Blackhawks Come Up Empty Against McDavid-less Oilers

The Blackhawks ventured into Edmonton on Tuesday night and the pregame noise was loud. After losing three straight games including an epic third period implosion against the Jets, Chicago needed to get off to a strong start. Hours before the game, the Hawks got word they would be facing a significantly short-handed Oilers team. Connor McDavid would not play in this game because of injury.

How would Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton respond to not only a three-game skid but also word that McDavid was out?

With one positive roster move. Rookie defenseman Adam Boqvist was back in the lineup after missing the game in Winnipeg.

There is always balance with Colliton, however. For as much good mojo fans could take away from Boqvist being on the ice, Colliton decided to swap Alex Nylander into the lineup for… Dylan Strome. Because why not?

Throw into the mix a winter storm dumping snow on Edmonton, leaving many of the seats in the arena empty.

Chicago needed to show some intestinal fortitude out of the gates. They did the opposite. The opening 70 seconds of the game saw the Blackhawks completely overwhelmed by the Oilers. Riley Sheahan scored at 1:13 into the game and the Hawks appeared to be heading into a storm inside the building.

The Hawks didn’t fold, though. They fought back quickly.

Almost six minutes into the game, Patrick Kane got the puck ahead of the defense. Oilers defenseman Ethan Bear did a nice job of getting back in position to cut off Kane, but that didn’t stop Chicago’s superstar from finding Brandon Saad for a game-tying goal.

Saad’s 17th goal of the season gave the Blackhawks some bounce. It also pushed Kane up the all-time rankings in the NHL (again).

The Hawks got caught with too many men on the ice at 13:13 into the first but it was Chicago that took advantage. Olli Maatta made a terrific play to get the puck up the ice to Ryan Carpenter. He set up the captain and Jonathan Toews gave the Blackhawks a 2-1 lead.

The short-handed goal was the 15th of the season for Toews.

That was the beginning of an eventful first period for Toews. Two minutes after scoring, Toews was sent to the box for a ghost penalty; Sheahan tripped over the official but Toews was still sent to the sin bin for a couple minutes. Kailer Yamamoto, who was having a terrific first period for Edmonton, scored a power play goal to tie the game at two.

A fast-paced first period saw the Oilers out-shoot the Hawks 13-12. Both teams put two on the board.

Two names that factored into the scoring in the opening 20 minutes continued to be everywhere in the second.

If Kane’s effort on the Hawks’ first goal was terrific he raised the bar early in the second period. Kane fought through a few hacks and found Boqvist streaking to the net. Chicago took the lead back.

Boqvist’s fourth of the season was another highlight caliber pass from Kane.

The lead wouldn’t last two full minutes, though. Yamamoto continued his strong play and tied the game up at 3:38 into the second.

Zack Smith went to the box 20 seconds after the Yamamoto goal on another phantom call. After Toews almost scored a second short-handed goal, the Oilers went to work and made the Blackhawks pay. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored his 15th of the season on the power play and the Blackhawks watched their one-goal lead turn into a one-goal deficit in 3:05 on the clock.

The Blackhawks power play was on the wrong end of two goals on power plays that shouldn’t have happened.

Sheahan went to the box to give the Blackhawks a rare power play opportunity at 9:07 into the second and Colliton rolled out two power play units that should have been reason to fire him between periods.

REMINDER: the Blackhawks desperately need a win. The power play has been the focus of everyone.

PP Unit 1: Toews, Kane, Kubalik, Smith, Gustafsson

PP Unit 2: Dach, DeBrincat, Saad, Boqvist, Keith

Entering Tuesday night’s game, Smith had been on the ice for 2:25 of power play time total in 48 appearances this season. Colliton apparently saw enough to promote him to the top unit based on that. And apparently Boqvist having scored a goal already in the game wasn’t enough for him to get onto the top unit; Gustafsson stayed there.

Shockingly, the Blackhawks failed to score.

Oscar Klefbom went to the box 65 seconds after the Hawks’ power play ended, giving Chicago yet another opportunity to be productive while having a hypothetical advantage on the ice.

Two more wasted minutes.

At the end of 40 minutes the Blackhawks were getting out-shot 26-23 and were chasing one on the scoreboard. Neither goaltender looked comfortable, and neither team appeared to be very commited to the defensive end of the ice. The Hawks wasted two big power play chances in the second – continuing an ugly trend that personnel changes on the ice hasn’t improved.

One significant issue in the box score after two periods was the Hawks’ shots on net. Five of the 23 came from Connor Murphy – who skated 15:18 of the first 40 minutes. Toews, who was working his ass off all over the ice, was the only Hawks forward with more than two shots on net.

As the Blackhawks-Oilers approached the second intermission in Edmonton, scary news came out of Anaheim. Jay Bouwmeester collapsed on the Blues’ bench and required emergency medical attention. That game was later postponed; both teams appeared to be shaken. The Blues’ broadcast reported before the third period began in Edmonton that Bouwmeester was awake and on his way to an area hospital. Our thoughts/good vibes/prayers are with Bowmeester – this was an awful, scary situation.

Sheahan went to the box 4:12 into the third period and Colliton stayed with the same units he brought out in the second period. This time he started with the second unit, however. Chicago failed to do anything for two more minutes of power play time.

Half-way through the third period the Blackhawks held a 9-2 shot advantage in the period but weren’t able to beat Mike Smith.

The Blackhawks continued to dominate the puck but weren’t creating many tough chances for Smith. With five minutes left in regulation the third period shots showed the Hawks with an 12-2 advantage but Smith was getting a good look at almost everything.

Lehner took off for the bench after Boqvist neatly took the puck away from a streaking Leon Draisaitl. Chicago had Boqvist, DeBrincat, Kane, Toews, Keith and Saad on the ice with the empty net. Smith was able to freeze the puck with 1:28 left on the clock and Chicago used their timeout.

After the timeout Colliton sent out Toews, DeBrincat, Kane, Saad, Boqvist and Gustafsson (replacing Keith).

With three seconds left in regulation Draisaitl scored into the empty net to make the final score 5-3 in favor of the Oilers. The NHL’s leading scorer had a four-point night (one goal, three assists), giving him 89 points already on the season.

Toews won 15 of 25 faceoffs and put four shots on net in 21:26. He was also credited with two takeaways.

Kane led the Hawks with six shots on net in 23:10. He had two beautiful assists.

Dach skated 15:06 and put three shots on net but won only one of nine faceoffs. Boqvist skated 19:15 in his return from injury.

Chicago’s defensemen combined to block only three shots: Slater Koekkoek (one) and Murphy (two) were the only d-men credited with a block.

Smith skated 3:03 on the power play, more than doubling his year-to-date total. He also won six of eight faceoffs in the game.

49 thoughts on “Blackhawks Come Up Empty Against McDavid-less Oilers

  • February 11, 2020 at 10:41 pm

    Let’s get the regular season over with and see what draft picks Stan can screw up.

  • February 11, 2020 at 11:10 pm

    The mediocrity years need to end. Either dominate or sell. Get good picks for the cap space and a goalie. I’d actually prefer a rebuild, but prob still not a realistic choice given the lack of contract flexibility, I presume, but some other folks here know a lot more about that than I.

  • February 11, 2020 at 11:10 pm

    Didnt see game but saw score and we were up 2-1 and 3-2 with them scoring first. Same with WIN, close game just not getting it.

    Playoffs are still about the same, except for us going from +4 to + 2, the other 5 teams playing for the 7 and 8 seed have gone up and down and are still in the 5/4 area.

    VEG 6
    WIN 5
    ARI 5
    MIN 4
    NAS 4
    CHI 2

    2 game worse then before but those other teams are still in that 4/5 area.

  • February 11, 2020 at 11:12 pm

    It is just a poor team that is woefully lacking focus and physicality.They play in spurts and just are shorthanded on the forward line and on the defense they don’t have difference makers that knock people off the puck and change the rhythm of the game.The forwards in Collitons man on man system lose too many puck battles.I know many love Lehner but tonight showed some of his shortcomings.He has trouble with rebound control and locating the puck after his initial stop.He is poor handling the puck and communicating with his defense.This combination of players just does not work.

  • February 11, 2020 at 11:13 pm

    With help from ANA and SJ, we could get 5th pick being at E/even/0 over .500

    Remember a few games ago I looked at sch and saw we could go 5-5-1 these next 11 games and still get to +8 over .500 because the sch is easier the next 11 games after that were we could go 10-1.

    So donot get excited to get top 5 pick again, if we go from +4 to -1 right now.

  • February 11, 2020 at 11:21 pm

    Where’s the Bowman dude tonight who loves our GM?

    This is a two man team…. TOEWS and KANE!

    1. How many draft picks in the lineup has this GM drafted?
    -SAAD, DCAT, BOQVIST, DACH and SHAW who will retire at the end of the season.

    2. Since 2015, Bowman has mostly signed a bunch of 4th line players.
    – From Bouma, Kunitz to Carpenter – USELESS


    4. Fired a Hall of Fame Coach`, Coach of the Decade (Not GM of the decade)

    5. Signed a $5million dollar backup, why? Because he has no goalie prospect drafted!DUMB because this goalie still has a bad attitude and cannot make the big save when it counts. Plus he is not the CROW!

    6. Drafted goalies Peeters, Tomkins, Nalimov, Basse, Gravel? Never in the NHL.JOKE!

    7. Traded Schmaltz for Perlini and Strome…both not in the lineup tonight, both 3rd and 4th line players in Arizona and one now in Detroit traded for another Dman he did not draft.

    8. Traded his 1st round pick Joku for Nylander who could not make a bad Sabres team…who is scared of his own shadow! Soft!

    9. Signed a bunch of undrafted players from CHL, EUROPE, NCAA? Why? Because he drafts poorly like Knott, Iacopelli, Krys, Wise, Starrett, Louis, Hayden…..on and on and on!

    10. Best one yet, hires Colliton, a Div, 2 Swedish coach who has no idea what he is doing! Two or the worse assistant coaches by his side….Tonight once again, plays Kampf as the 3rd line center to try and set up DCat…instead of Strome playing with his high school buddy! JOKE!
    Then has Bowman’s fav in Carpenter, skating like a slow version of Greg Fox or John Marks, centering a 4th line chasing Edmonton Oilers around the ice and running out of gas after 10 seconds when he should be retired, thx STAN!!!

    Fire GM, Coach, McDo, Papa Bowman, Pierre Gauthier, Mark Kelley, Marc Bernard.

    – Call Dale Hunter, Mark Hunter, Doug Wilson, Laviolette and get some real hockey people in here not these clowns we have now.

  • February 12, 2020 at 12:12 am

    first goal de brincat beaten twice. along the boards and then in front of the net. fifth goal from a de brincat turnover at center ice. does he sit for strome tomorrow?

  • February 12, 2020 at 12:17 am

    Bottom line if they won the special team battle the last 2 games they likely win both. That leads to m9mentum and better 5 on 5 or it gives other team the momentum and confidence in 5 on 5.

    Lehner has been unbeatable some nights, he cerainly is all around elite when on, and was most nights early in year, a few lately not so sharp, does make you wonder if playing 60+ games a season vs 40 or so this season how he would hold up. Alot of tough saves every time out makes it tough to judge him too hard though.

    Don’t understand down the stretch, trying tie it up, sending 22 and 15 out with 8, when 91 and 77 his supposedly most trusted player could been out with him and give the team a better chance. Better result in Vancouver.

  • February 12, 2020 at 12:22 am

    The PP was terrible again, except the one in the third where Kubalik kept blasting. Smith was good. There were some rebounds off those Kubalik blasts but there was no puck luck with them. That model is worth using again. Nothing else works.

    The PK let the Hawks down, but on their good PPs, Edmonton moves the puck non-stop and it is scary to watch. It was the difference tonight, although both PPs that led to Edmonton goals were illegitimate because of blown calls………again.

    The Hawks missed the net a couple times. Kane missed short side when there was some net showing. Toews got another crossbar, although not as solidly as the other night. DeBrincat looked much better. That bouncing puck he got on net was pretty impressive.

    All the Edmonton goals were “greasy” except for the empty net with 3 seconds left. Lehner was not stellar tonight, although he was not culpable on all of them.

    I did not mind sitting Strome. He hasn’t been very good. If you stop and think about it, they were on their win streak when he was out injured. Cause and effect? Probably not, but sitting him out seemed low risk after the past couple games. You didn’t even notice he was on the ice most of the time.

    Sikura is smoking in Rockford. Just pointing it out.

  • February 12, 2020 at 12:24 am

    How many games in a row did coach Q lose before being fired? And HE had won3 cups!
    8 games out of THIRD LAST PLACE- and closing fast!
    OMG this could get ugly by Saturday night- the rubber match with the Flames!

  • February 12, 2020 at 12:36 am

    Robs agree didn’t have much of a problem with Debrincat’s game tonite. Keep letting Kubalik one time on pp too, just get a little more net front presence there, missing that all night really tonite.

  • February 12, 2020 at 12:43 am

    Unfortunately this is what teams that dont have 3 solid Centers look like.You have to be able to control the game by controlling and possessing the puck.This team is one and done in the offensive zone with very few forwards driving to the net for scoring chances and rebounds.Avert your eyes tomorrow night.It is Sedin Night raising their Jerseys to the rafters.I hope I am wrong but I can see a blowout on the horizon.

  • February 12, 2020 at 1:07 am

    Easy, Strome is a center not a winger, everyone knows that. His IQ is better than 22 and 64. He is slow but is the only one that can get 12 going.
    This GM traded an elite skater and puck possession center in Schmaltz but to have Strome (40 points in 55 games) not in the lineup and have to watch Kampf play 3rd line center game in and game out, can’t make a pass, chips and chases all game is not what this team needs. You want to make the playoffs, or score some goals, it’s not with 64, 22, 91, 36, or 92 (although I would rather see 92 than 22)
    And please no more SIKURA talk, seriously! That’s all we have in Rockford which is pretty pathetic, right STAN!
    Trade Lehner to Carolina at trade deadline for 1st round pick or top winger prospect!
    And by the way, to pair smallish Boqvist with Keith is also dumb!

  • February 12, 2020 at 1:32 am

    Tim with Toews, Dach , Kampf and Carpenter at center, that’s the 4 best at defending in own end. Yes Strome is a center, but just because he can play center doesn’t mean he should. Where Colliton wants his centers as a 3rd defenseman when defending, Strome probably shouldn’t obviously, to some anyways. Another center in can defend like defenseman and give some offense is needed. Maybe Barrett can fill that role soon or acquire one.

    Q tonite dressed 8d and 10 fwds. Put Psyck and Matheson up on wings with Accieri at center and they got 8 pts as a line. Go figure. Accieri be a good 3rd cemter.

  • February 12, 2020 at 1:48 am

    What wins you Stanley Cups?

    2010 Toews
    Bolland (2nd round pick, played PP, scored ocver 100 points in a season i London)
    Check out their stats (that season, career, and Jnuior)

    2013 Toews
    Handzus (Playmaking center)

    2015 Toews
    Richards (2nd rounder, Elite MVP in Tampa)
    Vermette (former 1st rounder, can score goals)

    So you see that the top 3 centers all have offensive quality as well.

    2020 Teows
    Strome (like last season along with Dact on his wing can produce..add a
    responsible winger and BINGO!
    Dach (needs to put on some muscle next season thus he cannot provide that
    playing ability for Kane yet, maybe never. Not the same style as Kane (Schmaltz
    was the center 88 loved)

  • February 12, 2020 at 5:43 am

    Where’s the Toews bashers now? This guy personifies “compete”. If Kampf, Nylander, Strome had 5% of Towes’ heart, they be a much better team. Most of this roster are just there for the paycheck.

  • February 12, 2020 at 6:51 am

    Yup all good defensive centers Hull, exactly.

  • February 12, 2020 at 6:52 am

    I had to stop watching at 4-3 because the end result seemed too predictable

    This team wilts under any real pressure whether it be the pressure of the moment or of the opponents forecheck

    I have no problem sitting Strome last night – he deserved it – maybe he came back too soon from his injury but he hasn’t been contributing anything since he came back

    I won’t pronounce the season dead quite yet but IMO they need to go 3-0 these next 3 games of the road trip to even pretend to be in the playoff race and I don’t see it happening

    Assuming they don’t go 3-0 it’s time to consider trading Keith along with Gus and one goalie – after last night I’m warming to the idea of trading Lehner – you could get more for him at the TDL and it’s possible he would sign back in CHI – if not you roll with Crow for another couple of years

    Sorry but amongst JC’s decisions having Smith on PP1 ranks up there with sitting Kubalik to have 7 D in the game as horrible

  • February 12, 2020 at 7:16 am

    Done…..By…….See Ya

  • February 12, 2020 at 7:29 am

    People complain about the same issues every game, it’s time to fix something. Trade both goalies and anybody else that can get multiple draft picks and retool this minor league coaching staff. Playoffs, that’s a pipe dream!

  • February 12, 2020 at 7:34 am

    1. Kubalik is v2.0 of Panik no doubt one hit wonder
    2. Identity/depth- there really isn’t one. There isn’t a shutdown line, a power line, a grinding line. GM fail to establish this.
    3. Can the core be the problem? Doesn’t seem to be teaching these kids about pressure to win or to skate
    4. Management. Looks like Blowman finds players that maybe seem to show heart but they don’t play like they have a heart, Strome, DCat, Nylander just to name a few.
    5. Playoffs-this might be the second comings of 1999-2007 seasons.

  • February 12, 2020 at 7:55 am

    Dear Posters, (Some of you anyway)
    Please look up the definition of the word pithy.

    To that point:
    A streaky team never makes playoffs.
    So sadly, the ballet season in Chicago starts at end of regular season.

    Bowman staring at another 2 months of employment in Chicago. Ditto Coach Greg Brady.

  • February 12, 2020 at 7:59 am

    What struck me last night is the JC felt that he needed to promote Smith to PP1 in order to try to get some net presence, WHY? Maybe its because no one else is willing to do the dirty work, WHY. Maybe because the coach still can not mange the players, WHY. maybe because he is not viewed as a leader due to his limited experience and credibility, WHY. Because the GM hired an under qualified individual to coach this team.

    Coach can’t lead, and the GM continues to pick up figure skater that converted to hockey.

  • February 12, 2020 at 8:06 am

    To me, last night was the critical game in determining whether to acquire assets for the stretch run, or trade pieces for next year and beyond. That question was answered by the team last night. We are not making the playoffs! Now, Stan should be acutely aware that this is probably his last season with the team, and Colliton’s too. So, they should just Jim Hendry it up and be good soldiers and leave the next regime with as many useful assets as possible. I know someone above me made a point that we don’t have that stud defensemen that can carry the blue line on his back, a Chris Pronger type, was spot on. Our D-men are all at this point 3rd liners, Boqvist included because he’s so young. We need a “piano player” on the blue line and not a “piano carrier”. I don’t know what is wrong with DeBrincant, Nylander was more productive, more noticable on the ice, and more responsible. I think Stan jumped the gun and paid DeBrincat too soon. At this point, I don’t care who they trade, I just hope that he can maximize the return.

  • February 12, 2020 at 8:09 am

    The 1st thing I checked this morning was about Jay Bouwmeester. Was relieved to see he’s doing better.

    The hawks sucked last night. To the point, that unusually postive spouse said that 9:30 is ok to not watch after the last 2 games. The lists that you guys posted lots of them make good points.

    But what happened to Jay Bouwmeester, puts the hawks sucking in persective.

  • February 12, 2020 at 9:13 am

    Switched to Ducks-Blues feed last night for a bit, pretty tense situation, good to hear Boumester doing ok.

    Never thought Keith would be traded, after listening to Tallon talking about wanting to acquire a defenseman, sounded like he had someone he knew in mind to me. Could it be Keith? Obviously he doesn’t appear to be a happy camper at times this season. Keeping him happy and playing, so not to retire and have to deal with his recapture penalties would be a priority. Have to think that he might be happier playing out his contract in south Florida with Q and Tallon rather than staying put at this point. If that is what he wants then move him, Tallon wanted a forward to help with scoring too, send Strome and bring back Accieri and prospect Serron Noel and whatever else you can get. Put them with Debrincat next year and you would have a line that could thrive with the offense and physical play they bring and a goal scoring Debrincat. Also give lots of flexibility with cap space to do what needed elsewhere.

  • February 12, 2020 at 9:17 am

    Gawd I hope so. Keith was horrendous in the first period. HORRIBLE pinch choice on first goal leaving Dcat to defend his post. That’s always gonna end well.

  • February 12, 2020 at 11:14 am

    The potential good news regarding the loss to the Oilers is it puts the Hawks closer to “sell mode” with still ample time remaining before the TDL to get something done. A loss tonight in Vancouver, as distasteful as that would be, further gives Stan the latitude to make a case to the fans that selling is the correct choice. Timing is key as other teams are either looking to buy or sell and won’t wait around for Stan to make a decision.

  • February 12, 2020 at 12:07 pm

    The Hawks should have been in sell mode before last night anyway but as you say ER the silver lining from last night is that it’s hopefully becoming clear to everyone including Stan that selling is the only way to go now

    I’m hopeful that DCat is suffering from the psychological weight of his contract extension and when next comes around he’ll be more relaxed and start scoring again but I doubt it’s going to turn around this year

    Strome I think has more compete in him than he has shown recently so I’m guessing he’s still not fully healed from his ankle injury – he could easily have a rebound once he’s fully healthy

    I would be fine with a new coach but I don’t think we’re gonna get that unless Stan is fired and somehow I think he survives for another year

  • February 12, 2020 at 12:08 pm

    *next year comes around

  • February 12, 2020 at 12:25 pm

    If Strome is back in tonight JC needs to put him at centre

    I’d go 12-17-92 as a third line and if it doesn’t work so be it – nothing else is working as a third line anyway

    This way 64 plays with 22 and 15

    It’s slotting players in a way best suited to their skills – if it doesn’t work then you don’t have the right players or those players need more time to develop

  • February 12, 2020 at 12:33 pm

    Wrap to be honest if i see a 12 17 92 line i might turn the tv off in disgust, what do you have against Crawford to do that to him.

  • February 12, 2020 at 1:03 pm

    This is all pretty depressing.
    I expect Keith to sign his next contract in Florida. You read that right

  • February 12, 2020 at 1:10 pm

    I heard that Dave Bolland is flying up to Vancouver to be the MC at the Sedins festivities

  • February 12, 2020 at 1:10 pm

    Bowman must be keeping things really quiet on the trade front.Tsn Trade Bait List has no Hawks listed in their top 40 players that could be traded.Lehner was #23 last week.

  • February 12, 2020 at 1:22 pm

    Back to last place … 6 games out WC …. it’s looking to be a long February. Deer in headlights not canning JC with the wave of firings in November and December now coming home to roost.

  • February 12, 2020 at 2:39 pm

    Tab- Could you add turnovers to your game stats as you do with hits, blocked shots, and shots on goal. I’m fairly certain Gus, DCat, and Keith would monopolize that stat as team leaders.

  • February 12, 2020 at 4:56 pm

    “– Call Dale Hunter, Mark Hunter, Doug Wilson, Laviolette and get some real hockey people in here not these clowns we have now”
    BANG ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • February 12, 2020 at 5:10 pm

    First, hope Jay B is ok with the Blues. Scary moment and awesome of the NHL to postpone the game. Second why are som many people out long term with concussions, maybe time to change the helmut style and make it more secure. Third, wraparound good posts. Fourth, ouch have the Hawks taken a dive the past four games,

    Lastly, what an amazing night for the Sedin’s to be honored with retirement jerseys with the Blackhawks in town. If it is true the Canucks requested it, great for them. This is what I love about hockey. The Blues did something really cool with the Laila Anderson made the bitter pill of them winning less of a sting.

    I am not one for firing Stan Bowman as they have made some really great moves this past year. If DeHaan and Shaw were healthy, the Hawks would be a playoff team. Bringing in Lehner, Kubs,DeHaan, Maata, Carp, have been extremely valuable as well as drafting Dach and Boqvist (just missed Hughes) look to be strong building blocks for next year. My hope is still the hawks make the playoffs but the last four games have put the hawks in a deep hole Maybe the Hawks have one last payback to the Sedins and win tonight. Either way. thanks to both of them for the great excitement, I miss them boys.

  • February 12, 2020 at 5:18 pm

    You mean the Sedin Sisters?!? Too bad we didn’t have the Sikura Sisters with us on this road trip, so they could have presented the Sedin Ladies with Blackhawk red roses!! I hated the Sedin’s, only because they were so freaking good!

  • February 12, 2020 at 5:59 pm

    Ian – I turned my TV off in disgust last night

    …desperate times…

    Nylander is not better defensively than Kampf but he’s better than either 12 or 17 and it puts Strome back at centre with his BFF and 92 is a good passer so maybe it works

    Like I said nothing else is working on the third line (this where Shaw is missed)

    If they had a 3rd line and a PP then we’d be seriously able to contemplate playoffs as a possibility

    IMO lines 1, 2 and 4, plus the D (recently) and the goalies are holding their own but not the 3rd line or the PP – they’re losing us games, bottom line

  • February 12, 2020 at 6:26 pm


    Agree, Shaw and DeHaan are deeply missed. There are some major holes like Power Play and Top 4 DEF and a 3rd line winger. It would be nice to see Nylander start to gel with Strome and DCat which is why I posted that Nylander could get 25 goals next year. Strome and Dcat are too good to be this bad. Shaw injury set them back.

  • February 12, 2020 at 6:51 pm

    Did I miss the memo that the NHL is going no check? Strome, DCat and Nylander really. Their nick name could be the Conscientious Objectors Line. Its time to cut bait.

  • February 12, 2020 at 8:05 pm

    Hull, in 2013 Shawzer was 3rd line center, 29 65 29. Krugs was 4th line center and when Bolly came back he was LW, 36 16 67.

    Same thing in 2015, when we got Vermette Shawzer went to 4th like Bolly did in 2013, 65 16 11.

  • February 12, 2020 at 8:13 pm

    Wrap, I am not saying were going to go 5-5-1 and then 9-2 and be right there in 7 seed spot but I did see that kind of thing coming with who were playing these 11 games and then the 11 games after these 11.

    So far since the 10 day layover we are 1-2-2, not a coincidence. The 10 day layover fuked us up. We were rolling before that.

  • February 12, 2020 at 8:18 pm

    HHNL, you make good points.

    I really cant figure out wtf is going on with 12 this yr. Makes any sense? Its more a mystery then the PP the last few yrs.

  • February 12, 2020 at 8:21 pm

    ER, your right timing is key and I saw these 11 games as being a maybe 5-5-1 but we can go 9-2 the 11 games after these.

    So the timing there is the thing, we do bad now. Sell at deadline for excellent returns being a sellers market.

    Then we win 8 of 10 gmaes.

  • February 12, 2020 at 11:02 pm


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