Talbot, Oilers Top Blackhawks In OT

After an underwhelming loss in St. Louis on Wednesday night, the Blackhawks returned home to face Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers at the United Center.

After getting blown out of the barn by the Blues, the Hawks played a better defensive game against the Oilers. The Hawks got on the board first when Patrick Kane flipped a shot in from a ridiculous angle.

Jan Rutta and Duncan Keith were credited with assists on the Kane goal at 7:33 into the first.

Almost ten minutes later, McDavid made a play that very few people on the planet could pull off and set up Patrick Maroon for the tying goal.

At the end of 20 minutes, the Oilers held a 9-7 shot advantage and the score was tied.

At the end of 40 minutes, the Oilers held a 23-17 shot advantage and the score was tied.

At the end of 60 minutes, the Oilers held a 37-28 shot advantage and the score was tied.

Anton Forsberg got the call between the pipes for Chicago and was outstanding. But the offense was nowhere to be found against an Edmonton team that came in ranked near the bottom of the league in goals against.

In overtime, Kane got caught at the end of a long shift with McDavid preying him him along in the Chicago zone. Kane hooked McDavid to break up a would-be 2-on-Forsberg opportunity, but his penalty only extended the game 59 seconds. Despite more good work by Forsberg on the 4-on-3 penalty kill, Mark Letestu was able to beat him with 15 seconds left in the overtime period to win the game.

Jordan Oesterle made his regular season Chicago debut and blocked two shots in 15:01. Connor Murphy skated 15:25 and was credited with four hits.

Jonathan Toews won 18 of 31 at the dot and finished tied with Kane for the team lead with five shots on net. Nick Schmaltz won only four at 14 at the dot but he and Toews led Chicago with two takeaways each.

73 thoughts on “Talbot, Oilers Top Blackhawks In OT

  1. I agree that Q is living in the past right now. A few more duds and he’ll see the light.

    Perhaps I am drunk but I think Debrincat and Hayden both deserve more ice time and with better players. They both keep making nice plays only to see their linemates f up.

    At some point I would try…

    12-19-88 (skill)
    20-8-40 (speed)
    38-15-14 (tenacity)
    10-57-67 (better than last year)

    2-5
    42-44
    6-7

  2. For those who apparently missed the most painfully direct message this summer: Jonathan Toews asked for Brandon Saad to be back on his line. If you want to propose lines that have 19 & 20 on different lines, keep em. Not happening.

  3. Didn’t see game, was out of town on the road. If you would have said we would get a tie after the last 3 games, ok. 1-2-1 (1pt off a split) against top 5/10 teams, that’s 5 of top 10 teams in league right there, including us when we didn’t play our best. No need to say sch., it speaks for itself.

    After 1 or 2 games of a normal sch. and not 7 of 8 against top 10 teams in a row, we can settle in and get on a roll. We got off to a really good start, like we wanted to do and tried to do, now we can go to work.

  4. Phil, your are right about the slow/not playing starts. Its the whole 1st period and some games however much of 2nd, since the MTL game. That one was a normal flat from back to back but every other one was like that, cant count first game after long days between games then normal. So most of those, not counting those two, were like that. 4in6 days is a normal thing, sort of.

    What I like, even though we have this sch. maker stretch of 4in6, 4 days between games, 3in4 (7of8 against top 10 teams) is that other then the TOR and MIN games (3 ga)(empty net doesnt count) only the STL (4 ga) did we not do good D wise 0/1/2 ga in every game. So 5of8 games we are 0/1 ga. Cant look too far into numbers because we could play really good and win a bunch of games 4-2/5-2/6-2 and that’s worse D wise but you know what I mean.

    I am not going to look it up but since 2009, I donot remember any stretch where we play more then 5 top 10 teams in a 10 games stretch, let alone 7of8. I know we have done 5in10 several times but not 7or8 in 10.

  5. Thx BLS.

    I know Toews wants Saad for 82 games but the coach needs to decide what is best for each line.

    10 19 14
    20 8 88
    Jurco Hino Hartman
    Debrincat Anisimov Hayden

    Kero to the minors.

    Hinostroza and Hartman have chemistry and Hartman is more comfortable on his natural wing. Jurco is a great skater with size and some skill. Give this a chance. Hino has speed!
    Very impressed by Hayden who probably deserves to move up at some point. Maybe shift Panik to left wing and give Hayden a few shifts on the right side.

  6. I don’t think there’s a problem with 20-19-14. That line had some chances but seem a bit snake bitten lately, especially Toews who had a few good chances tonight but couldn’t bury one.

    Same with 38-8-88. Schmaltz missed 5 games and then played a back to back. Let’s see how he does in the next couple games before changing this line. Kane has looked better – more engaged the last 2 games which that might be attributable to Schmaltz being back.

    Lines 3 and 4? I don’t know …

  7. I believe it’s WAY too early to panic.

    But, (and, I am NOT Wall) Seabrook SUCKS. I believe, that there is no way to sugarcoat or be polite about it. (I am NOT buying any of that “he babysat Svedberg, Kempny, Forsling or whoever BULLSHIT being peddled…)

    Obviously this loss, or the others, isn’t just on him, but he really hasn’t been much better than Sopel (- Wall) defensively, and what he has contributed offensively doesn’t justify that. I don’t know what he brings to the locker room or off-ice, and I hate to fixate on cap hit (value – “grey area”), but what he’s shown so far, the Hawks could be a “rental” (like Franson…) about $1 million…honestly, right?

  8. Minnesota, St. Louis, Nashville and Edmonton in the last week.
    Which of these games were the Hawks the better team ?

    4-2-2 is deceiving. The Pittsburgh and Columbus routs appear to have been adrenaline home ice driven.

    With the Cubs eliminated, more people will begin paying attention to the product. McDonough knows all of this.

    Let’s see where they are at, at the 10 game mark.

  9. There is some decent defensive prospects in their system. Jo?iharju, Gilbert and Carlsson have alot of promise and Snuggerud has all the offensive tools just needs to make his game more complete and he can contribute. Not sure why everybody thinks no good dmen have been drafted lately.

  10. BLS- agree totally on Dcat/Hayden… making some really nice plays on their lines… but guys they are playing with have zero finish.

    Dickie D- thanks for having eyes… and Not being a Blind Homer… Seabrook is a $7M Sopel… extra horrible is the term of deal… and the season is Young… wait til he gets tired or Plays thru some injuries— YIKES!!!

    Toews- was “snake” bitten…??? or Maybe he just isn’t playing like a $10M player anymore … and never will again… but for Tab (and others) to think this guy is still a stud/or Game changer… laughable.. 19 is still good/effective… but Not at that Cap hit… and rarely attempts a board battle anymore!!!

    Lot of empty seats in UC (Cubs fans?) or people starting to be bored … there was that Kane/Highlite reel goal last nite… ONE GOAL… looked like last year/Preds

  11. This was an entertaining game to watch at the UC. Wall there were some empty seats, but the Cubs were playing in a NLCS elimination game. Crowd still announced at 21,444. Personally, I like having a few empty seats around me at games. Also Wall, Hawks fans are not bored yet, and they certainly weren’t last night. Three weeks into the season and people here are throwing in the towel. Really?

    McDavid is fun to watch play. The guy is powerful fast on skates and very strong on the puck. The absence of Draisaitl in the lineup was noticeable. Yes McDavid made a fantastic move and a great pass to get first Oiler goal, and he made Kane hook him in OT to get man advantage for the winning goal.

    Oilers are good at crosschecking. Hawks should have made them pay and that really was the game. Hawks PP problems continue to make games closer than they should be. How that Kassian crosscheck to Hartman wasn’t a 5 min major and a match penalty is beyond me. Nasty, nasty hit. Same with the shot that Hayden took.

    Hawks had their chances to score last night especially around the Oiler net. Somehow the puck stayed out. Talbot was good, but Forsberg was better imo. I am really impressed with Forsberg thus far.

    It was a better effort last night, but how could they have been worse than the debacle we saw in St Louis the night before? The effort was there against the Oilers.

    I thought Forsling had a much improved effort and Oesterle looked comfortable. Murphy showed me something after getting run from behind by Lucic, Murphy gave some well deserved payback later in the game. I like the physical game Murphy can bring. Lucic is still a piece of garbage.

    This retooled Hawks team is a work in progress with some kinks needed to get worked out, especially with the PP.

    Lets Go Hawks!

  12. When we talk about “team speed”, its actually not just how fast a team is with their feet. It’s about moving the puck with clean passes and quick exits out of their “D” zone, neutral zone speed and passing and quickness in the “O” zone.

    The Hawks are STILL having problems with the first pass out of their zone, even with clean looks. Connor Murphy, Seabs and Keith STILL are missing their targets that are wide open as we come out of our zone. I am convinced that this is a temporary thing that has come about because of new, younger players and a different assistant coach. Sometimes you just need time to “jell”.

    Forsberg looks like a keeper in the net. He is quick, compact and agile. So far he looks like a nice find. He did really well, last night.

    As far as continually being outshot………I worry more about the quality chances and odd-man breaks that we give up. Again, I would say that the young guys are at fault, but Seabs and Keith are being victimized at least 3 times a game. I know that they are a little slower and not as agile as they used to be, but they seem to lose their focus at times and get caught out of position.

    But we are just starting out. Let’s see where this goes. Let’s hope the young guns improve and the older players get their legs going and we can see some consistent play over the next 2-3 weeks.

  13. Once again, Bowman receives an “A+” for solidifying back-up goalie position.

    On the other hand, other than Toews, the face-offs are regressing (this is something I harped upon all summer…); the sample size is increasing, it’s getting worse. Bowman’s grade in this subject isn’t looking so good, he needs a tutor.

    How does Kempny sit instead of Forsling? Based upon the scratches so far this season, Rutta & Kempny are the second pairing. Ok, sure Q.

    Lastly, how is Hayden playing only 7-10 minutes a night? He is saddled w/ playing w/ Bouma, Wingels/Kero. Shaking my head….

  14. Fast skaters lose their speed with age slower skaters as a rule lose less in that area. So maybe its not having TVR around for everyone say how much he sucks thats fueling the Seabrooks sucks bandwagon this season. Franson who is even slower and less skilled and people wanting him in instead what a joke.

  15. Ian– but you are forgetting one BIG thing- w/ slow ass Franson … his cap hit is tiny Versus Seabs… which allows for u to — have Both 72/Saad versus 7 and one of 20/72…

    I will take my chances w/ 72 and 20 as my 2LW — and a Franson/TvR-

    versus- Seabs horrible contract + one of 20/72… And He is only gonna get worse
    SB- screwed the Pooch on that deal

  16. Beyond tired of Wall’s rhetoric. You’re rooting for a guy to not do well. Constant bitching, nagging, and negativity towards the stalwarts of your team makes me question your motives. Are you truly a fan? Do you just hate Bowman? How do you enjoy a game when you’re looking for reasons to shit on someone? Someone who arguably had a better night than the guy he was opposing…and that guy was the MVP last year.

  17. What’s best for the Blackhawks is Saad w/ Toews and a healthy Schmaltz w/ Kane. the Blackhawks were fine before Schmaltz got banged up. I appreciate armchair head coaches thinking they know better than the guy w/ 3 rings since he got here but if the Hawks wanted to pay a guy $6M to help Patrick Kane win the scoring title then Panarin would probably still be here.

    That being said, the Hawks need more from their bottom six. Anisimov has been terrible thus far and Bouma is a wasted roster spot. I like that Q started w/ Kero on the 3rd line last night but there’s simply no offense there. I’d like to see the following for the Hawks’ bottom two lines:

    Sharp-Hinostroza-DeBrincat
    Hayden-Kero-Wingels

  18. Ernie- you are right about Cynical asshat…

    But wrong about – not paying these guys… the fans- who watch/buy product are all paying for it… as a paying customer- I can bitch about the quality- or lack of… that is being spent for players…

    I know- I should just be so happy… for what they did 3-7 years ago… and Blindly agree with the consensus (here at least) that Seabs- is still a top 3 D man…
    and Toews -is top 3 Center in league… for the next 5-7 years… and Both deserve their contracts… NOT!!!!

  19. Except Wall isn’t bitching about the quality. He’s making the same complaint about Seabrook and Toews multiple times per day without anything original being added to the discourse. And it’s been that way for 2 years. If you’re so turned off by the money they’re paying the players and the overall product why are you still spending money on it?

  20. Seats aren’t 250 a pop to pay these salaries. Seats are 250 a pop due to supply and demand.

    Know how much you could have paid to watch last night’s game from home? Being on WGN…nothing.

    I’d be willing to bet you would have been paying your cable provider regardless. The only thing you had into it was time and one measly tv rating.

    Wanna stick it to the Man and voice your displeasure? Stop watching. I dare you

  21. Toews was the best player on his line last night. Sure the goals didn’t go in but I like his PACE (Q’s favorite word). Bouma in the lineup I just don’t see why? and I agree with others that AA is the one that’s played garbage and gets more minutes than a guy like Hayden who is playing his nuts off and should be rewarded.

  22. Ernie like to see Debrincat with Hino and Hartman and Sharp with Kane. 4th line of Hayden with Kero and AA to give 40 another scoring threat.

  23. Tab- let me get this straight…

    my comments- are laughable when I suggest 7/19/29/ etc. are bad deals… and tired

    And also- laughable- when I suggest an original thought – like bring up Shaw or Moose… or trade at TDL- cuz this team won’t go far in PO’s..

    So basically- My only comments – that might be acceptable ( by you) would be…
    let’s go Hawks…. Kane scored a goal last nite… Toews -had 5 shots on net…

    Comments of that nature… YAWN!!!!

  24. Kero has had a rough stretch. He fumbled (literally) his chance to play between Hartman and Kane. He’s made some nice plays on the PK but his PK time has been diminished. He isn’t being kept in the lineup because he’s a better than average faceoff guy. If anyone is heading south (actually NW) to Rockford, I think it should be Kero to give one of the Icehogs a shot. Popular opinion would probably be Hinostroza but his defensive deficiencies would probably keep him off the 4th line, which would mean Anisimov moves down to the 4th line. I might prefer Kampf to be given a shot. He has showed enough grit and defense to play 4C and he has more offense than Kero.

    Any other moves should be held off until more games are played. Keep the top-9 as is for now and see where things are at 5-6 games from now.

  25. Wall, You’ve become a broken record. Playing the same 15 seconds of the same track over and over and over and over again. Everybody here knows what you’re going to say before you do. Seabrook is overpaid and slow. Toews is overpaid and injured. Throw in the occasional Crawford dis for good measure.

    There is absolutely nothing they can do to buck that stigma you put on them. Toews last night in your own admission had a number of great chances. Great chances don’t come when you’re being drug around the ice. When he’s no longer getting those chances…your point might hold an ounce of water.

  26. Bringing up things that happened 5 years ago hardly makes you an oracle. The fact you’re still bringing those things up means you’re closer to a savant…and not a hockey savant.

    If I cared enough to dig back 5 years I’m sure you have more misses than hits. And definitely more than the Hawks brass. It’s easy to be in the armchair on a Monday morning. Little more difficult to drive the bus. Something you apparently don’t understand

  27. ….sometimes I think we are still living in the past with this team…..it is obvious that some key players are not getting the job done……the team is hot and cold…and will continue like that for the rest of the season….better not to have high expectations with this group….

  28. Phil/Reg, good posts. I think that it takes that 10-15 games area to get into real sinc., like 81 always said. Also that playing your first 7of8 agasint top 10 teams like a 8game playoffs, were we went 4-2-2. We win.

    Cant go by any little/big detail on stuff because its not even 10-15 games yet. Usually it takes 5 or so games just to get up to speed. That’s why it could be good that we didn’t play bottom 10 teams/and maybe a couple top10 in the first 10 games. Teams arnt up to speed yet, so you could have tuff games against bottom 10 teams, that once teams have settled in, you normally win more of those but not in the first ten. Getting 1 of 2/3/5 against those teams out of the way in the first 10 games segment, is a blessing in disguise.

    Still will play 1/2/4 games against them, when teams are playing at full speed. Which means we have a favorable sch. for the 2-8 10 game segments.

    Anyways I am not going by anything from these first 10 games other then we played 7of8. Some of those games we played good and some the other teams did. Donot think anything counts except for points.

    We usually have a good/really good stretch in NOV and DEC and I think that trend continues again, like it has every yr other then 2011.

    Lets go now.

  29. Wall – you continue coming back to saying Shaw was NHL ready. And I’ve repeatedly acknowledged that you were right.

    That was 2011.

    All you’ve done since is complain about contracts. If you want a good yawn read everything you’ve written since the start of the 2015-16 season. It starts w/ Seabrook and ends with Toews. You’re an all-time one-trick pony. Period.

    I’ve got no issue w/ people complaining about players. I do it myself. I’m simply pointing out that you’re the least original poster here.

  30. Finally some seemingly easy opponents coming up. Hard to judge the Hawks based on that ridiculous schedule to start the season. TONS of games against playoff teams.

    • Would be nice to see the pp succeed every now and then.
    • Hartman is a takeaway machine.
    • I love the idea of seeing Hinostroza in the lineup in place of Bouma. Even more speed. Wingels has grown on me a bit.
    • I’d much rather see Murphy, Franson, and Oesterle fight for a spot than Rundblad and Rosival.

    Its the beginning of a season with a bunch of young guys. I’m still super confident that halfway through the season we are going to see a more mature team gelling with tons of speed and energy. A new wave is emerging.

  31. I’ll admit I have a natural tendency toward optimism, although I do have bouts of pessimism after losses. So, I’m in a “glass half full” mode right now and I think there are a number of reasons for optimism, as seen from the perspective of before the season started.

    1. The Toews line becoming a positive factor. It has. There is nothing that leads me to think 20-19-14 will not be a very good line all season long. I don’t disagree that Toews isn’t the same dynamic player he was a few years ago but he’s still pretty good and more to the point – that line will be just fine as our #1 line.

    2. Schmaltz and Hartman were both question marks coming into this season, hopeful and optimistic question marks, but question marks nonetheless. They have both played as well and probably better than last season and there is enough evidence to suggest that the 38-8-88 line will provide enough offense so the Hawks will have 2 very good scoring lines, and of utmost importance two scoring lines that go to the net to score.

    3. Hayden and DeBrincat have shown they belong in the NHL and they should only get better as the season rolls along and they go from zero of very little NHL experience to half a season and beyond.

    4. Goaltending has been outstanding. It’s not surprising Crawford has been good but he’s been even better than he has been historically. Forsberg had big skates to fill because Darling was an outstanding backup – so far he has done so very well.

    5. Keith and Seabrook have been for the most part fine, despite the howls for Seabrook’s head. But the other 4/5 guys have been at the very least a pleasant surprise. Murphy had his best game against the Oilers and if he plays like that from here on out he will be just fine. Rutta has been very good. Forsling had a few yips but plays pretty well overall. Kempny has been good for the most part and Franson and Oesterle are fine as 7/8 guys. The d-corps isn’t great but it’s not bad and has the potential to get much better as the young guys get more games under their belts.

    All is not lost. Have some hope … it’s mote fun.

  32. That’s the thing, Hayden we knew would be NHL ready playing 4 yrs, just not sure how ready/he would do. Hes good and can play now/1st 40 games.

    Same with Decat, prob no one thought e be ready for 1st 40 games, maybe 2nd 40 games or in 12mths. Hes is ready at that young of age straight from jrs to NHL. Which means he is going to be that much better for the 2nd 40 games, then if he wasn’t ready until then. Contribute, scoring depth on 3rd line, as a 19. Huge for this season and going forward.

    Rutta a top 4 Dman, then that is a huge scouting and we got a really good 2nd pair Dman for free. Absolutely huge.

  33. Cheap this year Mo but cost to keep as an ufa. With Rutta, plus 38 and 40 rfas could be 9m to resign the 3 of them, if Rutta gets 3 or 4 D money and 38 something along Paniks deal. Thats why i believe if 44 and 5 are both going to be right Ds only one stays around especially if Raddysh shows something this year. Franson may factor yet if a trade happens.

  34. Don’t give a rats what contracts for veteran guys are right now. That’s history. Team wasn’t going to move them regardless of what they were and are paid. What counts is what is on the ice and whether we enjoy watching the hockey and want to stick it out.

    Me, I like what I see for the most part.

    Toews – looking okay to me

    Seabrook – struggling at times but pretty much better than what else they have as options …. he’s not gonna get benched

    Bouma – provides some physicality although not everyone’s favorite ….. Oilers were cheap shot artists last night (I was at the game and was surprised Edmonton brought that goon game) and at least he got in some peoples’ faces. Along with Wingels I think he brings something. That’s just me.

    Rutta – love that guy! Really looks like a great signing.

    DeBrincat – a little careless with the puck at times. Turnovers will be a problem until he squares things up a bit.

    All in all though it’s been a pretty good start.

    Go Blackhawks!!!!

  35. When the Hawks play with effort, they are fun to watch with the new faces supplementing old favorites who have given us many great moments.

    When they play like they did against St. Louis or in the first two periods against Nashville, they are maddening and unwatchable. If there are too many more performances like those, Q will be in hot water. Never forget the Hawks are in the entertainment business.

  36. I hope management has seen enough of nice guy KERO who is just a passenger on the ice. What do the HAWKS gain with his presence? Absolutely nothing Mr. Bowman. Certainly Hinostroza is a better option.

  37. Agree with Big Indian.

    Let’s remember Debrincat is 19.

    Tooty, learn the Captain’s name. Inexcusable at this point. And when making a proposition like that, please advise on who you’d put with 19?

    I’d like to see 3 things happen and none are necessarily lineup related.

    1. More of a forecheck
    2. Pucks on net. Too many blocked shots and missed shots.
    3. Debrincat on the pp.

  38. Agree, Big Indian. The bitch and moan fest on this board is really fucking boring, especially since the season just began. I also appreciate that you can make a point in complete sentences with real punctuation, and without leaning on the caps lock.
    And, Ernie, I echo everything you said in your last post.
    Chemistry takes time. It’s an evolution. Let’s give Q the time to make the decisions he needs to make. And hopefully, among those decisions will be giving Hayden and Dcat more ice time.

  39. Chemistry is important but you need to place players in a position to succeed. Vinny had a great preseason yet he is in the AHL when he played games last year. Now, I understand Debrincat has offence and maybe sells tickets since PANARIN is gone but he is not Panarin and as everyone agrees, he is merely 19 and on the smallish side. Vinny has great speed and gets his nose dirty. Puches the pace which is what the NHL is about. Look up the Pens! Let’s hope Coach Q can find some balance on all for lines. Change it up, add SAAD to SCHMALTZ and KANE!

  40. Asking Hartman to be Panarin on the Kane line is not the right idea. Have him part of a disruptive aggressive young 3rd line with Hinostroza and maybe Jurco on left wing.
    Hayden Anisimov deBrincat on the 3th line that has some scoring potential. Now your bottom 6 has some size, skill and some speed. Worth a try coach!

  41. Agree with everything stated above on Rutta. What a find. Skates to open areas and out of trouble beautifully. Right now he is our #3 defenseman. Wow. Nobody saw that coming.

    Got me to thinking. Perhaps Kempny is trade bait. Oesterle was solid last night. Franson is an NHL top 6.

    Eight seems like a crowd.

    Gusty and Pokka waiting in the wings to be in that Depth NHL position.

  42. When the Blackhawks play Oilers again early January its mid point of season. A good measuring stick for season there. If they are on the good side of 50 pts. and Debrincat decisions will be behind them and the look of the roster and its chemistry will be more evident then. Enjoy the ride until we get there.

  43. Kempny plays out of control which is why he finds himself out of the lineup. I really enjoyed Gustafson’s sticking handling and creative play a few years ago until Joel decided the St-Louis 1st round elimination was his fault. Our PP can use him. He deserves atleast a look. The Rockford kids producing well offensively.

  44. Craig- agree that Kempny – could be the trade bait… Q seems to like him less than some… and Kempny- to the eyes- has tons of athleticism, that some GMs may go out of there way for.

  45. Wonder Hammer comes back after contract, when hes around Sharpys age, for a salary cap caphit. Be back in Chicago we he loves and knows its his true home away from home.

  46. Hammer back!!!

    I agree, I think Kempny is gone soon in a trade. Habs are looking to trade Galchenyuk. Maybe Kempny, Franson, Anisimov and Debrincat for Galchenyuk and Schzerbac.

  47. Absolutely not.

    Strike 1. You trade 2 D and get none back.

    Trade a 19 year old prospect with 8 NHL games and at least 2 more years on an elc for a 21 yr old prospect with 3 NHL games.

    If the Habs wanted Franson, they could have signed him in the offseason. They need help at forward. Getting 2 d does nothing for them.

    Galchenyuk and Anisimov is probably a push. Although Galchenyuk is a wing. Yes…he’s a wing…. with 1 point. But he’s also making 400k more than Anisimov.

    I guess we started drinking early today.

    Hjalmarsson isn’t coming back. Even when his contract is up. The dude has taken an absolute beating and everyone would bitch that they signed him just for nostalgia when he breaks down. Who pointed out his possession numbers this year? The beginning of the predictable fall. Hammer was my favorite player. But I think he’s played more games than anyone in the league. Maybe kopitar has more (nope, kopitar has 731 to Hjalmarsson’s 756) since the start of 09/10 between Olympics, WHC, world cup, italy during lockout, regular season and playoffs. He’s averging 95 games a year every year for the last 8 years.

  48. Wall and Totti I don’t understand the panic you have after 8 games. Pittsburgh lost 10-1 to the Hawks and are losing 6-0 tonight against Tampa do you think they are worried?The Preds just lost today against a brutal Rangers squad are they done? The Hawks worst game was against the Blues and they were bad yet only lost 3-2 ( then two empty betters) be thankful you aren’t a Habs fan

  49. My concern for the Hawks is their poor power play and being out shot almost every game. Obviously, against a weak team like Arizona, we hope they can get going.
    And as far as the Pens, they are coming off another Cuo and have a little more upside than Chicago. I think any Hawk fan can admit to that.

  50. Also, it would be advantageous for the Hawks to have some contribution from the 4th line. Remember Madden, Brouwer and Eager or Burrish, or Bolland , Frolic and Kruger!.
    Bouma and Wingels are honest players but do not contribute offensively.

  51. Hammer coming back? No way. Trading four players for Galchenyuk. Blitheringly moronic. I’ll give you the benefit of an explanation but that idea to me is just plain stupid

  52. Galchenyuk scored 30 goals as a centre whom Bergevin drafted for that reason. I believe Julien is not the right fit for his defensive mindset. Remember, that is the same coach who punished Kessel, Seguin and Galchenyuk in the playoffs by placing them on the 4th line and as wingers. We all know how that turned out. If the Pens are interested in Galchenyuk to play centre, then maybe our GM should think about calling his friend Marc. Although, Marc is very savy when it comes to trading with Bowman!!! Like when he stole Danault from him.

  53. Sharp has some zip. He needs to be set up by Anisimov and maybe replace Debrincat by Hayden who is really good along the boards.

  54. Ernie, Galchenyuk was drafted as a centre and is only 23 years old. AA is too slow and has a big contract. Habs need a centre and maybe they will believe the Debrincat hype…Ok, maybe not, because as you saw once again tonight, the cat is curious but extremely small and shy for the NHL. No tears will be lost if Kempny, Debrincat, Anisimov and Franson are traded away. Through in Kempf as well.

    Now, Nikita Scherbak is 6’2″, shoots left, great shot, can skate and has lots of skill. 8 points in 5 games in the AHL so far this season. Why not Ernie? Galchenyuk scored 30 goals as a centre in Montreal. Still believe if the HAWKS want to make the playoffs, Sharp needs to have someone to play with. He is not playing his game. He is forced to dig out the puck when he should be the one shooting. AA and the Cat bogging him down.

    10 19 14
    20 8 88
    Jurco Vinny Hartman
    Bouma Wingels Hayden

    cheers

  55. Keith and Seabs solid tonight!
    Schmaltz had some speed.
    Dreaming of Hinostroza playing centre with his buddy Hartman and either Jurco or Hayden while Bowman tries to make a hockey trade by geting Galchnyuk away from the Habs and make Ernie happy!!!

    Get well EDZO!!!

  56. Ok Tab, you win tonight. If you truly believe that this bottom six can contend with the top teams in the NHL, then go ahead, enjoy tonight’s performance. Nothing wrong with the 4th line effort. An empty net goal and a nice scramble for the 3rd goal. But I think even the hockey experts, not us, will tell you Sharp Anisimov and DeBrincat will not be a factor most of the year and especially not in the playoffs.
    I am simply suggesting an upgrade in linemates for Sharp who was playing top 6 with Dallas before his injury. And the 4th line needs to total atleast 20 goals scored to be taken seriously. Let’s see once Kero goes to the AHL if the Hawks call someone from Rockford.
    Bonsoir

  57. Ernie/Tony/else, I didn’t mean to mislead as I agree with you guys/most/and others on things. I did not mean in any way sign 4 now after his contract now, as I posted when he is Sharpys age, which would be the same around the same caphit.

    At that time it might be good to have a top defensive defenseman as part of the Chicago group to boulder our team. Too much into now and not the window of 19/88. and I am in on the short term every yr as we go, since any yr we can win. Unless you (not you) think the world is not enough.

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