hawks optional skate this morning?Keith and Toews get into a brawl with Keith s jersey ending up over his head.Had to be broken up by Brookbank.This team is getting to look more like the St Louis Blues every day.

  73. If I see a Line Brawl tonight I am checking to see if Ken Hitchcock has been brought in to help inject some emotion into the boys.

  74. @WhoLovesQtheMost

    Those two wankers got into it because they were debating on who was Q’s favorite…I could just see them…He loves me more…NoNo, he told me that he just told you that so you wouldn’t cry like a little girl, but Q loves me the most…and the gloves came off!

    Just let me enjoy my scenario…wankers!

  75. Stephanie

    That is great you can share these things with your daughter. I was about that age when I became a sports fan.

  76. Tim, Toews just telling Keith he was going to set him up for 100th goal tonight and Toews 800th point be on the line, he better damn welll bury it.

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