Blackhawks Stay Perfect Since Coaching Change, Beat Coyotes 2-1

Things have been bad on the ice for the Blackhawks this season, but no team has been as bad as the Arizona Coyotes to date. They came into Friday night’s game with one win on the season. They’re awful.

The only thing worse than the play in the first period was the broadcast quality on ESPN+. The production quality was brutal and the sound was a mess. Frankly, the entire broadcast felt far too amateur for ESPN to be making this an exclusive for fans.

Arizona out-shot the Hawks 7-5 in the first period. Neither team had a really good chance at the net and the Blackhawks went almost eight minutes without a shot on net.

Chicago took control of the game in the second period, out-shooting the Coyotes 15-6. But they only had one goal to show for the 20 minute effort. Patrick Kane set up Alex DeBrincat for a pretty finish to give the Hawks a 1-0 lead.

The goal was… reviewed… kind of. The play started with a Blackhawks’ shot missing the net wide and the puck heading all the way to the opposite end of the ice. Riley Stillman then got the puck to Kane who made the rest happen. The Coyotes thought there was a missed stoppage and asked for a review. The play wasn’t reviewable, however. So after the refs stared at the tablet for a few moments, the goal stood and Arizona picked up a minor penalty for wasting time (aka delay of game).

Chicago didn’t score again and took only the 1-0 lead to the room for the second intermission. The Blackhawks controlled enough of the play in the period that only scoring once left the door too open for the Coyotes to be in the game still.

The game got increasingly physical in the later stages of the period. Ilya Lyubushkin went to the box at 17:41 for whacking Kirby Dach in the face. He left the box for the final seconds of the period and, after Dylan Strome caught Shayne Gostisbehere in the face with a high stick, Lyubushkin ran him from behind and picked up two more minutes of alone time in the sin bin. Strome was hit for a double-minor, but Lyubushkin did the Hawks a favor and cut the advantage in half.

And, of course, the lead didn’t hold.

Former Blackhawk Andrew Ladd, who many had forgotten was even in the league any more, tied the game at one 1:41 into the third period. The hits kept coming, and Dach was on the wrong end of it again. He was hit (cleanly) about six minutes into the third and his face busted open and blood was all over the ice. No penalty was called, but a big hit from Juhjar Khaira led to a few extended conversations after the whistle.

Chicago got their next powerplay eight minutes into the third when Strome got tripped. Strome took Dach’s spot on the first power play unit (because Dach was in the room getting his face put back together) and he made the most of his opportunity. He ripped home his first goal of the season to give the Hawks a 2-1 lead in the middle of the third.

Kane and Seth Jones were credited with the assists on Strome’s goal.

Mike Hardman almost extended the lead but Scott Wedgewood made a terrific save. The Blackhawks and Coyotes were trading chances more in the third period than at any point in the first two, but the Hawks were getting the puck up the ice with more ease. Dach returned after some facial repairs and got right back on the line with Kane and DeBrincat.

Jones went to the box as Arizona was pulling their goaltender with less than 90 seconds left in regulation. The Hawks were able to hang on and win.

Since Jeremy Colliton got fired, the Blackhawks have not trailed and are now 3-0-0.

After stopping 42 of 44 in the win against the Penguins in his first start since Colliton got fired, Marc-André Fleury stopped 22 of 23 in the Hawks’ third straight win.

Kane had two assists and a team-leading six shots on net in 21:26. Toews skated 20:06 and won 15 of 25 faceoffs with four shots on net.

Jones put five shots on net in 23:34.

83 thoughts on “Blackhawks Stay Perfect Since Coaching Change, Beat Coyotes 2-1

  • November 12, 2021 at 10:34 pm

    Thanks for the clips. I’m not paying for ESPN + .

  • November 12, 2021 at 10:50 pm

    That link that Dollar Bill shared worked great. Thanks Dollar Bill!

  • November 12, 2021 at 11:03 pm

    Let stay positive
    Again they found a way to win the game and another 2 pts
    I am happy with the result ,Hawks allowed just 1 goal and it’s a third win in a row
    Something weird happend to Toews in front of the net when Strome scored the goal .I look 3-4 times trying to understand but still don’t know what make him fall.
    Anyway we have 6 pts in last 3 games …
    Wish we could get help offensively from Kubalik ,Dach and Kurashev .

  • November 12, 2021 at 11:09 pm

    Quite a resemblance lol.
    Not a pretty win but still counts. Dominated in 2nd as you mentioned and shut them down after Stromes goal though, but as you say Coyotes not a very good team. Borgstrom must still not be at100%, thought that line with Strome and Kurashev were looking ok, check out their stats and were generating alot of Ozone time and high danger chances while not allowing anything, so that wasn’t why his ice time so low. Road trip out west liable to be alot less forgiving to them.

  • November 12, 2021 at 11:17 pm

    Kane had 6 SOG and S. Jones had 5 SOG. Toews had 4 SOG. They’re definitely stepping up their games. What I find interesting is that Strome is playing stronger with every game sans Colliton. Even though he had only 8:50 of TOI(time on the ice). The crazy stat of the night belongs to R. Johnson. 60% on the FO, 1 SOG, 1 BLK, 12:21 TOI, and 11 HITS!!! 11 freakin’ HITS!!! The kid was like a cannon ball!!! No penalties either. All clean.

    This team needs more work, but now, again, sans Colliton, King has them in a workable playing style and they are out there competing and having fun. So are we. Love it!!!

    I only got to listen to the game, so I have to ask, how is Borgstrom looking? Strome, Borgstrom, and Hardman had the least amount of TOI. Is Kurashev really outplaying those 3 guys to warrant that amount of TOI?

  • November 12, 2021 at 11:24 pm

    Can’t get Kalynuk and C Jones back fast enough – Seth is the only D man who can pass the puck excluding Gus because you can’t play him very much

    None of McCabe Murphy Stillman or DeHaan are very good passers and a lot of the Hawks offence grinds to a halt with errant passes from the back end

    Good for Strome – keep him on PP1

    I don’t know if Borg was not fully recovered or just wasn’t playing that well – hopefully the former

    Once TJ is back they should send either Hardman or RJ back to the rock – I think they could both become decent 4th liners but neither of them should be playing higher than that

    TW – I guess we were right that Strome would score before Toews

    Fleury was solid

    I was quite concerned about this game so I’m happy with the 2 points – moving on

  • November 12, 2021 at 11:35 pm

    I did the free trial on Hulu to watch the game. I am curious if others, Hulu or ESPN+, experienced the SD – HD – SD – HD, frozen video followed by multiple jumps to catch up to live and brief periods of blank screen throughout the entire game. Couldn’t stand the announcers and had the game on very, very low volume. Needless to say free was too much. Never again Hulu.

  • November 13, 2021 at 1:01 am

    Bob, Tried an NFL game on HULU and had the same issues. The Edmonton game was also taken off NHL Center Ice tonight. The replays of the goals tonight sounded like a high school game being broadcast. Great job Bettman,ESPN,and the NHL! Hey Wrap, what is the longest goalless streak that Toews has had since he hit the league many moons ago? Gotta believe he is getting close to surpassing it. At least he had 4 SOG tonight. Thats baby steps I guess. I agree with Hawks2010,this team better start getting production from someone other than Kane and DeBrincat. They will get exposed on the west coast trip without production from the entire group. Might be able to lull the Kraken and Canucks to sleep enough to steal a few points but the Oilers,Ducks,and Flames will run them out of the building.

  • November 13, 2021 at 1:13 am

    Wow I really miss watching/hearing Pat Foley call a game. This whole ESPN production was amateur hour. This is how to kill a major sport. Wow, did that suck.

    It was nice to see the Hawks only give up one goal, but it wasn’t an impressive game otherwise. Three game win streak is great, but scoring two goals a game is a really hard way to accomplish it.

    Not sure how the Hawks are going to find their offense, I get that the Hawks have some injuries and players coming off of covid protocol, but they should have been able to score more than 2 goals against the Coyotes. Kubalik not being able to score on either breakaway reflects the Hawks so far this year. Can’t finish.

    On the plus side Kane and Jones look elite (DeBrincat too). Fleury had a nice game. Nice to see Strome score on the PP, though it would be nice to see him contribute 5 on 5 with more than high sticking penalties…

    The Hawks are relying too much on guys to play above their ceilings right now. The Hawks still haven’t found their top six yet. You need to build a roster from the top down, the Hawks need skill players who can drive the play. Kane can’t do it by himself. At what point do the Hawks look to Rockford for something other than a fourth line grinder? When will the Hawks bring up Reichel? Hawks need more skill in the top of their lineup. Khaira on the Toews line is simply not good enough.

    That said, the Hawks got more wins in the last three games than in their first twelve, so let’s make it four in a row!

  • November 13, 2021 at 6:16 am

    Nice win produced by hard work, patience and good coaching.

    The ‘blackout’ has me wondering if anyone else feel like they are being disenfranchised by the Blackhawks and the NHL.

    Danny Wirtz has made clear his goal is a more “inclusive” and “diverse” fan base. What exactly does that mean? What does that mean for loyal fans, like us, who invest a lot of emotional equity into the Blackhawks’ brand?

    It seems like if you are over 50 you are not wanted.

    The NHL, Disney and ESPN are all coveting the younger viewer. With shifting demographics it makes sense. However, people under 30 consume sports much differently than us – the over 50 crowd. They don’t follow teams, they follow players (driven by fantasy leagues and online wagering, no doubt). They don’t watch games, they watch things like NFL Red Zone. Not surprisingly, home attendance for college and professional sports is steadily declining*.

    Will the next generation of fans buy tickets and team paraphernalia? Will stay loyal through bad times? Will they spend money for things other than online services and apps? Is there enough money in online sports viewing to offset the loss of revenue from tickets, concessions, parking and merchandise? What is the lifetime value of an under 30 viewer (I won’t say ‘fan’) compared to us fans?

    Just wondering.


  • November 13, 2021 at 7:41 am

    Watched the game on Hulu with no issues except the broadcasters, talked about everything except what was going on with the game. Maybe I’m to old but woman calling mens sports is a no for me. Foley was right, bad call with this game.

  • November 13, 2021 at 8:41 am

    TW – the game was on my NHL Live package – maybe because I don’t live in CHI area? Not sure

    The offence is being carried by Cat Kane and Jones at the moment and your top 3 centres don’t score 5 on 5

    I’m still hopeful that as they get used to King’s system they’ll improve a little but as I’ve said earlier and others have said here they desperately need more offensive contributions from anyone other than those 3

    Having 4 liners like Khaira and Hardman in the top 9 isn’t helping

    And as I mentioned earlier they need better transition passing from the D other than Seth – Kalynuk and C Jones should help there when they’re back

    Here’s hoping both Kalynuk and TJ are back next game

  • November 13, 2021 at 8:44 am

    Good news- Hawks w King at helm over JC will be much more competitive on most nites.
    They are now watchable- albeit playing pretty safe / low scoring brand of Hockey.

    They were pretty much un-watchable w JC behind the bench

    Bad news- the Hawks will be just good enough to win a few games- and have almost no chance for top 2 picks in 2022 draft- Thanks Bowman!

    The rebuild is behind schedule – thanks to the delusions of Stan Bowman

  • November 13, 2021 at 8:47 am

    Something to keep in mind as season goes on, qualifying offers to retain their rfa rights are 3.6m for Strome and 4m for Kubalik, who are also both arbitration eligible. Have 3 choices, make those qos or let them walk ad ufas, extend them before then or move them before tdl or maybe at draft if a deal can be found. Gaudette and C. Jones with minimal qos needed, are arbitration eligible as well, but at this point wouldn’t require a big raise.

  • November 13, 2021 at 9:07 am

    Derek King knows a lot of these kids very well so stay with the club you’ve got and allow the players to get accustomed to each other and create some magic ! There are some good youngsters that want to play hard with 19 and 88 ! Get Rolling ! Pops 4

  • November 13, 2021 at 9:09 am

    We can complain about ESPN if we want, but the league signed the deal and allows this. This is on the greedy NHL. We all know what ESPN is and so does the NHL. None of that matters to the league. Just let the dollars flow and the league is willing to look the other way at disrespecting fans with blackouts and mediocre (at best) announcers. Since I am out of market, I have to watch the games on ESPN+ and this is the second one where there was no option for a home broadcast. Apparently, ESPN and the league did that to the Kraken on their initial game. No app, no $7.99 per month, no game. The NHL should never have allowed that. They also black out games that are on NHL Network and TNT.

    The Hawks were not impressive last night. However, they no longer feel like a complete dumpster fire and after 3 years of it, there do not seem to be opponents wide open in the slot over and over. Odd man rushes seem way down too.

    Was not impressed with Strome’s goal. It was a softy. If you get enough shots on net, occasionally you’ll get a softy.

    Ladd’s goal was an excellent one. Would have liked to see MAF get a shutout.

    Given that $9 mil seems to be the going rate for a number one defenseman, Jones may earn that contract. He has looked very, very good. Has he looked elite? Not sure, but he is racking up points and the Hawks are not giving up much right now.

    Kubi is snakebitten, but he has always been streaky. The Dach face-off situation is really problematic. Toews is now relevant, but nowhere near elite. Kane/DeBrincat is really fun to watch.

    Let’s hope the Hawks can be respectable the rest of the year. It would not have been unreasonable to hope for more than we got last night.

  • November 13, 2021 at 9:56 am

    Felt like the Comcast customer service lady as the lead commentator.

  • November 13, 2021 at 9:56 am

    Could be that teams/goalies are on to Kubalik’s bag of tricks and he needs to adjust – I think he will

    Dach exposes himself to bad hits all the time – reminds me of Roenick at a young age – gotta be a bit smarter or he’s gonna get another concussion

    I wonder when Hagel and TJ are back if Kurashev goes down to the rock for a while – he really has not been a factor at all

    I turned the sound off after about 5 minutes of the announcers especially the play by play – it was distracting in a bad way

    Maybe we’ll see a rejuvenation of Strome if he gets a couple of decent wingers

  • November 13, 2021 at 10:07 am

    My namesake was turning in his grave with delight, to see that people finally had to pay to watch the Hawks.

    All in all it was a boring game considering how we struggled to beat a half NHL/AHL team. Take away Kane and how does this team score? Does anyone ever go to the front of the net and actually stop?

    Dach looks like he might need some time at the Rock, he just doesn’t look anything at all compared to how he played in the bubble. Let Kub’s score one and they will start to go in on a regular basis. Will Johnny ever score again?

    So we win an emotional game against the Perds, hang on for dear life against an undemanned Pitt team and barely squeak out a win against the Yotes….baby steps, but big change is still needed from top to bottom.

  • November 13, 2021 at 10:27 am

    King reminds me of when Denis Savard took over as head coach for Trent Yawney. He told the players to just go out “and play”, you guys know what you are doing. The Hawks then won several games in a row around Christmas time.
    When the games got serious and things tightened up in the Spring, the Hawks came back to earth and Savard was in over his head.
    Perhaps it’s not a fair comparison as King has more coaching experience but it seems all of a sudden this team learned how to play decent hockey again. Kings attitude is refreshing for sure.

    On another note, Jones might finding his groove as a legitimate #1 defenseman. We can only hope. Btw, Boqvist is a healthy scratch in Columbus every night. However the Sillinger kid can sure play

  • November 13, 2021 at 11:01 am

    ESPN is in scramble mode and the only thing they are concerned about is fixing their problems – the number of people watching cable TV is shrinking rapidly which shrinks their advertising revenues rapidly. The amount of money they pay the NHL is minor compared with what they pay for other sports, which makes it easy for them to treat the NHL as something close to a loss leader. They can coerce people into signing up for their streaming, and if a few of us “older” people are pissed-off, well it’s no big deal to them. Throw in some announcing teams who are cheap and either not skilled or just inexperienced (I’m trying to be kind) to limit the financial hit and to them it is not such a big deal. I was very lucky and was able to attend the first home game of the 1961 Cup final – that make me WAY outside the group of people ESPN cares about. Losing TV access for 4-5 games out of an 82 game season isn’t enough to make me subscribe to their streaming service.

  • November 13, 2021 at 11:14 am

    Agree with Robs about Jones-the loss of the first pick isn’t as bad as I thought-he is a legitimate #1 and they are really hard to find. I’ve said this a few times that Dach seems to be a human target for other players-he need to learn to be aware of where is on the ice or it might be a short career. That might mean playing the wing, at least for now. As Wrap said the game was on the Canadian Center Ice package.

  • November 13, 2021 at 11:36 am

    John Galt: Some goods points there: I’m over 60+ so I certainly don’t matter at all, about the new generation. I know myself I rarely bet on Hockey but I was up in the U.P. 2nd week of Oct(in a casino resort) and Hawks were playing an exhibition vs Detroit. I bet on the game plus put $20 on Kane to score 2 goals(just missed it). There were younger people with Red Wing jerseys scoping out the betting lines and gimmick betting. I cannot imagine many people playing Fantasy Hockey, but I do play Fantasy football, watch Red Zone and the Bears until they are pounded into submission, then right back to Red Zone and you’re right: I think there is more emphasis on the players and their stats then who the heck won the game. I was watching the last couple of Monday night and then Thursday night football games, you look in the stands and there were empty seats galore with the exception of the Chicago-Pittsburgh game, so I think the trend is less people attending games, less people buying jerseys, more people betting on games(hockey too) and the networks are adjusting to get every last dollar out of you for people that actually just like to watch the game. But the problem with that is there are more avenues to watch the game as people here have stated or people just go and do other things like I did last night. The NHL I think was stupid to let ESPN give them a little more $$ upfront for the rights to the games and then have them turn around and “dilute” the product by hiding it on all these other channels and then move some over to another pay outlet. It just tunes out the fans with all the stuff you have to go thru to watch them .

  • November 13, 2021 at 11:47 am

    Dach is a very skilled player which has allowed him to advance to where he is now.

    However, he tries to do too much and relies to heavily on his skills which results in him holding on to the puck too long, painting himself into a corner and/or getting walloped.

    He is either going to learn how to be a better playmaker and team player (like Kane did) or continue to try and do everything himself.

    Hopefully, King will help him evolve, maybe even teach him how to win a face-off.

  • November 13, 2021 at 11:53 am

    dach needs to play with an edge!!!! him just skating with his purse is going to get him in trouble(medical). you would of thought he would find an edge after he got bloody. maybe he is gun shy after that hit, maybe he needs to toughen up.

    Beach and Wirtz conflict is heating up, my guess Beach will be receiving +25mm when all is done.

  • November 13, 2021 at 12:05 pm

    Dach sort of reminds me of a lighter less physical Eric Lindros back in the day. Lindros also frequently placed himself in terrible positions and received several concussions which prematurely ended his career. I cringe when Dach is in the corners. He seems to be unaware when that monster check is headed his way. In the position that this team is in, I would look to move both Strome and Kubalik right before the deadline. Even an upbeat King mentioned last night something about Strome playing the right way all the time and not just in the offensive zone. There are very few places to float and hide out there these days especially the way film is broken down now.

  • November 13, 2021 at 12:31 pm

    Dach needs to toughen up? Dude got bloodied, fixed up, came back into the game, bloodied again…back again. Has had a severely broken wrist and came back probably too soon. And absorbs monster hits on a nightly basis. I don’t think his toughness needs to be questioned.

  • November 13, 2021 at 12:38 pm

    Mike Damone – nice one! Now if we can get Mark Ratner and Charles Jefferson that’s a line.

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  • November 13, 2021 at 1:53 pm

    Tim W – has it right… kid /Dach is tough… but over handles puck and is puck centric. Needs to pay attention to traffic/spaces/ big picture. That is why I don’t like him with Kane- And Kane probably doesn’t like having Puck-centric player- with him.

    Let Dach- learn versus lower rung of defenders. Really a buzz kill when Dach beats 1st/2nd defender only to stick handle himself into– TO /Dead end/ or vulnerable contact.

    Like Richards w Kane… Richards gave the puck up early and often… knowing damn well if he got open… Kane would give it up and find him… making Richards even better. Dach does complete opposite… over handles- while best playmaker in last 10 years watches. Ugh

  • November 13, 2021 at 2:50 pm

    Don’t like Khaira with 19 and 8 either, like to see Borgstrom with his play making ability get a couple games on road trip there to see if can spark their offense. That leaves TJ, Kurashev or somebody else with Strome for 3rd line, maybe Hagel if a 13 19 8 line works. A 38 17 90 3rd line could add some scoring help too maybe. Think Dach will be okay, playing no. 1C, he doesn’t have alot of Nhl games under his belt yet with the way things played out last season for him.

  • November 13, 2021 at 3:34 pm

    Goose- first off, no need to be shouting with the cap lock on, 2nd just cause you hit doesn’t make you tough and it’s not going to keep others from hitting you. Dach sucks at keeping his head up, so he gets destroyed. Toews doesn’t go out of his way to hit and you don’t see opponents head hunting him for not being “tough”

  • November 13, 2021 at 3:50 pm

    @Earl : Women are going to be calling sports whether you want it or not. It’s not 1960 anymore, we play(ed) sports & some are quite knowledgeable. There are PLENTY of men who suck at broadcasting so if a woman’s voice bothers you, just hit mute–like I do when Pierre Maguire or Darren Pang opens their mouths.
    I was at the UC last night so didn’t hear the ESPN+ debacle, but my seats are right under the press box. You know who was sitting next to John Weideman?? Caley Chelios–Chris’ daughter. She was with Tampa Bay for the last few years & did an excellent job; I’m glad she’s getting a shot here to show her skills.
    (rant over)
    Carry on, fellas.

  • November 13, 2021 at 3:55 pm

    John Galt & Bluto good posts.

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  • November 13, 2021 at 5:21 pm

    I definitely agree that Kane needs a Center that gets rid of the puck and makes quick decisions and right now that is not Dach. Kane likes to carry the puck and set people up. He gets visibly aggravated when Dach hangs on to the puck in the offensive zone. Borgstrom would be the better choice for Kane,s centerman if you are not going to put Toews there.

  • November 13, 2021 at 5:23 pm

    Give Dach Hardman and Reese Johnson on his wings to take some of the physical pressure off of him. Or at least 1 of those guys and T. Johnson to take the faceoffs.

  • November 13, 2021 at 5:51 pm

    Stephanie if you don’t like my comments just scroll on by. If women want to be broadcasters then do softball games, 2021

  • November 13, 2021 at 6:06 pm

    Hey Earl ,how bout you keep your narrow minded, chauvinistic, close minded, bullshit opinions to yourself and off this board ….or better yet …we will just scroll past your indignant thoughts .

    Go Hawks go .

  • November 13, 2021 at 8:01 pm

    Face it, like him or not, people will soon miss Pat Foley after he leaves. Watched him since Day 1. He’s on the Mount Rushmore of Hockey Announcers.

  • November 13, 2021 at 10:05 pm

    Foley is good although not in the top echelon of Foster and Bill Hewitt and Danny Gallivan young Bob Cole and Jim Hughson but he is good when he sticks to calling the game – his bromance with Eddie O is way over the top and drags down his otherwise fine play calling

  • November 14, 2021 at 1:43 am

    My girlfriend and I live in the greater Seattle area and are long time Hawks fans. Fortunately or maybe not we have ESPN+ via our laptop feed. That had to be one of the worst ever play by play announcers we have ever heard. Lots of dead time during the play and frankly I don’t think she even really knew the players names. The color guy wasn’t that much better but tried to cover for her. This isn’t a female vs male who should or shouldn’t be a play by play announcer but just an observation that it was just awful.

    Someone mentioned the Kraken on this thread. That organization SUCKS!! We live 20 mins from their arena and cannot get local games even though THEY PROMOTED THEM PRIOR TO THE SEASON over and over that 2 local stations would have all games. Never happened and if you want to watch Kraken games regardless if it is a local game or on the road they are ALL blacked out unless you subscribe to some regional obscure cable sport channel for a fee. Doesn’t even matter we pay for Center Ice. We were looking forward to a new local team but screw them. Guess this is the new NHL for new Franchises. I have still never gotten a response from the Kraken organization on what happened after a month now.

    Sorry to rant about the Kraken. Now that Bowman and JC are gone, we look forward to watch games to see how our Hawks progress and play.

  • November 14, 2021 at 2:04 am

    “Foley is good although not in the top echelon of…” – Lloyd Pettit, Dan Kelly, Mike Emrick.

  • November 14, 2021 at 5:13 am

    Stefanie – I agree don’t care who calls the games as long as they are good. However that duo for ESPN were both terrible. Getting players wrong, not keeping up with the action, just miscalling most of the game. It was as if neither of them had watched or played hockey before. It was like listening to a high school stream. Hopefully they get some better announcers male or female.

  • November 14, 2021 at 6:25 am

    Like I said, I was at the UC in person so I didn’t hear the call. (Thankfully, lol).
    I was just replying to the generalization about women calling games. I’m sorry you guys had to suffer through that, and hope ESPN gets their ish together.

    Coach King rocks! Let’s go Hawks!

  • November 14, 2021 at 8:01 am

    Sadly, it is time for Pat Foley to move on. Even though his tickle-fests with Eddie and the ‘tree-turdy-tree in the turd’ shtick is worn out and annoying, and recent gaffs had accelerated his demise, he is being pushed out because he doesn’t toe the line and is deemed too old by Danny Wirtz. Very sad.

    Let’s give Foley credit for taking Bettman and the NHL to task for scheduling 8:30 games on school nights. He got called on the carpet and sternly reprimanded, but he did us all a great service in getting the NHL and Butthead to make the change. Let’s remember that.

    He also gave us some wonderful memories – Bannnnermannnn! Niemi say ‘NO’! Savoir faire! Call the cops, he was robbed!

    In a way, Pat Foley represents us, an older class of Blackhawk loyalists who are not welcome anymore by Danny Wirtz and his woke crowd.

    Very sad.

  • November 14, 2021 at 11:53 am

    Yes the broadcast was bad but would rather hear them than Jack Edwards. The Bruins do nothing wrong and never lost a fight when he calls a game. Only games I want to hear from him are the ’13 Stanley Cup games. Especially 17 seconds!

    Back to hockey.

    We have a hidden gem we can put with DCat and Kane. I noticed some talent when he was young and before his illness with Vancouver. Give Gaudette 5 games and watch that line becomes.
    Someone else brought up the Lindros comparison to Dach as I did many moons ago. He has to fill out and eat alligator meat and it will happen.
    When everyone healthy:

    Kubalik Toews Hagel
    DCat Gaudette Kane
    Dach Strome TJohnson (all centers)
    Khaira Borgstrom Entwistle

    Fill in top 9 with Kurashev Nylander Carpenter
    Bottom 3 with Hardman RJohnson

  • November 14, 2021 at 12:06 pm

    @ JR glad it worked for you.

    Interesting take putting Gaudette between Kane and Cat, it’d be fun to watch and great if they gelled
    and could play in the D zone as well.
    I’d also put Borg on the 3rd line over Johnson, let him play w/Khaira and Entwhislte/Hardman.

    King needs to take the Junior out of Dach, that was Kings mantra down at the Rock, we gotta take the junior out of the players make them NHL ready.

    Even still, this team needs alot to begin to sneeze at Cup territory especially if Danny goes with KD.

  • November 14, 2021 at 12:18 pm


    I was going to do a similar post, as I’m in the same boat as you in the Seattle area (Port Townsend). I stream and my normal provider is Hulu, but I added ESPN+ (about $12 a month) and Sling, which carries the NHL network (about $20 a month), so I can see every game in the NHL for $32 a month add on except . . . the Kraken. All of the Kraken games are blacked-out locally (save for 8 or so national games) unless one gets Root Sports ($90 a month) or Fubo ($70 a month).

    And I’m thinking, how in the geebezus are the Kraken going to build a following for the team when only the hardcore sports fans will have access? Looks like the Kraken management exhumed Dollar Bill’s business plan from the 1990s.

  • November 14, 2021 at 12:21 pm

    I’m a big Disney/ESPN fan and have ESPN+ and the number of hockey games I can watch compared to paying for $100 comcast in the past isn’t even comparable. I’ve watched far more hockey than I ever have this year because of ESPN+. Every night there is at least 3+ games you can watch of hockey on ESPN+ around the league. Comcast would maybe show 2-3 games a week if that during the regular season including the hawks…. Comcast would also do that crap when the bulls would play and put it on comcast+ or channel 201 and you wouldn’t even get to watch the game. So far I’m way happier of the direction of the NHL to focus more on streaming than good old cable tv…. This will allow all of us to watch way more hockey on way more devices….

    1. Need Caleb Jones back
    2. Where is Ian Mitchell?
    3. TOEWS PLEASE SCORE A GOAL, Looking better out there!!!!
    4. Debrincat looks amazing
    5. Can we please move on from Gustafsson, not sure how he got back on the roster, then somehow he got back in the lineup….
    6. We are around 3rd to last in the league any reason not to bring up Reichel at this point?
    7. Is Beaudin a NHL Defenseman ?
    8. Probably a 10-20% chance at this point the hawks will make the playoffs. Should we start thinking about draft order already? I think we get to 20-30% with Caleb Jones, Johnson, Hagel, and Reichel.
    9. Who is Dylan Strome? 50 pt or 20pts a season guy, how do we motivate this kid, or is he just to slow?
    10. How will we fair against Vancouver, Edmonton, Calagary…..

  • November 14, 2021 at 1:48 pm


    Actually, the Kraken business plan is worse than Dollar Bill’s because we can’t even watch Kraken road games without Root Sports/Fubo. And we won’t be able to see the upcoming Blackhawks game in Seattle because they are playing the Kraken. At least we can find a radio broadcast somewhere (I think, maybe).

  • November 14, 2021 at 3:20 pm

    Just seeing and hearing the highlights on NHL on the fly is enough for me to say, the broadcast team sucked, and we do not need high pitched squeal from female announcers for men’s hockey….it was beyond terrible. Don’t care if it’s 2021 and it’s not being chauvinist either. I just sounded horrible….PERIOD !!

  • November 14, 2021 at 5:06 pm

    now this is the most important, rat. When it comes down to making out, whenever possible, put on side one of Led Zeppelin IV.

  • November 14, 2021 at 5:08 pm

    Rumeur à Montréal
    Patrick Roy is talking with 2 team apparently… Hawks and another team but not the Habs .
    I think it would be a good guy to replace Bowman .
    Just my 2 pesos

  • November 14, 2021 at 5:12 pm

    Bob/others, I have to watch fis skiing on peacock for some of the races and it would be better if you could put it on pause for awhile then let it go so there’s no skipping shht instead play the live feed like it’s a downloaded already and not choppy.

    Kind of like pausing the dvr for a minute to get in in sync with the radio announcers so you get a nice feed.

  • November 14, 2021 at 5:18 pm

    Let`s hope one of the 2 teams is not Chicago .

  • November 14, 2021 at 5:30 pm

    We had to get a top pair Defensemen and we still need another. We got lucky to get such a good player at 19 with Reichel. Let’s get lucky again and get the 1/2 pick. What a good trade that would be/it already is/to also get a 1/2 pick to go with Jones.

  • November 14, 2021 at 5:54 pm

    ESPN is the quality of Facebook posters/comments.

    Massive suck.

  • November 14, 2021 at 6:00 pm

    Yea, I hunt seen much I did notice someone wearing 56 and was like no how did sneak into the locker room. For now who cares once we get roster adjustments going with new identity gm coach team system yes yes. Get this roster with the Tim type of players.

    By next yr we have more of the top prospects ready like Reichel and 77 get more developed so we can have a good top 6 then get those Tim players.

  • November 14, 2021 at 9:09 pm

    My problem with Dach is his skating style. Unlike Hagel, who has that waistbend style with head and shoulders over his skis, so to speak, Dach has a more straight up style of skating. Since Dach is long and lengthy, and has this straight up style, there is more chance to be susceptible to heavier blows. There is more surface area of his body to make contact with.
    I love Hagel’s style of skating because he seems like he means business out there. With his waistbend style he can get under people.

  • November 14, 2021 at 9:17 pm

    JR, Unfortunately I think the Hawks have made up their collective minds on Gaudette. They don’t like him. He has not been given a legitimate shot to play regular minutes. I think Gaudette,Strome,Gustafson,Fleury,DeHaan and Kubalik will be dealt on or about the trade deadline. I believe after the olympics we will see Reichel,Nylander,Beaudin,and Mitchell as regulars in the lineup. Delia will be the backup after Fleury is moved. Just guesses but I have been wrong before. P.S. Hardman should be a fixture on the 3rd line with Dach and Reichel.

  • November 14, 2021 at 9:47 pm

    I don’t think any NHL team looking to make the playoffs will be looking for Gus at the TDL. Better yet, any team at all.

    With the ice time he is given, only low echelon teams who look for players with crystals in their pockets will look at Gaudette.

    Altho anybody could be include in a trade to even up cash/CAP considerations.

  • November 14, 2021 at 11:00 pm

    Pretty much agree on who gets shopped. Think MAF and Subban likely the goalies shopped and Soderblom called up and Delia insurance in Rfd. If Strome and Kubalik moved and Reichel and Borgstrom fill their spots, that’s saving north of 6m in salaries next year, likely a big consideration. Carpenter a ufa likely shopped too. Kurashev and R. Johnson rfas with no arbitration rights so be able to bring them back without a raise or minimal one. Colton Dach signed to an elc after a good camp should have a shot of making Nhl roster next year as power winger with skill who can score, not eligible to go to Rfd. under Chl agreement. Allen who likely was drafted as a stay home hopeful top pairing guy for Jones at some point, signed as Dach was, probably not ready to stick next year though. Have to think moving one or 2 more of the young dman could be coming as well. What team looks like at end of season and start if next could be alot different.

  • November 15, 2021 at 1:25 pm

    So far Kalynuk hasn’t been recalled – it seems like they are going to leave him in RKF for this road trip which means too much Gus until C Jones is ready

    King is saying that they’ll play Caleb making his debut by ear but the fact that they don’t seem to be bringing Kalynuk with them suggests that they expect CJ to be in vs EDM on Saturday

  • November 15, 2021 at 2:18 pm

    Wrap as Tab has been saying for a bit something gotta give soon on blueline. 4, 5 and 6 are locked up for next few years barring a trade. Gus and Dehaan likely not brought back or even finish this year. C. Jones and Stillman available for a few years yet. Kalynuk, Mitchell, Beaudin, Galvas, Regula and Philips all on verge of being Nhl ready, with Allen and Crevier signed to elcs, plus maybe Vlassic, Kaiser too ready to sign elcs, not that far away. Thats 10 dmen not currently on Nhl roster who will be pushing for roster spots in the next couple of years. Competition is a good thing but have to think Boqvist was just the start of moving some of these young dmen for missing pieces or to amass a few more draft picks.

  • November 16, 2021 at 9:39 am

    Arizona vs. Chicago on ESPN +:
    Very bad production.

    Color guy was lost in space as he scrambled to cover for the announcer who was in another time zone, on a bus to somewhere over the rainbow.

    Prior to game, we watched an old Twilight Zone episode.

    After 10 minutes of AZ vs CHI broadcast, we had to check to make sure we did not get sucked into it.

  • November 17, 2021 at 12:20 am

    David Rundbladder

    I totally agree the Kraken ownership and plan is worse than Dollar Bill’s. It is amazing we get blacked out on even road games. My girlfriend and I may try and find a Blackhawk feed on the internet somewhere for the game with the Kraken tomorrow. If we don’t, whatever, it is just one game we don’t get to watch our Hawks play. BTW we live in Kingston.

    As you mentioned, I have no idea how the Kraken will build a fan base. For now they are a shiny new object for the Seattle area but that will where off fast. As note on that, my dentist is in Bainbridge and all summer long the staff were wearing Kraken shirts. I asked various staff there if they were hockey fans and all them said they had never seen a game but were looking forward to learn about hockey and support the team since they had various friends who were into hockey. I had an appointment on Oct 29th and not one single staff member had on a Kraken shirt. Since I was curious I asked why. The answer basically was this from each person: The games are not on TV locally like they said it was going to be and they now want us to pay money for a local cable sports channel I have zero interest in getting. They went back to wearing Seahawks shirts.

  • November 17, 2021 at 6:29 am

    Looks like Kalynuk not getting a callup for road trip. C. Jones exprcted to draw in against Oilers Saturday so same blueline tonight as last game. Back to back games against Oilers and Canucks this wknd., you would think Gaudette gets in against Canucks Sunday, or sooner if injuries dictate it, lines expected tonight to be same again as last game. Hagel and TJ not looking like they play right now but Hagel is on trip with them, so possible he does but the original expected to miss 2 weeks would be when they return home.

  • November 17, 2021 at 7:45 am

    Ian – the calculus may be like this – the Hawks have planned to go with S and C Jones Stillman Murphy deHaan McCabe as a top 6 and Gus as a 7th at least until injuries to the D in which case Kalynuk could be recalled

    If CJ is expected for Saturday why bring Kalynuk on the trip for the one Seattle game and then sit him for 3 games

    I don’t mind this approach – Kalynuk gets top minutes in RKF and will be the first recalled and Gus is the 7th D which hopefully means he won’t be seeing the ice much if at all after tonight’s game

    Eventually deHaan will be moved (at least by TDL) opening a spot in top 6 for for Kalynuk and Gus will remain the 7th – injuries of course can change the calculus

  • November 17, 2021 at 9:11 am

    Yeah Wrap agree, how the looks at the end of the season the important thing not now. Although that has has taken on a lityle different meaning with the off ice changes. Making the right deal to acquire Kravtsov from the Rangers be a move that could add a big, fast winger who can score goals, a needed piece for this team.
    Would you use one of the surplus young D in Rfd. to try and move TJ contract before next season? He can still contribute if used where belongs in lineup but really brings no value as far as the future goes for the Blackhawks.

  • November 17, 2021 at 11:20 am

    Ian – it’s possible TJ moves at TDL without a sweetener for a pick

    If no salary retained then a pretty low pick likely- maybe a fourth

    Maybe Mitchell or Beaudin could go the other way for Kravstov – I’d be ok with that

  • November 17, 2021 at 12:08 pm

    The only thing about moving TJ at tdl this season is he still has 2 years left of 5m caphit, not alot of teams interested in taking a 3rd or 4th liner that steep, espicially in a flat cap era. Can’t see him moving without an incentive to take him. Could keep him around but takes up a roster spot of a younger player maybe, a Bowman move just thinking the new Gm msy want to move on from him.

    Like to know what offers NYR turned down for Kravtsov already, they may have him priced pretty high. A risk reward type of trade, in khl this season, so be next year before he plays in Nhl again. Could see a tier 2 prospect and conditional pick in 23 type of deal there too.

  • November 17, 2021 at 2:22 pm

    Good point on TJ’s contract Ian – agree unlikely to move that this TDL

  • November 17, 2021 at 9:42 pm

    Good skating so far.

    First touch for Dach puck died. Great Kane Kubalik set up. Lines S/B:

    Kane Toews Kubalik
    DCat Strome Gaudette
    Hagel Dach TJohnson

  • November 17, 2021 at 11:19 pm

    How many head coach do the Hawks need ?
    We have Derek King as head coach for around 2 weeks and now the organization decide to put Marc Crawford for associate coach ???
    What the Fudge does that mean for King ? Suddenly the Hawks organization just create a doubt in the head of the players I think . Crawford should stay assistant coach .Don’t need 2 head coaches. This is ridiculous.
    Maybe I don’t understand but for me it shows a lack off confidence in King to do the job .I just hope Crawford will not kick out King from his duty but it seems to me that it shows that nobody knows what’s really going on here.
    Davidson just did is first mistake and the players now don’t really knows who is their Head Coach . Am I right ? Or am I missing something and King is still the number 1 head coach ?
    Can someone explain what’s going on .
    Bad decision iff it’s the case to have 2 Head Coach.
    What the fudge is going on with the Hawks

  • November 17, 2021 at 11:19 pm

    How many head coach do the Hawks need ?
    We have Derek King as head coach for around 2 weeks and now the organization decide to put Marc Crawford for associate coach ???
    What the Fudge does that mean for King ? Suddenly the Hawks organization just create a doubt in the head of the players I think . Crawford should stay assistant coach .Don’t need 2 head coaches. This is ridiculous.
    Maybe I don’t understand but for me it shows a lack off confidence in King to do the job .I just hope Crawford will not kick out King from his duty but it seems to me that it shows that nobody knows what’s really going on here.i
    Davidson just did is first mistake and the players now don’t really knows who is their Head Coach . Am I right ? Or am I missing something and King is still the number 1 head coach ?
    Can someone explain what’s going on .
    Bad decision iff it’s the case to have 2 Head Coach.
    What the fudge is going on with the Hawks

  • November 17, 2021 at 11:27 pm

    Albert using Hawks numbers for Krak players.

  • November 17, 2021 at 11:46 pm

    What does Crawford being named associate coach mean to King?


  • November 18, 2021 at 9:12 am

    For King maybe nothing but for the kids on the team they wonder who’s the Coach ? Why 2 head coaches what’s the point ?
    Why not 3 head coaches then .I just think it’s showing the unprofessional GM we have now …probably first time in NHL history à team has 2 head coach.
    Anyway maybe it can help .

  • November 18, 2021 at 9:27 am

    Hawks2010 – There aren’t 2 head coaches. There’s one head coach: Derek King. Crawford is an associate coach. And, if you listened to the comments King made before last night’s game, it shows that he (unlike his predecessor) gets it. He talked about the reality that Crawford has been coaching at the NHL level for a long time and has seen a lot at multiple levels of the game. A relatively young (experience-wise) coach like King relying on Crawford’s experience is just smart — and he understands that. Davidson simply elevated Crawford in title (and probably pay). I really don’t see how changing Crawford’s title is something we’re losing our minds over, much less blasting Davidson for facilitating. The Hawks probably agreed to give him a bump when they didn’t make him the head coach for the rest of the season, which is fine. It’s King’s team for now.

  • November 18, 2021 at 11:10 am

    Thanks for info .

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