Blackhawks Dominate Kings, Finish Circus Trip 5-1

Brad Richards and Kris Versteeg continued their strong play and concluded a successful Circus Trip leading a dominant victory in Los Angeles.

Richards scored twice and Versteeg picked up assists on both of his linemate’s goals as the Hawks ran away from the Kings in a complete 4-1 victory. Daniel Carcillo opened the scoring int he first period, and Richards would scored the eventual game-winner with 2:01 left in the opening period.

Jordan Nolan, getting into a rare game this season, cut the lead in half but Richards would add his second less than three minutes later. Brandon Saad would add an empty net goal in the game’s final moments to push the final score to 4-1 in favor of the visitors.

Richards finished the Circus Trip with five points (three goals, two assists) in six games. Versteeg finished the trip with two goals and six assists in the six games; he had three multi-point games on the trip.

Corey Crawford also had a magnificent trip. He finished the trip with a 19-save performance in his 14th consecutive start. Crawford posted a 5-1-0 record with a .929 save percentage on the trip, stopping 143 of 154 in the six games.

Jonathan Quick allowed three goals against 24 shots in the loss.

Because the Hawks were able to control the puck and the score, coach Joel Quenneville was able to spread out the ice time once again. Even with David Rundblad only taking two shifts in the third period, only four Blackhawks were over 20 minutes in the game. Niklas Hjalmarsson led the way, skating 25:48 with Johnny Oduya, Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook also going over 20 in the game.

Up front, it was Richards leading Hawks forwards with 19:01 on the ice. Patrick Kane skated 18:51 and failed to register a point in the game, but his Circus Trip comes to a close with four multi-point games. Kane had four goals and five assists on the trip.

Versteeg (15 points in 14 games) and Kane (16 points in 14 games) finished November with outstanding numbers, most of which came while skating together. Richards posted six goals and six assists for 12 points in the 14 games in the month.

Crawford finished the month of November allowing 27 goals in 14 games with a .929 save percentage for the month. He was 9-5-0 in November.

And since the wheels supposedly fell off in a lackluster loss to the Red Wings on November 14, the Hawks are 6-1-0 and have outscored their seven opponents 29-14.

The Hawks come home (finally) to host the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday evening.

CHI LAK shots.11.29.14

49 thoughts on “Blackhawks Dominate Kings, Finish Circus Trip 5-1

  • November 30, 2014 at 12:02 am

    Team in transition, obviously.

  • November 30, 2014 at 12:09 am

    Kings GM calls Stan and wants Crawford for Quick straight up, I wouldn’t do it.

    Richards is the missing piece we needed during the WCF last year.

    Carcillo is an upgrade over Bolig.

    Feeling good.

  • November 30, 2014 at 12:10 am

    Road fever

  • November 30, 2014 at 12:14 am

    A superb and most impressive performance by the team. No way we break up Kane-Versteeg-Richards…incredible domination throughout. The defensive play was out of this world and LA had so many shots blocked and broke up plays that they just gave up and submitted. Mike…you stated a couple of days ago that you never saw Carcillo win a fight….well you sure did tonight..after he realigned McNabbs face and tossed him to the ice he even gave the “Queens wave” to the LA homecrowd. A superb game by Carcillo as well by the way. The Blackhawks were really exciting to watch tonight and its seems we have our kinks worked out and onward and upward we go. Do not know where we put Sharpie upon returning but we cannot under any circumstances break up the Richards line. Me so happy!

  • November 30, 2014 at 1:35 am

    Crawford is playing as well or better than any goaltender in the NHL right now (– I’ve been saying that for a couple of weeks it seems…and *I* am not waiting for his save % to return to its mean/norm/whatever).

    TEAM defense – the key (along with transition and puck control) has been superb – OK, obvious and we’ve all seen it.

    “No way we break up Kane-Versteeg-Richards…” — or any of the other lines (until there is a legitimate reason to)!! I believe Morin played pretty well in the few real opportunities he was given, but now it looks like he’s done – he won’t push Nordstrom out, so I hope Stan is trying to trade him. Also, maybe Nordstrom and Saad should do a little PK to keep 19/81 and 16/28 a bit more well-rested? Just a thought…

    Tonight (and maybe that changes next time?), the Kings’ size advantage didn’t seem to mean very much. (Besides that, honestly, I’m not seeing much evidence of the NHL having gotten younger and faster, and essentially passed the Hawks and their style by…just me.) I thought there was only one punch that really landed – Carcillo’s last.

    Great trip!! Take it to the Blues Wednesday!!

  • November 30, 2014 at 7:12 am

    End of the road trip. Time to call some D that can play 12-15 minutes under the Q. I´ve got Dahlbeck in my mind.

  • November 30, 2014 at 7:49 am

    Brad Richards still got it.

  • November 30, 2014 at 8:28 am

    Pokka- with another goal down on the Farm!!!

    JS- The key word there- Transition- Hawks are finally breaking out/exiting zone with speed… which is finally leading to TRANSITION… In addition- instead of ONLY doing the Circle jerk with 3 forwards/cycle… they are Including the D man- and getting to the weak side slot with regularity… becoming WAY less predictable…

    Richards- Has Caught up to Hawk/Q speed and conditioning… I hope he can maintain. (But still don’t play the guy on PP Point)-

    Bickell – with yet another weak backhand pass to the WRONG team in own zone… leading to their only goal…

  • November 30, 2014 at 8:56 am

    Last time I posted was oct 8th everyone was all “versteeg needs to go” and ” Richards is too slow and old” hahaha.

  • November 30, 2014 at 9:22 am

    Where are the the “Q has lost the team, Q doesn’t know what he’s doing, Q this and Q that. Win or lose Joel Quinvielle is a tremendous coach and we should be thanking our lucky stars we have have him. All you have to do is look at that train wreck in Soldier Field and see what a bad coach can do to talent.

  • November 30, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Big Al- Q has done what most of us were asking for. Started playing Kane with a real center and evened out he minutes. Funny enough, this is the same thing his team was saying to the media.

    The Hawks are still the class of the NHL, regardless of the few here that think the league has passed them by and that they are in a transition. They just thumped two of the best teams in the league at the end of a long road trip.

    They are starting to pour in the goals which should be a shock to no one. Once that top line starts scoring they will be even scarier to watch. Just wait until Patrick Sharp comes back and he’s playing on the third line against crappy D-Pairings.

    Speaking of crappy D Pairings, Rundblad biffed his coverage on a Kings break out and that was pretty much when he was sat for the rest of the game. I know Stan gave up a 2nd for him, but if he isn’t going to play, they need to figure out if they have someone that can.

    Who is this Daniel Carcillo? Is he going to play this way for the rest of the year? It’s honestly blowing my mind. I’ve always been a Carcillo hater and I was sick to my stomach when he was signed, but he’s… playing great. It cracks me up when people rave about the Queen’s Wave he did after the fight, people were crying when Roussel did it last year. P.S. I kind of agree with that fight because McNabb has been known to come in with his elbows high on hits. Was great to see him take a shot to the chin.

    Other than that, I can not wait until Wednesday.

  • November 30, 2014 at 10:13 am

    Before I get to the good stuff, I think a comment is called for regarding the quality of competition the Hawks have just vanquished. While both the Ducks and Kings are top notch teams, both are were playing undermanned with starting d-men out of their lineup.

    OK, now having dispatched with that obligatory disclaimer, the Hawks dominated both games and at times looked like they were toying with them. The key is, was, and always will be with this team – passing. When the Hawks are passing well they are the best team in the league, including the Ducks and Kings when they have their full complement of players. Conversely when they struggle to complete passes their transition game grinds to a slog and they become a beatable team.

    Rozsival was supposed to be the 6/7 d-man who played less than every other game. Now it looks like he will be the #5 d-man who plays every game. That is not a good thing long term. Yes he can make the occasional good play on offense like the pass to Richards last night, but his gaffes and slow play on defense far out number the good plays – such as the play were Williams drove around him and Crawford had to poke check the puck which also tripped Williams and was called a penalty. Rozsival is always vulnerable to getting beat outside because he knows his limitations and overplays the inside move and while that is preferable to getting beat inside, it still results in too many scoring chances against because he simply can’t play good one on one defense anymore.

    Where does Sharp play when he comes back? I would guess he replaces Saad on the top line. So who does Saad replace – Bickell, Carcillo, Nordstrom? My guess is:


    Nordstrom back to captain the Hogs.

  • November 30, 2014 at 10:19 am

    JS- so u see 10 going to 3rd… sitting 29 and waiving Mo… or send 42 to Hogs… and move 29 to 4th…

    I am guessing Q wants to play both 42, 13- cuz they are both quick, move the puck forward, and responsible… BUT- they still don’t want to waive/give away Mo for nothing… so the easy thing is to send 42 down (But – I think Q loves what 42 brings)…

    Lastly- does keeping 10 on LTIR longer – free up more money for TDL $$$?
    And Q’s comments on 10 – seem to indicate that there might be some lingering effects from his knee sprain…

  • November 30, 2014 at 10:28 am

    brad richards wow. if he and versteeg can continue to punish teams trying to cheat on kane holy smokes.

    would be cool if they figured out the third pairing but i guess thats being picky.

  • November 30, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Yes- 3rd pairing… Funny thing is- Pokka- might be best of Hogs… BUT the fact he is Right handed/Right side… Might handicap him for now… cuz Rosey is right handed and can’t play left side… SO- Dbeck, Cumiskey, or TJ will most likely get the next call…
    VERY SOON!!!

  • November 30, 2014 at 11:29 am

    The Q criticisms have subsided because he has stopped the line blending, given some youngsters a look and given 88 a center. I expect and hope many on this blog will continue to hold Q’s feet to the fire. 91 and 13 sure have been a surprise to me. I still would keep 42 up with the big club and send 13 down. I am especially pleased with the play of 4. He is fast becoming one of the best stay at home defenseman in the league. He repeatedly bails out 27. The team has been playing very well but the 3rd d line pairing needs to be resolved by the 1st of the year. 5/6/32 are not very good options at this point. Perhaps Dahlbeck, Johns (when healthy ) and Pokka need to be given a chance to see if they are viable.

  • November 30, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Great Game but Hawks swept the Kings last year so not a big deal but a nice win on the road in a tuff barn. Seems the speed has picked up, defense men and making faster moves up ice, not too much looking around for stretch passes taking control. Daniel Carcillo has been a very good player for years. Picked the perfect time for a fight, just had to get it otu of his system loved the Queens wave to kings! Kid is talented, tuff and has a lot of what most Hawks don’t have tuff-ness plus scoring skills and IQ, so LAY OFF the kid. Richards is playing well on the offensive end, on the power play which is why they got him he is perfect, IQ is off the charts, fills the gaps like no one else on Hawks xcept for Sharp maybe. Richards has less speed to play the type of “get back and back check d” the Hawks demand. Hossa older still has that initial jump / sprint in transition but Richards is NOT SLOW just not as quick. Nord-strum gotta go down bring up Morin NOW, that line needs some speed and bulk and tuff-ness and Morin would bring that. Cory played very well, I expect a let down on wednesday vs BLUES i hope not. Keith is actually playing better than he EVER HAS, EVER! Finally has the GREEN LIGHT on offense and he is taking advantage of it, and when he pushes it up Hawks are not beatable! TVR gets back soon, Seabrook is also playing great as a pair. old news but they are actually better than ever.

  • November 30, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    ^ #13 is Carcillo, why on earth would they send him down or want to? Sending down, or trying to send down Morin #11 is maybe where you were going.

    As for Quenneville, I hope the implication isn’t that Joel Quenneville reads this blog and plans his strategy accordingly … because he doesn’t. As was said above, this is the same place where many wanted Brad Richards dumped, Kris Versteeg dumped, and so on just a handful of games into the season.

    It takes a while for players to settle in to a long year and sometimes line blending works to help players keep things simple and not try too many fancy plays, which frequently end up in your own net. That said, I too think he blends things too often at times. He doesn’t need to right now though, that’s for sure.

    Ice Hogs have 3 games in 4 nights starting Thursday. Johns may still be out, Dent is not sure. McNeill looks like he’ll be out a while longer. I would not be surprised to see the Blackhawks swap out Clendening and Dahlbeck to balance out the L-R equation. We’ll see.

  • November 30, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    Hoff- I would not send 13 to Rockford. I would use him to occasionally spot 42. I like Morin but he is obviously not part of the Hawks future so I would try to get a good pick for him. That will probably be difficult as he has not been showcased lately. Versteeg has done a 180 from last year and the turnaround was not a sure thing. We could only hope Q read the blog.

  • November 30, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    I wonder what the Versteeg & Richards haters are saying now!
    For what it’s worth, last years team with a healthy 23 and 91 would have won the cup

  • November 30, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    As everyone has stated the Hawks are playing very well now . I liked Carcillo when he was on the Flyers, its refreshing to see a Blackhawks player put a fist on an opponents chin when said opponent has taken liberties. Versteeg is a poor mans Kane he is playing exceptional hockey and has moves mirroring any skilled player in hockey, it is disturbing that Q has only 5 D when the game is on the line , what happened to the cap increase that i thought was coming . I never appreciated Leddy when he was a Bhawk now i see the error in my thinking B

  • November 30, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    I am happy with the 5-1 circus trip, but we cannot go much longer with 5 D playing most of the minutes. Bring in some help from Rockford and send CDen back.

  • November 30, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    Keeping Sharp on LTIR does nothing at this point to gain any space come deadline time. Capgeek has some good info on how LTIR works. The only space they really gained was when they put TvR on LTIR after they called up Johns. Since TvR is essentially done for the year, that’s where they got savings. They only put Sharp on when Shaw was injured and they need the space to call up Danault. They only have space if they keep Sharp on LTIR the rest of the year.

    Remember those first 5-7 games when Richards was pointless. And everybody said he couldn’t skate, was a waste of cap space, and will be a detriment come playoff time? And Tab emplored those said people to wait 10 games. Have him grow some chemistry. Get comfortable in Chicago and with the team, and becoming a father a week or so before the season. My only question, what took so long to put 91 with 88? And you have 2 guys on your second line counting for 4 million total against the cap that have together put up 27 points in 14 games. It took a year, but the Hawks are finally reaping the benefits of a healthy Kris Versteeg.

  • November 30, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    61 you said “We could only hope Q read the blog.”

    Um, no. He knows a lot more than you or anyone else here, including me for sure. You and a few others think you know more than he does … nope.

    Not saying he’s perfect (no one is) lest somebody claim they’re dealing with a Quenneville apologist. But he knows what he’s doing … 10x more than anyone who posts here.

  • November 30, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    Hoff- Nobody here including me has ever said “we know more than Q”. I have never said lack of knowledge is Q’s problem. Stubbornness and the inability to admit mistakes has been his problem. Q, as well as all hockey coaches make mistakes. The people on this blog have every right to point out those mistakes. If you can’t stand criticism leveled at Q on this blog perhaps you should find a site that thinks exactly like you.

  • November 30, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    ^ 61 I see you’re still being a little girl about being taken to the woodshed in recent posts. Get over it. You think you’re pointing out mistakes … what you’re pointing out is your OPINION of what you think are mistakes – what I”m pointing out which I’ve already explained several times is you don’t know anywhere near what Quenneville knows … you’re not in the locker room, you don’t have any clue what’s going on with the players and what’s going on with them and so on. Yet you think your opinions are “fact”. Well they’re NOT fact. They’re simply your viewpoints, which are not the full picture. Let’s face it , we all know you’re still butt hurt the Blackhawks lost in 7 to LA last spring, it happens, pucks bounce funny, if your user name is 61 you’d know that from seeing game 7’s in person like I did in 1971. But keep thinking you know more than Quenneville – and maybe you should find a dumber board where you’d fit in perfectly.

  • November 30, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    One enjoyment of reading this blog is observing all the varying opinions about Hawk players, game tactics, coaching decisions and player personnel management. I will continue to enjoy reading these opinions and offering a few of my own regardless of your attempt to stifle discourse.

  • November 30, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    Ya’ll need to chill out. lol. And by Ya’ll I mean Hoff. You come off very prickly. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions and this is a place to voice them with other Blackhawk fans. Everyone that reads this site is a huge fan or else why would we be checking in every day to get our Hawks fix. I’ll be honest I question the moves be SB from time to time and the decisions by Q but I find salvation in thinking the must know something I don’t know. And they do! or else I would be sitting in Trump tower right now googling were to buy a yacht. Doesn’t mean I don’t want to express my frustrations. The point is we’re fans. We care. We have a deep passion for this team. Don’t bully people off this site because then we lose people to collaborate our opinions and passion with. This is supposed to be a positive to our lives, not something we get worked up over. WE get worked up enough when the hawks lose.

    Side note- Tab thank you for your work on this site. I don’t post often but I read it everyday.

    Does anyone have any insight on why the cap wont go up now? It’s really ruining my plans for the team next year lol.

    Seriously. Is it because the looney is down? enough for 30 team to lose 10 million a year in spendable revenue? Taking into account player owner split. (these aren’t facts i’m throwing out by the way just estimates, don’t bite my head off)

  • November 30, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    Wow dude, casual sexism and ad hominem attack wrapped into one… then misstating the interlocutor’s argument. The comments board is almost all opinion, venting, and ball-busting. No one is saying these criticisms are capital ‘T’ truth; they reflect the feelings of a passionate fanbase. If you’d like to attack the other commenters in future on epistemologic grounds, I would be more than happy to deploy the Pyrrhonian tropes and help you turn the comments thread on this wonderful blog (which I suspect Q would be happy to read, actually) into a nonsense hatefest such as you seem to want to do.

    Just take your ball and go home.

  • November 30, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    As a local LA guy it was a treat to see both games Friday and Saturday. Darryl Sutter was quoted as saying the Kings got “their asses kicked” and called the Hawks “the best team in the league”. I was most impressed this weekend with Duncan Keith. Whenever the Hawks are on a roll he is playing massive minutes at the highest level. I think we all take him a bit for granted but in my view his name belongs right along side Toews and Kane when talking about the Hawks re-birth. His conditioning and compete level are off the charts yet he gets a fraction of the press that others get. Instead of stressing over the loss of Nick Leddy or who can be the #6 d-man we need to be very thankful that #2 is signed for life and will play 25 minutes a night.

  • November 30, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    Hawks1961 and Kyle: Agreed. This is the best site for passionate Hawks fans to freely express our thoughts (Thanks, Tab). And no need to respond to Hoffmeister’s bizarre stuff. We all have his number at this point.

  • November 30, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    MS–My kid’s living out in LA. He says the Kings fan base is small and that their victory parade last summer was poorly attended. Would you say that’s accurate?

  • November 30, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    DAN CARCILLO – I would have never thought he could put it together like he has.
    My kid loved his signing and I hated it. Hate it when my kid is smarter than me.
    BRAD RICHARDS – I said before maybe he had a tough adjustment and he has a newborn on top of that, any of us that remember what it was like having a newborn can attest to how much that can wear you out.
    KRIS VERSTEEG – Guess he wasn’t healthy last year, glad he is this year.

  • November 30, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    Wall, I got to watch 3 Hogs games vs the Wolves recently and love Pokka but don’t know if he’s defensively responsible enough to stay out of Q’s doghouse. I can not figure out why Brennan can’t get a chance as I thought he played solid defensively and has a great shot. Dahlbeck from what I saw is the steadiest of the young dmen. Johns was out the last 2 games but from what I saw he is good.
    Would love to get rid of Runblad, send C-ding down and bring up Dahlbeck and Brennan to rotate with Rosey and give him a game off now and then.

  • November 30, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    Ivan – The Kings have a fairly solid fan base of pretty knowledgeable fans (unlike the Ducks) although it obviously is not even close to the Hawks. The victory parade was not very impressive last year but they are a first rate organization. They also have one of the best announcing pairs around (Bob Miller and Jim Fox) again unlike the Ducks whose knuckleheads have called #65 “Andy Shaw” for the last two years.

  • November 30, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    MS- Too funny with the west coast announcers. The Ducks guys we listened to were so unbalanced it was a joke. The feed I watched last night had the LA play by play guy (although I thought they were fairly balanced for an opponents crew), go through several 3rd period big mis-labels “there goes Richards again into the corner” (uh, sorry, no- that was Hoss buddy, 81 not 91), and shortly thereafter “Kane is really mixing it up” (oops, that’s Smith, 28 not 88.) My son and I (home from school and happy to watch some Hawks with Dad), had a good laugh at those calls.. Foley and Edzo can get monotonous, but they’re still the best…

  • November 30, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    Some random thoughts on the game and how the Blackhawks have been playing. First off an exciting team to watch despite already 8 losses to this point in the season. I really like line 2 and it looks like there was some thought behind the acquisitions of Steeger and Richards despite all the doubters. Does Kaner look like he is playing the best hockey so far of his life or what? Now for the first line. If you take off the pp and shortie goals for Toews, Hossa, and Saad and throw in Sharpie for good measure this unit has only 12 5 on 5 goals for the year despite Toews having a solid year. It looks like Saad’s speed is wasted on this line and I would like to see a shooter here and can hardly wait until Sharp gets back to get this line going. I would love to see Saad and Smith on the same line and we would probably see a lot of odd man situations with these two together. Love the new check/skill line of Shaw, Carcillo, and Bickell. It looks like this line is bringing out the best of each player. Both Shaw and Bickell looked out of place before this and it just works with them with Carcillo. Amazing PK with Krueger and Smith and obviously very good goaltending. Now if we can just find one or two solid defensemen somewhere with the Icehogs this will help until TVR comes back. Last year coach Q had 7 defensemen and now only 5 healthy ones that he has faith in. Obviously when you have 4 of the best d-men in the league this helps. I think there have been a lot of good surprises this year. Strong play from 23 and the additions of 91, 13, and 57 have improved this team over last year. One last thought, if who to keep for 12th or 13th forward is the big controversy then this is a very solid team!

  • December 1, 2014 at 2:10 am

    Consider this Hawks fan WRONG! I said this team looked old and slow. I think the problem was the line blender.

    Saad finally skating with Toews and Hossa was a great idea. The kid has talent skate him w talented players. The Hawks second line has been absolutely on fine. Now I’m scared when Sharp comes back what happens next. About time both Shaw and Bickell got moved down.

  • December 1, 2014 at 6:29 am

    Wow just wow. I hated seeing the Hawks lose to the Canucks but this more than makes up for it. The last 2 games the Hawks speed was just too much for the Ducks and Kings and ALL 4 lines were playing great. I agree with others that there has to be some change at D so the top 4 don’t get worn down. SB made a mistake with Rundblad and he isn’t the answer. Thankfully there are some waiting for their call. Who gets the next audition?

  • December 1, 2014 at 6:56 am

    Wall- for some reason I didn’t see your posts, must have been awaiting moderation.

    It’s all about transition with this team. They have been hitting the neutral zone with speed and are almost always bringing two forwards back into the D zone to help with break outs.

  • December 1, 2014 at 7:39 am

    JS- the speed/passing is several times better than earlier games this year…

    Reality check… Oilers suck, Ducks started 3 AHL Dmen, Kings are without the woman beater, Avs are not playing well…

    Hawks still did very well and played much faster… Blues/Preds (both are playing well)
    will be much better indicators of WHERE the Hawks ARE!!!

  • December 1, 2014 at 8:25 am

    Technically the Hawks are without a top line scorer and a solid defensemen. So they aren’t full stength either.

    I’ll be at the game in Nashville on Saturday, hopefully I’m sober enough to enjoy the game.

  • December 1, 2014 at 9:48 am

    At least they got some points and regulated a few things statistically even if some of those other teams were hitting a down spot. Winning is still winning. Should be an interesting week.

    Good thing the q is infallible argument didn’t get old…

  • December 1, 2014 at 10:42 am

    What we saw over the weekend, and to a degree throughout the trip was a Hawks team that is finding its stride through a consistent lineup and Q rolling 4 lines. Apart from the playoff combo of Saad, Shaw, and Kane, the current line with Versteeg and Richards has Kane in full production mode for the first time in ages during regular season. When Richards was added to the lineup over the summer we all hoped for what we are finally seeing. I was willing to cut Richards some slack to get adjusted until Dec and here we are. The guy has found his game and some nice chemistry with his linemates. It was discussed last year that the knee injury Versteeg was recovering from would take 2 years to come around and sure enough here we are with the player we thought he could be. I am very happy to see Versteeg back on form. My God, during the playoffs last year he was a train wreck, especially in the decision making dept. All of that just seems like a bad dream now.

    It was also noteworthy that apart from Vancouver, the rest of the games featured not so great fore checking by opposing teams. As we all know, the Hawks when denied entry to neutral zone with speed, become a far less dangerous team. Teams that commit to this mentality make it tough on the Hawks to maintain puck possession and generate quality scoring chances. I was especially surprised Kings and Ducks not pressing the issue in this regard. Same with Avs, who by the way did not skate their woman beater either. A groin injury to Varlamov is going to make life tough on Avs. Patrick Roy looks insanely stressed out behind the bench these days. Pass the Kleenix please….

    I too was unable to get the local broadcast of the Kings game while I was over in SW Michigan and didn’t’ find the LA announcers bad at all. Those Ducks guys are brutal homers. It’s one thing to be a homer, but in the Ducks case their comments do not match up with what is being seen on the ice.

    Wall you are right on it to mention upcoming games as being a good measuring stick. Preds likely to come back to earth soon. Blues playing well too, but they tend to be pretty stdy overall. Will be curious to see which Blues team shows up Wednesday. I hope the first home game back after the circus trip is not a let down for the Hawks, but with the Blues coming in there seems to be less chance of it. It will be good to be back in the UC and watch some live hockey again!

    Lets Go Hawks!

  • December 1, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    Tab, is there any way we (you) can get someone here my email address. One of the guys, RD, wanted to me to get him some info on jerseys and I wasn’t sure if were allowed to post/links for things for sale on this site/these types of sites. Its not secret info or anything, just didnt want to without your permission. Thank you.

    (I left a message in the contact folder at the top of this page a wk ago or so, but no one must have saw it)(I wasn’t sure how to contact you, to ask. Other then leave a message like this in most recent thread.)

  • December 1, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    I stand corrected. Carcillo is a new man. Skates and agitates and yes, he won a fight. Keep it up Carbomb, you are going to make fans out of us yet.

    I was on the give Richards 10-15 games band wagon. Well it took 20+ games, maybe due to some line jumbling. But whatever, Richards makes up for his lack of “youth” by being tough and smart…..better than smart, savvy on the ice. I think he now knows what Kane can do and he is complementing it rather than trying to emulate Kane. He is showing the wisdom of being a veteran. I hope he can play at this level for the rest of the season.

  • December 1, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    RD, Ive been on the road this wk so I didn’t get access to much as we were at college alma matter for senior day wknd. I had to listen to the ANA game on 720 in Jeep. Its funny a few yrs ago we were playing ANA at daytime/3pm as well and I was Jeep driving/720 so before I left I felt a good omen. Bang it happened again. We won that one, they scored first but Dunks scored shorthanded and we won 4-1 too. I like those feelings I get. RD, remember when I said (after the 5min in 2nd period WAS and pizza redwing games)(when people were talking about transition) a long road trip would sometimes bring team together better/more and you said history has been known.

    I posted the 20-19-81, 23-91-88, 29-65, 28-16 lines the night after the redwings noshow/pizza delivery. I didn’t know, but Q put those lines in for the next game after that and bang. It feels righteous when your idea (I am sure thousands of people wanted those lines as well) is used right after you mention it and it works that well.

  • December 1, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    Ernie, yea when 10 comes back, trade 11/42 to Rockford then we will bank more cap space again. Did we ltir Sharpy on the EDM date (or retroactive it to that day he got hurt). It would make more sense to keep the banked cap space we got between the time when 57 was ltir and when Danault came up. I am not sure if we have choice other then retroactive or the day we do it (ie. cannot pick any day we want inbetween).

    Kyle, do not worry about cap/NY articles. “I do not believe a word of that Florida shit” (or anyone from NY for that matter). The currency fluctuates and where it is now/projected to be will not be where it is when the league announces the cap. When the league announced the 69 cap, I was thinking 74. I Would think 72 as a lowend. (since afterall they held it 64.3 for 3 yrs in a row, other then the extra 6m on top of the cap for that ‘transition’ yr)

    We will have a plan, Bowman and the guys always do the homework before hand and we have several options (top5ish farm). I like our guys.

  • December 3, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    61, no one is trying to “stifle discourse”. Just making sure you know the difference between fact and opinion. You seem to have trouble with the concept.

    Ivan The Terribly Dense … we’ve got your number too … 1-800-Too-Dumb

    Kyyyyyyyyyyyyyle … whatever you say. Turn your backward baseball cap around.

    ftr … Wow duuuuuuude, I have no clue what you’re saying. You probably don’t either so it’s all good.

    Cheers and Go Hawks …

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