Another Wasted Night For The Blackhawks

Jean-Francois Berube started for the Blackhawks in San Jose.

He played 40 minutes.

He allowed six goals.

Oh, the Blackhawks led 2:12 into the game when Artem Anisimov scored his 18th of the season.

That was before the Sharks rolled off the next seven goals – all at even strength.

It was a top-to-bottom shit show.

With five minutes left in regulation, Anthony Duclair was awarded a penalty shot. Perhaps the fastest skater in the building took his time approaching the net and handled the puck until he had nothing left to do but shoot it wide.

A perfect summary of the Blackhawks night – and season.

Nick Schmaltz scored with 32.6 seconds left in regulation to bring the Blackhawks to within five. As was the case with Anisimov, the goal is Schmaltz’s 18th of the season. Alex DeBrincat set him up nicely.

Matthew Highmore made his NHL debut. Wearing #36 he finished the night minus-three.

60 thoughts on “Another Wasted Night For The Blackhawks

  • March 1, 2018 at 11:47 pm

    Never see a team with some potential To win play like shit has the Hawks play this season !!!

  • March 1, 2018 at 11:59 pm

    This is a sluggish, dispirited team. There are many reasons for this, but Q is as much at the heart of it as anyone. I think he should be given the option of choosing to spread more time with his family or shown the door. We need a fresh start or next year will likely be lost as well.

    I misjudged Erik Gustafsson. He is far closer to ECHL level than the A.

  • March 2, 2018 at 12:13 am

    Defensive disaster by the entire team.

  • March 2, 2018 at 12:17 am

    While I want the Hawks to earn 0 points in the remaining games, I would prefer not getting thoroughly embarrassed in the process.

    There are 3 things I’m looking for in the remaining 18 games:
    1. lose the game for better draft position.
    2. Kane, Schmaltz, and DeBrincat scoring for higher personal point totals.
    3. Evaluation of players to determine if I want them on the team next season.

    For today’s game:
    1. Loss – check.
    2. Kane, Schmaltz and DeBrincat all picked up a point – check.
    3. Player evaluations:
    a. Gustafsson: each game I see him play the less I like him.
    b. Dahlstrom: bloom is coming off the rose but need to see more.
    c. Jurco: just doesn’t seem to be able to put it together.
    d. Duclair: physical tools but no hockey IQ
    e. Highmore: first look at him wasn’t as bad as his -3 would indicate.
    f. Oesterle: I’ve seen enough to think he would make a good #7 d-man.

    Not much positive to say after that thumping.

  • March 2, 2018 at 12:31 am

    Draft Tracker:
    Arizona, Buffalo and Ottawa are pretty much out of reach for the Hawks to fall that far so the best draft position the Hawks could realistically get would be 4th. However they could just as easily end up 11th, so tracking the 4th thru 11th positions:

    11. Panthers – 66 pts
    10. Islanders – 65 pts
    9. Red Wings – 62 pts
    8. Hawks – 62 pts
    7. Rangers – 62 pts
    6. Canadiens – 58 pts
    5. Oilers – 56 pts
    4. Canucks – 56 pts

  • March 2, 2018 at 12:59 am

    Keep in mind that in the 2015 cup year Q had to rely on three core defensemen. One of them is gone and another’s slowed down greatly. How much better would another coach do with this roster? Tonight was another example of allowing close-range clear shots and not clearing traffic in front of your net. And, we have no NHL goalie.

    Agree with Ebony about Duclair and Jurco. Duclair has a lot of raw talent, but his play away from the puck is poor. Must show improvement in remaining games or he will be out. Time running out on Jurco as well.

    Core going forward: 88, 8, 12, 48, possibly 2, and some young prospects. Everyone else should be on the table.

    Crawford may not return next year. Even if he does, he is injury prone. Hawks need to use Nashville pick or high 2nd round for a G, or trade for one.

  • March 2, 2018 at 1:19 am

    So glad I wasnt able to watch this beatdown.

    But when you have jurco on the second line playing with patrick kane and gustafsson and dahlstrom manning the blue line are you really surprised?

    And is there a reason anymore to keep kane and toews apart???

  • March 2, 2018 at 2:07 am

    LOGI asks a good question – is there a reason anymore to keep Kane and Toews apart??? Back in the good old days when the Hawks had an embarrassment of riches, an argument could be made to spread the riches and I agreed that it made the Hawks more difficult to play against by having the Hawks 2 superstars on separate lines. Those days are gone, At this point an argument could be made that the only chance the Hawks have in putting one good line together is by having Kane and Toews together. The question then becomes who plays LW with them and I would say it has to be the 3rd best offensive player which would be either Schmaltz or DeBrincat. Those 4 are the only above average offensive players the Hawks have – put 3 of them together and let’s see what they can do.

  • March 2, 2018 at 5:04 am

    Toews- would ONLY drag down Kane…

    19 is terrible now- great player 2015– and before
    Bergeron and Kopitar can still play… Toews- NOT so much

    Gustafsson- was terrible last nite- several miscues- and I only watched half game

    Dahlstrom- got caught – on wrong side of puck several times- “leaking zone” as if he were P. Kane… I will add– couple of those times Hawks had “control” only to lose control– (Gustafsson F – ups)… but still very concerning

    Duclair- his hands/Pass receiving– NOT good

    One of those Giant Turd Contracts– need to go at almost any cost….
    I am looking at You– Toews and Seabrook!!!

    All season- I have thought Hawks need more scoring/Forward help… In spite of Hawk’s D- Inability to get a shot on net…. But it is becoming really clear- that Hawk’s D (without Ruuta, Kempny, Forsling) IS worse… which ain’t saying much.

  • March 2, 2018 at 5:38 am

    Watched the 1st few shifts of this game. The Hawks started out well and looked sharp. It all went down hill from that. This team has given up and is resigned to their fate. DuClair is starting to play like a guy I would not want to resign. Pat and Edzo called him out several times for lack of effort. The Blue line is an absolute joke. If the Hawks really want to keep both 5 & 7 they are going to need to surround them with good players to shelter them.

  • March 2, 2018 at 5:40 am

    Yet another 1-0 start. That must be 12of last 15, usually that’s a garendteed 9or10 wins.

    We beat them 3-1 so they won a game, it’s tied 1-1 with SAJ.

    No one inkeague will remember this score, because everyone in league has the BOS 8-4 pounding PIT in their heads.

    Just like WAS, good teams, they won we won/we won they won. Splitting the two games with top 10 teams is fine. We really do want a top pick so we should be thankful reguardless of score, that’s how we got 19 and 88 that way. There’s a lot of lopsided scores in games 60-80 each yr because so,e teams are flying and some are not.

    Thanks Ian for those % that 25% looks really really good for a top 3 pick.

  • March 2, 2018 at 6:04 am

    Playing in the hardest division in hockey we’re not going to any free wins. Most of the teams that are in top 10 picks are in weakest division in hockey their going to get free wins by playing each other more times. This is good for us.

    EDM really sucks, I knew they wouldn’t be good this yr with every team playing harder against them then last yr. not this bad though. Unless they win 5 in a row I donot see how we could catch them, he other are virtually locks. Maybe MON could win 5 in a row/weakest division free wins. Otherwise 7th looks highest and that is 25% ping pong balls, I like it.

    MON -5 (6th spot)
    CHI -2
    RAG -2
    DET -1
    ISL 1
    CAR 3
    CLB 5
    NJ 10

    Thing to remember is we’re better team then these bottom 10 teams are, with roster currently constructed. We are just lucky we’re in the hardest division when it comes to picks.

  • March 2, 2018 at 6:07 am

    Yes Mo I watch the Bruins-Pens game and the Pens were a joke. 8-4 didn’t do justice for the Bruins. Hornquist lands a head shot and no call. Pens clearly dove twice no embellishment call. Malkin and Kessel are completely useless defensively (good thing they can score) and without their MVP Murray they are seeing what the Hawks have experienced with two terrible backups.

  • March 2, 2018 at 6:16 am

    Thing in Common between Pens and Hawks is no.1 goalie out with concussi9n symptoms. Makes the rest of team look exposed, although Berube was embarassingly hung out to dry on early goals last night.

  • March 2, 2018 at 6:44 am

    I agree with Ebonyraptor on everything he said and I will ad:

    This team looks “disinterested”.

    The only physical presence the Hawks have is Hayden and he is sitting in Rockford.


    Sure glad to hear some honesty out of Foley and Edzo, last night. They did everything to bash SB without actually using his name.

    Duclair is HORRIBLE. HORRIBLE. Let me repeat that…….HORRIBLE.

    The ONE thing that should concern all Hawks fans is that SB, with all his “no trade” clauses and over paying players, has put this team into this horrible position and I am not sure he has the experience and hockey “know how” to get us out. He has never been in this position before.

    John McDonough will not stand for this. He will make changes in the off season.

  • March 2, 2018 at 6:48 am

    GM and coaches dream to have game film from a match such as last night- to reinforce where the phkn awful play needs improvement!! Just start the film, stop every shift, point out the horrific defensive play, brutal puck control, passing, cycling, shooting, checking?? Embarrassing- they aren’t as bad as they played last night!

  • March 2, 2018 at 7:27 am

    Could only watch two periods of that last night-and most of it only partial interest-
    don’t worry there will be less points coming up as they lost about the only guy that cared every night-Wingels and the guy with some real edge to his game-Hartman (and Wingels/Bouma) ***Wingels should be a lesson to some on this site, every team needs one or two of these guys and people think they are easy to find. (Ask the players what they think of him)

    Soft teams without a goal (One Goal) and no chemistry will be eaten up–best thing for Hayden might be to play a lot, in a playoff drive and miss this mess.

    To Reg’s point-beer leagues are lined with talented guys that either had problems off the ice or lack of desire/poor hockey IQs–Duclair may fit into that vast ocean of talent

    88, sorry, you have 13 playing with you-it’s like a great artist with a canvas but no tools or paint. One of the main goals needs to be finding a player who can think/play with Kane.

  • March 2, 2018 at 7:35 am

    After last night’s effort alone, I’m thinking that if next year is about retooling, don’t sign Duclair. No effort. Disinterested. Not a good time to display those traits.

  • March 2, 2018 at 8:36 am

    Ian- or anyone… can you re-post %’s getting Top 3 pick based on where Hawks might place?


  • March 2, 2018 at 9:21 am

    Kane did have a player to play with Panarin but SB destroyed the best line in the NHL. And so many of u thought that trade was great cause of his playoff experience. It’s a shame Saad was a bust out and u all don’t have to worry about his playoff experience seeing how that’s not happening. That trade with hammer was last nail in this pitafull team. 3 months ago I told all of u that this team was done and had to be broke up and. Go young & speed. They been exposed and SB. Is 100 % at fault !! And won’t dump cap burden players ! Funny coyotes & buffalo are more enjoyable to watch Joke on all of u who got sucker punched by Saad trade.

  • March 2, 2018 at 9:27 am

    Big Indian agree not liking Duclair’s effort at times but he can be trade bait and bring something in return vs just ketting him walk. So may sign him before moving him.
    Bowman in midst of retool so he likely gets another year to work his magic. Q finishing up the first year of his 3 year extension probably stays if he finishes this season to start year anyways. Would think move be done if wanted someone new for offseason.

  • March 2, 2018 at 10:01 am

    Slammer i am more in favour of Saad trade now as i iffy at the time. Panarin’s offense has been replaced by Schmaltz and Debrincat. Saad needs to bring a strong 2way type Hossa game next year which he is showing more lately and all is fine. Also if Panarin was still here be looking at major cap hit in a ywars time severely limiting Bowmans ability to trade or sign a free agent in offseason. So don’t be so sure about who gets last laugh.

  • March 2, 2018 at 10:05 am

    I know this is a total WTF comment I’m going to make. Our D killed us last night. At this point of the season, instead of dressing 6 or 7 D-men why not only dress 2 or 3 D-men. Play 5 forwards on a shift or 2.

  • March 2, 2018 at 10:20 am

    Difficult to watch — “want the Hawks to earn 0 points in the remaining games, I would prefer not getting thoroughly embarrassed in the process”. (ER)

    Uninspired. I wouldn’t give up on Saad or Duclair (YET)…age and enough talent, but definitely need some adjustment. I suspect the Hawks consider Dahlstrom part of their future…(small sample size)? Jurco hasn’t shown anything. Osterle can skate, but is pretty much an “interchangeable part”…so is Gustafsson.

    “Arizona, Buffalo and Ottawa are pretty much out of reach for the Hawks to fall that far so the best draft position the Hawks could realistically get would be 4th.” (ER) — said the same thing to my brother last night >>> Go Hawks!! “ONE GOAL” – that 4th draft position!!

  • March 2, 2018 at 10:48 am

    Duclair-if traded, will get next to nothing as his forth move will not only send alarm bells but each time he’s traded go down 1 to 3 draft spots. A 6th and 3 rolls of tape?
    I can buy the replacement of offence to a degree-but we need a winger who can play with Kane-not on a revolving basis but for the whole year and complement his skills.

  • March 2, 2018 at 10:49 am

    I know this is re-arranging deck chairs on the Titanic but I don’t understand why Q paired Murphy on the left side with Seabs and Dahlstrom on the right side with Gus. Our D has plenty of challenges without having to play out of position as well. The overall D play was horrible and I couldn’t even watch the third period. I find myself more interested in rooting for all the teams around us to help us in our drive for the 4th position.

  • March 2, 2018 at 11:00 am

    re: wall’s hilarious “19 is terrible now” comment

    Go read what Kings fans were saying about Kopitar 12 months ago.


  • March 2, 2018 at 11:04 am

    Noonan if you remember last year Panarin played with Toews for awhile then Hossa played with Panarin and AA for a stretch. There was no guarantee they would’ve been together all season anyways. Duclair young and priced low cost enough to tempt somebody maybe.

  • March 2, 2018 at 11:21 am

    One solution would be to change the motto to fit the team: e.g. “Slower, smaller, softer.” Barring that a full-on rebuild is needed.

    Q has lost the room/players have quit/whatever you want to call it. The skinny/soft PMD model (Osterle, Forsling, Gustafsson) does not work. Having only one line that mixes it up at all does not work when the other three are frankly not that good. The line blender has been exhausted and the core is out of gas. The only position where we are a better than average is goalie and that is one guy only and he is on the shelf.

    We are obviously stuck with most of the core and have to hope they eventually find their second wind perhaps in some cases in supporting roles. But to me it feels like the renaissance that really started to pick up steam in 19/88’s first year is now officially dead and that we need a change of direction and a new beginning. And I suspect this needs to happen at all levels across the org — it’s not just an issue with some of the guys on the current roster.

  • March 2, 2018 at 11:27 am

    @MS: Totally agree. While some guys may be able to play both sides comfortably, in the case of Murphy it looks like he visibly struggles on the left side. Q seems to want to play him to his weaknesses. Bizarre.

  • March 2, 2018 at 11:37 am

    I agree Tab….. Wall is like a broken record. Is Toews playing to his $10.5 million? of course not but he is still a valuable piece even at 60%-70% of the old Toews (who was a top 5 centre). If they got rid of Toews who is going to be the number 1C? schmaltz isn’t there yet and Anisimov certainly isn’t. The Seabrook contract I get the criticism and if the can be moved (unlikely) or bought out then so be it. Toews was playing well with Schmaltz last year and with Hino this year. Saad is the one that has been on all 4 lines and hasn’t done a thing.

  • March 2, 2018 at 11:40 am

    I know this is re-arranging deck chairs on the Titanic but I don’t understand why Q paired Murphy on the left side with Seabs and Dahlstrom on the right side with Gus. Our D has plenty of challenges without having to play out of position as well.


    Fully agree – it’s just more icing on the cake. I believe Q did the same last game or perhaps during the first Sharks game. I sure hope they kick Q upstairs next season.

  • March 2, 2018 at 11:42 am

    I believe like Jordy says, Q has lost the room and the players have quit as the D is lacking and the goaltending woefully bad.

  • March 2, 2018 at 11:58 am

    Gbladz… who are Vegas top 3 centers??? # 1 Center??? How much are they paid???

    Tab- I guess the part you of “Toews is terrible now” – you are laughing at…

    is he has been terrible – for few years now- less a 25 game stretch last year…
    19 is getting knocked on his ASS by all sorts of guys now… Big bad Zuccarello knocked him on his ass… when they played

    And Trading- Panarin- for Saad- was supposed to make Toews regain his form…
    Now THAT is laughable!!!

    Let me Restate- Toews IS terrible- when you consider that Contract/cap hit!!!

  • March 2, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    As far as Bergeron goes: fantastic player but also plays with Marchand and Pastrnak and both are better than Saad or any other winger on that top line. You want a comparable then 8-19-88 as a comparable to what Bergeron has and that’s what LOGI was referring too.

  • March 2, 2018 at 12:18 pm

    Let me restate for wall’s benefit since he missed it earlier:

    Go read what Kings fans were saying about Kopitar 12 months ago. The same Kopitar you said Toews was inferior to today.

  • March 2, 2018 at 12:35 pm

    A couple quotes on adversity – “Good things are often birthed from adversity.” and “There is no education like adversity.”

    There is no doubt the Hawks players are facing adversity, some of them for the first time in a long time, maybe ever. The players on the team last season experienced a rude exit from the playoffs but this is a different level of adversity. This is the prospect of playing games without the possibility of playoffs, essentially playing out the string. What each player does in these next 18 “meaningless” games will show how each player handles that adversity. Every player can control the effort he puts forth, in both preparation and execution. That is the education available to us over these next 18 games. It’s what will make these next 18 games interesting to me.

  • March 2, 2018 at 1:12 pm

    Odds of a top 3 pick 10th 14.4%, 9th 17 1% , 8th 18.3%, 7th 20.5% and 6th 23.4%. Remember though the lottery can move you down up to 3 places too.
    Toews is expected to go out every shift and win every faceoff, win all board battles, be a be net front presence and be an elite scorer and playmaker. While doing this be the best defensive forward in the game. The problem is he we got spoiled expecting it and he can no longer give all those things shift in and shift out. Does he still try, definitely, does he still bring one of the best all around games in the league, for sure. Is there anybody ready to step in on this team and play that role at his level, absolutely not.

  • March 2, 2018 at 1:22 pm

    I was listening to Bob MacKenzie talk about the Hartman trade and he said that Hatrman’s agent would be looking for a new contract in the $3 million range.

    Even if a new deal fell somewhere between $2 – 3 mill I think the point is we need that money to get at least one maybe two good defencemen. Hartman while a nice bottom 6 guy we can adequately replaced for cheaper. What we desperately need are NHL D men (and an NHL goalie but hopefully that’ll be CC next year – fingers crossed)

  • March 2, 2018 at 1:36 pm

    I agree with you Ian, at one time he could do all those things and now it’s not possible but doesn’t mean his is terrible as Wall states. The past two seasons his scoring was down and he was expected to bring more scoring which leads to lesser of a defensive role which Hossa was great as that player. Saad was brought in to take that role as has failed miserably.

  • March 2, 2018 at 1:55 pm

    This is pretty simple they are just bad right now. Unenjoyable to watch and follow. Either way go hawks and hopefully tomorrow is a better effort.

  • March 2, 2018 at 2:36 pm

    We all agree that 19 isn’t playing like a max. contract player (this is old stuff)–is he playing at about 8.5, or 7.5 or 6? That’s the debate-
    but it doesn’t matter because the reality is he is playing at that money for several years and he is one of the better players on the team and does things that not many others in the league can do as well. It’s like complaining over and over again about taxes–we can do it but it doesn’t matter!

  • March 2, 2018 at 2:53 pm

    The Saad for Panarin trade was pathetic. Last I looked the Hawks were 19th in team scoring. The team has plenty of speed. They severely lack skilled finishers. Saad can skate and is fairly responsible defensively. He has poor vision, is a lousy passer, has bricks for hands, a mediocre shot and plays like a lightweight. The notion that D-Cat and Schmaltz replaced Panarin’s scoring is false reasoning when you remember that they are 19th in team scoring. Saad is a stiff and should have been dumped before the trade deadline. Columbus was smart enough to figure that out. Stan got fleeced on that trade.

  • March 2, 2018 at 3:20 pm

    7&19 aren’t going anywhere. Pair 2&7 together as your 3 and 4 defensemen and search for a 1&2 either through draft, trade or FA. Leave Murphy as your 5 and fill in 6&7 with Dahlstrom, oesterle. We have two #1’s what do you think it would take to get larsen from PHX? I like the d much better with 2&7 further down the line.

  • March 2, 2018 at 3:55 pm

    The 20/19/81 was better then the 37 or 11 line ever was.

    Theres only one Hoss.

    There no fing way Saader is this bad any of next 5 yrs and Johnny Wayne was better then the last two yrs (even thought stats, it hits and grits that count, arnt as good as some yrs).

    I wouldn’t turn my back on Marion Morrison.
    Not a chance! Not a chance!

  • March 2, 2018 at 4:20 pm

    Cap floor will go way up like cap, so there will be teams that need that.

    We have lots of assets, per say, to trade any contract we need to. The question is is there a way to find it and keep certain guys. I think we get it done by being creative at draft and summer. Trade to add then add for free with ufa.

  • March 2, 2018 at 4:29 pm


    Interesting that Hartman was looking for about 3 million,…NO THANKS. Also heard rumblings that he has some locker room issues too.

    As for Toews yeah he does pretty much suck, I’m not sure if he put up the same numbers as Kopitar (he won’t). The Hawks aren’t really that much better. You know who else sucks Keith and Seabrook. This team has been hard to watch, I’ll be glad when this season ends.

  • March 2, 2018 at 4:53 pm

    The Saad/Panarin trade was something I was OK with at the time the trade was made. I bought into the rationale that (1) Toews needed a line mate to get him “going” and Saad worked pretty well there before, so … and (2) Kane can generate offense regardless who he plays with. The hope being that the increase in scoring from Toews line would somewhat offset the scoring from Kane’s line and then factor in Saad’s better two-way play over Panarin and there you go …

    Only, Saad came in and didn’t help Toews get back to be Toews so the only part of the Saad/Panarin trade that worked as expected is Kane’s line scoring decreased.

    I think the odds are that Saad’s poor play is caused from between his ears, not some physical degradation. Therefore I’m hopeful he can turn it around and be back to the 20+ goals / 50+ points power forward we were expecting, hopefully next season. So I’m less worried about Saad than I am worried about Toews. Hopefully Toews has a Kopitar type come back next season.

  • March 2, 2018 at 5:42 pm

    Oh my, just got a hold of Stan’s off season manifesto, part 1. Toews will be traded to Nashville so he can reunite with Hartman. Q is going to Edmonton to be their defense coach. Kane is traded to Washington for Ovechkin. St Louis is so happy Kane is gone that they are giving us their second round pick. Rocky is so pissed that he fires Stan and hires Marc Bergavin cause of the incredible job he has done with the Habs. Schmaltz becomes captain and asks new coach Lindy Ruff to give an A to Duclair and Murphy.

  • March 2, 2018 at 6:37 pm

    What kind of numbers Kane and Panarin would’ve put up this year with Crawford only in 28 games and no Darling to step in and forwards not confident enough to push the offense to help out the void in nets and on the blueline we will never know. To make a straight up comparison is impossible. Hossa 26 goals gone Hartman 19 and Panik 22 not having that this year has alot to do with the drop off in production too. But Schmaltz who was on Kanes line most of the year and Debrincat who has produced were the 2 reasons Panarin was expendable have been bright spots this year will have over 5o goals between them. Kane although a drop off from last 2 seasons is still going to likely have one of his top 5 goals and points years and AA one of his best years production wise. So to say that trade and loss of production when you got the offense from the players targeted to replace it is the reason for this years failure is unfair. Saad had a bad year he should be better next year.

  • March 2, 2018 at 8:03 pm

    Mike R, me too. Very funny and creative.

    Many of you are spending too much time speculating where the Hawks will end up drafting with a lot of games left. Let the season takes its course.

    Agree with Ebony that I thought the Saad/Panarin trade made sense. Am also more confident in Saad bouncing back than Toews. It’s now a two-year decline for him.

    I don’t know where Morrison is coming up with having a lot of assets to trade. Hawks have the fewest assets in years. It’s going to take a lot of skill in making the right moves in acquiring younger quality players with upside. For starters, Stan should steer clear of Arizona, who gave us Runblad, Murphy, and, as it now appears, Duclair.

  • March 2, 2018 at 8:38 pm

    Original there is speculation with 2 no.1 picks for the 1st time in recent memory that Bownan could use them to make some sort of move with. Either bolster roster or move up in draft or move a contract. AA nmc clause is gone and is a modified one on july 1st and he can be moved , especially if they feel an Ejdsell or Highmore can be a legitimate center.

  • March 2, 2018 at 10:33 pm

    They felt they couldn’t keep Panarin-OK I get it. But again to say Kane and Panarin wouldn’t have a boat load of points together is impractical as well–
    It would have been on team on the decline either way. Even though I like Panarin they need to get more physical (Saad really hasn’t added that-he avoids the hit at almost all cost on the forecheck-why?)

    Lots of reasons for the decline and it really was a false front last year and this year (perhaps not to this extent) was predictable. Cycles happen and this wild ride is just getting started. Bottom hasn’t been hit yet. The good news is it will probably get better.

  • March 2, 2018 at 11:01 pm

    54 posts in less than 24 hours? Really? RE: a non-descript team like the Hawks these days? Loyal posters.

    I didn’t read every post completely, but I want to say there is little to nothing written about the goaltending, or lack thereof. Despite Bowman’s boneheaded NHL players related moves (i.e. Saad trade, Hjalmersson trade, signings of Bouma & Wingels), the Hawks are in decent shape to return to the upper echelon IF Crawford is healthy, they secure a legitimate, trustworthy back-up goalie, and a rock solid top 4 D-man. I forgot someone that can take faceoffs as well (can Q send Vermette some flowers and apologize?).

    As inconsistent as the offense has been, there is hope w/ Schmaltz, Debrincat & Hinostroza, those 3 guys are keepers. Highmore has an upper level offensive skillset as well, he showed that last night in a piss poor game. He can skate, create, get to the net and shoot like those other three guys. Toews & Saad cannot possibly be as inconsistent as they were this season.

    Lastly, on an alcohol induced related note, Morin, Pirri & Stalberg will all be free agents next summer. Stalberg is tearing it up in Europe, Pirri is w/ Vegas minor league team, and Morin is ready to come home for a third time to prove Q wrong. By the way, these three guys are all better players than Bouma or Wingels. I don’t want to see Wingels back, he scored 1 goal in his last 27 games w/ the Hawks. He was playing a lot and hard the few weeks before he was traded b/c he is playing for a contract and received tons of ice time in order to be disposed of. I don’t need to read or hear about his character, Mayers had character, Bolland too. 1961 is correct, the Hawks need finishers that can score; Debrincat is an outstanding start.

  • March 3, 2018 at 12:30 am

    Iceman is talking we need finishers and he’s correct. I checked out the Hawks scoring stats to see who the top shooters are – both in number of shots on goal and shooting percentage.

    Not surprising with most shots on goal is Kane with 227. His shooting percentage of 10.1% isn’t bad but I think it’s below his career average. Toews is next with 188 SOG (8.5%) and then Saad with 184 SOG (8.2%).

    Guess who is 4th in SOG? Keith with 156 SOG and get this – a shooting percentage of 0.6%. Not 6% – ZERO POINT SIX percent. And that doesn’t include all the missed shots and blocked shots. And yet … he just keeps on trotting out that pop gun shot and keeps shooting and shooting and shooting. It’s as if somehow he thinks it’s a good thing so he keeps doing it. Maybe someone should (finally) pull him aside and let him know he’s hurting the team when he shoots the puck because it’s basically akin to handing the puck to the opponent, sometimes on a fast break off a blocked shot.

    DeBrincat is 5th with 145 SOG and a very respectable 15.5% shooting percentage. Schmaltz leads the team with a 18.8% shooting percentage but he’s only got 96 SOG.

    Going into next season – Schmaltz needs to shoot more and Keith needs to shoot less – a whole lot less. Kane will probably have a better shooting percentage, but Toews and Saad – who knows?

  • March 3, 2018 at 5:57 am

    Wingels and Hartman shine with their new teams. Go figure. Stan and Q or not on the same page. Time to break up that line and go to the blender.

  • March 3, 2018 at 8:00 am

    Its the ones that look not so good at first that end up being good. 26, 80, etc.

  • March 3, 2018 at 12:34 pm

    I know they look bad now, but if the Hawks had 10-11 additional wins they would be in the thick of things. Looking at wins above replacement and how losing key players added up to losses…. Losing Crawford most of the season lost 5 games. Losing Hossa lost 3 games and Murphy versus Hjalmarsson lost another 3 games. Maybe getting Crawford back, and acquiring key defensemen and a very good top 6 forward would make the difference next year.

  • March 3, 2018 at 3:08 pm

    Bounces and breaks were worst in 35 yrs (at least 10 yrs).

    sch. was worst in 10 yrs by far.

    Crow was prob 10 wins.

    lots of rookies/first yr league guys.

    The list goes on and on, no matter what it wasn’t one thing, it was prob more then 10 things.

    We might not get 1 seed (we went from 1 seed to 4th from last place in conf.) in 19 but should be back to 2 or 3 seed again.

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