Blackhawks Come Up Short Against Hart, Flyers

Philadelphia ventured to Chicago on Thursday night with the Blackhawks trying to keep their playoff hopes alive. The Coyotes loss went final early during the game, so there were points to be made up in the standings if the Hawks could come away with a victory.

The first period was fast and furious, with both goaltenders playing exceptionally well.

Gustav Forsling went to the box at 7:15 into the first for holding and the Blackhawks turned in one of their best penalty kills of the entire season. Chicago had the better chances while Philly had the advantage and the Hawks emerged from the PK with some momentum.

And that momentum turned into a goal as Erik Gustafsson blasted home his 15th goal of the season.

Forsling and Jonathan Toews were credited with assists on the goal.

The Flyers came back and tied the game five minutes later. After 20 minutes there easily could have been four or five goals, but the game remained tied at one. The Flyers held a 16-14 shot advantage after one period.

As much as the first period flew up and down the second was methodical. The Blackhawks out-shot the Flyers 16-7 in the second but neither team scored. Both Corey Crawford and Carter Hart were outstanding.

Almost ten minutes into the third the Flyers were able to beat Crawford. James van Riemsdyk flipped a backhand shot at the net and Crawford was screened by two bodies; it didn’t appear that he ever saw the puck.

After the JvR goal the Hawks struggled to get a good scoring chance for nine minutes. But once Crawford went to the bench the Hawks started to generate some buzz around the net.

With 1:53 left in regulation and the Blackhawks net empty a Patrick Kane shot was deflected and hit Travis Sanheim in the side of the head. The Flyers defenseman stayed down and eventually got a whistle despite the Hawks maintaining control of the puck. Toews was visibly pissed that the Flyers were able to get a stoppage while the Hawks were on the attack.

Sean Couturier scored 40 seconds later into the empty net to give Philly a two-goal advantage.

The Colorado Avalanche won in Dallas, moving them ahead of the Coyotes in the standings into the eighth and final playoff spot. The Hawks failed to gain in the race.

Crawford made 25 saves in the loss.

Toews led Chicago forwards with five shots on net. He was also credited with two blocked shots and two takeaways while winning 13 of 25 faceoffs.

Artem Anisimov led all Chicago skaters with three blocked shots. He was also credited with four shots on net but won just three of 11 at the dot.

57 thoughts on “Blackhawks Come Up Short Against Hart, Flyers

  • March 21, 2019 at 10:34 pm

    Disappointing as the investment is back as a fan-but it’s mostly fools’ gold with a playoff spot against the big boys this year.

    The power play is back to what it was-nothing has changed from a personnel front-so teams must have figured out what they were doing and adjusted well. Plus they have gone from a loose team having fun, to a tight team with frustration.

    A sweep or it’s over-that’s tough.

  • March 21, 2019 at 10:35 pm

    The 5v5 scoring has gone dry and the PP has reverted back being impotent – 5 goals in the last 3 games will not get many points in the standings unless the goalie steals the game. Crawford was good tonight but Hart was better. The Hawks didn’t play that bad but it was just bad enough to lose on a fluky 50′ nothing backhander.

    I didn’t have a good feeling about this game because the Hawks just can’t beat the Flyers – it’s like they’re kryptonite to the Hawks.

    Oh well – still 9 games left. Even if they don’t win many of these remaining games I’m going to try to enjoy them best I can because there will be a loooong drought until we see our Hawks on the ice again.

  • March 21, 2019 at 10:35 pm

    7 seed
    DAL- 8

    8 seed
    ARI- 4
    COL- 4
    MIN- 3
    CHI- 1
    VAN- 0

    Still only 3 games behind 8 seed, as ARI had lost 2 games and has come down to 4. COL has gone up to 4.

    I do not think we ll do it, but posting a 10-1 record is too tuff. Letting ARI lose a few games, like they just did, is the way to 8 seed. DAL still could drop 4 in a row and then there 7 and 8 seed.

    Trying to go 15-1-1 in last 17 games is nuts.

    Just when you think its over, watch us win 7 in a row again.

  • March 21, 2019 at 10:36 pm

    How about winning the next 4 games and then shit the bed against the Kings?

  • March 21, 2019 at 10:43 pm

    Going to enjoy the draft summer training camp trades in first 40 games, because were going to get deeper add some good ufas/trade and some more of young wave is NHL ready.

    These, 2, transition yrs are over. Now we can watch the roster get deeper each yr and get back to top 5 team again. BOS did it in two yrs and I think we have more coming in young skill then they got to get them back.

    I ve been waiting for this season 20 and season 21 for two yrs now, cant wait to have a deeper roster again.

  • March 21, 2019 at 10:45 pm

    Noonan96, it does seem like they’re playing tight and getting frustrated. I thought for sure Kane was going to break his personal best in goals and points and now I’m not so sure. He wasn’t having as much trouble controlling the puck as he was the previous several games but he still doesn’t have the jump and swagger we’re used to seeing from him. He needs 5 more goals to tie his best (46) and 5 more points to ties his best (106) and if I had to guess I think he will get the points mark but not the goals.

  • March 21, 2019 at 10:49 pm

    Proud of the guys playing good, without a deep roster, since the roster adjustments/game 30.


    Wasnt just a soft sch these 40 games, more then half of the 23 wins are against top 10 teams.

    Doesnt matter what happens these last 10 games. Its about getting roster deep again.

  • March 21, 2019 at 11:07 pm

    Very disappointing performance – the Hawks again showed the inexperience of a lot of their players – turning pucks over every shift – it was relentless, very disheartening – hopefully they learn from this experience but unfortunately the lessons will have to wait until next year to be applied

    They have collectively failed the pressure test by getting 1 point from 2 games vs non-playoff teams (VAN and PHI) at home, fighting for their playoff lives and looking bad doing it – if it weren’t for Crow they would have lost by bigger margins than they did

    All a team has to do to beat the Hawks is sit back and wait for the Hawks to turn the puck over because you know they will and soon

    While it was fun to take this team seriously for the last month or so it’s over now IMO – a playoff team doesn’t play like the Hawks did tonight with so much on the line

    They might make a bit of a show of it the last 9 games and miss by a couple of points but realistically they had to win tonight or at the very minimum get the loser point to have even an outside chance

    Still there are some bright spots for next year although there are also some glaring holes to fill

    They need 2 D men – let’s say one is Joki so the other must be acquired by trade or UFA signing

    And they need some jam up front – Caggiula gives you a little of that and the Hawks miss him but they need more – if all you’ve got right now is Kunitz trying to provide some jam then you’re in trouble – I could get behind a Kadri trade to the Hawks for example and it’s possible he could be available this summer

    Dahlstrom can sit in favour of KK next game as far as I’m concerned – he was a train wreck all game long

    At least the Hawks will now be in the draft lottery

  • March 21, 2019 at 11:15 pm

    I do not think we get 8 seed, but we are only 3 games behind ARI/COL. They lost games and if they lose some more again we could be tied with them.

    Like ER said if its not top 6 pick, 7-15 isint any difference, prob.

  • March 21, 2019 at 11:17 pm

    Line blender time!

    And then there’s Columbus. They lost to the lowly Oilers and now are on the outside looking in. Big deadline trades can make a gm look like a fool.

  • March 21, 2019 at 11:36 pm

    Of the last 4 games against those opponents that they’ve GOT to beat for any chance of getting a Wild Card birth the Hawks have managed to lose 2 that were important, 2 that were VERY important, and tonight’s against the Flyer’s that was CRITICAL since their closest competitors lost.
    And they blew it.
    I watched the game with 12-13 year old kids who play hockey and watch the Hawks play as well and they were calling out where Hawk players were going to pass BEFORE they made the pass and were right far, far more often than they were wrong. If kids THAT age know what the Hawks are going to do BEFORE they do it, I’d say that their opponents do as well. If Corey hadn’t been in net they’d likely have lost in double digits.
    Which fully explains why they are getting beat. Far too often. By making plays that are so predictable that even kids know what they’re going to do.
    And that issue alone will guarantee them an early tee off time.
    Frankly, I think this years team needs a reaming out for their sloppy, predictable play.
    How does a player with more than 100 pts have a +/- of O? Maybe if playing at both ends of the ice……and occasionally straying in from the Blue line when in the defensive zone….
    All the points in the World won’t help if the other teams score more…..
    Good thing baseball season is rapidly approaching since there won’t be any Hawks games to watch after April 6th.
    In the meantime there’s March Madness.

  • March 21, 2019 at 11:48 pm

    Is it line blender time? Maybe. How about this:


  • March 22, 2019 at 12:13 am


    I doubt Coach C will mix things up. Doesn’t strike me as the kind to do so when he thinks he can still get some points out of what he’s been playing.
    However, I like YOUR thinking.

  • March 22, 2019 at 12:15 am

    Forgot to add: Won’t make much difference what lines he puts out there unless he can get the D to step up a bit.
    Unless, of course, he’s only looking to see what those lines can do and forgets about the remaining game scores.
    Might be a good thing, that.

  • March 22, 2019 at 12:20 am

    The Vets have put a big push together for the last two months but the problem remains the free agents Bowman signed this year which were useless. (as well as those from last year). If he had signed one or two actual NHL caliber players this season maybe the Hawks make the playoffs, maybe Coach Q is still around, maybe the rebuild is easier. Otherwise, when you see Sikura and Kahun in the lineup combined with Kruger, Kunitz, Kampf or Hayden, the struggle is obvious. And there is nothing in Rockford.
    Let’s see what happens next season but imagine Ward’s $3million and Kruger $2.7million contract given to someone else this season, maybe a Dman or a winger?

  • March 22, 2019 at 12:37 am

    I blame this all on Tobias Reider.

  • March 22, 2019 at 12:42 am

    Ebony Raptor:

    Your lines look pretty good. Sikura has to get taken off the first line like you’ve done. He is playing noticeably better but he still should go down to third line.

    Kane with Strome and Debrincat makes sense. All three look like they hit a bit of a wall.

  • March 22, 2019 at 12:46 am

    Okay, Bruins missed playoffs and had a rebuild but they drafted players in the meantime who have had a quick impact. Macavoy, Carlo, Debrusk, Heinen just to name an few and I am excluding that great, young 4th line they have. They drafted Pasternak a few years back. This was a team constantly finishing in the top of the standings but then when they missed the playoffs, they kept drafting players that made the NHL. Infact, they had the luxury to trade Donato for Coyle in March.
    Today, with such a miserasble bottom six, Hawks do not have a single rookie player in the lineup! Sikura is 24 so he is not a rookie! And the same goes on defence. So, the fans should not think the team let us down, because the old vets along with 12 and 56 made a real exciting push. The only person who has let us down is the GM along with his amateur scouting staff. That’s a fact.

  • March 22, 2019 at 2:50 am


    BOS 4 good young players
    we have 4 or maybe more coming, not ready yet.

    Same path, maybe take a little longer then BOS did.

    Example is, same path, not exact same exact time length.

  • March 22, 2019 at 7:45 am

    Worst game of the year for D-Cat looked lost with terrible turnovers. I thought Rosival was slow until Dahlstrom came along and I believe him Kruger and Kampf couldn’t break a window with their shot. Keith seems to be back in his ”I don’t give a shit attitude”. I used to think small tweaks were all that was needed but now major changes are needed. Just my rant for the day.

  • March 22, 2019 at 7:48 am

    No presence at net. Hart made some very good stops, but there was very little screening or battling in front of the net. When Hart did give up a rebound there was no one there to have a chance to cash in. Kind of a broken record for this season.

  • March 22, 2019 at 8:15 am

    Ebony- you’d break up that dynamic KKK line- Kunitz, Kampf, Kruger?! What a waste of 10,11,12 spots! Hayden experiment is over I guess- they never played him much- now, not at all. Trade him to a team that would develop him. Crawford should rest the remainder of the season- nobody is protecting him, D is mostly useless- and we need him 120% next year. Even if by some fluke we make the playoffs it’ll be embarrassing vs a top 5 team!
    I’m sticking with keeping 12, 17,19,88,20, maybe 11 ( but the jury is still out!) and use ALL the other forwards to somehow upgrade both F and D. I like what Gustafsson brings offensively- he truly is OUR Jake Gardiner with strong offensive and questionable defensive skills. Jokiharu- yes, and if Stan can’t really move Seabrook and Keith, limit their ice time. We aren’t a contender, and without half a dozen upgrades, we will again be on the outside looking in next year. I would be happy if they were just COMPETITIVE every night- be IN every game, and play with the intensity and skill that wowed us from ‘09-‘15…..see y’all next year in Prague

  • March 22, 2019 at 9:06 am

    One of the goals has to be to look at getting a couple of players that play with some real edge like 91-
    the good thing about this late run and the ‘playoff’ type play is it’s glaring what is missing-they have the talented players, with more, especially on D coming soon-but most teams would love to play them in the playoffs in my opinion.
    The second benefit is that the younger players are getting an idea just how hard it is to elevate your play and keep that sustained effort every night.

  • March 22, 2019 at 9:09 am

    There is more than one way to upgrade the Hawks for next year but I don’t think you need a half dozen upgrades – maybe 3 or 4

    1) D man – trade or UFA
    2) Joki
    3) upgrade 3C – meaning trade AA get a more dynamic quicker 3C – trade or UFA
    4) maybe Kubalik or Entwistle or Kurashev makes the roster next year

    Trade assets – Sikura, Forsling, Dahlstrom, maybe Kahun, draft choices, one of Mitchell or Beaudin probably Mitchell

    And they have cap space to sign a good UFA maybe even 2 if they trade AA – it’s doable

  • March 22, 2019 at 9:12 am

    It’s not surprising that D-Cat is hitting a bit of a wall-he’s a little guy who works hard and doesn’t avoid the contact (like some)
    Teams are also making sure he doesn’t get into that lane for the one timer.

  • March 22, 2019 at 10:10 am

    Teams are pushing the Hawks to the outside. Until we can get some sandpaper in the corners and guys jamming the crease, it’ll be hard to sustain our offense game in and out. With the exception of Saad, Perlini and Toews we have too many perimeter players. That needs to change.

  • March 22, 2019 at 10:16 am

    I’m not against trading Anisimov but I don’t think he is overpaid for a 3C so I doubt a more dynamic guy that could take his place at 3C is going to cost less. Upgrading the position and getting a cap savings are probably mutually exclusive.

  • March 22, 2019 at 10:52 am

    We wouldnt just play a top 5 team, NAS and WIN are top 3 teams, roster wise. i do not give a shit what records other top 10 teams have. Now in 2 yrs, when were deep again, teams like CAL and BOS might be top 5 teams then

  • March 22, 2019 at 10:56 am

    Noonan, yes yes thats what we need.

    Hall, I do not want to play two top 3 teams with a short handed roster.

    Give these guys credit we did as good as we did without a full roster, basically between a 1/2 to 3/4 roster this yr. Really since game 30.

    With same exact roster, and were not going to do nothing, we would be this 23-12-6 type record. Which means in a yr were looking at a 46-26 kind of team, even if you tae 5 wins off that its still a 41-31 team and that is playoffs, but I care most about getting roster good.

    2020 is the new 2009. We will be adding half a dozen good players in next 1.5 yrs.

  • March 22, 2019 at 11:05 am

    Not to get rid of any guys, but half the 12 FW and 6 D will be different in 2 yrs from now. Put any top 10 teams bottom 6 and a 2nd pair D and a 3rd pair D with our top 6 and good D, where are we at. Got to look ahead and not worry about the fact that we did pretty good with a short handed roster this 19 season.

  • March 22, 2019 at 12:11 pm

    @Wrap, I think I agree with your list 100%. Defense and upgrade 3C. Those are the things that will help this team the most IMO.

    Depth scoring and and upgrades on the 4th line is not what is keeping the Hawks from getting to the playoffs (it may prevent us from winning a Cup, but we can cross that bridge when they are a playoff team again…)

    In regards to the game, I find myself frustrated that this team seems to lack the ability to seize the moment. Saad was the only guy who looked like he was trying to win a game out there. Colorado seized their moment, and now they are in control of their destiny and the Hawks are still five points away from that eighth seed.

    Personally I think the Hawks do a poor job of dictating the style of play and react to what the opposition gives them. I thought the first 40 minutes of the Toronto game was an exception as the Hawks were swarming and the Leafs looked lost. But when the Leafs decided to play, the Hawks were on their heels. Was it because they had a five goal lead and let up on the pressure, or where they unable to handle a talented Leafs team that decided to show up?

  • March 22, 2019 at 12:54 pm

    @Miro – totally agree with your observation that the Hawks don’t dictate the style of play usually – they let the other team do that

    And you’re also right about the TOR game in that the first two periods seemed to be an exception and the Hawks looked to be trending up in their overall play and then when the pressure came they wilted and crashed back down to earth and really haven’t been the same since that 3rd period vs the Leafs

    @ER – I agree AA isn’t overpaid for a good 3C – it’s just that AA isn’t a good 3C – not productive or fast enough and not a guy like Bolland was that you could match up against the opponents 1st and 2nd line

  • March 22, 2019 at 1:15 pm

    Right – the objective of trading/replacing Anisimov is either to upgrade 3C or to save cap space – pick one, you don’t get both.

  • March 22, 2019 at 1:37 pm

    I pick upgrade – they’ll still have enough $ to sign a good UFA D man

    They might for example trade AA for a prospect and draft pick which will create cap space and then use AA’s freed up $ to pay a 3C in a trade – say Kadri for example just because his salary is roughly equivalent to AA’s

    And to my point above they’d then still have enough $ for a D man – maybe Gardiner who’s a better player than any D the Hawks currently have on their NHL roster

  • March 22, 2019 at 2:40 pm

    Be interesting to see who what ufa we add. Were not going to only do it with trade like 11 and 91 and good young draft players. There will be a difference maker ufa added this summer/maybe summer of 20. It could be trade but like you said it makes more sense to add picks/prospects and get a good player for free at ufa.

    Regardless of what positions we have in prospects, I think we add what we need now/these two reloading yrs coming up. Then if we have too many of D or FW who cares we trade from wealth. Were prob factoring the expansion Fixed draft in the plan so that might determine some things.

  • March 22, 2019 at 2:44 pm

    Wrap, Bowman and crew prob do the upgrade and add assets way because we were this close to playoffs with sort of wasting the first 30 games. So even though were nor deep enough to compete yet, we are One good player from making playoffs.

  • March 22, 2019 at 2:46 pm

    I d rather be deep then just One good player away from playoffs, and thats with spoting the league a 30 game and 9 games under .500 lead.

    So stick to the plan of adding, like we did during the 82 games this yr with those trades, and add what we need like Noonan and Wrap said.

    Its only a matter of time before were deep again, 2 yrs.

  • March 22, 2019 at 3:02 pm

    Wrap, in your example Kadri would upgrade the 3C position but it wouldn’t save cap space – so your example picked one – upgrade 3C, but you didn’t get the other – cap space because you didn’t end up with more cap space than you had before the Anisimov/Kadri exchange.

  • March 22, 2019 at 3:56 pm

    Great analysis by ER and Wrap. However, Wrap, you aren’t going to get both a prospect and pick for AA, who has two years left on a mid-size contract. I would take a 3rd round pick to free up cap space.

    To be a serious contender next season and beyond, the Hawks need the following upgrades:

    1. D-man dependable/solid in his own zone.
    2. Young goalie, who can become a #1 in two years, or veteran goalie who can assume #1 right away.
    3. 3rd line center.
    4. Middle six winger.

    Am assuming that Joki becomes a 3-4 next season and either KK or Dahl are good enough to be a bottom pairing (most likely KK). Also assuming that Mitchell, Boq, or Beau can be brought up for some games by the end of next season and one of them is ready to start in 20/21. Entwistle? Kurashev?

  • March 22, 2019 at 5:23 pm

    ER – I know – that’s why I picked upgrade

    But as a side note the whole idea of saving cap space is to upgrade with that saved cap $ unless you’re just going to sit on that $ which I don’t think the Hawks will

  • March 22, 2019 at 5:40 pm

    Well said Hawk One, apart from Toews, Saad and Perlini, too much of Kahun, Sikura, Kruger, Kampf and not enough of skill/speed/size combined. Those guys should not be part of the roster next season.
    Hayden is not the answer either. We have a 2nd round pick in Rockford named Graham Knott, centering a 4th line. That’s how bad we are in Rockford.
    This next draft has to focus on wingers with speed/scoring ability but some good size and grit as well. Oh, and draft a real goalie prospect too.
    If Bowman wants to watch footage of the Hawks Cup teams to refresh his roster memory, he should or all he has to do is watch two games played last night, CAPS vs BOLTS and PENS vs PREDS!!!

  • March 22, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    Lots of talk about what we need for next year. I will post the defensive side of what I have gathered from posters here for this season so far, 70 plus games worth. Using the information I have gleamed, I think the board has consensus for the following players in these positions:
    1. Keith 2. Joki
    3. 4. Murphy
    5. Dahlstrom/Gustafson 6. Seabrook/Koekkoek

    I’m not sure we have agreed upon a #3. Maybe Dahlstrom moves to 3 (many are/were very high on him), or someone not currently on the roster and in the system becomes 3, I am not clear. Nobody seems to consider Forsling capable, so just shoot him or send out to pasture. Many feel that at least 1 and potentially all 3 of the top Dmen drafted in the past 2 years without current NHL experience may be or are ready for the NHL, so lets just assume that at least 1 makes it. Hey – we don’t need any Dmen as UFAs!!! In fact, we can trade some of our strength in Dmen for middle or bottom six forwards, or for a goalie better than Delia. Considering all the assets we have on defense and potentially a draft pick around 12 to 24 depending on if we make the playoffs, we actually are in great shape to make a serious run at the cup next year.

    Bowman probably has one of his easier summers of activity.

  • March 22, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    Boqvist and Knights on Sportsnet-playoff game #1
    end of first period
    (Boqvist with an assist)

  • March 22, 2019 at 11:48 pm

    Boston University eliminated. Chad Krys time to get your gear to Rockford.

  • March 23, 2019 at 12:30 am

    the pressure came they wilted and crashed back down to earth

    Do not think were that bad, just not deep. The game after we got outshot, but We were in control. Flows happen and after going 17-6 well, your not going to lose (was a tie) just because some people thought you got lucky to win a game/goalie plays good? hey, its what happens when you win a lot games in a row.


    Got nothing to do with winning a game some thougt was lucky to win, its got all to do with streaking and you cant win 10 in a row, unless you play in BOS division and not have to play Tam or TOR ion those 10.

    We still need depth. Is what we need. Players like Noonan says.

  • March 23, 2019 at 12:35 am

    Silent, we need (and I expect Bowman to get) a good veteran d-man next season because even if, say, Mitchell can make the team at some point, it may take a season for him to develop. Look at Joki, who was sent back down for further development. Boq or Beau will likely not be ready next year. They are great offensively but have a lot to learn about defending. It doesn’t look like Dahl will be moving up, but we will see next season with more playing time.

    At the moment we have Keith as an aging 1, maybe Joki as a 2, Murphy as a 4, and the rest are 5, 6, 7.

  • March 23, 2019 at 12:39 am

    Theres no need to make things up or exaggerate. Were not deep. We have between a 1/2 to 3/4 roster. We need to add add add add in addition to blue chip prospect players coming that are going to very good. That does mean half a dozen good players and thats exactly what were going to add these 1.5 yrs coming up.

    Or tank and say your tanking. EDM and BUF are on a roll. CAL and BOS adid what we are doing, reloading.

  • March 23, 2019 at 12:46 am

    Original, we need to add something of value on D. Even when the Four Horsemen are NHL ready and then are established they might be 4 of the 6 playing. Until then we need to add, cant pussy foot no more. We did for two transition yrs.

    The team is too good, basically made playoffs, since game 30, without a deep roster. that means get these guys some help/deeper lines and pairs because thats all they need. The good young wave will be ready when they are, and they will be good.

    Theres not need to nick pick. Just add good ufas from now on. Tank ufas time os over, there are no more transitions yrs.

    Your not in transition anymore when you can make playoffs with half a roster.

  • March 23, 2019 at 12:48 am

    Current standings for wild card:
    team pts gp
    DAL 82 74
    MIN 79 75
    COL 78 74
    ARI 78 74
    CHI 74 73
    VAN 74 74
    EDM 73 74
    ANA 71 76
    LAK 60 73

  • March 23, 2019 at 1:08 am

    Here is the Hawks record against each division:

    East Conf 16-13-3
    Atlantic 9-6-1
    Metro 7-7-2

    West Conf 16-18-7
    Pacific 5-12-4
    Central 11-6-3

    Given these numbers, the Pacific division is the toughest in the league for us, while the Central division is the easiest. Considering we are dead last in the central, think how much better we could be if we only played the central division teams. We could possibly win our division. We have the best record of anyone in our division against teams in our division. And Ottawa isn’t even here! OR New Jersey, Rangers, Red Wings or Kings. We are awful against the Pacific and they have Arizona, Vancouver, Edmonton, Anaheim and LA Kings. There is an outside chance that one, yes one, of those teams may make the playoffs, but right now none of them are in. I’m pretty sure we got to play each of them 3 times this year. We do have one game left with Arizona and one with LA.

    Sure wish we got an easier schedule……….

  • March 23, 2019 at 3:58 am

    Thats funny because central is hardest division. Every team is over .500 and every other division has two shit teams each.

    Didnt people complain about not having a good record in our own division last yr. Made a difference but.

    Once we get deeper roster, the wins will come with it. Right now I guess it doesnt matter because were not deep enough to beat 2 or 3 top teams.

    Just want to see Bowman and crew get what we need and give these guys a deep roster and a legit fair chance to play because the bulk of the team played good this yr and showed we still have it and will for a good amount of yrs to come.

  • March 23, 2019 at 9:10 am

    It’ll be insightful to see how the team responds today in COL and who specifically plays well and who doesn’t amongst the younger players – T, K, CC, Saad I all expect to have good games

  • March 23, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    Optimistically, I hope to see one or both of Kurashev and Entwistle get some games with the big club next year. I know Kurashev is playing center right now, but I wonder if he might get his toes wet on wing in the top 6 rather than 3C. For Entwistle, the bottom 6 is wide open — jobs, jobs, jobs.

    I watched Boqvist last night. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a defenseman get as far up ice as often as he does. He plays a different game. It will be really interesting to see what degree he forces teams to adapt to him, vs getting exposed for his wandering ways.

  • March 23, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    I saw the game too Jordy and I agree-but what a skater and he passes effortlessly-him and Bouchard together would be great in two years in the NHL

  • March 23, 2019 at 4:24 pm

    Saw the same thing you guys are talking about. He does what Eddie O says a couple yrs ago when Blackhawks had deep roster, that were extra good when are D men get involved like that. Not last yr or this yr but when team is deep and we have guys that can do that it makes us better and not many teams have players that can do that.

    So I like that we ll have something we had before that most teams do not.

  • March 23, 2019 at 4:25 pm

    Thats why I like to keep the Four Horsemen whether we add a D or FW in summer or both, this and next summer. So we have an entourage of defensemen that can play like that, not just one.

  • March 23, 2019 at 5:06 pm

    Ran out of gas or what.

    Proud of the guys that went 23-11-6 for the bulk of the 2nd 40 games when the season was on the line, playing without any where near a full roster.

    Need to add what we need to, going forward. Ufas! good ones/correct positions.

    Doesnt matter what happen these last 10 games. There are 4 teams virtually tied for 8th pick/were one of them and two teams for 6th and 7th pick at 4 and 5 under .500, so we could get there depending on those teams.

    We still have a shot a top 6 skill pick.

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