Blackhawks Fall To Rinne, Predators

James Neal provided all of the offense Nashville needed and a healthy Pekka Rinne had a marvelous third period as the Predators handed the Blackhawks their first regulation loss of the 2014-15 season.


The final box score shows the Hawks out-shooting the Preds 32-27, but Nashville dominated the flow most of the night before a desperate Chicago team began to press in the third period. Indeed, 17 of the Blackhawks’ 32 shots came in the final 20 minutes; the shot totals weren’t even until under six minutes remained in the game.

Ben Smith scored his first of the season in the first period to give the Hawks a lead, but Neal scored in the final moments of the first to tie the game. Neal scored again in the second and third periods to complete the hat trick; Filip Forsberg was credited with assists in the second and third goals of the night.

Andrew Shaw scored in the third period to bring the Hawks back to within one, but a final push wasn’t enough. With the offense struggling, coach Joel Quenneville mixed up his lines and found some success putting Shaw between Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp.

Dan Carcillo skated only nine shifts (6:14) in the game, and Bryan Bickell disappeared for most of the second half of the game. Bickell was limited to 12 shifts in the game.

Rookie Trevor vanRiemsdyk led the Hawks with four blocked shots in the game, while Michal Rozsival was the only Blackhawks player credited with more than one hit in the contest.

Jonathan Toews won 13 of 25 faceoffs and led the Hawks with five shots on net, but wasn’t able to beat Rinne. Toews, Smith and Kris Versteeg had the best even strength CORSI among Chicago forwards in the game (plus-six each); Smith and Marcus Kruger were the only forwards with a positive even strength CORSI rating at the end of the second period.

On the Blackhawks only power play of the night, the Hawks were able to keep the puck in the offensive zone for almost the full two minutes but weren’t able to beat Rinne. Neal scored his second goal 65 seconds after their man advantage ended. The Hawks successfully killed both of Nashville’s power play opportunities.

Brad Richards continues to suck. It’s hard to sugarcoat another mediocre performance that saw the veteran put only two shots on net and give a puck away at the blue line in under 12 minutes of action. His 14 shifts were the least of Chicago’s forwards in the loss.

The Hawks next game is in St. Louis on Saturday night, when they’ll face a Blues team that lost 4-1 to the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday night.

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47 thoughts on “Blackhawks Fall To Rinne, Predators

  • October 23, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    Richards has me wishing for the Return of Handus… he is that bad.
    at least Zus was responsible and didn’t give the puck away!!!

    Hawks could really use some infusion of youth…

    I love 81… but 81/10/19 – are no longer “dictating” play as in the past… all have been underachieving so far…
    Hoping that Q stays w/ 19/88 and 23 line and 10/65/81

    Bickell being Bickell

  • October 23, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    Q will give Richards 10 games before making a serious move. But TT is looking better all the time. I like TVR, too. He gets better every game. He seems to be joining the rush as much as Leddy without the defensive lapses.

  • October 23, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    When Crow gets back, I think would be a good time to have the 19/88 line & 10/81 w another center.

    Were going to get into a groove these wks coming up/sch. Its going to make us play better. Going to take some hits (not win or tie every game) the next 10games. Then once we get our lines settled we will be looking good.

  • October 23, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    Ahhh nuts! Hate losing to Les Pred-ad-tors, as they say in Quebec. Too bad, was really hoping for this game. Agree with Morrison on getting into a groove over the next 10 games. Why is Bickell going backward after such a good last outing? I’m still really liking Carcillo…like to see more “sustained ” minutes instead of real quickie least he gives it 100% and comes close. Blues game will be a physical test for sure.

  • October 24, 2014 at 12:35 am

    Can a team win consistently without its top line scoring at even strength. That is the question facing the Hawks after 6 games. The top line of Sharp-Toews-Hossa has one even strength point between them – an assist by Sharp. It’s probably not time to hit the panic button yet as the Hawks have managed a 4-1-1 record, although 5 of the games were against teams that didn’t make the playoffs last season – but how long does Q wait before he shuffles the deck?

    And what to do about Richards? I guess he could still be getting acclimated to a new system but I don’t think that excuse works for cross ice passes that get picked off that lead to a goal against. Nor can that excuse be used for fumbling passes and losing control of the puck which ruins offensive opportunities. It’s like he knows he isn’t quick enough so he’s rushing things which just make it worse. I suppose we can hope he settles down but he’s a long time veteran who should be past the point of nervousness.

  • October 24, 2014 at 2:46 am

    Wall, “Richards has me wishing for the Return of Handzus… he is that bad.” – c’mon…what a difference a couple of days makes!!! It was one game, and as Tab pointed-out (thanks, Tab) – “Nashville dominated the flow most of the night before a desperate Chicago team began to press in the third period.” = it wasn’t just Richards. Maybe he should be allowed some “adjustment” time? I don’t know that 19 has been “underachieving so far…”, but I do agree with Bickell…it’s “funny” after hearing about the “slap on the wrist” and “Playoff Bick”, he shows-up INVISIBLE.

    EbonyRaptor — good points about Richards…but, I think he still should be allowed a little more time to fit-in. He wasn’t the only guy making mistakes…

    St. Louis should be interesting (and entertaining).

  • October 24, 2014 at 5:28 am

    Agree with Wall 100%. An infusion of youth. I would have zero problem replacing Rosy with Johns or Dahlback and Morin for Richards on the 3d or 4th line. Smith is ready for a bigger role. Maybe use him in the middle somewhere, get Shaw to a wing. I think 20/28/11 would be an awesome 3d line. Kruger’s play has improved every game and 13/16/11 makes a good checking line that can score. To all Morin’s detractors, I am not saying he is the “answer”. Only that he is a bottom 6 with upside and brings some physicality to an otherwise soft team. BICKELL MUST SHOW UP.

    Bickell MUST show up Saturday. Rosival had the most hits? Really? I like Carcillo’s game so far, but worry his hard but disciplined play will not last. As for Richards….the books not written but the story has not begun well. Bottom line: outside of Shaw, Hawks has a 2C problem……….Hmmm

  • October 24, 2014 at 7:16 am

    Not one of the Hawks best games. I agree that Richards and Bickell are just not getting it done. I really like TVR he seems very composed,relaxed and doesn’t panic and as someone else mentioned he jumps up offensively like Seabrook very well.

    That first Neal goal looked offside to me and wow does Nashville ever get away with a lot of clutching and grabbing. At least that will prepare the Hawks for the playoffs where the officials lose their minds.

  • October 24, 2014 at 7:58 am

    TVR has been a real good find. He looks like he is getting better every game, confidence is an amazing factor in how good young guys play.
    Shaw had a pretty good night at the dot, still don’t understand all the wanting to move him to wing talk. IF we had better centers I could understand that.
    Bicks, as someone pointed out last time I complained about him, his contract isn’t out of line – his play is out of line! Just show up, sick of hearing that its hard for a big guy to bring it every game, then sit him every other game and play Morin.
    Richards, 10 games won’t come soon enough. Wow, a swing and a miss on him it looks like. Hope he figures it out soon or we need to look at our options down the road. TT, Danault?? Still missing the Ice Hog reports from those that see them play. I only get the highlights and I have no idea who is doing well there.
    We are an elite team and it wasn’t an awful game but as a fan, I always wonder if we are putting our best options out there. I hate that the cap restricts what a team can do.
    Let’s have a big weekend!

  • October 24, 2014 at 8:24 am

    57, I don’t think bloggers hate Shaw at center but he seems especially effective at wing. Shaw is not afraid to do the dirty work in the corners.

    Unfortunately, Bickell’s cap hit makes it hard to sit him every other night. Bicks needs to accept his 3d line role, relish the fact that he plays for a playoff team and stop thinking he is a big Patrick Kane. If he accepted his role as a third line grinder the goals will come. 20/65/29 is quite possible the best 3d line in the league.

  • October 24, 2014 at 8:25 am

    Mike Agree Ben Smith needs a bigger role. His f/o% is good thru a small sampling but he seems to improve when given the chance. If Richards doesn’t improve I would love to see 28 center a line till we figure out if TT/ Danault or anybody else is ready.

  • October 24, 2014 at 8:30 am

    Mike see your point on Bicks but if you sat him for Morin maybe it would light a competitive fire under Bicks because you know Morin would play with a ton of energy given that role. So with your 3rd line who plays with Kane?

  • October 24, 2014 at 8:40 am

    So I listened to the game on the radio. Troy Murray was not excited about anything except the Neal goal which sounded like it was very nice.

    I eluded to this the other day. Teams that are decent, especially defensively, seem to have figured out the Hawks. This started to happen last year. At a certain point they are going to need to adjust their scheme to better compliment the players on the roster.

    Putting Toews and Kane together seems to be a novel ideal but when ever has that not worked.

    Credit to Nashville for slowing down the game and earning two points this time around and taking 3/4 points from the Cup favorites. Beyond the players on the ice I think the definitive problem is Q getting out coached.


  • October 24, 2014 at 9:35 am

    A quick fix for 91… drink and snort what Ribiero does???

    In Hindsight- no 91 signing + 1 other smaller move… and maybe the Hawks are able to keep Leddy (and Pair w/ 57 (who continues to be solid) )

    Re: boys/Hogs… seems like they are really starting slowly Offensively… Or they figured out that WHAT Q wants 1st is Defensive responsibility– And that is where the Kids are focusing (to try to make the Hawks)… The Hogs are anemic thus far down there… And based on how some of the “Core” guys are not producing Offensively (1st line, 29, 23, 91)… perhaps the Hogs better re-think that… OR- perhaps that Top 10 Prospect Pool – is NOT all that.

    Nice to see Iacoppelli and Ollofson leading USHL in goals so far… I thought Ollofson was decent skater w/ Size in the one camp session I attended…

  • October 24, 2014 at 10:08 am


    1. With all due respect to Lundquist and Quick, make no mistake that a healthy Pekka Rinne is THE best goalie in the NHL. The guy is about as elite as it comes.

    2. Bad Richards is brutally awful. Like Wall said…makes me wish for Handzus back. How many bad passes and turnovers a game do we need to see? And he CAN’T skate. This is a mistake that is squarely on Bowman….how much longer do we waste on Richards? He is severely screwing up team chemistry on the ice and line combos. He doens’t fit….dump him and move on.

    3. Bickell was bad last year. The semi-excuse was the injuries. But what about this year? The guy has been BAD. He simply will NOT get in front of the crease and constantly needs to have Q’s shoe inserted up his keester to get any level of value from his game. If I am Q, then Bickell is a healthy scratch for a few games. Bickell got paid his money and turned into a pumpkin. Let Morin dress instead against St. Louis and Ottawa…see if that sort of wake up call can get him going. But seriously, the Hawks paid $4 million per for a lazy version of Ben Eager…not good.

    4. Hossa will get it going. Father Time is definitely catching up and the primacy with Big Hoss isn’t the regular season, but rather having him at full tilt come the playoffs. If you watched his shifts last night then you saw play of beauty…he still is something to behold on the ice in terms of two-way play.

    5. Biggest acid test of this team by far is St. Louis game. I expect the Blues to come at the Hawks hard in terms of physical play, forechecking, behind the net dirty work. I still say we have a crisis on defense in terms of blueline play. Very interesting to see how TvR performs against a team like the Blues.

    6. Speaking of TvR, he very clearly has a high hockey IQ. Nice game last night, even though they are still keeping it simple for the kid. His skating is only so-so, but he makes up for it with vision on the ice and smartness. He’s got a little bit of Duncan Keith in him.

    7. Once again, Rosival looked decent.

    8. Once again, Hjalmarsson played like one of the most underrated players in hockey.

  • October 24, 2014 at 10:42 am

    Its not early, it’s very early. We have a playoff team. What else we need will be determined.
    I know it’s fun to analyze but its a long season and changes don’t come quick with this group in charge. I’m disappointed with some guys, but not throwing anyone off the roster yet. 6 games is nothing when your goal is to be playing 100

    I think its true some teams have ”figured us out”, it happens. You gotta adjust and evolve. Thats what the season’s for. Plenty of things to try and work on, plenty of time to do them. Looking forward to Sat. game.

    Said it before, and I hate the thought of jinxing him but…Teams really need to give up on trying to hurt Marcus Kruger. He is not human.

    I miss Crawford , not knocking AR. I like to see 50 on the ice, he’s a big part of the whole. I don’t care what SB paid him. I wasnt in negotiations.

  • October 24, 2014 at 10:46 am

    In the Western Conference for 2014-15 it comes down to this…how do the Hawks stack up against Anaheim, LA and St. Louis. And I would also throw Minnesota in that mix too, though I know others would say that is premature. Getting to the playoffs WILL happen for the Blackhawks. But it is not too early to talk about or be concerned about how we match up. The St. Louis game is absolutely going to be a good acid test. And my biggest concern about blueline presence will start to get real answers. You don’t conclude anything from one bloody game, but some of the evidence will show…one way or the other.

  • October 24, 2014 at 11:13 am

    It WILL be a good test, a test of October. StL is finding their footing like most teams. I agree with your sentiment. You see where you are, then both teams are sure to be looking and playing differently come April. What happens before then is entertaining for sure, we should enjoy it.

  • October 24, 2014 at 11:19 am

    The real answer on the defense is that anyone who thought Leddy an unnecessary part of this team was not watching the games. It is crystal clear that Oduya was the weaker player and it’s all playing out this year. Leddy’s stats playing on a weaker team, playing first pair minutes and harder minutes than Oduya and playing for the first time with a competent partner show that he is “indeed” a top line defenseman much more suited to the Blackhawks style than anyone but Keith. The Hawks are gonna rue that move for years to come. They gave away a better player who is 8 years younger than the guy they kept.

    But I’m not worried because the so called “studs” on the farm like Johns, Clendening, Dahlback are just minutes away. Sheesh!

    And finally, the next time someone says Bowman is a cap genius I’m gonna puke.

    Bickell- $4 mill, Richards $2 mill, Versteeg $2 mill. Can anybody say that if these guys were not on the Hawks that we would trade for them? I can think of a few better uses for that $8 mill

  • October 24, 2014 at 11:37 am

    Wall, we’ve pretty much agreed on everything this year…

    Not totally ready to give up on Richards quite yet. And cant really fault them for trying to cash in on a relatively cheap gamble. If still sucks by December then probably change will happen.

    Aside from the Blues and Ducks, I don’t think there is much going on in the schedule. With the exception of Hossa, the top players are at a minimum producing at the rate you would want them to so that is a plus.

    You’d like to see some kind of consistency in terms of quality of play soon though and that is my biggest beef. There aren’t so many new pieces that these guys should have no clue. Maybe some are getting tired of Q? According to JS he is a players coach but it seems like that only holds true for certain veterans so who knows.

  • October 24, 2014 at 11:55 am

    AJ- you are right…

    and the big guys are producing at the “right” clip… my concerns are that my EYES tell me that 5 on 5 1st line really has not dominated/produced/created Grade A chances.
    PP has been good to 88/10 so far… but 10/81/19 have looked pretty average…

    I guess that can be seen as good thing – right??? they can’t be held down 4 ever…
    OR are they slowing down???

  • October 24, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    Nobody has said much about 20’s primary assist on the preds second goal late in the 2nd period. If that goal wasn’t scored, 2nd int still tied, likely different outcome! I agree with all of the 91 bashing, but he is not the only skater making unacceptable mistakes! That pass by 20 CANNOT HAPPEN!

  • October 24, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    Smith should get an audition at 2C. The guy consistently wins pucks, crashes the net, and is defensively responsible… if he can win 50% of faceoffs, then he’s the answer until TT arrives. I do love Smith and Kruger together, but Morin can fill Smith’s 4th line role.

    Speaking of Kruger, he challenges Hammer as “most underrated Blackhawk.”

    Agreed on Richards. He often seems to be half a stride behind the play. Not ready to give up on him yet, and he’s not as glaring as Handzus last year, but hopefully he can put it together. TVR isn’t the fastest, but anticipates well enough to compensate. Hopefully Richards can do the same.

  • October 24, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    yep. . . “Brad Richards continues to suck” but it is age and he will be gone before new years day. Hossa seems a little slow too. Pekka Rinne is the best in the game and the kid ANDERSEN on the DUCKS is better still. TVR continues to shine. Bickel is okay but he is one player that needs to be in the right mix ie. Line! I am so fucking tired of fans blogs and announcers talking about the line shake up and how some odd combination seemed to work. The Hawks have a lot of “good” talent sort a lot of Ben Smith’s (who i love) but they are not that talented to mix and match like they do. It is all about Balance, Put Bickel up with Towes and Hossa so he is tuned in, playing along with Towes makes Bickel’s production go up. Get rid of Ver-Steeeg average at best we don’t need average. Richards needs to go. Keep Shaw, Saad and Kan together, Get Moriiiin back up for the 4th line speed, strength is a must. Kruger is the most under rated Hawks of all time. The Blues should beat the hell out of the Hawks but the Hawks can absorb so much and keep it close but on paper BLUES KILL THEM but not!

  • October 24, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    ryan -“Said it before, and I hate the thought of jinxing him but…Teams really need to give up on trying to hurt Marcus Kruger. He is not human.” i totally agree, the kid plays so big, rememeber vs Blues in playoffs last year Hawks had lead late and he was on his fucking knees, getting wacked, kicked and punched and single handed kept the puck moving alive and killed like 30 seconds off the clocks, other hawks looked on. Love Kruger as i say the most under rated Hawks of all time, play so much bigger than he is and I do too hate teams take runs at him. Toews needs to step up too, too much floating and being a little physical presence, loved lasts might face off vs 4th line, that was the game and Towes takes a little push . ..

  • October 24, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    why no Teuvo Teravainen he wont get any smarter, faster or bigger playing for the HOGS bring the kid up, he creates space on the ice and ensure we put him on a line that he can be protected unlike poor Kruger. Teuvo Teravainen can play now, time to ditch VERSETTTTTG and RICHARDS.

  • October 24, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    Mike The Mook… Totally agree on TT w/ Hogs… Not getting smarter, bigger, playing with Hogs… It would be like Einstein trying to relate/teach/learn from Toddlers… nothing good is going to come from it!!!

  • October 24, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    A agree with RD-lets wait a couple of weeks before getting too carried away-
    We may have a 2C issue and be one d-man short but we have the most exciting player to watch in the league, along with Toews and Keith, and arguably the best under 23 year old player in the NHL.
    Expectations are so high that sometimes we forget just what we have. That being said, Richards don’t hit the door on the way out-lol

  • October 24, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    Six games and some here want wholesale changes. Ridiculous.

    TT is adapting to pro hockey, the worst thing to do is rush a kid like that. The best thing the Blackhawks are doing is letting guys like him, Dahlbeck, Clendenning, Johns, and so on get ample experience in the AHL.

    See how the team looks at the quarter pole (20 games), have a little patience with the roster and let them gel before getting bent out of shape.

  • October 24, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    Not a bad game to watch at all even though I had to view what I had recorded today as opposed to last night. Rinne was very good and kept the Preds in it. Adding Neal has helped Nashville, but their quality really goes down after the first 2 lines. I just crack up watching the overpaid Stahlberg flounder away. From a Hawks fan standpoint I always felt good when he left. One of the those guys that acquired an inflated ego playing with a great team that made him look better than he was, a straight ahead skater with cement hands. And we bitch about what the Hawks paid Bickell, but that’s another story.

    This was the first game where I felt Versteeg looked comfortable on the ice, and the puck seemed to find him. Maybe that line is starting to find some chemistry. Anyway Steeger caused some problems for the Preds. Hopefully he builds off last nights performance and has gained back some confidence. I liked that he didn’t make what had become the usual dumb mental mistakes. Got stripped once trying to escape d zone from behind, but that wasn’t too bad.

    Strange that Q finally had seen enough of the incredible, floating, invisible Bickell disappearing act. As nice a guy as he seems to be, I am afraid he is a dim bulb. He just doesn’t get it, that to succeed in this league you have to compete hard every night. When 29 plays a physical game everything else seems to fall into place. It wasn’t there last night. Glad to see Q sit him down for long stretches after the half way mark.

    Good comment RD about Kruger. He is our Timex guy, and my God how other teams have singled him out for abuse. He just gets up and gets right back to business. Underrated guy, but its players like that which make the good teams win consistently with that kind of effort. Players that know and accept their roles.

    Sadly, Brad Richards is not getting any better, but Zus back no way, no how would it be an improvement. Richards turnovers though have been very costly here in the early going. TT will get up here eventually, but as others have said, it is no time to push any panic buttons yet with this group.

    Best to let CC get healthy. It’s a very long season. Game tomorrow in St Louis will be a good marker. The Blue notes will want to prove a point after choking to the Hawks last year. That was quite a series wasn’t it? Talk about nail biters. I have no love lost for the Blues. I was going to make the trip down to St Louis and get tickets, but they almost always lose when I go down there. In the better interest of the Hawks I’m staying home. Your welcome in advance.

    Lets Go Hawks!!

  • October 24, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    Agree with Montana Blackhawk. Inexcusable TO by 20 leading to 2nd Preds goal. And Rinne stones him on his 3rd period breakaway. No production from first line mainly because 19 is losing many key faceoffs. Richards is sub par.

  • October 24, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    When is Q going to tell # 7 to stop backing off puck carriers deep in our own end? Neal’s first goal yesterday and the Calgary goal in overtime were two notable plays where # 7 does not challenge shooters, who get in too deep and launch lasers at our goalies.

  • October 24, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    Preds have taken 3 out of 4 points from the Hawks and right now they ahead in the standings and everyone is talking about the Blues? We may have seen already seen how the current version of the Hawks do against a legitimate contender. Orioles were a consensus pick to beat the Royals. The ballpark is dark here in Baltimore.

  • October 24, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    Last year Bowman & Coach Q made the mistake of trusting that a slow, declining veteran could be counted on to be the teams 2nd Line Center (Handzus). This year Bowman & Coach Q made the mistake of trusting that a slow, declining veteran could be counted on to be the teams 2nd Line Center (Richards). You can’t argue with the success they have had with two Stanley Cups, but I do question their philosophy when it comes to role players, and giving so much more value to age/experience versus youth and skill. I’m hoping Danault gets the call at some point, and in my opinion Dahlbeck should be playing with the Blackhawks every night alongside Hammer, and TVR next to Oduya. Rosi should be on the bench most nights so he is fresh for the playoffs, and as a backup in case of injury. Rundblad should be sent down (or traded for a 4th round pick to recoup part of the 2nd round pick they spent on him)

  • October 24, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    Nobody can be dismissed and nobody needs to be crowned . Its the nature of the beast given last years series vs StL People are locking in on the next meeting.

    I saw you post weeks back that your Mom had passed over the summer, my sympathies, though belated.
    I am sure the rest for 50 will be good long term, my missing him so quick is just my selfish side showing. I enjoy watching him.

  • October 25, 2014 at 2:05 am

    Hofmeister, October 24, 2014 at 5:03 pm…”Six games and some here want wholesale changes. Ridiculous.”, etc. ==== VERY WELL PUT!!

    Versteeg — somebody said something like, “average at best” — how does that fit-into a really good team? (…and, maybe that’s being a little generous?) I guess it’s about the $$ committed – same with Richards…although, obviously I’ve suggested that they/we allow a little more time to adjust/fit-in.

    Rundblad — “just sayin'” (hate that, but…), have we really seen enough to condemn him? Stan Bowman (and, input from whoever in the organ-EUE-zation) have demonstrated that they pretty much know what they’re doing — and, we all know that NObody is 100% — so, maybe there is something there?

  • October 25, 2014 at 3:59 am

    I was happy when news broke he was signed and saw a good chance to FINALLY put to rest this glaring hole at 2c. It has not gone as well as hoped obviously. Nobody here can be sure why exactly, and there is likely more than a single simple reason. He’s had a lot going on off ice too. I don’t think he’s a lost cause at all. You’ve got him here, you have to let him play 20-25 games. Instant chemistry is not the norm. Keep trying him. 10/88 maybe . 29 not so much

    A reminder, don’t forget ALL the character guys on our roster. I have no doubt that they are doing everything they can to get 91 relaxed and comfortable on the ice. I wouldn’t dismiss what that can mean in a situation like this. If you look at his numbers , they are not as bad as you might think, but I admit, the eye test has been worrisome.

  • October 25, 2014 at 4:12 am

    a return of the dreaded ‘awaiting moderation’ i see.
    because I went ez on 91 ? c’mon Tab! ha

  • October 25, 2014 at 6:47 am

    Heartfelt thanks RD for your considerate comment regarding my moms passing back in June. You are very kind to have made that note.

    St Louis has some health and injury issues, and the natives are grumbling down there already. Lets kick em when they are down. A strong start and good team defense by the Hawks would be a good formula for a road win tonight.

    Sr. Brad, I am missing your thoughtful comments. Hope you are well. Donde estas?

  • October 25, 2014 at 7:44 am

    most welcome,

    and thanks for not going to StL! I know what you mean. When in doubt, Dont!

  • October 25, 2014 at 9:06 am

    Is it too early to talk playoff match-ups…..??????? ;^/

  • October 25, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    i better check the standings and get ready!

    off topic — rip – Jack Bruce 71, damn

  • October 25, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    I don’t agree Monk the Blues will never own the Hawks. i would be more worried with the Kings, Ducks and even the Stars over the Blues

  • October 25, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    Sorry I meant Mook lol

  • October 25, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    Yea, RD what a shame about Jack Bruce! A legend. Turn on Spoonful Wheels of Fire album and play it loud. Sorry Tab OT….

  • October 25, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    thats what I think is better for them. These guys all could play on some teams last yr but were not some teams. Were nor going to keep all of our top5 farm when the guys are ready. We will keep the better ones, the ones ones that fit our roster, etc and some will be traded but we will get value/future assets from all the prospects/farm that are good players that can play in this league. So, yes we do have a loaded farm in more ways then a lot of people realize/see.

    You guys are right that 86 isint going to get smarter, stringer, faster, etc. but I like him getting 20-25games under his belt just to do so (20 did the same thing and I think it helped just to have that experience).

    Bicks would have got 5-6m as ufa just like the other PF that FA. It was a good caphit for ufa PW. Bowman is one of the wo best GM in league, not perfect, but I am very happy we have the Bowmans on our side. Darth Vader did return to the good side after all them yrs. I know Q knows D as good as anyone. Nothing against 8 but 57 is a keeper. We all want 29 to tear it up every game but I do not wanted him get hurt every mth doing it too much. We really have to be patient and allow all of the guys plenty of games to get going (up to speed and then get into rhythm).

    I think that’s just for long posts or for slapshot fashion show quotes I posted during training camp.

  • October 25, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    Eh. Richards hasn’t failed at 2C mostly cause he hasn’t played there.

    Should be an interesting game tonight.

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