Blackhawks Hold Off Stars, Stay In Playoff Chase

Vinnie Hinostroza returned to the Blackhawks’ lineup on Tuesday night. Lucas Wallmark slid through waivers and was sent to the taxi squad to make room for Hinostroza, who was given a number that should be retired by the Blackhawks for his second tour of duty in Chicago.

The Blackhawks came into the game against Dallas trying to turn around a brutal five weeks. Since beating Tampa on March 5, the Hawks are 4-10-0 and have fallen out of a playoff position in the division.

Thankfully, Dallas has been an inconsistent tire fire all year. So something had to give.

It appeared the Blackhawks were getting on the board 65 seconds into the game. Kirby Dach fed Patrick Kane who made one of the moves very few people on the planet could conceive, much less try. The goal went in, but Dallas asked the officials to take a second look at Dach’s skates.

The goal was taken off the board. But the Blackhawks weren’t turned off.

Kane and Dach flipped the script 12 minutes into the first period. Kane got the puck to his young teammate who scored his first of the season to give Chicago a 1-0 lead.

Kane became the third player in the NHL to reach the 50-point mark this season and joined another incredibly exclusive list in the history of the Blackhawks organization with his assist on the Dach goal.

Kevin Lankinen handled his end of the ice well in the first and the Hawks took their one-goal lead to the room after 20 minutes. Chicago had a 10-9 shot advantage after the first period.

It took almost ten minutes in the second period for the next goal to be scored, but the acquisition of Hinostroza paid immediate dividends. He set up Dominik Kubalik for the Hawks’ second goal of the night.

Hinostroza’s first assist of the season came on Kubalik’s 13th goal.

Chicago kept after the Stars. In the final minute of the second period, Chicago extended their lead to three with Alex DeBrincat’s 20th of the year.

Lankinen continued his strong play, stopping all ten shots he faced in the second period. The Blackhawks took a 3-0 lead and 21-19 shot advantage to the third period.

When the third period started, we already knew the Blue Jackets had defeated the Lightning 4-2. Nashville was in overtime against Detroit. The Blackhawks had a lead, but knew they had to hold onto it to keep their position steady in the standings.

So of course the Stars scored the first goal in the third period. Andrew Cogliano scored a short-handed goal 89 seconds into the third to cut Chicago’s lead to two. Adam Boqvist showed very little effort to hit the jets to compete with Cogliano on his breakaway, opting to hack him from behind and take a penalty that was negated by Colgiano finishing the play and getting Dallas on the board.

As the third period progressed, Nashville won their game against the Red Wings in a shootout.

The Blackhawks were bringing it from every part of the lineup. With 13 minutes left in regulation, the only Chicago skaters who hadn’t been credited with a shot on net were David Kampf and Pius Suter. All six defensemen had at least one shot on net and 10 of the 12 forwards had put the puck on net.

Inside the final seven minutes of regulation, Dallas found something. Hard shots off the boards behind the Hawks’ net were bouncing back to the front of the net and the Blackhawks defensemen were watching. With 6:13 left on the clock a hard shot wide of the net bounced back in front and Radek Faksa tapped it past Lankinen as Boqvist (again) and Duncan Keith watched.

Chicago’s lead was down to one.

With 1:48 left in regulation, Dallas emptied their net for the extra attacker. It looked like a loose puck in the blue paint was blown dead quickly about 15 seconds later, avoiding a potential disaster.

After Dach passed a potential empty net shot attempt with about a minute left, Kane did not. He made the deposit inside the final 10 seconds of regulation and the Blackhawks put a fourth goal on the board for the first time since they were in Dallas on March 11.

Lankinen stopped 25 of 27 in another really good effort.

Dach had one goal, two hits, three takeaways and won four of ten faceoffs in 19:44 on the ice.

Kane had one goal, one assist, two takeaways and finished tied with DeBrincat for the team lead with four shots on net in 22:32. DeBrincat matched Kane’s goal and assist in 21:17.

56 thoughts on “Blackhawks Hold Off Stars, Stay In Playoff Chase

  • April 6, 2021 at 10:09 pm
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    It was quite kind of Dallas to be so very uninterested in forechecking for 2 periods – I couldn’t believe how smooth the breakout and neutral zone transitions were until that darn PP gave them inspiration with their shorty – and then it was “game on”
    Really liked Hinostroza showing shot at just the right moment to freeze Oettinger and then making a great pass for the Kubalik goal

  • April 6, 2021 at 10:53 pm
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    Boqvist unfortunately does not have “Jets” to close gaps. As I have said many times,he should never be the lone D Man on the ice. He does not skate well or hard. Tonight he and Keith were not very good. Dach looked better tonight as did Kane. This team just does not know how to close teams out. Dallas and their entire situation is a train wreck. They have to play every other night the rest of the season. Hawks are in trouble in the ROW category. All those losses to Nashville really hurt.

  • April 6, 2021 at 11:11 pm
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    The shorty for DAL was all on DCat with the brutal turnover at the blue line to send Coliagno on a breakaway with Boquist behind the play already – that Cogliano already with forward momentum managed to stay ahead of Boquist who was DCats intended target with his errant pass was hardly a surprise – no one on the Hawks would caught him except maybe Hagel who wasn’t on the ice yet of the comments thus far including Tab the goal resulted from Boquist not trying hard enough – seriously
    and yet not one mention of that brutal DCat turnover

    That said DCat has an otherwise great game as did that whole top line – can we now stop the talk of Dach shouldn’t be playing

    Nice debut by Hino and I thought all lines had something going at times

    Kalynuk continues to impress

    Not sure how much longer JC will let Kurashev play centre – he was getting abused defensively

    Strome with a nice game too and some key FO wins an area the Hawks seemed to be better in tonight without checking the stats

  • April 6, 2021 at 11:12 pm
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    why do the blackhawks have no respect for steve larmer? jokiharju and now hinostroza wearing larmer’s number.

  • April 6, 2021 at 11:18 pm
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    I know rookies can sometimes look pretty good the first few games before sliding back a bit so maybe that will happen with Kalynuk – but so far after 4 games he looks very good in the d-zone. Maybe he doesn’t have the offensive game Beaudin does but he looks a whole lot more ready to handle playing big boy defense. He’s also 3 years older so that it surely a factor. I’m still very high on Beaudin but Kalynuk is much more ready to play NHL defense.

    Kirby played pretty well tonight. Good to see.

    Other than an ill-advised drop pass at our blue line on his first or second shift Hino played pretty well. Also good to see.

    All in all a very entertaining game. They’re fun to watch when they play fast and on their toes.

  • April 6, 2021 at 11:26 pm
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    i don’t understand the mindset of a horizontal pass at the blue line in the third period with a three goal lead against a team that is sleep walking. doesn’t colliton emphasize protecting the puck and not being careless along the blue line before the power play team goes over the boards? a simple dump in the corner leaves the sleeping dog lie. brutally stupid thinking and terrible execution by de brincat.

  • April 6, 2021 at 11:34 pm
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    Just checked the FOs and the Hawks win 37 and lost 29 – that’s way better and it was noticeable that CHI was starting with possession more often than recent games

    Kampf played a lot partly for that reason and helped with FO% and Strome taking FOs on PP helped – Dach also seemed better

  • April 7, 2021 at 12:07 am
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    Well these guys short handed without 19 77 whole yr and 7 65 are good already and thats with as many holes as we have this yr.

    Pretty impressive 55 games. Going to get better each yr and deeper/roster.

    For now the 4 seed standings.
    NAS 3
    CHI 1
    DAL -1
    LCB -3

    Since our streak of the yr 11-2-5 CHI is 7-12 and NAS is 9-2 in last 10 games. Thats doesnt look good projective wise but all 55 games count.

  • April 7, 2021 at 12:10 am
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    Smitty wore 28 first right?

  • April 7, 2021 at 1:12 am
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    Pretty good win for them, 5 on 5 play leading the offense nice to see, Dach looked really good with Kane and Cat, that line was dangerous all night. Another big game for Lankinen, Kalynuk adapting well, hopefully he continues to show promise. Good return for Hino, fit in well with his line mates. Much better night all around on fos, Suter the leader tonight but good support from Kampf and Strome there too. Need another win Thursday.

    Wrap agree Cogliano had a 2 or 3 step jump on Debrincats pass, Boqvist made a good effort of closing the gap, when he wasn’t able to get the angle on Cogliano’s backside to break the play up or dive, he gave a step to switch sides and take a whack to keep him from getting good shot. That part of the game, how to engage him there, he still needs to learn and improve on. There’s times he shows a lack of urgency getting back but disagree on that play.

  • April 7, 2021 at 1:20 am
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    Kalynuk a keeper it appears. Seems to be in position more than even some of the vet dmen. takes a hit to make a play, not doing his best to avoid every physical interaction like some vets on defense. Definitely standing out, especially considering he is playing his off side. Showing poise and maturity. I like him.

    Dcat has done a decent job of not turning the puck over at the defensive blue line this year, a marked improvement. But he continues to try passing cross ice to Kane at every opportunity on the power play, and turnovers are as frequent on those passes as dumb complaints about JC on this board.

    Nice effort. Lankinen earning a spot long term.

  • April 7, 2021 at 6:53 am
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    What a win! We needed that! My biggest takeaway from last night was that Dach’s hand must be doing better. You don’t score that kind of goal with a bad wrist. I thought our GK and defense were outstanding last night, and Vinny fit in better last night in one game than he had under Coach Q during his entire tenure. Ratings:

    Kane (9)
    DeBrincat (9)
    Dach (9)
    Lankinen (9)
    Kubalik (8)
    Hinostroza (8)
    DeHaan (8)

    Zadarov (6)

  • April 7, 2021 at 7:23 am
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    Additionally Tab calls out Boquist for (again) watching and presumably not trying hard enough on the second DAL goal when he was doing his job covering his man on the other side of the net from where Faska found the carom off the boards – Faska was Keith’s man plain and simple – again Boquist gets blamed for a goal that wasn’t his fault – he did however make a nice defensive play to create the 2 on 1 that became Kubs goal but there’s no mention of that

  • April 7, 2021 at 8:19 am
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    @ Wrap – yes, Keith lost the guy on the 2nd goal. That doesn’t mean Boqvist was doing his job. I noted both defensemen were posing as photographers on the ice.

    And if you’re telling me Boqvist doesn’t have another gear to get Cogliano on the first goal then we have a serious problem. He’s supposedly a good skater and he didn’t make much of an effort to catch a guy on a breakaway.

  • April 7, 2021 at 8:34 am
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    Some people here said Kalynuk was going to be good before he played and that they thought he would be best or one of the best Horsemen or others Defensemen.

    So after reading that here I was excited for him to be good. I ahvnt seen much of games this yr. I am very glad that he is good. We need that because there not all going to be good.

    Another feather for this yr. I think we got four feathers for this 55 games yr.

    Lankenin young wavers are good Kalynuk and whats the 4th?

  • April 7, 2021 at 8:43 am
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    Tab – I just re-watched Kaska’s goal – please explain how Boquist did anything wrong on that play – that was all Keith and mostly an unlucky bounce off the end wall

    I don’t know where this idea that Boquist is a burner comes from and if he’s not streaking around the ice he’s not trying – he doesn’t have outstanding straight ahead speed that’s obvious so why do people think that he should -plus I don’t think a professional NHLer is going to bail on trying to stop a breakaway – it’s not lacl of effort – Cogliano had a step and he’s probably a faster skater than Boquist anyway

    My real beef is that you didn’t mention the real cause of that goal – DCat’s brutal turnover trying to go through the coverage of 2 DAL on the blue line when the play was to ring it around to the far side

  • April 7, 2021 at 8:56 am
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    Game 40 completed.
    Last 20 games: Hawks are 8-12.
    Last 10 games: Hawks are 4-6.
    Not good trends, no matter how ‘pollyanna’ you wish to look at them.

    Good win last night, but it is becoming apparent this young talented team cannot win, long term, under Colliton.

    Team toughness will never be apart of this coach’s toolbelt.
    We have seen it now for 3 years.

    Only this year’s squad is small, courtesy of Jerry Krause, further exposing Colliton’s lack of team toughness, as they get pushed around by teams with cajones in their game

    Team defense is still, and has been for 3 years now, horrendous.

    I counted 9, player wide open scoring chances last night by Dallas. That’s right, 9.
    As is becoming the norm, Lankinen was huge in subverting those chances.

    How many times have we seen wide open guys in front of Lankinen and Subban this year?
    75? 100?

    That is not missed assignments…..not that many.
    It is the entire team, not just a select few.
    That is a defensive system that allows such wide open players, due to it’s design.

    If you do not see that, it is because you choose not to see it.

    This young squad has talent.
    You see it in the way they move the puck around in the offensive zone, and their speed thru the neutral zone.
    But they are young and need proper coaching.

    Not great communication. Coaching.

    So Jerry Krause has to make a decision that will prove he made a mistake in firing Q and hiring Colliton.

    He has to remove Colliton and replace him with a coach who has been there, done that, and got the t-shirt, if this squad is to become a serious playoff contender.

    No contending team has ever won a Stanley Cup playing a hybrid man-man defensive system.

    Proof?
    Count the wide open scoring chances, like the kind the Hawks currently surrender, you see a team yield in the playoffs.
    Over/under is 15 by game 7, and I bet the under.

    So bottom line:
    This team can win if they are coached by a veteran coach, and the Hockey Operations guru picks up a couple guys with grit and sand in their game.

  • April 7, 2021 at 9:13 am
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    Tab, I agree with Wrap. Look at this clip of the 2nd Dallas goal and you will see Boqvist checking his man just as he should be doing. Keith was on the wrong side of the goal scorer and Lankinen was a split second slow getting over. Boqvist had no culpability whatsoever on that goal.

    https://twitter.com/i/status/1379622088907091968

  • April 7, 2021 at 9:17 am
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    I’m happy for the W. I’m happy with the overall play of the offense. I’m hoping Dach will get stronger, at the dot, as the season moves forward. I do think Strome and Suter should flip positions with Suter at RW and Strome at C.
    I know Boqvist is young. I know. But, I think this draft has a better quality of defenseman. Perhaps a trade to move up to obtain one of these top tier defensemen could happen? I dunno. I will say that Colliton should not pair an offensive minded defensemen, like Keith and Boqvist. together. I get the aspect of veteran teaching the young guy, but I would rather see a stay at home defensemen be with Boqvist to round out his overall game. I’ve waited for him to show improvement and, in my opinion, he’s stayed exactly where he was last year. I normally don’t give up on the youth, but in this case, I think the team can trade him while his stock is still high and maybe obtain a bigger and better defenseman from the draft.
    Finishing on a positive note, Kalynuck is continuing to impress. Is it his age and poise? Maybe. But, I like him out there. Moreso than Boqvist.
    One last thing. Hinostroza wore 13, in Florida. No one is wearing that number with the Blackhawks. The uniform guy needs to ACTUALLY DO HIS JOB and show a little reverence for a former player of Steve Larmer’s stature, and not just arbitrarily give out the #28 jersey. BIG FAIL for the uniform guy. #13 is available.

  • April 7, 2021 at 9:35 am
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    ED, you don’t see any improvement in Boqvist’s game? Seriously?

  • April 7, 2021 at 10:31 am
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    @Perimeter Player: Agree with everything you said and I’ll also add if the Dallas goalie didn’t have an equipment problem in the 3rd period to give the Hawks a chance to regroup, it appeared that Dallas would have had a great chance to tie up the game because for some reason it seemed that Kid Coach was not going to call for a time out in that situation to settle down the club. Defensive coaching is not getting thru to the players or its the coaching period. For me, its the coaching.

  • April 7, 2021 at 10:35 am
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    Doesn’t Janmark wear 13

  • April 7, 2021 at 10:46 am
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    EB, Ed can’t see numbers much less improvements from a young defenseman.

    On the distribution of the number 28. It must be something he said or did that has the upper management saying give that number out. Only other reason is the kids getting the number or giving it out are too young to remember Grampa.

  • April 7, 2021 at 11:16 am
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    Isn’t Janmark #13?

  • April 7, 2021 at 11:34 am
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    1. The no more man bun factor/experiment lasted like one game: Zadarov & his lawdamercy stupid penalties at the worst times are really grating on my last nerve. Has he even gone one game without a dumb penalty?
    2. That shorty Dallas got was inexcusable.
    3. Vinnie–while I love the kid– is NOT the answer to any roster spot questions this club has.
    4. Panik just cleared waivers:
    SOMEBODY PLEASE lock Stan in a closet without a phone. He already got his re-tread in Vinnie.

    Cheers, guys.

  • April 7, 2021 at 11:52 am
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    Also, to echo Edman: I believe the 2-27 pairing has to change.
    IMHO one of the reasons 2 is a future HOFer is because he had his big fella stay at home partner in 7.
    2 & 7 had chemistry that we will not soon see again, if ever. They knew their roles & each other like the back of their hands. That takes time (they played in Norfolk together as babies, remember?) & patience to develop. It also takes consistent coaching; not jumbling D men pairings with the flavor of the month.
    To me, the question really is, does this club–will this club–have a stay a home D man? Or is the stay at home D man a thing of the past?
    Just my 0.02.

  • April 7, 2021 at 11:53 am
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    Stefanie

    Re: #3 – not long term I agree but for the rest of this year he’s fine

  • April 7, 2021 at 11:55 am
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    Also I consider Murphy a stay at home D man and CDH as well

    But even stay at home D men nowadays are expected to pinch and join the rush

  • April 7, 2021 at 12:09 pm
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    It is funny how people find fault with Boq lack of skating or did Cogs have a straight path vs Boq angle. Now, could Bok given more of an effort sure. Could Dcat not done the cross ice pass, yep. Why are Kane, Dach, and DCat near the Blue line which means the Dallas Forwards are up a few feet from the Circle allowing Cogs to get to the puck. I blame this goal not on Boq but on the Hawks PPT where Kane, DCat and Dach are circling around the blue line where Dcat makes an awful pass and kudos to Comeau for getting his stick to deflected it.

    As for the Hawks, I hope they make the playoffs, they have certainly exceeded my expectations when we all learned Toews and Dach were out. We are equal with Blues, Flyers, Canucks, Rangers, Preds, Blue Jackets, Flames, Coyotes and Sharks is simply amazing. Give the Hawks there props for being competitive with a few holes. Stan getting Suter and Kubalik which allowed him to trade Saad for Zadarov, may not be the best but certainly has been relaible. To me the biggest disappointment has been DeHaan and the team MVP by far is Lankinen over Kane or Dcat. DeHaan seems to be on the ice when the other team scores or has golden opps. Keith has not been an offensive guy, unless u are talking about his play on the DEF side, in the last 5 or 6 years. He is a premadonna who does not hit nor like to be hit. DeHaan is a big Teddy Bear and Zadarov seems to forget he is the guy who needs to stand up to keep our little high skilled forwards from being abused.

    To see the Hawks even in the playoff hunt with highly skilled young talent looks like a potential solid team with the caveat of Toews returning next year. If not, that is a huge hole to fill.

  • April 7, 2021 at 12:59 pm
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    @Wrap Agree re: Vinnie. He’s fine for the rest of this year but long term I don’t see a fit.
    And it has nothing to do with the guy…we just have a million ones just like him, IMO.

  • April 7, 2021 at 1:05 pm
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    Just thought of a silver lining to the Hawks getting swept by NSH 2 weekends ago

    NSH obviously is thinking playoffs now and are probably not going to sell either Granlund or Ekholm whom they were rumoured to be listening to offers on

    This should make Janmark and possibly DeHaan more valuable – Hawks if they get reasonable offers should be moving on from those two at TDL

  • April 7, 2021 at 2:05 pm
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    As it looks right now, to start at laest next season, pairings could be:

    Zadorov. Murphy
    Keith. Boqvist
    Kalynuk. Mitchell
    Beaudin. Carlsson? Bowey in Ahl

    As only defense with Nhl experience. Doesn’t seem like he wants to split up Murphy and Zadorov. Unless Flames clean house and put Hannifan on the block and Bowman goes after him or something like that, don’t see alot of additions between now and start of next year on the blueline. Even a high draft pick unlikely to be ready for a year or 2, a few picked to go high but none being talked about as generational types, so likely need some time to develop.

  • April 7, 2021 at 2:08 pm
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    There is work to be done with this team as a whole. I would prefer now that we are in the playoff hunt to put the lines together better and stop the blending of lines were players that don’t sync together are on the same line.

    There is enough of everything with our current roster in terms of skill, grit, sandpaper and defensive responsibility
    to put together solid lines and run with them

    Also let Lankenen run with it in net. Sometimes over coaching messes things up.
    Finally I do agree their defensive posture all over the ice needs to be reset

  • April 7, 2021 at 2:25 pm
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    SO, thats funny thought same thing and now thinking of Carbomb. Thats why I like Dejon wearing 11 it brings good mojo for future success like Madden before.

    I want to see someone wear 16 36 and others in the coming yrs.

  • April 7, 2021 at 4:59 pm
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    I agree with @wrap regarding Boqvist..I watched the highlights of last night’s game and I didn’t see a lack of effort on the shorthanded goal..I saw Cat make a bad pass which gave Dallas a direct line to the goal with a head of steam..maybe Boqvist wasn’t as explosive in his pursuit, but after being on the pp for over a minute, you’re not going to be as explosive immediately heading in the other direction..besides Murphy, I think Boqvist has been the Hawks most reliable dman for at least the last 3-4 weeks..he’s been positionally sound, has a good stick, makes crisp passes, and continues to produce offensively with 15 points in 29 games..from a 20 year old? I’ve been very pleased with his development this year..he has the same amount of points this year as Dahlin, except Dahlin is -34 on the year(I know plus/minus is not the end all be all of statistics, but Dahlin hasn’t been good this year)..Quinn Hughes has been a car crash with multiple victims in the dzone this year at -17..both were drafted higher than Boqvist and both were in the same draft class..find Boqvist a partner who isn’t about to apply for AARP and he’ll be even better.

  • April 7, 2021 at 6:16 pm
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    See Mitchell, Beaudin, Carlsson, Entwistle and Johnson all in Icehogs lineup tonight. Wallmark, Hardman added to taxi squad, Regula too. First 2 staying on taxi squad per Colliton and Hardman may get in during road trip. Still expect Janmark is moved by tdl and Hardman is given a look in his spot.

  • April 7, 2021 at 6:16 pm
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    This site is built on opinions so all of you that think you’re the second coming of Scotty Bowman get over yourselves. Your opinion means no more than anyone else’s. Enjoy the games and relax a bit.

  • April 7, 2021 at 7:26 pm
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    Boqvist? Yikes on that turnover that led to break way, His lack of “accelerate” a la speed a la a sense of urgency is all you need to see. His lack of speed (not quickness) and more to me his lack of urgency, attitude, tuff-ness and all out effort (Hagel comes to mind) again he sort of pulls up, reaches with a weak pokes checks and drift in after the play. He’s too weak on the boards, weak on the body, and all defense men are going to blow coverage, but all I look for effort along the boards and guys who can finish. I think he thinks he’s untouchable, like he’s a darling of Bowman? Anyway those are the plays that define a player.

    Note on Faksa goal – Kevin Lankinenplays is so far out of the net (often drifting) that you will begin to see more goals on opponents banking the puck off the back boards and retrieving like Faksa scores goal.

    Hinostroza speed and passing ability will go a long way. He can burn it up, gets back on defense, but his passing is high level reminds me of a lot of Teuvo Teravainen!

    Stars looked weak at best. Somewhat disinterested?

    Go hawks

  • April 7, 2021 at 7:29 pm
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    MO,I feel pretty solid about my choices for possible up and coming Hawks and who are the keepers. I pushed for Hagel,Kalynuk,Kurashev,Johnson,Entwhistle,Mitchell,and Barratt. I know Mitchell has regressed a little and the jury may still be out on Kurashev with Johnson and Entwhistle really not being given a shot at a regular spot yet. I hope Barratt is going to break through next season.

  • April 7, 2021 at 8:16 pm
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    minus comments for the second time!

  • April 7, 2021 at 11:08 pm
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    Just looking a 4yrs down the road with what we got now. Using today’s size but thinking most are going to fill out more.

    Kalynuk 27 6’1″ 175. Boqvist 24 5’11” 179
    Beaudin 25 5’11” 172 Regula 24 6’4″ 203
    Mitchell 26 5’11” 175. Phillips 23 6’2 199

  • April 7, 2021 at 11:41 pm
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    Okay, a bit of a mea culpa. Boqvist has improved from last year. But…not as much as he should. Is that because Colliton pairs him with other offensive defensemen? That could be it. I’m just not thrilled with his overall game.
    Yes, Janmark is wearing #13. I did, genuinely, overlook that. It happens.
    I do know that Larmer left the Blackhawks on bad terms. Dollar Bill went about breaking Larmer’s Iron Man mark. I’m sure that pissed Larmer off. The guy never missed a game. Dollar Bill did that. Perhaps his spawn still hold that grudge. That would be rather pathetic. But, it could be.

  • April 8, 2021 at 7:23 am
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    Boqvist is the most improved d-man that plays enough to notice, on the team-period.
    Work in process still-yes– People eating their chips and drinking their beer from the couch-he’s 20 (that’s TWENTY)

    “Perhaps his spawn still hold that grudge. That would be rather pathetic. But, it could be.” No–They want to distance themselves from their dad’s reputation, not hold on to it.

  • April 8, 2021 at 8:02 am
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    Knucklehead,I agree and have basically said the same things about Boqvist since his 1st NHL game. To his credit,he is improving in the defensive zone with the man on man coverage. I believe as long as he is put out there as the lone D Man on the powerplay that his lack of straight line speed will always be exposed. I would always have a stay at home D Man playing with him at full strength. I really liked the speed and effort from Hinastroza. I just would like to see him be a little selfish and shoot more and drive the net now and again. He passed up a couple of prime chances for himself Tuesday night.

  • April 8, 2021 at 8:24 am
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    It’s Game Day! Don’t ya just love game days? I know I do. Only 16 (+?) games left before the season of dreaming and belly aching is upon us. Win or lose this will be fun.

    YEAH BABY!

  • April 8, 2021 at 10:13 am
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    Flood/Trade gates might have open up yesterday. Please everyone do not call Stanley from today on so he can concentrate on improving the team. Must unload Janmark and Soderberg.

    How happy would we have been if we got a 6’3″ 210lbs 24yrs LW and a centre PLUS! PLUS a #1 and possibly #3. Janmark and Soderberg numbers close to that of Palmeri and Zajac plus less cost!

  • April 8, 2021 at 10:16 am
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    Agree EB it’s been a great year. The next 8 games will tell alot, tonight then 2 in Columbus and 2 in Detroit. Getting points in those games a must, more than 5 to stay in playoff conversation at least. Then 3 against Preds, 1 in Nashville and 2 at United Center, at least 4 or 5 points in those 3 games to stay relevant likely. Next 2 weeks should say alot.

    JR can add alot of defensmen to that list that coiod be part of the blueline in 4 years. One to kerp an eye on to me is Kaiser, brings a pretty good package of physical play and skill if he can bring it to Nhl level in another 2 or 3 years. My question is who are going to play tye top 3 roles of Keith, Seabrook and Hammer in a couple of years from this group. Murphy could fill one spot, blaming him for not playing 5 or 10 years ago is not a reason he can’t to me. Boqvist has shown progression and promise but not ready to say he is sure thing yet a possibility, Mitchell and Beaudin also alot of promise, hopefully at least one of those 3 an fill a role. Kalynuk, Carlsson and Zadorov could certainly be part of the blueline but not convinced their ceiling is more than complimentary number 4 guy in the equation. Always possible to find a surprise gem in the system like they did with Keith and Hammer, be really good if they did and of course don’t know what this year’s top pick brings yet. Enjoy the ride i guess for now.

  • April 8, 2021 at 10:38 am
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    JR hope your right but but i’ll be surprised if Janmark and Soderberg bring that kind of return.

  • April 8, 2021 at 10:58 am
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    Stefanie,
    cannot have a stay at home d man in a hybrid man-man defensive system.

    Is not how the system is designed, or else 16 would be that guy.

    See my comments above.

  • April 8, 2021 at 11:13 am
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    Tim, I always from the start been with Mitch Kurachev Barratt. I really like these players and can see them being part/key parts of the 23man Stanley Cup roster.

  • April 8, 2021 at 11:18 am
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    Whose got the tomatoes for Dollar boy.

  • April 8, 2021 at 11:20 am
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    Carllson and Walmark off to Florida for Connelly and Stillman and a 7th rounder.

  • April 8, 2021 at 11:25 am
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    Very proud of Rocky. When I meet him in his normal seats/I was sitting 8-12 seast over in same row so everytime I got a refill went by his seat.

    Once I had to wait for whistle and then I got free and went towards my seat then veared to his and said hey hows it going eh? He looked like what? I said starnge brew man. Smiled and said nice to meet you I said thanks man we didnt win when I was a kid and you allowed it to happen cheers bro.

    We blew out WIN that games with Sharpy sniping a roof shot for a 4-0 lead. That was when WIN was coming on and we were dynasty team/2013 or 2015 yr/after those in the fall of next yr of one of those.

    He was cool character. Not just show/showboat kind. Same for when I meet Bowman in Lake PLacid he was cool and didnt really want to but he did take time to talk for a few min about Teuvo and Blackhawks in summer of 2013.

    Can imagine these guys get tired of talking to people but they did and acted cool.

  • April 8, 2021 at 11:44 am
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    ER, not on these yrs/even though theres no pressure of winning and were seeing moar then we thought for this greyhorn season. Which is abspluty huge!

    In a yr or 23 season were going to get pumped again because we ll be a top team again and be adding what we donot have from young wavers for complete team/roster/HHNL quality deepness.

    That is going to be wicked exciting for every gameday again. Just have to pay our dues now/recent couple yrs and we ll being smiling in the end again. We always laugh last.

  • April 8, 2021 at 11:45 am
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    Ok, we get two bodies for two bodies plus signing rights and a pick. Like the move. Frees up immediate room on D. Maybe not the right guy to lose but Maybe he is.

    Keep working Stan.

  • April 8, 2021 at 1:58 pm
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    Noonan, I really want the kid to be faster and be reliable defensively when he is out there on the power play. So far it’s not heading in the right direction. I agree with you that he is not losing his man and is much better in a D Zone setting.

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