Toews, Kubalik Lead Dominant Win Over Maple Leafs

After beating the Senators and Canadiens on the road, the Blackhawks should have had a tougher time with the league-leading offense in Toronto.

Or not.

Brandon Saad returned to the lineup and Chicago’s offense absolutely dominated the opening 20 minutes. It took only 21 seconds for the Hawks to get on the board. Drake Cagguila lit the lamp first.

Dominik Kubalik and Connor Murphy were credited with the assists.

Five minutes later Jonathan Toews continued his tremendous play with his 13th goal of the season.

The assists on Toews’ goal went to Erik Gustafsson and Alex Nylander.

Chicago wasn’t done, though. Saad got back into the flow of the offense with a goal at 11 minutes into the first to extend the lead to three.

Patrick Kane picked up the primary assist on the Saad goal, the 999th regular season point of his career.

After 20 minutes the Blackhawks had been out-shot 11-10 but led 3-0.

How would the Leafs push back? And could Chicago handle the inevitable rush from the talented home squad?

The Hawks had 48 seconds of penalty to kill to open the second period lasted only 25. William Nylander scored the power play goal to get Toronto on the board early in the second.

Would Chicago answer the bell? Absolutely!

Three minutes later Toews won a battle behind the net and wrapped around the net to beat Frederik Andersen a second time in the game for his 14th of the season.

Gustafsson and Cagguila picked up assists on Toews’ second of the night.

Almost 11 minutes into the second, Toews found Kubalik streaking up the ice and found him with a good pass. Kubalik knew what to do.

The goal gave Kubalik 19 on the season.

Alexander Kerfoot cut the Hawks’ lead to 5-2 at 15:17 but the Blackhawks would extend it again thanks to the magical hands of Kubalik.

Kubalik’s 20th of the season gave him three points in the game. Toews was credited with the primary assist, giving him four points on the night.

After 40 minutes, Corey Crawford had made 21 saves against 23 shots. Andersen, on the other hand, received a couple Bronx cheers for making easy saves late in the second period. He had allowed six goals against 22 shots.

As the third period progressed, Kane got a few terrific chances to reach 1,000 points but Andersen handled the puck well. With a four-goal lead the Blackhawks were comfortable to continue rolling all four lines; Toronto didn’t show as much push to start the third as they did in the second.

The Leafs took a penalty with 41 seconds left in regulation to unofficially put the thing to bed.

Neither side scored in the third period. The Blackhawks held a strong shot advantage and neither side asserted itself offensively; the game was effectively over after 40 minutes.

Keith picked up the second assist on Kubalik’s second goal, pushing him into the top ten point-producers in Blackhawks franchise history. He’s now tied with Jeremy Roenick.

Saad skated 17:08 in his return from injury and looked good. He finished tied with Kane for the team lead with four shots on net.

Toews posted four points and won four of only ten faceoffs in just 16:06. He was also credited with two hits and two takeaways and was plus-four on the night.

Kubalik had two goals and one assist in 12:29. Cagguila added three hits and two blocked shots to his two points in 12:40.

Ollie Maatta led the Hawks in time on ice (21:14) and finished tied with Zack Smith for the team lead in hits (four). Slater Koekkoek had another good night, skating 20:16 with two blocked shots, two hits, two shots on net and one assist.

Crawford finished the night with 31 saves and the victory.

87 thoughts on “Toews, Kubalik Lead Dominant Win Over Maple Leafs

  1. I know we have has some shit games in there, but since Dunks has come back, 3-7 when he was out/and said whats up.

    We have played good in 13 of 17 games. We were up 4-2 on VAN so I count that as a good one, we have been none to blow leads/3-0 leads and stuff.

    So playing good in that many, that is way moar better then the ‘playing’ in 50/50% of the time we did from game 10 to game 30. After the 3-6 shit start in first 10 games.

  2. Boy I am glad I have had Kubilik back from the start of the season. Getting him, allowed us to trade 24 for 6, which means we got Maatta for free and we have another rookie of the yr.

    Were keeping this one.

  3. Wow, did not know what team this was. Great spacing by all. Looked very fluid offensively and defensively. Gotta get tickets for tomorrow’s Kaner’s 1000 point night.

    GET A GOAL KANER!

  4. BoQ knocking 34 around. Donot turn your back on the Horsemen. Give em some time to get established.

    Mitch walks right in. Add a top pair Defensemen in the prime of there prime yrs in summer and the group of Defensemen are looking, real nice Clark, going forward.

  5. We been looking for a LW for how long. Think we found one in 8.

    12 doesnt work with 19. 19 and 88 on separate lines means depth. Where does 77 play in this, once he gets good and stops doing 180s on the boards with the puck 5 times in a row, do it one or twice leave the guy in the dust and go, man.

    8 19 ?
    12 77 ?
    20 22 88
    64 15 36

  6. Morrison, I agree re: 77. He’s got to be more direct and assertive around the boards and in the offensive zone. Seems like he’s toying with the puck and defending player at times. Just skin ’em and put it on net or feed your teammate. No need to be cute for the sake of it.

  7. Great win for the Hawks. They had some puck luck tonight for sure. The skilled pick movement of the Leafs was superior. D zone break outs we’re crisp. I’m glad Crow was on and Anderson a bit off.

  8. Candidate for Hawks goal of the year from Kubalik. Regardless of your take on SB, our Europe pro scouting has been incredible – Panarin, Kahun, Kubalik, Rutta all playing in the NHL. I don’t think any other team is even close.

  9. Great game for theToews line, 19 4pts, 8 3pts, 91 2pts. Wanted 88 instead of 91 and may need to switch them yet to maximize 88. Strome should get 12 going again abd likely 77 too, and Kampf with Saad and 91 or 88 if going for balance. Carpenter 2 of 13 on fos again, do better with 36 and 15 to help him out there.

    Jets be more physical tomorrow, been good on 2nd halfs, see if they hold up. Maybe see Hagel too.

  10. Thought 22 would be good at faceoff this yr? He made the play on Saaders goal, Kaner had a sweet little dish.

    Really thought 22 and 15 would be ggod at faceoffs. When its 64 who people bitched about for not having any hands who has been the faceoff stud, Krugs style this yr. Need to get him a spot. 15 64 36?

  11. It makes a world of difference when Toews plays as well as he has been lately – and actually for most of this season. He had a big comeback year last year and hasn’t been as consistently good this year until lately.

    It will be interesting to see how the lineups shape up after Strome gets back. It’s been great getting Caggiula back in the lineup and Saad looked like he didn’t skip a beat in his first game back tonight.

    I don’t know if Nylander would need to pass through waivers to be sent to Rockford but if not – bye bye. I don’t think the Hawks should give up on him but he isn’t getting better up with the Hawks so send him down and make him work hard in the AHL before he gets another shot up with the Hawks.

  12. I am convinced now that Tazer wa playing hurt for part of the first 20 games. His faceoffs numbers went off the charts after that, and we posted that, here. Since then he has been the normal Tazer, even with usual season starting slow starts.

    Hes getting into the, dont Taz me bro territory now.

    Look at those silky 5 hole daggers.

  13. The 19 – 8 on ice bromance is really developing. Kube will get all the accolades for that insane goal (as he should), but it was a great play by Jonny to get by his defender and get the puck behind Kube’s defender to where Kube could get his stick on it. Cagguila doing good work on that line as well.

    Maatta and Murphy solid at the back. I’d like to see Debrincat chip out more pucks inside our zone rather than carry it all the time especially when we’re hemmed in. Be more aware.

  14. OK.
    So this team is showing signs of improvement.

    They still have a glaring problem that they have had since they said good bye to Oduya and hello to Trevor Daley.

    Guess what that problem is?
    Yep. No depth on the blue line.

    You know you have no depth when you have to dress 56 cuz u got nobody else, while a rookie has to eat major minutes against the top lines in the league.

    Boy, good thing the GM traded a promising D man for a lazy winger who is currently invisible on a 4th line that has a hustling kid (36) and a veteran forward (15).

    So the team has to hope another d man does not go down, because the GM has taken 4 years to not fix the most glaring issue.

  15. Speaking of on the road, that is where teams come together and we have been a team on the road. It might not payoff this yr, but that could be the start to the resurgence for the coming yrs. Being good on the road this yr, for going forward.

  16. God bless Hockey night in Canada. Were 8-0-3 in a row agasint TOR. Wasnt that a similiar streak on PIT.

    Put these teams, Flatlanders, in there place.

  17. I’m just here read Iceman’s usual blabbering about how awful Colliton, how he has no clue what he’s doing, and how when the Hawks win it’s in spite of him and when they lose its cuz he’s a moron who has no business coaching in the NHL.

  18. A Big Salute to the Hawks tonight.They came out with an edge and took advantage of Toronto,s young Defensemen that are playing in the place of their top 2 on Defense.The 1st line owned the game.I know I have given 19 a lot of criticism but he outplayed the top center in the game by a wide margin tonight and it is outstanding to see.I agree with those that say he was most likely playing with an injury because the last month he has looked like a top Center.8 and 91 were outstanding and active all night including hard to and on the puck.20 looked great and moved well with speed which opened up things for 88.The defense was again positioned well all night and was physical except for 56 who had his traditional giveaways.

  19. On the negative side of things.12 has to be better period….He was terrible all over and opened up opportunities for the Leafs to get back into the game by simply not being able to get a puck to center ice.77 has to be more direct and get to the center of the ice.He did get there once and got a prime chance.As Ian pointed out,22 was 2 out of 13 on faceoffs so that nonsense continues.92 was useless.He was soft on the puck,did not skate hard at all,and whiffed on a couple of prime chances.Please sit him down and give Hagel a solid look theses next 2 games.I am not a Colliton basher,he did out coach Keefe tonight,but the end of the game was classless.You are up 6 to 2 and are given a powerplay with 41 Seconds left in the game,you do not roll your 1st powerplay unit onto the ice with your 2 top offensive players.I know 88 is on the verge of his 1000 point milestone but I dont think he would want to get it that way.If Toronto had any physical presence on their team they would have started a line brawl going after your top players.That was not a good look.

  20. 3-and-o on the Eastern Canada road trip. Amazing. Toews carried the team in all 3.
    Huge four point game tomorrow. A win and we are tied with Winnipeg. A loss and they are 4 in front.

    Ian, a bit of scoop(much like when I said Perlini would not be on the Hawks this year)
    Gustafson is going to be moved.

  21. Mo that’s why looking at just fo% can be meaningless alone, Carpenter played right wing mostly in Vegas and obviously wasn’t taking fos against regular centers alot. No he’s getting exposed, on a 4th line with 15 who is left shot used to playing wing, together may be ok there. Kane hasn’t gotten any production or had chemistry with him anyways, 1st point in awhile tonight with him, and no goals in awhile, he needed to play with other 19 and 8 to get any 5 on 5 points lately. Kampf a natural center, went through a bad fo run early got it worked out and handling them alot better, would fit better with 20 and 88 who don’t take fos on regular basis taking them all on that line basically.

  22. Craig you hearing where, kinda like Vegas interest, with lots of picks to do a conditional deal and gamble a little on his production.

  23. Yea, I can see that. I would go with

    20 64 88
    15 ? 22

    Highmore Hagel any good at faceoffs. Proud of 64 getting better there.

  24. Okie – you are a clown or you need reading glasses or a new pair of glasses. I just got home fool. It’s 11 20 p.m. I have not posted a damn item about tonight’s game v Toronto, yet you post an hour and a half ago that you re here now and read my post about Colliton blah blah blah.

    You have the credibility of Alderman Burke, Trump & most other snake politicians. Good evening.

  25. I think Strome slides into 22’s spot when he’s back 20-17-88 – I’d like to see what this line could do

    DCat is currently the worst FW in getting the puck out of the D zone either with a good pass or a dump

    If 91 can continue to play with 8-19 then keep 12-64-77 together

    and fourth line 36/92- 22 – 15

    I didn’t mind Nylanders game tonight (a couple of O zone whiffs yes) – lower your current expectations – he’s perhaps a slow learner but he could yet get there

    If he turns into a capable 3rd liner that trade will likely be a saw off

  26. Craig,
    If 56 gets moved, who fills his slot?
    Two vets are injured and 39 has shown he is not ready.

    The team is dangerously thin at D.

  27. Iceman, after reading Okie’s criticism of you I scrolled up to look for your comments and wondered what he was talking about. Good response. I would be angry too.

  28. I think okie missed typing the word TO as the 4th word in his first sentence. Awful sensitive people here for a big win.

    Of course, now we need to send Kubalik down as he is apparently not listening to the coach. Can’t have a player going to scoring areas and finishing. Besides, he’s only an AHLer anyway. Or, how a bout a trade for James KNEEL straight up?

    Toews also needs the press box. Winning face-offs and scoring like the player of old means he too cannot possibly be taking any coaching. Maybe we can buy him out.

    Fortunately we still have our Dmen taking bad pinches with 4 goal leads (because they don’t want to play defense) or because we can still make the 10 feet in front of the goalie the safest place to setup for the opposition. That fits what the coach wants, so they can stay!! Still got a few plays from the D-men tripping over their laces, so that coaching point has clearly stuck with them.

    Decisions decisions.

    Which team will show up tomorrow: The listeners or the team of the last 3 nights?
    Go Blackhawks! Just not the coach. I think.

  29. Didnt want the woman or Trump. Had to be one of them. Give him credit, Trump has done really good with business like stuff.

  30. Nice win for 19, 50, 2, 88, 20! Great effort by 8! But please, just because the Hawks won 3 games in a row, 2 against non playoff teams and tonight against a horrible goalie display, does not mean Bowman is suddenly a genius again and this coach is brilliant!
    And let’s not talk about Rutta and Kahun? The fact that we’ve signed 20 free agent Euros the last 3-4 years and really only PANARIN is the real deal, if you draft well you would not need to be Desperately Seeking Susan!
    And watching Carpenter play with SAAD and KANE is nonsense. I would give it this job to Dach!
    8 19 88
    20 77 91
    12 17 92
    64 15 22

  31. Wrap, thats a good idea for 17, 20 88 having a center with OFF playmaking and goes to the net. That couls work very well. At least why 12 play like crap.

  32. does not mean Bowman is suddenly a genius again and this coach is brilliant!

    Not yet, but we have playe good in 13 of 17 games now. Thats not anywhere near the 50/50% we had done for the first 25/30 games.

  33. Wait … didn’t the Hawks win tonight? Lots of pissing and moaning in here after a win. Hawks’ shortcomings haven’t all been fixed and probably won’t be until next season of the season after that … but they won 4 games in a row that they otherwise haven’t done anytime recently – so I’m enjoying that. I’m sure we’ll have cause to piss and moan again before the season ends – but not tonight, at least not for me.

  34. Was at the game tonight and from the get-go it was their night! What impressed me most ( o their than Toews playing like a beast, and that mid air shot by Kubalik on a pass from Toews!) was how well the team played in front of Crawford- picking up and staying with players, clogging the lanes, clearing the puck ( mostly- although you were right about some-12, 36,77 who need to be more assertive getting it out!)
    Great win Hawks! Fun to see you live & beat a higher ranked team! Now take down the Jets- high rank, own division!

  35. Let’s see if we can maintain the momentum Sunday night. This is such a critical time. The layoff is a concern if this thing is moving full steam ahead when 11pm Tues rolls around.
    Then you have a very busy February that has 3H and 11A including 9 Western roadies. Brutal.

    Circus Trip?!!
    Did i mention ‘critical time’?.. A very quick look at the schedules of the teams ahead of us aren’t all that daunting to me but….its the dog days. Time to see what every team is made of. It’s nice to be a part of the action at least.

    I know 19 started really slow but it seems like he’s scored more than 14 goals. Which tells me some musta been pretty damn important.

  36. Could DCat be a little nicked up as we thought Toews was? When Strome back hopefully they can rekindle the magic.

    8 19 91/88 if not broke don’t fix it
    20 64 88/91 double shift 88 when needed
    12 17 77
    22 15 36/92/95/Hagel/Enwhistle/Wedin/Q/hell 56

  37. @RYANDALE Yes, most of Toews’s goals were important goals, that’s why it feels like he scored more than 14.

    Despite scoring just 14 goals so far, he’s doing well, point-wise, #27 in the league, thanks to his assists.

  38. It’s nice to have the positive posts and see them play like a team. Enough has been said about Toews, it’s great to see.
    Hopefully Strome can help D-Cat 5 on 5-it’s been a tough year for him, other than on the power play. (Especially in his own zone-just get the puck out!)
    Boqvists’ confidence level has skyrocked and it helps that Keith has found some youth potion.
    Finally this stretch has ensured one thing-the JC/Bowman talk needs to be put on the back-burner until the end of the year. I’ve been a Bowman critic, but let’s see what happens over the next month or so. (They should win tonight given their record on back to backs this year)

  39. That’s a great milestone for Dunc. It’s gotten routine to hear all these numbers being
    surpassed. I refuse to take them for granted. We may not be the darlings of the league
    right now, but I still see plenty of things to be appreciative of when I look at the names on the back.

  40. On HNIC last night Chris Johnston said that he spoke to Lehner who felt his comments regarding a contract had been misreported and that all he wants is to be treated fairly after having signed back to back one year deals. Hopefully this is a signal of his desire to get a deal done. Would sure be nice to lock up a stud goalie for the rest of the T&K window.

    Dcat seems to be struggling more in the d-zone than last year. I wonder if he is having a tough time handling his lower offensive output and the expectations of the new contract. He strikes me as a very serious, diligent player so I’m sure he will get things figured out but right now I cringe when the puck comes to him in the d-zone.

    Two big games before the break, gotta believe they will be treated like playoff games – should be fun to watch.

  41. Tonight is going to be tough for them.Winnipeg was off last night and is coming off of a 7 to 1 Home loss to the Lightning. Expect a very intense physical response from the Jets.As expected the Oilers are expecting to sign Kassian to a new deal in the next couple of weeks.He loves Edmonton and of course McDavid loves having him on his line.

  42. David Backes cleared waivers. Wouldn’t he look good in an Indian head sweater?

    Solves the hitting problems for the Hawks. We can use him as a practice dummy for delivering hits every practice. I’m sure he and Seabrook would enjoy a nice evening together over dinner. Talk about old times.

    Then we could trade him straight up for James Kneel.

  43. MS just my opinion, but Debrincat has played alot this season with different line mates, he likes to move the puck, albeit a risk taker at times. It almost seems he is taking an extra second or 2 to look for his linemates and causing him even more trouble. With Strome coming back soon hopefully their familiarity will make a big difference, he seems to have a sense of Kane too. Dach developing with them may be painful at times right now but could pay off in aces down the road.

  44. RD, make good points about us being on a roll, right when theres a long break in between games-reminds me of last yr sch that was crap like that.

    Also the first 15 games this yr to start, were crap sch. Worst I think I veer have seen. Now we have long layoff-when were playing really good 13 in 17 games and then after long layoff, we play 14 games in 20 days kind of crap.

    Timing. Like you said its fun to be playing good and beating any kind of teams top 10/midtier/bottom 10. Winning makes everything in life good.

    Enjoying this and know that were going to be really good team in the coming yrs. Future is bright for young wave.

  45. Dach is ruined. Yeah that’s it. Has nothing to do with playing against men who are stronger and know how to defend against all the junior tricks. Barkov sucked his first 2 years in the league to the point of trade rumors. 3rd year he exploded.

  46. ER, the pissing and moaning doesn’t fit into the fire Stan, JC sucks, and Kubalik is an AHLer narrative.

  47. Mo after the break they play in Arizona and 2 days off, then @ Wild, vs Bruins back to back and 3 days off, makes 3 games in 18 days almost 3 wks. Then 5 in 8 days in west Canada, after 2 off, then 6 games in 11 days to finish off month. March looks alot better, only 4 road games plus finish season with 2 games in April in the big apple. No big layoffs.

  48. Great game but I’m concerned with Kampf playing anywhere but on 4th line. Good checking forward but no offense at all, he’s hurting his linemates offense. D-cat seems lost all over the ice.

  49. MS, good info. Interesting that goes along with what someone here posted Kaner saying on the goalies, in his language.

    Lehner, I imagine, wants to be treated with respect-unlike NYI organization did, and get a fair deal/contract. I am thinking its the yrs he wants. So lets get him the yrs and then the caphit will be normal.

    Trade Crow at deadline and he can come back ufa in summer, for a decent caphit of 2/3m. We need to trade anybody we can- thats good return, while keeping the mid/long term plaeyrs.

    Its good to have players like 15 6 oher, they are good depth players, but I would trade those caphits straight up for a top pair Defensemen this summer and get that STL/BOS Defensemen, in a matter of 17 seconds.

  50. makes 3 games in 18 days almost 3 wks. Then 5 in 8 days in west Canada, after 2 off, then 6 games in 11 days to finish off month

    Oscar/Wilson

  51. Really would be good to have Haan, a top 3 Defensemen. Hes the Hammer of this team right now. A healthy Shawer would be seeing two 91 outs there. Not sure on Highmore/hagel yet-in terms of what they are like, but having them is like more 64 15 22 kind of players. Would be good to have the 3rd line center- thats good at faceoffs/which we usually add at deadline.

    That was prob the plan, once we got our act together. Were without 44 65 and the timing of the sch this season- ealier in the 82 games when we would do good, we then usually ahd to wait 4-5 days to play next game. Now here we are after everything we have had to, go through, were still stading-without 44 65, and we have a nice 3 wk vacation of the Bristish west indies at the moment we start to get on a roll.

    Scariest environment imaginable.

  52. @Rutherford. On Gus. You are correct. Hawks thin on the back end already. Much of this will be decided during the 10 day break.
    They do not want to lose him for nothing on 7/1

  53. So now being stronger matters .Hard to keep track here sometimes.77 will end up fine.He was just given the hard path.Hopefully the Hawks can get a couple of prospects and draft picks back so in the future players like 77 and 27 can develop some size,strength,and confidence and not be rushed into the NHL.

  54. Yeah, Mo they bring back Lehner or Crawford if not. Figure which Defensive pieces stay or go, what their targets are on top 4 for next season.

    Still wouldn’t be surprised if Saad moved, although last couple of weeks could change the desire to move him, still could happen though. Need to establish a line for Kane, being wasted 5 on 5, especially if Saad moved and he is stuck with 22 and 92 rest of year. Don’t need to go knee jerk on quantity of adds but do need some quality ones in certain areas.

  55. JR Roman

    How did your mouth taste this morning after the Hawks spanked what you said would be the opposite:

    “Getting ready for a either a 9 to 7 Leaf victory or 9 to 2 Leaf victory. (Using Freud) Either way it should be a game you play them forget about and move on.”

    Maybe you should stick to predicting Underwater basket weaving contests. The Hawks did a shellacking of the maple leafs.

  56. 77 and 27 are both doing fine – they’re playing well and learning – the production will come

    Think of where they’ll be developmentally to start next season for spending this year learning the NHL game – way ahead of where they’d be otherwise IMO

    I’m in the don’t trade Saad camp but you gotta trade Gus and one goalie at minimum

    Shaw would have been a nice trade chip if he weren’t injured

  57. If Mitchell can play in the NHL next year then your D next year could be these players

    Mitchell, 27, 2, 5, 44, 6, 68, and 7 – that’s eight D – somethings gotta give although it’s hard to predict what either 7 or 44 will be like next year so it’s perhaps risky to move anyone else at the moment except 56

    Even 68 could be valuable with the way he’s currently playing and if 44 can’t stay healthy and 7 is done or no longer a top 6 D man

  58. I’ve long said 77 should have been returned to junior to gain strength and work on his draws. He likes to play a physical game without the strength to back it up. Some of that is learning how to protect himself from some of those shots without losing his effectiveness. We’ve seen both things disappear.

    We’ve seen teams play the finesse game and win. The lightning last year come to mind. The Hawks in 2015 are another. They got hammered by the Ducks. In the end it was the ducks that couldn’t keep up. It’s mostly individual player style that determines if they need to be stronger vs quicker.

    Look at Andrew Shaw or Drake Caggiula. Both play a physical game both are small in weight and height. You don’t need to be big to be effective. Dach towers over both of those 2 but the weight difference isn’t nearly as great.

  59. Ian,I know it has been said but this team needs a couple of NHL Centetmen like yesterday if they want to compete in the playoffs.64,22,and 17 are not answers.

  60. Wrap that’s almost 27m or close to a third of cap space tied up in blueline with rfas to sign, can’t see them all coming back.

  61. Shaw and Cagguila are both fine players that any team would love to have but their stature in today’s faster and more physical game has led to multiple concussions which have both players out for long periods of time contemplating their futures.Cagguila is back but I think all of us hold our breaths when he takes contact.Last years Lightning team was huge on Defense with no man under 210 pound.Their forwards also played a hard physical game.Anyone who saw them play any portion of Friday nights game against a physical Winnipeg team would say that they are definitely a physical and highly skilled team.They are a scary team that combines both aspects of the game.

  62. Dach is fine. He has made improvements from the beginning of the season – the most notable and important is he learned how to avoid those big hits he was taking – that is not insignificant. He is still making plays and doing very well. The scoring will come – have patience. I was skeptical of Stan taking him in the draft but I’m not anymore – very pleased with Dach as a player and have no doubt he will be a very good player sooner than later.

  63. Statistics. I love these things!
    Lets compare two players who get a lot of comments on this board. First, there is the beloved Alex DeBrincat, a sniper of very high offensive talent, signed recently for 3 years at $19.2 million – considered a bridge to a higher salary by most here. The team got one heck of a deal. The other player, David Kampf, working on a $1m per year contract thru next season. Kampf, also known as stone hands and AHLer, believed by many on this board to be unworthy of the team, let alone given an opportunity to skate with players of any ‘higher’ skill level as he would only drag them down.

    Alex duh Cat 12 goals (8 on PP)
    Stone Hands Kampf 6 goals (1 shortie)

    So, STONE HANDS has outscored the future star of the team by 1 goal, and he isn’t worthy of being a 3rd line center cuz he would just make them suck. Meanwhile, Duh Cat gets the puck in the defensive zone and CAN’T WAIT to give it the other team (usually multiple times each game), but he scores goals at a clip that makes him worthy of praise every day, even though that pace isn’t even keeping up with STONE HANDS.

    Sounds to me like Duh Cat needs to spend some time watching from the press box. Or is he just doing what the coach says and we can blame JC for that (I know that one wins the vote!!)? I know this – The eye test tells me that DCat gets far better skilled players on his line than Kampf, and far more often too. If I had the puck in one of those two players hands and needed to complete a pass to get the puck out of my end, it would be STONE HANDS Kampf, AT ALL COSTS, not DCat.

    So Kampf has outscored DCat 5-4 (taking out the special teams goals) and he is HATED by most on this board. He is STONE HANDS and an AHLer.

    Considering the highest percentage of the game is played at even strength, one would have to ask which player is helping the team more…

    Statistics. Such useful things they are.

    Biases. What BLINDING things they are.

    My name Sammy Sosa. I hit home runs. Still the most telling commercial ever put on TV.

  64. Oh yeah – and the shooting percentages? I’ll save you the time of looking them up.

    Alex Duh Cat 8.6

    Stone Hands 8.6

    Ah yes. Statistics.

  65. Tim saying size is relative to concussions is misinformation, Scott Stevens, the Lindros brothers, Keith Primeau, and others i can think of right now all had to retire due to concussions. Even goalies Ritcher comes to mind have had to also.

    Kampf not a long term answer as a Center on a scoring line but would be fine in checking line role. Strome wasn’t playing center after Dach moved up to his line, Dach was. That’s why i like leaving that line alone, Strome last year of elc and Dach a rookie can share fo duties, and be serviceable over 40 % combined, with potential and likelyhood for both to show improvement there. The terrible Toews talk has gone away again, so another scoring center decent on the dot goes a long way to filling that void. Kurashev who seemed to be trending up before being hurt could be the answer. He was playing center in Rfd., lately and was pretty good on fos in juniors, may not be as far away as you think.

  66. I would say 7 and 65 ltir for awhile. Who really nos right now but that seems right. 56 just isint good enough if he wants more then 1.2m a yr, nah. 68 for .925 kind of thing, works right for a 6/7/8 Defensemen.

    Hopfully 44 or 7 is good to play again, maybe both are done. I would imagine that that will work itself out on its own and maybe one of them are back, so caphit wise, should work fine.

    I am looking to add a top pair Defensemen, regardless and then make it happen salalry cap wise. Were series about wining another, this needs to happen.

    If theres too many D, move some. We ve seen we no prolem with that, Buckaroo. So to me that means you better F ing bring a top pair ufa in summer in or else what in the F are we doing here.

  67. Tim, no matter how good BOS has been last 2 yrs and TOR is not as good as they ahve been/roster deepness wise. TB got tripped up agasint CLB having loaded up at deadline just the right to beat TB otherwise TB might smoke BOS like they did yr before. BOS got lucky they didnt have to play TB, otehrwise.

    TB to me is going to get it this yr. The Cup is theres.

    They didnt show up to play after winning and up 3-2 on WAS for game 6 & 7? What the heck is that. The are back and know they do not need the Presidents 82 game record to win. Its TBs yr this yr.

    STL or COL could keep it interesting, but its TB time.

  68. Love it silent spot. Many of us called out keith and toews for their bad play. Boy have they responded. We should all be calling out Dcat. Maybe it is because all 11 other OFF players have been really good and some great like the Toews line with Caggs and Kub who are playing well with Toews. Keep it that way. Now we need to decide if shaw is not back, do we need a center or a wing if we keep moving towards the playoffs. whatever combo of Dach/Kane/Saad/Strome/Dcat.

    KK has been surprisingly good and so has Gus granted it has been against mid-bottom teams.

    This is my opinion, I say we go for the Cup and ride these two outstanding goalies. I know Tab, not happening per a few blogs ago. We do have $10M+ in cap space would like to add a top 4 DEF and a top 9 Center or Wing. It would be cool if MN would give up Eric Staal. He would be a good addition.

  69. I really like Kurachev, in the same ways I liked Kubalik before the season. See both players being very good.

  70. Ian,I can see your concussion point on Lindros,although he made himself a target with his persona,but Scott Stevens played over 21 years in the NHL at a time when high hits were allowed and encouraged.My opinion on Richter and others at his time is more position and equipment related along with the goalies not being very well protected.I am just not seeing a lot of your bigger defensemen and forwards dealing with repeated concussion issues but I could be naive about it.

  71. Even though we have some good prospect coming, part of the young wave, I am for adding any player with the intentions to keep longer then 20 games. If were looking for a 3rd line center thats good at faceoffs, ala hands, get him. Kurachev other can still be allowed to play.

  72. Tim, how about Franzen 6’4″ 210lb
    also out Straut, Dobskoi, Foley, Heiskanien, Moore, Rask all over 6′, not small players Clarke Macarthur out since a couple years on ltir not a small player 6′ 200lb guy.

    Mo an interesting looking player who is a ufa, Radek Faksa 6’4″ 215 center who scores 15 to 20 goals a year, has taken 4400 fos in his career and is 50%, good possession nos with predominantly high d zone starts, think he has a bit of edge to his game. Wouldn’t be a bank breaker for a 3rd line center.

  73. Ian,Very good point and examples.I also like your thinking on Faksa.I also like both of Calgary,s bigger centers Bennett,not huge but plays a heavy game,and Jankowski.

  74. re: David Backes

    I would have to say no.
    A very emphatic no,
    8 yrs ago, .. Id say NO!
    Mostly, from today forward, I dont see him helping anybody.
    wakey wakey

  75. liking Highmores grit …keep it up kid .
    Dach is super solid with the puck ,and great along the boards .

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