Blackhawks Blown Out By Islanders In Home Opener

The Blackhawks hosted the struggling New York Islanders in their home opener on Tuesday night. Before the game the team honored Tony Esposito. There as a better crowd than the Blackhawks expected; ESPN mentioned the Hawks’ concerns about attendance during the broadcast.

Remember when every game sold out?

Remember winning games?

At least the Blackhawks didn’t suck immediately on Tuesday night. Chicago actually out-shot the Isles 18-8 in the first period but Ilya Sorokin was terrific.

Anthony Beauvillier scored four minutes into the second period, but the Blackhawks were doing a much better job of skating. The passing still left a lot to be desired and it was still hard to discern why the lines were put together they way they were with the team struggling to score (see: Kubalik-Toews-Khaira already in the early second period), but the Hawks were hanging around.

After 40 minutes, the Blackhawks had a 31-21 shot advantage but were down 1-0. After dominating the first period, the Blackhawks didn’t own the second nearly as much. Indeed, the second period felt more even with the Isles grabbing the lead.

Then the third period started.

And the wheels fell off.

Completely.

Oliver Wahlstrom was noticeable all night for the Islanders and he got on the board 48 seconds into the third period. An ugly turnover ended up in the back of the net (sound familiar?) as Henrik Borgstrom, who had been having a nice game, tried a pass across the blue line that failed miserably.

Eight minutes into the third, Matt Martin absolutely hammered Mike Hardman into the boards. Hardman, who was recalled before this game, went into the glass hard with his head and wobbled his way to the bench. It didn’t look great for Hardman (the Dept. of Player Safety may take a look at the hit) and Juhjar Khaira dropped the gloves with Martin briefly in response.

While Khaira and Martin sat, the Islanders extended their lead to three. Wahlstrom scored his second of the night and the game felt like it was pretty much over nine minutes into the third.

Indeed, ESPN’s crew noted that many of the fans started for the exits after the Islanders’ third goal of the night.

Those who stayed voiced their frustration. The boos were loud. Hopefully more than fans noticed them.

Because when Cal Clutterbuck scored 11 minutes into the third period, Chicago saw a good start turn into a blowout loss. Another fat, cooked number in a period against a Blackhawks team that keeps telling the media they’re buying what Jeremy Colliton is selling and they just need more time to get used to playing with each other.

The Islanders came into the game 0-2-0 and had been outscored 11-4 in those two games. Meanwhile, the Blackhawks showed another national audience that, even with all the money Stan Bowman spent in the offseason, this team might be the worst 5-on-5 team in the NHL.

Mackenzie Entwistle accepted a gorgeous pass from Kirby Dach and deposited the Blackhawks’ only goal of the night with 26 seconds left on the clock.

However, there was a video review to see if the Blackhawks were offside on the play. The goal stood, the horn sounded, and the teams skated out the final 26 seconds of another ugly loss to start the season for the Chicago Blackhawks.

Dach won half of his 12 faceoffs; he was the only Blackhawks skater who took more than one faceoff to win at least half of his draws.

Seth Jones led all Hawks skaters with six shots on net. Calvin de Haan ranked second with five.

The Blackhawks remain winless.

There needs to be a change in voice behind the bench. Will the empty seats and boos make an impact?

94 thoughts on “Blackhawks Blown Out By Islanders In Home Opener

  • October 19, 2021 at 9:52 pm
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    At least the Hawks kept it close so they could get their beer sales in. Khaira was lucky the refs got in there or Martin would have lit him up. That’s what happens when you’re a soft team.

  • October 19, 2021 at 10:00 pm
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    They’re terrible! I got nothing else.

  • October 19, 2021 at 10:04 pm
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    Kurashev has no business in NHL…. belongs in Rockford, very soft player…
    No one playing in front of opponents net, passing rotted, no back checking by forwards, and flower needs to sit a few out….Otherwise was an entertaining game… Waiting on Daughter to come home from game to give me more LIVE criticism…Lmao….
    Not convinced system is at fault on not scoring ANY GOALS…lol

  • October 19, 2021 at 10:04 pm
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    NaNaNa hey hey goodbye, both Stan and wonder boy need to go.

    Stan should’ve stuck w/the rebuild.

    Toews look’s 2 steps slow, that line doesn’t work at all.

    The D can’t make a tape to tape pass.

  • October 19, 2021 at 10:06 pm
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    TAB, I must have read your game review too quickly and missed the Toews Stat line. Seems like you have no problem tossing others under this run away bus. Succinct game review after I watch a great Ducks-Oilers game.

  • October 19, 2021 at 10:08 pm
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    The team needs a total rebuild. Whoops…sorry, I forgot, we tried that for about 10 minutes last year, but when patience wore thin we went with the “accelerated” rebuild and here we are locked in to Jones (until 2030!), McCabe (nice attempted hero play on their second goal) and Tyler Johnson. I guess we’re actually way better set up than I realized. We don’t even need to waste time developing those annoying draft picks.

  • October 19, 2021 at 10:09 pm
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    The Hawks look like they’re playing with sticks that have no blades. What has happened to Murphy, he absolutely sucks. If Colliton is still the coach when I wake up in the morning I give up. Don’t care what they say this team has quit on kid dufuss because they know he doesn’t have a clue.

  • October 19, 2021 at 10:12 pm
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    Fleury is off for sure

    Too bad for Borgstrom in what otherwise was a nice game

    Splitting up Kane and DCat didn’t seem to work as Kane was not a real factor

    Time to give Strome a look maybe beside Toews and Kub

    Time to bring in a new HC – will the Hawks win a game before JC is shown the door?

  • October 19, 2021 at 10:24 pm
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    After 4 games it’s pretty clear that this team isn’t just having a bad night –
    Kane, off; Fleury way off; Toews still getting back; Murph wtf; even Hagel is looking like his fire is half stoked … and of course an HC who can’t manage to keep the team in a game for 3 periods
    Except for the big “oops”, Borgstrom was playing strong and Hardman was doing what he’s there for until run into the boards

  • October 19, 2021 at 10:24 pm
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    Well…I got my wish. Colliton broke up the “tiny line” and spread out the snipers across 3 lines. However, Colliton has a thing for underperforming players. Khaira and T. Johnson continue to get ice time. Scratches: Strome, Carpenter, and Gaudette. All three are better than those two. Borgstrom makes one bad error, which young guys will do, and his ice time is dramatically reduced. These aren’t bad players. This is all over bad coaching. Top to bottom. Ian Mitchell needed more time at Rockford, HOWEVER…Gustafsson? Why not bring up a Galvas or Beaudin? At least, based on last year, Beaudin was a good QB on the 2PP. Colliton has no clue what to do. NONE!!! That’s been obvious for more than just this year. The defensive philosophy is non-existent.
    On the bright side, Dach’s offensive game is getting better. S. Jones and de Haan were shooting the puck like crazy. Was that because of desperation? Well…shoot the puck more and jam the net. Big bodies can screen a goalie. Entwistle and Hardman showed up. Kubalik was quiet.
    Bottom line, and no surprise, a coaching change is absolutely necessary. A Trotz or Quenneville acolyte would be a good place to start. The soft style of Colliton has never worked with this team. Like all of you, I just want a team that plays harder, better, with a system that fits their talents. A competitive team that we can rally around. This? This is just too frustrating.

  • October 19, 2021 at 10:31 pm
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    Glad you stopped by, Tim. Since you read the recap you’ll note that I didn’t run down anyone’s stat line in the game. I noted the Hawks weren’t good at the dot and two defensemen led the team in shots on goal. There were no good stats on the Hawks tonight outside of Entwistle’s goal. But by all means, continue focusing your energy and efforts on the guy coming back from a year away from the game for health reasons who admittedly is getting his legs back under him. He isn’t 100 percent. He isn’t 26 any more, either. But to lay all of the blame on a single player is naive at best.

  • October 19, 2021 at 10:34 pm
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    re: < 49 year -- let's go with a full list if we're gonna roll off the player excuses... Kane - playing hurt (still) Toews - still getting his game back Toews - spending half the game with Khaira on his line Johnson - doesn't have a clearly defined role (again) Jones - skating heaviest ice time on a new team with a different partner on every other shift de Haan - has lost a step (or three) because of multiple hip surgeries Gustafsson - still sucks

  • October 19, 2021 at 10:34 pm
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    Still need more net presence offensively to get at some of those rebounds. I’m not giving up yet but it could be a long season if they continue to get outmuscled every game. Either the Hawks aren’t buying in to JC’s game plan or it’s not a good one.

  • October 19, 2021 at 10:38 pm
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    Just rewatched all the goals – Fleury was not good on any of them – the Hawks needed some timely saves and didn’t get them

    Only only had 13 scoring chances according to Natural Stat Trick and 4 went in

    They panicked in the third – no surprise there – that’s been a hallmark of the Hawks under JC

  • October 19, 2021 at 10:39 pm
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    To be clear it was NYI that had only 13 scoring chances

  • October 19, 2021 at 10:40 pm
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    This version of the hawks is making last year’s team looking like world beaters.

  • October 19, 2021 at 10:49 pm
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    SB is the puppet master and JC is the puppet. Only logical reason JC was hired in the first place. This team is a mess. You can blame JC all you want ( he deserves it ) but SB is knee deep in this sh..t .

  • October 19, 2021 at 10:53 pm
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    Fluery has not been good so far this season…. Just too many times in Offense, there is NO ONE parked in Front of the net EVER…. no chance to score if you think you’re gunna get initial shot past the goalie (which he sees all day)…. lol

  • October 19, 2021 at 10:56 pm
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    The only thing worse than the on-ice product is the post game show product. Where did they dig up this colby Cohen commentator? They dumped, Burrish, konroyd and Jamal for this group. It’s clear that the organization does not have clue either on the ice or off the ice.

  • October 19, 2021 at 11:21 pm
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    Went to the game, highlight were the tacos from Girl and the Goat, highly recommended. I think maybe Colliton kinda sucks at his job.

  • October 19, 2021 at 11:24 pm
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    Last year, I could at least watch the games. This year, unwatchable. The team is out of sync, the coach has been tuned out and the clock is ticking. Lots of excuses, Pittsburgh just caved in our faces without their 2 HOF and another top 6 player. We have no flow, no hope. Bring in the fat lady, while some insist it ain’t the Coach.

  • October 19, 2021 at 11:31 pm
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    After the first two periods it seemed as if the board wasn’t going to be able to be vitriolic tonight. The Hawks looked pretty decent and seemed to be playing hard for their coach. On the night, DeBrincat had 5 A+ chances. If any of them go in, maybe things are different. But none of them did go in.

    Fleury is concerning. I don’t know if the goals are his fault, but he sure isn’t stopping shots you would think he would have a chance of stopping. Seth Jones looked strong. Dach looked good again. Toews hasn’t really sniffed a goal or assist this season, except tonight when he and all the other Hawks were hacking away in front of the net on that PP, but couldn’t get it to go. DeBrincat’s game was strong but not scoring was tough on the team given those glorious opportunities.

    The PP had some really good chances. They just wouldn’t go in. The PK continues to be good and putting Dach and DeBrincat on there has really worked well. They are an offensive threat on the PK.

    The hit by Martin on Hardman looked unfortunate. My brother and I were watching and we both thought that Hardman bent down, making himself really vulnerable. As the ESPN announcers mentioned, Martin seemed concerned after it happened. You hate to say that a hit that wound up on the head like that is a clean hit, but it would be surprising if the league intervened.

    The third period was completely discouraging.

    Do we see Strome and Gaudette now? Nothing else is working.

    The announcers also mentioned that the fan base does not support Colliton.

  • October 19, 2021 at 11:36 pm
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    Well TAB, He is the teams captain and #1 Center so yes I will begin the focus of players with him. To be fair,his linemates are doing him no favors. This team is not capable of playing a 60 minute game physically or mentally and that falls on the Head Coach. A grown ass team beat the HELL out of them all the way around from mid 2nd period to the end. This team is still the softest in the NHL. Khaira should send a thank you note to the linesmen that saved his life tonight. Hardman, Debricat,Dach, Hagel,and Entwistle were decent but they are not ready to play a full game against a team like the Islanders. Something needs to be done immediately. A new coaching staff and some set lines would be a start along with putting Beaudin or Mitchell in the lineup. Gaudette in for Kurashev and Reese Johnson in for Khaira. Sit Fleury for the next 2 games and bring him back against Toronto next Wednesday night. Grasping at straws here.

  • October 19, 2021 at 11:38 pm
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    Martin left his feet on the hit on Hardman.. the NHL use to have a RULE against hits of this nature…
    Guess it doesn’t exist anymore…. SMH

  • October 20, 2021 at 1:58 am
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    …geezzz, I can’t wait to hear how this is Colliton’s fault. I think he’s mostly responsible for having a bad haircut. If highly paid professional players don’t play, is it really the coach’s fault?

  • October 20, 2021 at 4:45 am
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    Been saying it for years J C and StsnBo
    Gotta go and should have a long time ago.

  • October 20, 2021 at 5:26 am
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    Jeremy should have been fired before he left the building. There is no excuse for this roster’s talent to be wasted one more game. I’m not one to turn games off. But I just can’t watch this: I turned it off at the 2nd intermission.
    At least before 2005, the team sucked balls & we all knew it; we weren’t paying $100 for tickets. We didn’t have 2 future HOFers & arguably the greatest American born player on the ice.
    We had fking Eric Daze.
    It’s not fair to 19 & 88 for them to have to carry on this charade of “I think we’re well coached/we need time to gel” crap that the front office is telling them to spew because of the moronic ineptitude behind the bench.
    At all.
    I’ll be there Thursday with my 9 year old because she is so excited to see Patrick be honored for 1000 games, but this is the 1st time in a long time I’m not excited to go.

  • October 20, 2021 at 5:47 am
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    Colliton is Matt Nagy. He probably will try to find the “whys”.

    How’s that giant contract for Jones looking, Stan?

    Murphy is awful. deHhaan is just another pedestrian D-man.

    Hey Eddie O. – please keep telling the fans how great it is to see the Hawks live. Keep that terrible marketing message going.

    Oliver Wahlstrom? Noah Dobson? No thanks, said Stan Bowman. He drafted Adam Boqvist instead.

    Colliton is brutal. Doesn’t know what he’s doing.

  • October 20, 2021 at 6:12 am
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    The team is not awful. But they are playing awfully bad. Find the reason why and things will improve. I believe this is better than a .500 hockey team.

  • October 20, 2021 at 6:28 am
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    Too bad for Hardman, hope the kid is ok but looked like he could maybe be out for a bit with concussion. Definitely took a head shot and looked like primary contact was his head, see how its viewed. Something to be said foe trapping puck along boards with your skates and brace for a hit, give your teammates a chance to come help dig it out. Trying to do it all yourself along the boards can leave a player in a vulnerable position too easily.

    Better 1st 2 periods, still not enough to save Collitons job by any means after the players vocal support. When Isles made mistakes, or Blackhawks created opportunities early on their goalie rose to occasion and made the big saves, unfortunately MAF didn’t do the same to keep it close in 3rd. Obviously got to score goals to win as well, need to find where that is.

  • October 20, 2021 at 6:29 am
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    Boudreau?

  • October 20, 2021 at 6:33 am
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    As predicted b4 season… Lankinen better than /out played MAF in pre-season

    System- is NOT working? Or are Hawks this bad?
    Pens w/o Crosby/Malkin look good so far- Hawks look like crap…
    speaks to BOTH GM/Coaching–imo

    Maybe SB is a genius… His goal was to keep the “Re-build” in place… just gave the illusion of Playoff type team w/ summer moves to sell few tickets. This team- will be a lotto team again- IF Coach/and GM are still here all season.

    But do we still have any #1 picks??

  • October 20, 2021 at 6:43 am
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    BOB PULFORD HAS A BETTER WINNING PERCENTAGE THAN JC. MIND BLOWING HUH?!

  • October 20, 2021 at 8:42 am
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    Of course the players are going to keep telling the media that they are buying what Kid Coach is selling: what are they going to say??? “Yeah our defensive system sucks??”, “I really don’t know who my line mates are on a shift to shift basis??”, “Coach Brookbank couldn’t teach a pee wee team defense??” Of course they can’t say that stuff. What this team and organization is reduced to is: Legacy nights and special stuff like Kaner’s 1K ceremony. When that’s all done and the fans stay home then Rocky is going to have to come back into the fold and clean up this mess for once and for all.

  • October 20, 2021 at 9:00 am
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    Tab giving Toews a pass because of his linemates ? Wow….you never did that for any other players that under performed. I only remember saying this player or that player needs to be in Rockford when being shoved in a 4th line role and can’t score…pretty lame…and Toews has been on a decline for a while now, Toews bongs on the 3rd or 4th line, it’s obvious he no longer has any offensive skills.
    And you all remember the 2018 draft ? Ya the Hawks passed on Oliver Wahlstrom and took….Boquist….lol….lol….ya nice job Stan and your stupid blind idiot scouting staff….take a tiny weak D man over a string big sniper of a Winger….lol….lol.

  • October 20, 2021 at 9:02 am
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    Hawks keep getting worse every year they should have stayed with the rebuild! Unless Peter told Stan he needed to make the playoff and the panic was on oh well this team fits the Chicago mold generates no excitement not fun to watch your thoughts!!!

  • October 20, 2021 at 9:06 am
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    Beer League, So my eyes were not deceiving me on the Captain. Glad to see we have some honest Hawk fans left out there. Always take whatever a team apologist writes with a grain of salt

  • October 20, 2021 at 9:26 am
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    There’s a lot of negative comments that I could list but I’ll focus on the one at the top of the list – MAF was awful last night (and the other 2 games too). If Sorokin played as poorly as Fleury the Hawks may have won the game. If the goaltending doesn’t drastically improve – the Hawks won’t win many games regardless how much the team in front of the goalie improves.

    There is a lot of attention paid to the miscues by the Hawks, and rightfully so, but the other team had miscues too – the difference was Sorokin was there to stop the puck and MAF wasn’t.

  • October 20, 2021 at 9:32 am
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    So before the season began we were told we need 6 “ifs” to happen for us to be playoff bound

    1/ Toews needs to be the Toews of old
    2/ Jones needs to be a number 1 D
    3/ Fluery needs to be close to his Vezina form
    4/ Kane/Cat need to be Kane/Cat
    5/Dach needs to take the next step
    6/ Murphy /McCabe need to play solid D

    Well one out of the 6 has happened. Be glad for baby steps.

    Was it me or could you hear a pin drop all night?

  • October 20, 2021 at 10:21 am
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    Tim W. & Beer league

    watch out, Tab may shut down the comments sections if you disagree with him any more. lol

  • October 20, 2021 at 10:35 am
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    I saw a much better defensive system from the Isles. Seems like they have right system, led by a competent coach. Their GM obviously knows how to draft with Pelech, Pulock and Dobson playing well.

    What drafted or young FA d-man has Colliton really developed? Which recent D-man pick of Stan’s shows he’s NHL material? Who’s going to make a big impact? What part of JC’s system nurtures young d-men and their development? SB just signed Gus who’s defensive liabilities were on full display. Got Stillman who trips over his feet. Murphy looks like he’s skating on stilts.

    Same story as last year, the goalies are hung out to dry. The d-zone exit passes are awful. They are not playing hockey, they are playing hot potato.

  • October 20, 2021 at 10:44 am
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    If Kane is hurt why didn’t he get it worked on in the off season? His play right now is no better than Kurashev and that’s making a huge difference for the entire team. Kane and Toews at 50% are not $10 million players

  • October 20, 2021 at 10:56 am
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    I just wanted to point out one aspect of this team that I’ve found interesting over these first four games..we appear to generate more scoring opportunities when we’re shorthanded vs 5v5(ok I’m being facetious, but we’ve had a lot of great looks shorthanded)..and I was thinking about why that would be-and my theory is that when you’re shorthanded, your job is pretty clearly defined as a unit..keep your stick on the ice, keep your stick active to disrupt passing lanes, attack the puck if you can close in quickly..for 40 seconds or so, you know exactly what your job is..and I think that there’s a freedom and a clarity to that..and it’s leading to a more successful pk as well as leading to scoring opportunities because no one is over-thinking, or over-passing, or hesitating with the puck, they’re simply playing..now, I don’t know how to translate those factors to our 5v5 play, but I do think that the dichotomy is interesting..as a five man unit, the Hawks really look lost on the ice..shorthanded, they seem much more comfortable in their roles..it’s also the smallest of sample sizes, but I couldn’t help but notice how competent the Hawks look on the pk vs the rest of the game..tells me that if we’re looking for any positives early on, it’s that our players didn’t suddenly forget how to play hockey, even if it feels that way while watching them at even strength.

  • October 20, 2021 at 11:00 am
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    Three or four years ago the Islanders were the Hawks in terms of shots given up per game and scoring chances against per game – they were literally worst in the NHL until Barry Trotz was brought in to coach

    There wasn’t a massive change in the players but a change behind the bench and now they’re SC contenders

    This CHI is better than they’re showing but they need a legit NHL coach

  • October 20, 2021 at 11:02 am
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    Rebuilding takes awhile for just about every GM. But our Stanley was able to throw that book out and get it done in a couple of weeks with a brilliantly executed “accelerated” rebuild. Like few others he’s a true disruptor, a generational talent, someone from the future. Jobs, Bezos, Musk, Bowman – the Mt. Rushmore of visionary management. We’re so lucky to have him.

  • October 20, 2021 at 11:18 am
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    MAF is used to having a competent defensive team in front of him. Well, not this time. No excuses for him, but this team’s play thus far has to be a major disappointment for him. He couldn’t get off the ice fast enough when the final horn sounded. This is beyond embarrassing for this franchise and for all of us fans. The UC fan culture will be a problem to overcome, founded as it has been on giveaways and overblown pomp and pulp. After we scored the goal late and the camera was on some fans in the stands, I expected melancholy and an “a day late and a few dollars short” vibe, but what we got was people smiling and bobbing and dancing to chelsea dagger, seemingly oblivious to what they had just witnessed (or not) on the ice – a song BTW that now makes me freaking cringe. I turned it off right at that moment. This is just me being petty and angry at all of this, but can’t help the feeling at this point. The problem with this team is deep-seated and will take some time to overcome. Makes me sad to think that so much promising young talent will be hung out to dry in the meantime.

  • October 20, 2021 at 11:21 am
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    I think a lot of Blackhawks fans (and some in the org) oversold the idea of Tyler Johnson being an impact player this season. If you’re trying to win a Stanley Cup — which Tampa has done the last 2 years with limited contributions from Johnson — you need to see what they see. Johnson as a 1C was a bad joke from the jump but they kept trying it.

    Also, the Hawks suck at 5 on 5 but they refuse to hit the Break Glass If Broken option and go w/ 12-19-88 on a line. Splitting Kane & Cat doesn’t help if their both with opposite wingers who don’t play at their level.

    The lines are broken, there’s no chemistry because they keep experimenting and they’re hearing it from the fans. We’ll see if they come out and finish on Thursday. And if anything changes from a lineup construction perspective.

    Here’s what I would roll after 4 games

    DeBrincat-Toews-Kane
    Kubalik-Dach-Hagel
    Gaudette-Borgstrom-Kurashev
    Johnson-Entwistle-Khaira

  • October 20, 2021 at 11:26 am
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    Kurashev does not belong in the NHL . . . agree.

    Tyler Johnson is playing some solid hockey even with him being moved around in the shuffle.

    Big Mike Hardman fan . .. . a bick-elllllll type of guy. needs time on ice in nhl.

    Seth Jones is fun to watch and his skill set is as advertised. Amazing!

    Toews is playing tentative weak on the puck in the corners, drifting a lot, still not even 75%

    Dach playing vs opponent third or fourth line is pretty good . .. but still soft on his skates but effort is there, he’s not the problem.

    Kane looks and is playing hurt, down a gear or two,

    The culture must change, Toews and Kane are the old culture not sure anything will get better until they are traded. Seth Jones is the voice of this team! Great speaker and insightful and always warning of givign the puck up, turnovers and forcing passes a la CAT & KANE that lead to breakouts!

  • October 20, 2021 at 11:54 am
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    Just a crazy thought. Besides Reggie Dunlop was there another staking coach? Maybe our elder statemen can recollect. I believe Don Kessinger did it for the Sox.

    How about JT being our Reggie Dunlop. Seabs as our associate Coach to watch the game while JT is on the ice. Between shifts or whistles they can discuss what’s going on.

    Bring in Cheli or Soupy for defense. Savy or Hossa for offense. For that matter a little birdie told me that Hossa wouldn’t mind coaching…..

  • October 20, 2021 at 12:05 pm
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    Does anyone here know what the heck happened to Ryan Carpenter and why Kid Coach refuses to play him??? At least he can back check!!! Is he injured???

  • October 20, 2021 at 12:18 pm
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    liked Hardman last nite- guy always comes to play,,, but he now needs some time in Concussion dark room- sadly

  • October 20, 2021 at 12:35 pm
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    Lol I wouldn’t fire Stan at this point. I would have a couple years ago. He’s got team USA so there is hopefully something good that cones from such. On paper this team shouldn’t be terrible and the roster can be totally different next year. I would presume some plan is in place. It is not the gm job nor any poker player to reveal thier hand. Take a look, net and forwards in particular will see some turnover.

    Coach Collison however….when I heard his defensive system…honestly I didn’t mind it. A hybrid zone man coverage is good and indeed hard to accomplish. I try to do it when I play, not easy I assure you. However for whatever reason it appears to not be working. Maybe he is not using it anymore. I have no idea, either way whatever it is it is not working.

    At this point I almost feel Strome should not be traded until you are absolutely sure you are firing the coach. Oh excuse me I mean not.

    Also am I misremebering or was he brought in to develop players. Who exactly has he developed in what’s now…what third second year? Is it his second year? Third? Ah whatver they gave him the “he didn’t have a training camp excuse ” the first year…which….I mean what do they do at practice?

    Toews looks good in my opinion on what little I’ve see n. Borgstrom same.

    Here is the bottom line, one way or the other the Blackhawks have multiple pieces to figure out next year. In particular goalie. No clue who free agents are for goalie next year but I wouldn’t be surprised if someone in Rockford is the backup next year

  • October 20, 2021 at 12:45 pm
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    the emperors have no clothes: the emperors are at least SB and JC, and possibly a trifecta including ownership if this o2 intubation of NHL management and coaching is allowed to continue without a merciful hospice finish SOON

  • October 20, 2021 at 1:24 pm
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    Jordyhawk- SB was brilliant this off season= managed to increase ticket sales w all the off season moves… and at same time secure Lottery pick for next year and get #1 pick!!!

    SB- is brilliant!

  • October 20, 2021 at 2:04 pm
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    Bluto
    Good Joke ..haha
    Hawks don’t have a first rd pick ..trade for $jones

  • October 20, 2021 at 2:18 pm
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    Were you really expecting anything else but this shitshow?? We all know JC is in over his head. And why the hell is Brookbank still behind the bench? Should have been gone before last season. Him, JC, SBo and the entire caching staff. Come on Rocky, step up, don’t hide like your old man. They’ll start booing you to when you come out for special events.

  • October 20, 2021 at 2:28 pm
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    Isn’t the Jones pick protected if the Hawks really crash?

  • October 20, 2021 at 2:30 pm
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    Isn’t the Jones pick protected? In case they really crash

  • October 20, 2021 at 2:47 pm
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    Yes it is Noonan. I rather have the #1 pick in ’23 to try and get Bedard. If we win one of the two lotteries this year we keep the pick and give them our #1 in ’23.

  • October 20, 2021 at 2:58 pm
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    Q: why does an organization that claims to be first class in every way, continually accept mediocrity?

  • October 20, 2021 at 3:06 pm
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    Please don’t give Stan any ideas of hiring old ex-hawks to coach. The guy has had no luck bringing in old talent back to the team yet, last thing we need is a hero of days past getting shit on for being a terrible coach.

  • October 20, 2021 at 3:32 pm
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    My observations:

    1) Marc-Andre Fleury is a legend – no question. He currently is a Blackhawk but his head and heart are still in Las Vegas.
    2) Brandon Hagel and Mackenzie Entwistle have demonstrated chemistry when paired together because they have the same motor. Last night they didn’t start on the same line and I don’t remember them playing together for most of the night.
    3) Jonathan Toews has gone through hell and has made a remarkable comeback. He needs more time to adjust and deserves the benefit of the doubt.
    4) The forecheck is almost non-existent. Relentless pressure in the offensive zone is vital to create turnovers and to make zone exits difficult. You don’t have to be the biggest or fastest player to be an effective forechecker. It takes guts and attitude.
    5) It was great to see Mike Hardman in the line-up and I hope his injury is not serious. The team should also bring up Reese Johnson because those 2 kids hit everything that moves.

    That’s all for now.

  • October 20, 2021 at 3:48 pm
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    John tortorella Fire SB until then there unwatchable

  • October 20, 2021 at 4:31 pm
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    Good thing Nylanders in the minors, Strome is in the pressbox along with Carpenter and Boqvist, Kampf were moved out. Got rid of all that dead weight that we were continually reminded needed to happen if this team was to start winning. Got find other players to play the blame game with now i guess.

  • October 20, 2021 at 4:34 pm
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    Oh forgot about moving Keith so he wouldn’t be rolled out on top pair every night was another big part needed to fix things too.

  • October 20, 2021 at 4:43 pm
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    @noonan 96 The pick is only protected for the top 2 picks, should it be 3 or lower Columbus gets a future star

  • October 20, 2021 at 4:43 pm
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    Wait Ian–don’t forget the D’s issues were all because of Seabs, too!!

  • October 20, 2021 at 5:00 pm
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    Ian from what I’ve seen lately in the comment section I’m guessing its probably all Kurashev’s fault for our lousy play. Duncan Keith, Slater Koekkoek and yes even Brendan Perlini are playing for Edmonton with a 3-0 record!!!

  • October 20, 2021 at 5:02 pm
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    For this I signed back up for Centre Ice?

  • October 20, 2021 at 5:59 pm
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    How first 4 games have looked:
    Toews seems to be not focused, Kane “doesn’t have his wheels”, Fluery doesn’t want to be here, Murphy is rotting….
    Dehaan screens our goalie alot and finally on offense, ONE PLAYER needs to be the designated ONE to stand in front of the net BY THE COACHES, as the players can’t seem to do it themselves…..
    Change of the Coach is fine but the End results afterwards will stay the same unless these things Are Addressed as these ARE THE KEY pieces of this team to have success….
    LET’S GO HAWKS !!!!!!
    Showtime !

  • October 20, 2021 at 7:02 pm
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    I was at last night’s game and my observations were;

    Blackhawks didn’t give up a goal in the first, but I don’t agree they played that well. The dump and chase (definitely without any chase whatsoever) just served as a stall tactic. No meaningful offense created.

    Sorokin was like Michael Scott’s breath, according to Dwight Schrute (“Good, Not Great”). So so many shots were just right into the gut, with no one in front of the net. He made some good saves, but the Blackhawks never made it that tough on him.

    DeBrincat’s breakaway effort was terrible.

    On the first goal there were three Blackhawks behind the net. Positioning was absolutely awful then and at other times.

    There is a media merry-go-round with TV and radio this year, and the radio post game was a joke. Complete lack of anything except “gee, they played so well in the first period and then the bad breaks hit and it’s just so incredibly insurmountable to be able to beat the Islanders if you ever get down by a goal”. I know Troy Murray is ill and Wideman is doing TV, but that radio coverage was awful.

    It was all just bad. The same story line of nobody in front of the net, nobody skating, and unforced errors. Sloppy. The top brass will decide if it’s the players or the coach or both. But regardless, it’s just not good and could get waaaay out of hand early in the season.

  • October 20, 2021 at 7:32 pm
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    Tab, maybe for your next article you could detail some possibilities for a new head coach as it is now pretty clear JC is not the guy.

  • October 20, 2021 at 7:42 pm
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    I know it seems like the players are messing up and they are – last night it was Borg Gus McCabe Stillman and Fleury – but to me they are not relaxed they’re panicky throwing the puck away without pressure falling down without pressure sliding and missing everyone poking the puck to Beauvillier to score uncontested in front of the net

    Personally I feel this reflects on the coach – there are always confidence issues with individual players not matter the coach but when the whole team is uptight and panicky with the puck and getting lost with D coverage and being overly aggressive that is a coaching problem

    I don’t blame JC for Fleury who let’s be honest has played like crap but JC owns the rest of the mess that is the current Hawks

  • October 20, 2021 at 7:43 pm
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    Ian you also forgot , it was McD who wanted to give Sean’s the big contract . How is it that SB never gets blamed. It is always someone else’s fault.

  • October 20, 2021 at 8:48 pm
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    The only way to begin the tear down and rebuild of this mess of an organization is for Rocky Wirtz to sell the team. Yes,I said it. There is just too much that has to be done from the Owner of this organization down to the guy who washes the uniforms. It’s all soft,weak,and wrong right now. And of course they are trying to control the message through their own tv,radio,and print media. They will have us all believe that we are not observing the Titanic here. The problem last night was that the Hawks media was not in the driver’s seat. It was the sports media giant ESPN taking their new toy out for a spin and they were not about to cover for Rocky and his soft organization as they reported on difficulties selling this terrible team at the gate and then how lacking this entire team on the ice really is. So now the not so secret is out. What happens next??? Stay tuned Hawks fans. Tab,you can begin your apologizing for Rocky,Stan and company about—NOW.

  • October 20, 2021 at 8:56 pm
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    The negative comments on Toews is baffling…as Tab said…He missed an entire year with an immune disorder…going to take a bit of time to get back into it. Give the guy a break.

    Season Prior to last year, he had a great year.

  • October 20, 2021 at 10:46 pm
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    When your # 1 Center posts 0,s across the Stat board for a full 4 games and the team goes 0 and 4 you can expect some to be critical. I do agree that ,doing my best Q speak, I didn’t mind Toews play back in 2015-16 . Since then,well I guess that may be up for a little debate.

  • October 20, 2021 at 11:28 pm
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    Lets talk about colliton sucking but not Toews sucking…lol..
    Wonder if we had Mcdavid & Draisaitl and Edmonton had Toews & Kane .. if Both teams records would be the same as they are now? But then they have Keith and koekkoek to still tip the scales in their favor…lmao…..

  • October 21, 2021 at 5:23 am
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    Don’t forget Perlini. He’s good for one game a year.

  • October 21, 2021 at 6:51 am
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    I am all for giving Toews a break – on the 4th line! Let him play 10 mins a game, win a faceoff or two, grind in the corners, get his legs, and make Jhaira and Carpenter his pedestrian linemates.

    I would rather have Borgstrom, who is impressing me even with that one bone-headed giveaway, play with Hagel and Entwhistle.

    I never thought I would say this, but Gustafson is playing better defense than Murphy, McCabe, DeHaan, and Stillman…holy crap – he should be on our #1 defensive pairing. That’s when you know that changes have to be made!

  • October 21, 2021 at 9:41 am
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    Somebody needs glasses, Gus is still Gus. He’s horrible. Just like the 1st time he was here.

  • October 21, 2021 at 9:48 am
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    Liked the idea of Toews with Kane and Cat since pre-season. Borgstrom shows good play making ability with a goal scorer too. Maybe go with.
    12 19 88 top line, then middle 6 of
    38. 77. 58 to play a heavier game
    23 13. 8 good 2ndary scoring line potential
    16 90 11. Grinder line, 11and 23 can swap

    44. 4
    61. 5
    6. 56 or callup prefered for Gus

    32 should get the start

  • October 21, 2021 at 10:02 am
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    Actually if Hardman not out very long .
    12 19 88
    38 77 58
    86 13 8
    16 90. 23 or 11 or 22

  • October 21, 2021 at 10:27 am
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    Toews disorder is bull crap…look it up, it listed about 80 symptoms….. seriously, it’s a joke. And stop covering for a over the hill former star making 10 mil, playing at a 1 mil salary production. All Toews is good for now is face offs, nothing else. He supposedly has come into camp ” ripped ” and in great shape….ya all except for his mind. And Kane will use his injury as an excuse for a poor season as well…..mark my words…and watch the shit show continue….I know I will. And ya I paid for center ice to watch this. No matter what product is on the ice, always a Hawks fan.

  • October 21, 2021 at 10:47 am
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    Beer League, Don’t worry brother there is always the rest of the league to watch and trust me there are some entertaining quality teams out there. Watched Blues- Vegas last night start to finish,good stuff. And thanks for confirming my eyesight regarding Captain Serious. God help us if a line with him and Kane is reassembled. The high slot will become a ghost town and opposing D Men can rush up ice all night.

  • October 21, 2021 at 10:54 am
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    Throwing this team a life preserver, get Gaudette and Reese Johnson into the lineup and sit Khaira and Kurashev. Sit Dehaan and throw Beaudin into the lineup. Start Lanks the next 2 games. 77-88-38. 13-58-90 . 19-8-12 . R.Johnson-Gaudette-Hardman – 1st Line!

  • October 21, 2021 at 11:33 am
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    Tommy Ivan, Great post. Nice to see another fellow NHL connoseur is able to give an honest opinion on what they see from the Captain. As constituted this Defense just doesn’t work. Murphy,Dehaan,McCabe are in essence the same slow footed player. Stillman has a little electricity has far as physicality to his game. Beaudin and Mitchell each paired with Murphy and McCabe would not be the worst idea. Kalynuk with Seth Jones would eventually be interesting also.

  • October 21, 2021 at 12:36 pm
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    re: Toews’ role – I wholeheartedly agree that, as he gets himself back into top-six game shape, he should be limited. And skating him with 3rd line guys, esp with Borgstrom being impressive early on (totally agree with that), would be a more ideal situation.

    So… here’s the problem. Toews ranks 4th among Hawks forwards in ATOI at 17:27 per game. Thru 4 games, he has taken twice as many faceoffs as any other skater on the team (and he’s winning 58.3% fwiw); Dach ranks second and is winning 47.2% of his.

    If we all agree Toews isn’t all the way back yet, then the coach needs to back off his ice time. And needs to stop relying on him to win the majority of the team’s faceoffs every night. That is where the coach needs to make decisions.

  • October 21, 2021 at 2:09 pm
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    TAB, Very solid post. Glad to see you over on the dark side with the rest of us. The main problem with slotting Toews properly is that you have a desperate coach trying to save his job and not develop a real team. Until then we will be floating in limbo.

  • October 21, 2021 at 2:17 pm
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    @Beer League: I have an honest question for you and I’m not asking just to be snarky. Why are you even here at this point? Just to crap on Toews & Kane? We get it. I for one am not blind nor do I have rose-colored glasses on when it comes to all the wrong about this team, but man…maybe you should try therapy dude.

  • October 21, 2021 at 2:37 pm
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    Stefanie lol!! Can always count on you for an accurate and clear post!

    There’s quite the gaggle of them here these days.

  • October 21, 2021 at 4:51 pm
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    Stef, I think there is a happy medium somewhere in your post. I would love to now and again find a silver lining in our boys play, I am always appreciative of Kane when he is rolling, but we were fed articles that Toews was in the best shape of his life and was ready to roll as evidenced by Colliton rolling him out there for about 20 minutes in the 1st preseason game. In retrospect maybe he should have been weened back into the lineup in a smarter more realistic way. So far though the eye test and game results tell us that things are just not right here and need to be corrected . Anyway enjoy the game and have one for me!

  • October 21, 2021 at 6:55 pm
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    Can someone please explain to me why Kubalik, who was arguably one of our best players in the first 3 games at least, can’t get 1st line PP time AHEAD of such underperforming guys like Johnson when even the coach realizes Johnson is underperforming enough to get dropped to the 4th line yet he rewards him with PP 1 time!? Wth. Meanwhile Kubalik does nothing but work hard and create chances and finish more chances than 95pct of the team. Get Johnson off of PP1 and get GUS out of the lineup for good or do the OBVIOUS thing to anyone with a pair of eyes and some hockey knowledge —and move Gus to wing to play FORWARD with Kane ideally since they have great chemistry. Try them with Dach in the middle. Dach can cover some of their lack of ability and desire to play any D and Gus can be physical enough to create a bit of space for Kane though we’d need to count on Dach to dig the puck out of the corners or anywhere from the boards as Gus miraculously manages to cough the puck up an incredible amount of the time when he goes to the boards in the D zone at least so I’m assuming would likely be similar in the O zone. Borgstrom looked great til the gaffe, then lost confidence. Kurashev is coming along slowly. Get him off the top line so he can get comfortable not against top physical D pairing guys yet. Hagel has looked great. Give him more ice time. I actually liked the Dach, Kane, Hagel line a lot if they aren’t going to make Gus forward like I can dream about. (Never want to see him line up on our D again).
    Toews has not been good offensively at all. He has to better or moves to 3rd line. Sympathy is great and understandable but 4 losses in a row needs tough love if he’s not willing or able to bring it. Kane, if not injured, also needs to pick it up a lot. Dach has been fantastic. Everything we could ask and more. D-Cat needs to finish. Period. End of rant. Like to see more of Gaudette. Khaira has done his job. Bring back Carpenter would be a good move too. Like Entwistle. 3rd/4th line and give him some pp2 time for now until he pushes and forces more icetime. Would like to see Beaudin—or anyone really other than Gus on the blueline tonight. I mean other than Gus or Rundblad to be clear.

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