Crawford, Teravainen Shine As Blackhawks Bury Predators

Patrick Kane didn’t extend his franchise-record point streak until the game was in hand and the Nashville net was empty, thanks to exceptional work by Corey Crawford.

Crawford 36 saves, many of which were acrobatic and in traffic. He was rightfully named the game’s number one star after earning another big victory for the Hawks on home ice. The Preds put at least ten shots on goal in all three periods but Crawford was up to the task.

Dennis Rasmussen got the scoring started with his first career NHL goal – on his first career shot. Andrew Shaw picked up the lone assist on a nice redirect by the rookie center, who was credited with two hits and won one of four faceoffs in his NHL debut.

In the second, Shaw added a second point with a power play goal. He received a gorgeous pass from Teuvo Teravainen and was able to rifle a shot past Pekka Rinne to extend the Hawks lead to 2-0. Unforunately, five minutes later Eric Nystrom and Roman Josi executed a pretty break that ended with Nystrom breaking up Crawford’s shutout. Nystrom’s goal came with 46 seconds left in the second period and could have given the Preds some momentum heading into the third.

But Teravainen extended the lead back to two with his sixth goal of the season only 14 seconds into the third period. With two points on the night, Teravainen has three in his last two games while skating primarily with Marian Hossa and Jonathan Toews.

After Teravainen’s goal, the scoring chances were primarily coming off visiting sticks but Crawford continued his terrific night.

It wasn’t until Rinne went to the bench that Kane was able to extend his point streak. He and Artemi Panarin had a number of really good scoring chances throughout the night, but weren’t able to finish until the closing minutes. Kane, Panarin and Artem Anisimov combined to miss the net with six shots while only three were on target, but the late tally keeps Kane’s streak alive.

Bryan Bickell was in the lineup again and played a fairly physical game again, picking up a team-leading three hits in only 8:22 on the ice. He was also credited with one blocked shot. Five Blackhawks were credited with three blocked shots each in a nice defensive effort, but Crawford made up for a number of errors as well.

With Tanner Kero back in Rockford, Andrew Desjardins moved back into a primary role on the penalty kill and played well. He was one of the players credited with three blocked shots and spent 2:13 short-handed as the Hawks were perfect against only two Preds power plays.

David Rundblad was in the lineup in place of Trevor Daley and was awful. He picked up an assist, but he handled the puck like a live grenade while skating on the power play and got pushed around the defensive end of the ice all night.

These two teams will get after it again on Thursday night in Nashville.

50 thoughts on “Crawford, Teravainen Shine As Blackhawks Bury Predators

  • December 8, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    Any Commited Indian advocating for trade TT or Crawford because “they don’t fit” or “are not worth the money and should be spent on some other position” should be put immediately in stocks for all to see at the Michigan Avenue Bridge (DuSable Bridge officially I believe) for all to throw rotten tomatoes and assorted other vegetables at for 48 hours.

  • December 8, 2015 at 10:45 pm

    Agree Mining Man, but I would throw horse shit (though not with my bare hands, I’d wear gloves) because that’s what those comments deserve. TT has sick skills. He’s figuring it out, though he’s shown some confusion at times which is expected given his limited experience. But if you watched that no-look goal, or his assist on the other goal, and you still think we should trade him, well than you’re a Dufus. Which rhymes with…uh…

  • December 8, 2015 at 10:48 pm

    I will second that motion by Mining Man!

  • December 8, 2015 at 10:48 pm

    From a previous post written by someone who’s name rhymes with Goofus-

    “Teuvo is a terrible fit here… He is insanely overrated. And to me the quintessential soft Euro player who needs that big ice surface and open play. He isn’t NHL material.”

    At least for one night he was NHL material. You don’t unload young talent for a ‘piece’
    From the idiot brigade (proudly)

  • December 8, 2015 at 10:51 pm

    Crow’s best game of the year…

    TT- was much better… interesting side note… both of his points were from the Right Wing side???

    Mining Man- why don’t you go find Jimmy HOF- ameister!!! and stay with him.
    Remember him? the guy who kept chastising me for Saying RasMOOSEn!!!!

  • December 8, 2015 at 10:51 pm

    That TT goal was awesome.

    Crawford unbelievable.

    I liked the line combinations, we rolled our lines, got contributions up and down. I thought the 4th line had a good possession game, which was nice to see. Shaw showed up to play today. Moose looked ok. I know he got a goal on his first shot but so did cden. I didn’t really notice him too much after that, good or bad.

    I know the Runblad dissing will ensue, but he did make some nice plays and wasn’t as shaky as I’ve seen him in the past. Before that awful turnover in the center of the ice (I believe on the PP) I was actually thinking maybe he’s turning the corner… Then just like a cutler pick 6 I was reminded.

    Overall it was a really fun game to watch. Team seems pumped up.

  • December 8, 2015 at 11:04 pm

    First – Crawford was magnificent. Number 1 star by a fair margin.

    It’s been only two games, but TT has looked pretty good during the last two games, especially tonight. He carried the puck with confidence, made quick decisive plays and most importantly shot the puck when he had the opportunity. The goal he scored by sniping it in the far top corner without once looking at the net was “Kovalchuk’ian” – a thing of beauty, not to mention a high level if skill. If (big IF) Teravainen can play with confidence on the Toews line – that will be huge for the Hawks.

    I like the way the Desjardins-Kruger-Garbutt line has played the last couple games too. They don’t need to score to be effective and the way they played the last 2 games is reminiscent of the Kruger 4th lines of the last couple seasons and is much needed to round out the team game the Hawks need to be successful.

    Two divivsion wins in a row and life looks a little more rosey.

  • December 8, 2015 at 11:13 pm


  • December 8, 2015 at 11:18 pm

    Ebony-on the TT “no look” goal, it was also combined with a “hard look” faked out pass to either Toews or Hossa…Rinne was totally buffaloed and the shot locked in…reminds me of myself when I play poker! That did take tremendous skill and so quickly! Amazing.

  • December 8, 2015 at 11:53 pm

    Nice all around game by the Hawks and Crawford was impressive. The fact that Coach Q has decided to give TT an extended stay on the first line makes sense and was actually overdue. He has top 6 skills and just needed to learn the NHL game. He needs to shoot more and is just figuring it out. If he can average 3 shots per game then everyone on that line can average at least 20 goals and obviously Toews will be closer to 30 with what he brings to the table. Go Hawks!

  • December 9, 2015 at 12:08 am

    Good game. Good effort.

    If Teravainen on LW is a problem, why not let Hossa play LW (he’s got 17 years experience – he should be able to adapt)? Although tonight, even though, “TT- was much better… interesting side note… both of his points were from the Right Wing side”, it didn’t seem to be much of a problem.

    Hopefully, this group will find consistency. Maybe even exchange Mashinter for a better player from Rockford? (Probably better for his development to get Hartman minutes/primetime there…)

  • December 9, 2015 at 12:10 am

    Secondary Scoring. Now we’re talking

  • December 9, 2015 at 12:12 am

    Runbad brutal. Calling Sveddy

  • December 9, 2015 at 5:25 am

    Rosy’ worst effort since coming back from injury. The “old man” needs some rest. We need some D relief, if cap possible, from Rockford. Great effort from Crow, TT, and 65. We were outplayed for much of the game but I’ll take the 2 points! Need a stronger showing in Smashville on Thursday. Go Hawks!!!!!

  • December 9, 2015 at 6:02 am

    You can bet Crawford went into the game still pissed with his awful start of the playoffs last year. He looked like being on a mission.

    I think people who complain about Daley any other fucking day should be banned from the site. I mean, bashing Daley when the Hawks have Rozival and Rundbland is a sing of insanity.

    Coach Q has finally got all the lines moving in the right direction. It wasn’t easy and fast, but he got it done as he always does. Many fans naively panicked. This is one silly laitmotif of the Blackhawks fan experience.

  • December 9, 2015 at 6:19 am

    Dickie Dunn – let Teravainen have difficulties at LW. Force him to struggle and make it work. It’s going to make him become a better player in the long run.

    You can find a lot of things about a player when he is put in a difficult position. It’s better for him if he learns how to be comfortable on the LW, especially looking at this roster.

    He’s been playing LW, C, RW on all first 3 lines with studs around him or without. That’s a lot for a 21 years old, but that’s also valuable experience and film he’s put down. He and the coaching staff have a lot of information to work with towards improving his all around game.

  • December 9, 2015 at 7:12 am

    Line combos again spread out ice time. Teuvo on first line looking better all the time. Crow has put together 2 very solid efforts. He was moving really well last night and was deservedly the 1st star of the game. Without Corey playing so well it could easily have been a different outcome.

    Preds did a lot of things really well except put pucks in the net, and take some dumb penalties. To that end in this festive time of year I must say that Barrett Jackman is the gift that just keeps giving. This compulsive cheap shot artist that gave the Hawks so many power plays while in St Louis somehow miraculously ends up in Nashville. The guy takes a silly elbowing penalty from behind and the Hawks score. Thank you sir, may I have another?? What a guy. Thank you Nashville for picking up this loser. Otherwise, Roman Josi is in hockey studsville. Man is he good or what?

    Happy to see 65 pot some points. He was much energized last night. Buried a wonderful pass from TT, and also put that quick shot to net that Moose tipped in. Good for the kid! I am sure Wall was much pleased by that turn of events.

    Lets keep this train moving. Some big points out there this week. Tough back to back though tomorrow and Friday.

    Lets Go Hawks!

  • December 9, 2015 at 7:28 am

    Some thoughts, Wall mentioned TT being on the RW for his scoring plays, well the assist was playing the pt. on the power play, kind of a wing/pt. and on his goal he was the LW just was on the right side at that point. My angle is the whole RW/LW discussion is useless, in today’s hockey the forwards are so interchangeable. Today’s hockey is not like the old table hockey game with the players going back and forth in their slots. Also Crawford had a awesome game, WOW. Runblad made me so nervous, if cap space is needed, send Mashinter down and bring up Svedberg or Gustufson, could not believe he was on the power play, twice. And regarding TT, patience is needed, most players don’t just start as hall of famers, there is development needed for most.

  • December 9, 2015 at 7:30 am

    Nice to see CC bounce back from a couple sub par efforts. he was as good as he can be, the type of goaltending you need in the playoffs to get to the promised land. Be happy to see much more of that CC this reg season.

    I liked Moose for his size and stature, hard to move and seemed to be in the right place most of the time. Agree that 65 was alive and buzzing, need more of that from him. The 72/88 show continues to razzle dazzle. Nice to see TT shooting the puck, will wait to see if he re-disappears with physicality, although looks like best strategy is to have him with 19 and 81 as the opposition has their hands full with these two guys and can’t focus on hitting the waifish 86.

    Going to need a much better team wide effort that last night if we expect to put up more W’s…

  • December 9, 2015 at 7:35 am

    Didn’t TT’s goal the other night also come from the right wing? This is not a coincidence. Many left-handed shooters are much more comfortable on the right side as it is easier for them to see and execute a pass or shot from that area of the ice. Yes, Patrick Kane can also play LW but he sees the play better from the right side and he is also able to pass/shoot the puck quicker as a result.

  • December 9, 2015 at 7:43 am

    Dickie D- harder to teach an old dog new tricks? And 81 is HOF RW!!!

    Oh- and the other TT goal 2 games ago… from RW…

    On a positive note – TT just seemed to be skating faster (and not didn’t need to get in Board fights)… but seemed to be switching (weaving with Hossa to the RW side)
    during the play (I think Hoss passed to TT to RW for another awesome One timer that just missed)

    Listen- everyone here (Even Roof)… can see TT has great hands/vision…
    That is never the issue… his ability to “fight/Jostle/boxout/protect a puck” on the boards has been an issue…. which leads to “Lack of Possession/cycle”… which is how the Hawks want to play… Hawks won the game last nite… BUT- lost the Corsi/scoring chances/etc. war… will the Hawks continue winning???
    They still have MORE top finishers in the league than other teams (so they can get out shot/chanced) to some degree, and overcome… BUT- if you are a Corsi guy…
    Hawks still need some tweaking here.

    Furthermore, Dano without question looked much better coming off the RW than the LW (in small sample/recently)…

    I want both of these guys to be successful- (they are cheap, young, talented)…

    Finally- Still think TT might be better on Kane line- where Kane by himself has the ability to be a one man cycle… and free up TT…

    Another BIG consideration… is Panarin : Will probably reach his Schedule B Bonuses playing with 88… which will cost the Hawks another $1.75M next year in cap… which they cannot afford… they can always reunite 72/88 in Playoffs

  • December 9, 2015 at 7:47 am

    Those aren’t sounds I hear when I go moose hunting… Wonder where that person that we’re throwing rotten fruit at is. Surely they have a different analysis regarding one of those two players.

  • December 9, 2015 at 7:52 am

    Bill- agree and disagree… Hawks were in Umbrella on PP… only one point and it was 5 not TT…

    Yes, NHL forwards are interchanging more… so you are correct… But- he has scored his last 3 points from RW side… But yes/Hawks love to weave into the zone when they can…

    Lastly, if you really watch closely… A lot of TT’s bad plays/passes come from entering the zone on LW near Blue line, or exiting near his Blue line LW… entered from RW last nite with tons of speed???

    can he learn??? sure, but how much time do the Hawks have??? and how long will it take to learn???

  • December 9, 2015 at 7:53 am

    The Crow Show!

    Rasmussen played well but for such a BIG DUDE he plays soft for my liking. But at least Rasmussen knows what all those other AHL Ice hogs forget, get to the front of the net and chase the puck hard. Your not going to stick handle your way into the NHL. Simple!

    Shaw’s Line played very well and that is all they need to do, play “well” every night.
    TnT is learning to not let the “puck stick to his stick” on that top line and now it’s paying off. If he can skate harder in corners (close) and continue to make quick decisions he could stick, he’s effort is there! Marcus, Dezi and Garbutt are solid, perfect match in speed, well balanced so when they go in on a forecheck it’s critical they all can enter, pinch and check as a unit. That is the key really, balance in speed, so they are always around the puck as a unit, (triangle of death)

    Hossa continues to amaze, simply awesome every night he does all those “little things” that sometime get replayed (like last night) for those who are watching but not really paying attention. 99% of the time his efforts are not called out, but every game he is on point!

    Runn-bad needs to be experimented as a winger or just go back down or trade, his defensive instincts are just not there, just makes bad plays every night, just because they don’t turn into goals is why most NHL fans can’t tell the difference! Rozy needs to never cross the blue line in the offensive zone. Rozy’s cant be put in situations where his lack of speed is exploited.

    Something or someone is OFF on our defense WAY TOOOO MANY SHOTS ON GOAL and GOOD Shots! Hawks Defense has 2 weak spots! the fast, smart teams know they can JOSI skate past them and around them on the boards, Hawks will poke check ya before they ever get physical. Other teams exploit the weakness of size with a dump and crash and fetch because we’re smaller and have trouble moving the puck over, up and out. We look for break out passes and don’t give puck support below the dot, simple shit, Hawks wingers cheat, stay up towards blue, not low enough, so they make a long, slow pass that gets slower as it runs along the boards.
    But way too many shots on net! Pred’s just skating past d-men?

    go hawks

  • December 9, 2015 at 8:06 am

    TT is skilled enough to be effective on both sides! Not sure I see any players that are “bungee corded” to the left or right side of the ice! Hockey is so fluid, the only SKILL needed is to be able to get into the “Area of the ice” that’s open, it’s not so much comfortable because teams take away shooting lanes fast! Sadly that real SPOT is in front of the net, floating and drifting around the dots is hard for such a small, thin and light KID like TT.

    TT needs space to effective, that top line gives him space! So he has no excuse to not be improving period! TT does not have the break out speed to carry the puck in left or right side! TT also watch him close, is somewhat slow in the offensive end, to get into shooting position, meaning he takes very (safe) wide turns to get to open ice! That is the core skill of skaters, watch KANE how hard he cuts, pushes and accelerates to get to a spot on the ice! KANE is like a poitn guard in the NBA pay attention to him, without the puck, then watch TT, but that is the SKILL he LACKS
    and cant be developed. TT has other value!

    Yes TT can get open but teams give it to him. plus the Top line provides that space for him, TT wont be double teamed ever and will continue to be played to PASS like last nights goal! I’m talking about Working and Fighting for position. He is a pure passer and his passes as said way back when are always low, flat and deliverable! He can stick handle in tight too, he will get better but he will only get better by playing on the top line and then the top line should not be the “teaching line” ever!

    Go Hawks

  • December 9, 2015 at 9:12 am

    While I appreciate your in depth comments and analysis MtM, I believe that is unrealistic to compare 86 with Kane given the short time TT has played in the NHL. He is still finding his way, and must he allowed to do so. Smaller ice surface, more physical game, and extreme up tempo played in NHL takes adjusting. I am ok with 86 taking small steps for a player just turning 21. He is slowing gaining confidence and I think playing with Hoss and the Cpt will accelerate that process. The kid has a very quick shot release and will score because of that alone once he gets more comfortable with the idea of balancing shooting with passing. That’s just a maturity thing. Same is true with Panarin. The new guys in the lineup are finding their way, and I think that is most important at this juncture of the season. It takes times for lines to find chemistry.

    Lets Go Hawks!

  • December 9, 2015 at 9:26 am

    My comments Teeravainen LW vs. RW were sort of aimed at the idea that he “doesn’t fit with this year’s team”. I agree with comments about fluid nature of today’s game…especially Blackhawks style (when they’re playing their game).

    I have no problem with 86 – I believe he, Panarin and Dano are (being groomed at least to be) the next wave of “core players”. Maybe at times their age gets forgotten?

    Rundblad – confidence is a large part of success? H e hasn’t played, so maybe a little slack?

  • December 9, 2015 at 10:30 am

    Wall – if I recall correctly, most of the Hawks were above water with the exception of Moose, Shaw and Bickell. Their advanced numbers over 8-12 minutes were pretty ugly.

    The high danger chances or whatever were pretty skewed in Nashville’s favor. CF and FF were pretty close overall. Stellar goaltending and the Hawks are just a better team than Nashville.

    Toews switching with Kane in terms of big TOI.

    Sorting out the D pairings really has to be the priority at this point. Going to be tough to do anything meaningful though with the cap and that stuff.

  • December 9, 2015 at 10:55 am

    Crawford was $$$.

    TT’s goal was reminiscent of The Captain’s 2nd goal vs. the Ducks in last year’s game 7.

  • December 9, 2015 at 11:01 am

    Mike The Mook: Good point about trying to convert Runblad to forward. He has speed and a good shot. Doesn’t look like he is going to make it on D.

    To all: Give TT a chance. Let’s re-evaluate near the end of the season.

    Why waste time with Rozy. There are three others with the Ice Hogs better than him ready to be brought back up.

  • December 9, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    Goalie win. Crawford was at his best. TT’s skill set was on display for the second game in a row. Put him with guys that can finish and he will thrive. Moose compliments Bickell. Both are terribly slow skaters and fall down all the time. Good to see 70 score but other than that he did not look like an NHL third liner. I hope I am wrong about him but a line with 29 & 70 will be a liability come playoff time. Neither one are NHL players in my mind.

  • December 9, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    Teuvo is a RW, period.

    Teuvo has strong a whopping two consecutive games of good performance.

    Tuevo has generally been horesh!t for the entire season.

    Teuvo is a Euro style player who needs international ice size, wide traffic lanes and a refusal to get anywhere near the boards to do anything.

    Teuvo is awful fit in Chicago.

  • December 9, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    1961… Re: MOOSE, yes he is a little slow moving- Plays pretty smart/simple… will go to the net… will jam up plays and take hit on boards… BUT- at the end of the day… he is a poor man’s Handzus… kind of agree, playing him with slow guys … might not be good… BUT- if he had two Quick/energy wings… he might actually be… ok (Bickell does not fit that mold)

    In the Long run… let’s Hope Danault is better option

  • December 9, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    Rufus, you guys are a nice bunch of trolls.

    Lets Go Hawks!

  • December 9, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    Teuvo can play any forward position, period.

    Teuvo has strong season of good performance.

    Tuevo has generally been awesome for the entire season.

    Teuvo is a Euro style player who can play on NHL or international ice size, wide traffic lanes and loves to get near the boards and do everything.

    Teuvo is an awesome fit in Chicago.

  • December 9, 2015 at 3:39 pm


  • December 9, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    Rufus – double down on the TT comments – what else are you going to do now? Admit you’re wrong? Not after a couple games.


    Hopefully TT keeps up the play of the last couple games and if he does, hopefully you’re big enough to admit you were wrong.

    … to be continued.

  • December 9, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    Hawks were lucky to win. They were pantsed repeatedly defensively. This was the definition of a goalie win, in my opinion.

  • December 9, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    1961. Agree re Rasmussen & Bickell, what can you do though? Mashinter is out, Kero was regressing, so we count our blessings. Morin was playing on the line w/ Rasmussen & Bickell in Rockford, and was the best of the three. But Im not complaining – this is progress.

  • December 9, 2015 at 5:36 pm

    I agree, TT was speedy on his skates yesterday. In fact, I also thought Panarin was flying last night rather than floating.

    Totally agree. Too many breakaways and odd mans given up by our d. I think the D is our biggest concern between now and seasons end. It will have to be addressed. We can’t go into the playoffs without strengthening our d pairings.

    Nice win last night. Go Hawks!!!!

  • December 9, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    Hmmmmm. IMO, 70 was MUCH better than Mash, take what you can get fellas. Reminds me of a guy I played against in college, a big bull and hard to move out of the way. Not overly tough, just a load. In front of the net, we NEED that. For whatever reason, at least Q will play the “big line” and give them a chance to wear out one of the opponent’s top 2 lines or neutralize their bangers. Throw in the 16-11-28 group and it keeps em honest. Not all lines need to be incredible (nor can they be with $10.5 x 2.)

    Give this 4-line grouping time to learn each others game and they’ll bang and keep the puck better than last night with some time together.. Hey Q- how about some continuity for a week or 2? We need some size come playoff time to balance the lines in the Western conf and they’ll need time to get comfortable with each other..

    Finally (to whoever is using/sharing Rufus’ name over the past year or so), TT isn’t going anywhere, get real. Yes, he’s he’s waifish- BUT he’s only 21 and has obvious skilz. The wondrous Hawks are going to need high skill players 4 years from now, so it would be incredibly dumb to part ways now. Ain’t going to happen.

  • December 9, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    Iceman- Q does not have many great options for the third line and I can’t blame him for trying different players from Rockford. I would prefer Kero, Dano or Hartman over 29 and 70. They are raw but at least they can skate and keep up with the pace of today’s NHL game. The upside of Dano and Kero is much greater than 29/70. By playing them during the regular season I would not be surprised if they make strides by the end of the year and would contribute (at least not be a liability) by the time the playoffs roll around. I agree with Wall, Danault may be in the picture before long and an even better option.

  • December 9, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    I like RasMOOSE and Kero, etc. but I have always liked Danault the most of the guys that have been developing. Think hes going to be the guy that has more complete two way play.

  • December 9, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    Crawford is a top goalie for sure and he will be cheap in 2-3 years….deserve more credit….TT is still a kid growing slowly and with huge upside…he still need a few years before he be ome a top nutch player …and wait to see Danault in a few years also…now he is not in the NHL but wait and see…i was following the kid in Victo…and he is a late bloomer that will play in NHL for many years i am 99% sure

  • December 9, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    Crawford’s gets the #1 star for sure. Amazing saves on a lot of great chances. There, once again, Captain Obvious has spoken.
    I was also the smart guy who mini-bashed 86 for being lost in a big man’s game, not being too physical, getting thrown around like a rag doll ……. well, some of those things still seem to be true at times. BUT, man oh man, that pass to Shaw and that BEAUTIFUL no look shot were tremendously tremendous. Would love to see him get that confidence going all of the time, search out the puck, and fire the darn thing. Good stuff.
    Kinda wondering why Rundblad was on the PP. While I’m not prone to bash him much as some others are, I still can’t quite figure out what the coaching staff likes so much about him. Just what is it that keeps him appearing on the big roster and occasionally on the ice? I’m just kinda surprised that the Rockford D guys aren’t rotating in his place.

  • December 10, 2015 at 4:28 am

    I will never cease to be amused, after 3 cups in 8 years, at the notion of this staff caring about “rolling lines.” They don’t care. Let me break this down. A few forwards on the roster have earned their positions, the rest will be hockey players and play hockey where the staff puts them, until they know hockey well enough to settle into one position. They might do well for a few games, then if the staff sees them getting predictable or lazy, or, rarely, playing up to expectation, they will be moved accordingly. This plays into their winning philosophy, which is: we have no philosophy, because there are many ways to win a hockey game if you’re mentally tough enough.

    So 19, 88 (who had to earn it, remember the center experience?), 81 and 16 have earned their positions, everyone else buckle up and learn where you’re supposed to be, wherever you’re playing.

    It’s like a video game, it’s freaking awesome, enjoy it while it lasts.

  • December 10, 2015 at 5:21 am

    Nick – I disagree on phrase that the Hawks winning philosophy is “have no philosophy”.
    Being multi-dimensional and putting the group before the individual is what it’s all about. Not only is it a philosophy, but THE philosophy.
    So, I think that what the philosophy says in regards to the available strategies is “have different strategies” or “have no strategy in particular”.
    The philosophy is very clear and it has little wiggle room for interpretation.

    I think you meant “This plays into their winning philosophy, which is: we are not one dimensional from a strategy pov”. I agree 100% with that.

  • December 10, 2015 at 7:13 am

    Nick and Dum, you are both right in a way. Most teams rely heavily on 2 scoring lines and 1 defense pairing…..2 pairings if they are fortunate and so equipped. The other players are charged with the philosophy of “do no harm” while they are on the ice. This is why a Garbutt or a Daley finds themselves strapped to the bench after a penalty…..they did harm to the team.

    What makes the Hawks, as well as several other consistently successful teams, shine is how well that philosophy is coached and executed. For example, a guy like Kruger are invaluable and worth bigger bucks on the lower lines. You could almost say Kruger could be a top 6 forward if he were put there consistently (see Justin Abdelkader). Instead, he is the “captain” of the do no harm squad and excels at it. Paying him 2.5 to 3mm will make sense, losing him would be bad.

    The Hawks have been masters at executing the bottom half of the lineup……that’s why they have 3 Cups in SIX years (not eight years)

  • December 10, 2015 at 9:18 am

    I meant to say a guy like Kruger would have more scoring success in a top 6 role ie: Abdelkader

  • December 10, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    Reading through Preds blog the past few days. The ledge is pretty darn crowded over there. Many lamenting Rinne’s recent slide. While Nashville has played a lot of games in a short period of time, they will likely come out smoking tonight imo. It would be sweet to take two in a row from a divisional foe. Play good team d and counter with numbers. Big division points for the Hawks to grab this week. Get some boys!

    Lets Go Hawks!

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