Kane Extends Streak, Avalanche Handle Hawks

Colorado came into Chicago on Friday having a good day. Ottawa raised the white flag on their season, trading Matt Duchene to Columbus; Colorado owns the Senators’ first round pick in the upcoming draft.

The good times continued for the Avs after the puck dropped.

Chicago out-shot Colorado 16-11 in the first period but the Hawks’ play wasn’t consistent. Carl Soderberg scored the only goal of the first period to give the Avs a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes.

The Blackhawks opened the second period short-handed with Chris Kunitz in the box for 14 more seconds, which they successfully killed. When Chicago got their first power play of the evening, Dylan Strome made it count.

Erik Gustafsson and Duncan Keith were credited with assists on the goal.

Unfortunately the Blackhawks couldn’t stay out of the box. While Slater Koekkoek sat the Avalanche took the lead back when J.T. Compher scored his 13th of the year. The clock showed 1:55 left in the period when Compher scored.

But Patrick Kane hadn’t extended his point streak… yet.

With under 60 seconds left in the period Jonathan Toews had one helluva shift, winning the puck and firing a perfect pass across the crease to a wide open Kane. 88 took care of the rest.

The goal, Kane’s 39th, extended his point streak to 20 games. More history was made.

Kane, of course, is the only American-born player on that list.

The Hawks had a 29-22 shot advantage after 40 minutes and the game was tied at two.

Gabriel Landeskog gave Colorado the lead for the third time in the game at 3:36 into the third, but the Blackhawks answered again. This time Alex DeBrincat was the scorer of a power play goal.

DeBrincat’s 34th of the season had the United Center lit up and ready for more, but Chicago’s offense was done for the night.

A bad turnover by Koekkoek turned into Compher’s second goal of the night – the game-winner. Soderberg’s second of the night, an empty net short-handed goal with 34 seconds left, closed the books. Colorado took the all-important two points and moved into a playoff spot for the time being.

Kane put 13 shots on net in the game, obviously leading the team. He was on the ice for 24:46.

Toews had two assists and won 16 of 32 faceoffs. He was on the ice for 23:45.

Henri Jokiharju, who was recalled on an emergency basis because Brent Seabrook is still out and Carl Dahlstrom was sick, was limited to 9:14 in the game.

Marcus Kruger left the game early because of a right foot injury and did not return. He only skated 4:52 (seven shifts). Three other Blackhawks forwards – Kunitz, Dylan Sikura and John Hayden – were held under 10 minutes of ice time.

77 thoughts on “Kane Extends Streak, Avalanche Handle Hawks

  • February 22, 2019 at 9:48 pm

    Not a fan of going empty net with a power play as hot as the Hawks pp has been!

  • February 22, 2019 at 9:50 pm

    Still close for top 6 skill.

    OTT/COL- 11
    DET- 7
    NWJ- 5
    EDM- 4
    ANA- 3
    CHI- 1

  • February 22, 2019 at 9:51 pm

    Ward & Delia have done an admirable job in Crawford’s absence. They held the fort down long enough to allow the Hawks to play meaningful games the rest of the season. Their time is done.

    If Crawford is ready to play, let’s go. Battle tested, two time Cup winner. He can carry the team into the playoffs along with Kane Toews Debrincat Strome Saad Gustafsson offensive assassination crew.

  • February 22, 2019 at 9:52 pm

    I wasnt liking this game, for us, coming in. We did better then I thought. We played even or outplayed them. They did in first and we outplayed them in 2nd and 3rd. Overall we outplayed them. 12 missed that open net and then they got goal bouncing back off their own guy, lucky.

    Otherwise were up 4-3 and get empty netter. They need to call that hold and holding the stick there on them in last 2 min. Cant let teams get away with that, should have been a 6-3 for last min.

    Sometimes the team that played better doesnt win. We created our own luck and did not get the bounces on that missed net/their 4th goal. They have deeper roster, right now, that will change in next 18-21 mths.

    Glad we outplayed them, that whats matters. Were looking to get better not be the 1 seed this time around. Were looking good for another 5 or o game run here coming up.

  • February 22, 2019 at 10:08 pm

    For the most part the Hawks played pretty well – lots of energy and good compete level. Unfortunately Varlemov was better than Delia and the Hawks gave up too many odds man rushes.

    Delia .867 save percentage on 30 shots.
    Varlemov .932 save percentage on 44 shots.

    Game. Set. Match.

  • February 22, 2019 at 10:12 pm

    Even though we want to win more of the games, getting experience in games like this, when it matters is good for the team WLorT. Sort of like getting playoff games exp. like that guy said. After these 11 games, were we only play 2 top 10 teams, were going to play better teams again and being meaningful is best thing for our players/not the Cup winners.

    Basically everything that has happened this yr is good for reloading and getting back to elite team. Were moving in right direction and on pace for the plan. Going to enjoy watching these guys get better, without a full roster. Thats just going to make them better, once/as we get deeper.

  • February 22, 2019 at 10:17 pm

    Gotta love Kaner. now has the stat to prove to Crosby and others.

    That Kaner is the generational player of these 20 yrs. Gretzky, Datsyuk, Kane.

    Still has 10 more yrs to cement his place 2nd all time in point streaks, of being one of the most consistent players in the history of hockey.

  • February 22, 2019 at 10:18 pm

    Other than the scoreboard, best game i saw them play in since a bit. Couple of mistakes and against an outstanding goaltending by Varlimov made the difference.

    Prospects: Chl
    Boqvist 1g
    Hagel 1g still late 3rd

    Krys GWG in OT
    Shea 1g
    Mitchell 1g mid 3rd
    Starrett 1a
    Olofsson 1a
    Barrett not back in lineup after leaving early last game with injury.

    Hakkarainen 2g 1a

    Kubalik 1a
    Nalimov came in for 3rd period 9 saves 10 shots.
    Altybarmaktan appeared to be healthy scratch a couple of games back in today no points in just over 11 mins.

  • February 22, 2019 at 10:47 pm

    I’m a broken record; a team that completely relies on the powerplay to win games is going to need an unbelievable power play to keep winning games. Oddly enough this powerplay may be hot enough, but can it continue? Looks like the team is playing to score goals and as well they should. It’s fun, it’s exciting, the players like it (probably-the ones scoring at least), and most importantly it keeps people in the seats-this is afterall a business. As many pointed out had the powerplay been better last year (not -what? absolute league worst powerplay?) the team last year likely would have been in the playoffs. Much is likely the case with the team this year, but hot as the powerplay is now…A. will it stay hot? B. will it be enough or is it too late? For now the games are fun and Kane is on a streak and I”m happy for that. Games are enjoyable. If this teams makes the playoffs…..and the power play stays hot or get hot again…..and goaltending is top notch then yes, anything is possible.

    Is it just me or do other teams have more players in the AHL? By which I mean players who could or should be called up? Do the Blackhawks lack depth compared to other teams, I mean drastically?

    It’s long been rumored the Blackhawks were targeting this summer for free agency, but with what caps space? And at this point who? Do they plan to sign one player? Two? I hate to say it but the team seems to lack a Bickell type player. (by the way I’ll say again that was NOT a bad contract; Bickell was a fantastic player and had he not been hit with MS we might be talking about how good Bickell is now; let’s not forget the efforts he put against the Ducks in 2015). Personally I would advise against a huge free agent signing like Panarin for 7 million(How?-Love Panarin, but how?) but I’m no scout. Would Panarin take a discount to come back? I doubt it.

    They do however have the ability to eat some cap space relief. The Blackhawks may be smart to eat another team’s cap hit this draft, summer, or heck whatever take the cap hit on now as long as an A+ prospect, draft pick, and/or affordable player comes along with the deal. Let the other teams take on the huge contracts that pan out…(anyone have a percentage here? I bet it’s like 75% work out-though maybe worse odds for an A+ prospect, and even worse on a draft pick). This would also make sense for player protection for the Seattle draft (not sure how much trouble the Blackhawks are in there.); I realize this goes against my usual logic of player over pick/prospect seemingly, but keeping Dcat and Strome seems like a pretty good idea at this point.

    Quick question; outside the obvious Toronto; what team is going to be in Cap trouble next year? How much trouble are the Jets in? Quite a few RFA players; Stan Bowman might want to have Jets GM and former Chicago Wovles Chevedayoff on speed dial.

  • February 22, 2019 at 10:48 pm

    Great effort tonight. The usual top guns showed up. Great game. AA and Saad were very good but they need a legitmate right winger to follow. And as we saw once again, the answer is not Sikura nor Hayden who has no clue what to do with the puck. Would have rather seen Kunitz in the 3rd with those two on that 3rd line for some hockey IQ support. Difference is we did not have a number 1 goalie defending tonight. I would have gone with the veteran Ward. Delia, like Forsberg last season, shaky in between the ears after he lets the first goal get away from him. He is not a future number 1 and maybe not even a backup in the NHL as many would like to think. May need another season and especailly more playoff hockey in Rockford. We all remember last year in Rockford, Jeff Glass had to step in during the playoff run. Not sure why Crawford is not ready to go? Coukld have used his class tonight.
    Kookoo had a couple of costly mistakes but you can’t deny his desire. Seabs would have been a big help!
    Dzingel for Joki? I would say yes.
    Kane once again with Toews, Keith, Gustafson and the Cat carrying the load.
    #88 MVP

  • February 22, 2019 at 11:18 pm

    Just curious – you gonna bitch about the holding call against Kane before Jost slashed him? Oh wait – that, by far the most obvious of penalties in the game, wasn’t called against Kane. That’s right. Calls don’t get made both ways. Give it a rest please.

    I agree we played hard and are showing great heart. PP continues to impress and Kane is carrying the load. Kudos for the outstanding season he is putting together.

    I think aside from a couple of bad defensive plays we looked somewhat better in coverage. Johnny kind of lost Landeskog and Joki came over to help, but left too big a gap and… in the net she goes. Joki needed to close that gap with his skating not try to use his stick. Defensive rules – one guy takes the body and the other the puck. Joki was in position to take Landeskog off the puck, but didn’t quite finish. The other play was a brutal move by our Dman on the 4-on-2. You can’t step up on that play and give them an easy breakaway. Awful decision results in a goal. His partner is stuck between two other guys, and he bails out on the play by trying to close a gap instead of taking a pass away – the most dangerous thing at that point. Bad decision. Goalies would much prefer a 2-on-1 where the Dman takes the pass away instead of a clean breakaway. Dman chose the breakaway. Bang.

    I’m still a believer that we do nothing big at the TDL. AA could move, but unless a team is desperate, it seems more likely they would wait for his $2m payment in the summer before taking him. Congrats to CLB for going all in today.

    Division games are huge (statement of the obvious) from here out. Crawford for Dallas on Sunday?

  • February 22, 2019 at 11:23 pm

    This team has played the last two seasons without Crawford which is hard for everyone.

  • February 22, 2019 at 11:36 pm

    Good posts everyone – the Hawks played well for the most part

    Keith and Gus misplayed the first breakaway and KK with a bad turnover for the second – that lane was briefly open but he biffed the pass completely – otherwise I thought he had a good game

    Varly was the difference and Delia should have had at least Landeskog’s shot despite Toews’ turnover and Joki not closing quickly enough – that’s a stoppable shot – no screen

    Agree that now is the time to get Crow back in and hope he’s back to himself – we’re gonna need him to have a chance at the playoffs – the goaltending difference tonight was very noticeable

  • February 23, 2019 at 12:10 am

    With the goal Boqvist scored tonight, he is now tied for 2nd most goals by a d-man in the OHL and tied for 6th in points by a d-man. He has a knack for getting space to shoot and he has a quick and accurate shot. The goal tonight was a nice little snap shot from the right circle.

  • February 23, 2019 at 12:58 am

    Recliner Coach, agree with you on Bickell. His diminished productivity was the result of his illness. Otherwise, we would have been praising him over the years. A strong presence in front of the net that we have since been missing. If not for him (with the great pass from Toews), the Hawks would have lost Game 6 to Boston in 2013.

    Terrific play by Strome in the 2nd after going down and able to get his stick on the puck and put it in front of the net.

    Despite the turnover, Toews is playing at the highest level. To be +5 on this team indicates the outstanding 2-way player that he is.

  • February 23, 2019 at 1:03 am

    Silent, yes I know-both ways/bias and get heated right after, most do. Every game is different and refs are hard to figure out, they are more different from one to another then every game being different. Yelling at refs every once in awhile isint a bad thing, every game is. I would like to see us cheat more/hooks holds and interferences since most do not get called, so we can get advantage from that stuff to. (not referring to that this game, many others though)

    I like to see us play good and get better by playing this way and against the good teams. Keep grinding to get better, not just to win or tie a game.

    TAM has 3 very good players they have to do higher caphits, so they will lose players like TOR. There must be others but only the top teams is what matters. Its what happened to the depth of the recent ‘real’ top 5 teams BOS/CHI/STL/WAS. TOR and TAM are next.

  • February 23, 2019 at 1:05 am

    ER, people can say think what they want. I believe the Four Horsemen will be very good and stay here. Unless its a big trade.

  • February 23, 2019 at 1:08 am

    Original, cant wait until Tazer and Kaner get to play with a deep roster again. Trickle down effect.

    Roll 4 lines.

  • February 23, 2019 at 1:15 am

    Recliner, we have 20/21 m this summer to use. Thats with trading 15 caphit and 50 on ltir. We have 12 and 17 higher caphits, so that could be 3.5/6.5 for 10 or even 12 total. So plenty to add who ever we want. Theres different ideas what way is better. Bowman is the man and hes on a roll with regular trades. We always do well at draft. So we can be rolling going into july 1.

  • February 23, 2019 at 1:35 am

    Prying Kapanen out of Toronto is probably a pipe dream but signing Dzingel is a realistic possibility and he can probably be signed in the $5M-$6M range. The addition of Dzingel to the lineup improves the 2nd line and the 3rd line:


  • February 23, 2019 at 1:43 am

    I agree, Dzingel would fit in nicely. Is he an Evander Kane (Buff, Ladd) type player? Or a Debrusk at the moment in Boston? Maybe not but he can skate and has skill.
    Hopefully Crawford plays this weekend. Delia can go to Rockford. Great comback season for Toews and Keith is getting his legs back!

  • February 23, 2019 at 1:58 am

    Really fun game. Both teams played well.

    Stan needs to offload some of the 5-6 Dmen we have and clear roster spots.

    Jesse Puljujarvi from Edmonton might be another guy who needs a fresh start a la Strome. Plays RW and has top 6 potential (#4 pick 2016) but only showed it in bursts. Similar possession numbers as Dzingel. Could probably get him for Forsling.

  • February 23, 2019 at 2:34 am

    Delia has lost the magic and that is really disappointing. If the Hawks are going to make it in to the playoffs it looks like it will have to be Crawford/Ward getting it done. It is probably unfair to write Delia off as all goalies have tough streaks, but this is going on for too long now and he may need to get his confidence back in Rockford. The boys fought hard and Varlomov was very good. He has a knack of doing that to the Hawks. They did make him earn it. No give up in these guys.

  • February 23, 2019 at 3:52 am

    so I looked at the cap space on other teams; there could be quite a few teams that can eat cap space, however all or none may want to. Salary and cap hits aren’t necessarily aligned; same goes with signing bonuses as often comes up as topic of discussion. I don’t expect Crow to be back on injured reserve next year; but it wouldn’t shock me if Anisimov is traded at some point (again if a team that signs Panarin has cap space Anisimov to that team wouldn’t surprise me. ) However there appear to be quite a few teams up against the cap (at this second), not sure how many of them will be in the coming years. The Seattle draft might also help the Blackhawks land a player; not exactly sure how that will come into play…..but I’m sure someone will be able to work some kid of angle on it. I don’t think the Blackhawks came out too bad on it. I’ve never been a fan of TVR.

    Konroyd mentioned during the game that Keith changed sticks and is using the same stick as Gustofson. He scored a goal against (Boston?) in his first game using it. Hey whatever works right!

    Wonder if Dzingel would take a hometown discount. If so might be a low risk signing him.

    Delia has not been as solid since signing the contract. No need to rush him back down as he’s learning from a couple veteran goalies (or so I would assume!) But yes maybe Ward should see the pressbox and Crow at least is in aback uprole

  • February 23, 2019 at 6:32 am

    Wrap agree that on seemingly stoppable shot after a Toews turnover, blaming Jokiharju is foolish, builds a case to undeservingly send him down again was only reason it was mentioned during game on commentary.
    Delia is playing like ok, just not overhead anymore. He will likely be streaky as mist goalies are.
    Think we will some moves but nothing of the major variety out of Bowman leading up to tdl.

  • February 23, 2019 at 7:07 am

    Well, we can’t say it hasn’t been entertaining. It was an exciting game to be at last night. Both teams played run and gun. I actually thought Avs D was worse than Hawks if that is possible. Pity to have not grabbed the 2 points. It was there for the taking. Can’t fault the effort at all.

    I felt it was a goalie win for the Avs. Varlamov was just outstanding. Not sure what his record is against the Hawks over the years, but I’d bet it is rock solid. Hawks just could not finish numerous quality chances last night. There were plenty.

    Delia has to close up that 5 hole. First Av’s goal looked as though a soccer ball would have gone through. This needs to be addressed. The luster is off Delia, and to my eyes he has regressed from a confidence standpoint. If the Hawks are going to make a push for the playoffs I think it’s Ward and hopefully Crow. Delia though was terrific when they needed him to be when he came up. Hawks need him to get that mojo back soon.

    Av’s set numerous non called screens that resulted in advantage plays. Plenty of little tugs as well. Reminded me of how Babcock coached the Wings. Hook, hold, interfere until they call em. Penalties on Hawks were deserved last night. Score sheet says refs evened it up, but Av’s got the advantage of key no calls.

    Schedule with lots of Western Conference and division games says Hawks control their destiny. It’s up to them.

    Let’s Go Hawks!

  • February 23, 2019 at 7:39 am

    Important off season for Delia-needs some help with some lapses (mental) and poor technique at times–
    hope he can get better because he’s a good athlete.

  • February 23, 2019 at 7:57 am

    It’s too soon to write-off Delia. Remember he was in Indy to begin last season, and only played a few games for the Hawks, the rest being in Rockford. Goalies usually need as much time as D-men to grow/mature into the job (for lack of a better word). Fully agree he needs to fix the 5-hole weakness. But he does have both skill and desire to improve. Can’t say he is sure-fire lock to be Crawford’s long term replacement – but too soon to throw him out.

  • February 23, 2019 at 8:07 am

    Outplayed by a better team/goalie, more depth and ( broken record here!) TOUGHER on the puck! Do they not teach hitting in the AHL? They do in junior. Embarrassing when you see our guys out- muscled for the puck… they seem “hungrier”? Oh isn’t that what coach Sheldon Brookbank ( who’s NHL career is , well, less than distinguished!) preached on the intermission mic-ed up segment? Let’s not kid ourselves into believing that we can push hard for a spot with C- goaltending and 14, 15, 7, 11, 16, 42, 40, 64, 95!
    But I will say this, it was entertaining and for the most part fun to watch- Morrison spot on about getting the experience! Let’s brjng some AHLers up- who we think might make the team next year- to give them some NHL experience.
    Go Hawks! Go KANER

  • February 23, 2019 at 8:10 am

    Agree that Delia can still have an NHL career maybe even as a #1 – he’s made incredible progress in a short and seems to have the right attitude to improve

    It’s possible TOR decides to trade Khadri rather than Kapanen or Jonsson this summer – Naz would be a great add IMO – a Bolland type to be the Hawks 3C with a reasonable contract – this is assuming AA goes either at TDL or post July 1

  • February 23, 2019 at 9:04 am

    Heeyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy …

    Yo! So last night I went down to the dice game at Vito’s. Vito lives down past St. Dominic’s church, past Mikey the Butcher and Angie’s Candy Shop.

    So all the goomba’s from the neighborhood were there, including:

    Vito, Vito’s cousin Luigi, Tony, Jimmy Shoes, Danny The Door, Anthony, Anthony’s brother Louie, Uncle Nunzio, Tommy Two Times, Tommy’s brother Sal, Sal’s nonna, and a couple ah broadsssss one was named Tina and the other Marie.

    So Vito pulls me aside and says hey Carlo, can you run down the block and pick up some cold ones and I say yeah sure so I go down the block and who do I run into but Sonny Corleone.

    Sonny promptly knocks the piss out of me, banging me on the head with a metal garbage can lid and everything.

    After I come to, I go over to to Rosie’s house where her and her little sister Theresa live. They goth got big fake racks which they got for their 18th birthday (a Guido family tradition).

    Their brother Mikey sits me down and says “Carlo that little farce you played with my sister, you think that could fool a Corleone? You’re out of the family business, that’s your punishment, I’m putting you on a plane to Vegas.”


    Carlo The Dump Wop

  • February 23, 2019 at 10:37 am

    Phil, thats what I was talking about. Not that out penaltys wernt. Just that COL and a lot of other teams get away with it all game long and we do not do it. I think we should to, if refs dont call game right.

    Because to me its the important no calls and when they make calls and When they do not call stuff, is what can matter the most. Sure it goes both ways, but its When they call and no call that makes a big difference.

    Thats what I was really referring to.

    I hope when we have a full roster again in 2 yrs, we implement that cheating strategy that a lot of teams do against us. See how they like a taste of their own medicine. Remember how the big and physical teams are ok when they hit, but when we hit them they couldnt handle it. I forget who it was, but it made me laugh that the big guys didnt think they were allowed to get hit because they wernt used to it.

  • February 23, 2019 at 10:40 am

    Ned Schneebly,

    If your going to say anything about support networks like college Greeks. Its Fraternity not frat.

    Thats like using the word retard when your talking about/or to people/persons with disabilities. or calling your country a cunt.

  • February 23, 2019 at 10:45 am

    Ned Schneebly,

    By the way I love my list of quotes. Love it. Famous quotes there. Should get that printed and framed.

    Johnny Wayne is a Legend. Its wrong to be gay in the Bible. Hes doesnt want to be politically correct. Johnny tells it how it is.

    Basically one of the ten commandments.

  • February 23, 2019 at 11:44 am

    10% of the public is black. Movies follow suit. Would you say thats the same for teams of hockey players.

  • February 23, 2019 at 11:48 am

    Bible says its wrong to be gay

    I really said this

    Morrison lives in a fucked up world of his own

    Jonny Wayne baybee!!!

    Joe Paterno didnt know my FRAT brother told me

    Joe Paterno was a great guy

    Ian your right

    donot understand contractions and what they are

    too stupid

    dont know hockey either

    clueless about pretty much everything

    Im retarded

    lots of people tell me that

    I think its them

    But its me

    my FRAT = Sigma Sigma Stupid

    its the sch

    refs cheat

    Jonny Wayne baybee!!!

    who cares

    Morrison = ignorant dolt

    Morrison proves hes stupid every day

    and drunk

  • February 23, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    Joki back to the Rock.

  • February 23, 2019 at 12:27 pm

    Tab, “someone’s” alter ego is back and shitting all over this nice message board again. One would think someone doesn’t want this message board to continue. Hmmm? Perplexing.

  • February 23, 2019 at 12:30 pm

    SS, I thought Colliton’s comment was surprising – paraphrasing – that the 7 d-men still here are the best d-men to help the team win. WOW! He also said Joki understands and is handling it like a pro.

  • February 23, 2019 at 12:58 pm

    Everybody needs to keep getting better (the younger players >27) so what evers better for them, do it.

    Plus, like that guys said, we have extra players to have on roster for season and to trade for teams future/recycle these players, keep whos better and trade who you can based on what other teams want. Having those depth players last yr got some picks and these might to. Doesnt matter if the picks do not make it. recycle you never know, These depth players/extra 5-7 defesemen will stay once were deep.

    Its a plan.

  • February 23, 2019 at 1:05 pm

    If there is an upside to last night’s loss perhaps it might be to kill any inclination Stan still has to be a buyer at the TDL. Hawk odds of making playoffs are now under 10% and performance in last 6 games has been underwhelming.

    The run has been fun, but it’s largely based on 5 guys scoring at (mostly) unsustainable rates and shouldn’t obscure the reality that the team still has gaping holes. The good news is that the roster has improved and is in way better shape than at the start of the year.

    AA could have had a couple last night, but he’s squeezing his stick or something — hands of stone. I wonder what the scouts see in him. Also, everyone knows Caggiula is a third or fourth liner which is fine, but maybe time for him and Saad to switch lines. Saad is quietly have a nice season with virtually no help.

  • February 23, 2019 at 1:06 pm

    Be very interesting who we add/trade at deadline, draft, and july 1. At some point between now (and we ve waited for these moments coming up) training camp 2020-21 season were going to add a couple good FW and a D. Because organization said we were playoff team, well were are that close-with having this roster. So as crazy as people thought that was, Org was right.

    Just imagine when we have the roster we all want/think is playoff worthy/needed to win. Organization knows were that close, with this short handed roster, so you would think were adding-the right kind of pieces/this deadline-draft-july 1-deadline-draft-july 1 these 21 mths coming up.

    Then the young wave is ready by then.

    Caint wait until we roll 4 lines again. Remember Batman and Robin have been doing this, like it was 2007 and 2008 & 2011 and 2012.

  • February 23, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    Right on JordyHawk- Stan needs to be realistic about where we REALLY are ?!
    I too think AA us way over-rated. When you isolate on him in games, he really does struggle to find the “open” net (anyone can shoot AT the goalie- but not if you’re making AA money), makes low percentage passes, is slow and hangs on to the puck too long. I get his PK play but he needs to produce.
    5 Guys do NOT a playoff (or championship) team make! Go Hawks- next season should be a vast improvement if we get the bottom 6 right and 2-3 more really good D

  • February 23, 2019 at 1:17 pm

    Jordy, not disagreeing with you. Just with that site. If it was 50/50 COL/CHI before that game and both teams played even-or we outplayed them by some. Coming in we were 1 game behind them, so 50/50% chance. Now were 3 games behind them, so to me thats 55/45% maybe.

    Unless one of the teams behind us wins 7 in a row, it should stay between COL and CHI for 8 seed. MIN won two games but I am not counting them, otherwise then sure I would be 33/33/33% for the three teams.

    I to think we didnt play good in last 5, before this game. We did play good in this game/better or same as them, so I think were going to play good for 5 or more now.

    I still would rather get top 6 pick (and we are as close to that as 8 seed). Were just to good. We have a top 10 team, that doesnt have a full roster/no quality depth. I am not looking at team as is, but as whos staying and then we have help coming-or basically getting back what we had for 10 yrs.

    Not disagreeing with you, but to me if we were 10% then we would have to be like 5-7.5 games behind 8 seed. (we were before we won 7 in a row)

    We do need a lot more quality depth though and wouldnt have a fair chance with what we had to work with this season. Crow makes a difference like Rask/Price does, those teams would not do as good if they played with two back up goalies for 82 games.

  • February 23, 2019 at 1:18 pm

    Jordy, I do believe Bowman is pretty smart and will add at deadline, but it wont cost us anything we cant spare. Prob he adds and get more in return for who we trade.

    I do not think he will do what your worried about.

  • February 23, 2019 at 1:22 pm

    Jordy – good point regarding the loss possibly dissuading Stan from being a buyer.

    I’d rather keep Caggiula up with T&K for the time being rather than putting Saad up there. Caggiula is more disruptive than Saad and probably a better puck hunter too and although Saad has more offensive skill, Caggiula is kinda what the doctor ordered for T&K to work well together. Maybe Saad would do as well or even better but I would rather take a “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” approach. Plus Saad on the 3rd line provides a little more depth scoring.

  • February 23, 2019 at 3:06 pm

    You guys are right, that our top guys cant do that over 82 games or whole playoffs. Whats good about it is any questions people had the last two yrs about the core players are answered to a yes they can. Sure 7 isint but the others are. What does that mean, when we have deep roster again, our team is good enough to win the Cup and were back to where we were.

    We need a little more help with quality deep players and depth players then we had 13-16 because core players arnt as young.

    Then were right back we started from. A top 3/5 team.

  • February 23, 2019 at 3:10 pm

    For the lines, I would mess with anything, until maybe 5 games left and we didnt get in. Hes stacking the lines/pairs and letting the younger players gain, the hard way. Which makes them better for the long run.

    Its about the young wave getting better, not 20 or 15. Plus the lines have been this way since Bowman made roster adjustments and that Kaner fellow has 43 pts in 20 games? with 91/19/88. Saader will have to wait until we get deeper roster/9 top 9 FW.

  • February 23, 2019 at 3:38 pm

    Stan said if he made any TDL trade it would be a “hockey trade”, meaning it would be to acquire a player that is more than a rental for only the rest of this season. I think acquiring Dzingel would qualify as a hockey trade if Stan is assured Dzingel will re-sign with the Hawks before he hits UFA on July 1st. But even if Stan has assurances of Dzingel re-signing the question is why pay something for him in a trade now rather than just wait until July 1st and try to sign him as a free agent which wouldn’t cost anything in terms of losing assets in a trade.

    Good question, but there are two answers that may make sense provided the cost to trade for him isn’t too high.

    1. He would improve the team and therefore improve the team’s chances to make the playoffs – and whether the fans like it or not – the players and management would rather make the playoffs than not make the playoffs, even if they don’t win a game.

    2. It would give Dzingel a taste for playing for the team he grew up rooting for and maybe help him decide to sign an extension before he gets to free agency and “tests the waters”. Does that mean he would give the Hawks a “hometown discount” – probably not but it couldn’t hurt.

    If Stan is able to acquire Dzingel, I would leave the 1st line alone with Caggiula playing with T&K and use Dzingel with DCat and Strome and push Kahun down a line with Saad and Anisimov.

  • February 23, 2019 at 3:55 pm

    Strongly prefer Puljajarvi to Dzingel. Cheaper, younger, higher ceiling. Less production, but very similar possession numbers.

    Dzingel will require at least $3M, probably $4M. Puljajarvi can probably be resigned for 1.5.

  • February 23, 2019 at 3:56 pm

    Dzingel has negative relative Corsi on the worst team in the NHL. I’d pass.

  • February 23, 2019 at 4:55 pm

    for what it’s worth Blackhawks have room for Puljajarvi and Dzingel. Not sure if either would be a good idea.
    Jesse Puljujärvi is injured and will be an RFA. I was eluding to the Blackhawks needing to target an RFA (via trade rather than offer sheet?) Might be worth the risk depending on how much is needed collectiving to obtain. I have a feeling Hayes for Jesse Puljujärvi or something along those lines was in the works prior to Oiler’s GM being let go, but that’s just a feeling.

    Keep in mind current Blackhawks Coach Jeremy was a coach in Sweden. In fact I was just given an article from the tribute back from November about how Jeremy coached over there. That said Jesse Puljujärvi played mostly in Finland.

    Going after Jesse Puljujärvi would not handicap the Blackhawks from making other moves.

    All said, again having never seen him play really, Jesse Puljujärvi numbers are not that impressive. The Blackhawks have a few Swedes and Fins, not sure how many are on Edmonton; may be a factor here.

  • February 23, 2019 at 4:56 pm

    *Chicago Tribune November 11 2018

  • February 23, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    ER – I wonder if the recall of Joki with the term EMERGENCY RECALL has special meaning in the league. I will openly admit my ignorance of the waiver and cap rules, but perhaps EMERGENCY RECALL has special allowances and requirements that go with it, and Joki had no option but to return to Rockford.

    I think Ian and Wall are better versed to handle that issue than me. Really, anyone on here has more insight to the recall of Joki and why EMERGENCY was used, and its ramifications.

    Having said that, I prefer to see Joki in Rockford getting better minutes and more consistent line mates than in Chicago and the platoon system. The same can be said for Delia – he showed he can play, earned himself a contract extension and now needs to settle back into a positive mindset and results.

    Next year is huge for a bunch of guys in the Hawks system. Let’s see what Bowman done in the next 45 hours or so.

  • February 23, 2019 at 5:20 pm

    Hi Recliner, yes, Puljujarvi’s numbers are unimpressive. He’s giving Edmonton fits. Another very high pick with tons of potential that hasn’t panned out for them.

    I see him as a Strome or Perlini, and I love these kinds of low risk high reward moves. A new start could do him wonders (Joker could help with that), or maybe not. But Puljujarvi will be maybe 2.5M cheaper than Dzingel to resign, which e.g. resigns Kahun after next year. Plus he’s 5 years younger and has a higher ceiling. Also Edmonton needs Dmen and we need to flip some. I’d be fine with flipping Hayden for him too.

    End of the day, I’d really like to see us pick up more assets by the deadline with our gaggle of 5-6 Dmen. If not Puljujarvi, someone like him on an ELC.

  • February 23, 2019 at 5:26 pm

    Jordyhawk, I said the same thing before the game that I hoped the Hawks would lose by one goal to take pressure off Bowman from either standing pat or being a small buyer. Most of us know they are not ready to go deep this year, but with a little selling now for picks/propects, more this summer, a few FA signings, and, of course, a good draft, this team is going places, starting next season.

    Hawks4life, shhhh about AA. Don’t talk him down until he is traded.

    Am sorry this imposter has been trying to ruin this site.

  • February 23, 2019 at 5:33 pm

    Supposedly Dzingel turned down 5 yrs/ $ 20 million.

  • February 23, 2019 at 5:45 pm

    I don’t know much about the callup/downs.

    Brandon Davidson should have been called up instead of Jokihiru. Joker only saw what 9 minutes? Will Brandon Davidson be back next year? Are they trying to trade him otherwise? I see headlines about teams having trouble finding defenseman at the deadline. Maybe I’m mixing him up with another up and down Dman but I recall Davidson looking pretty good for someone who only had about 150 NHL games under his belt and being new to the team. Davidson looks as though he has played maybe 5 games for the new coach. Maybe he would have to clear waivers to go back down or something.

  • February 23, 2019 at 7:06 pm

    Dzingel traded to Columbus! They’re going all-in for the Cup. Ottawa gets journeyman Duclair and two 2nd round picks. Duclair had two assists last night.

  • February 23, 2019 at 7:58 pm

    Looks like Zuccarello will be coming to town with the Stars tomorrow night. Rangers get conditional 2nd pick in 2019 and conditional 3rd round in 2020 2nd and take back some salary. Pick in 2019 becomes 1st round if Dallas wins two playoff rounds (not going to happen). Pick in 2020 jumps to 1st round if Dallas signs the pending UFA (unlikely).

  • February 23, 2019 at 8:10 pm

    Let’s try this again:

    Looks like Zuccarello will be coming to town with the Stars tomorrow night. Rangers get conditional 2nd rd pick in 2019 and conditional 3rd rd in 2020 and take back some salary. Pick in 2019 becomes 1st round if Dallas wins two playoff rounds (not going to happen). Pick in 2020 jumps to 1st round if Dallas signs the pending UFA (unlikely).

  • February 23, 2019 at 9:13 pm

    Think the emergency thing was for more then 23 on the 23man. Not sure about auto send down. Ian/Ernie knows.

  • February 23, 2019 at 9:43 pm

    Prospects: Chl
    Beaudin 1a

    Ess 1g 2a
    Mitchell 1a after 2nd
    Shea 1a

    Kubalik 1g pp

    Holland 1g
    Nilsson 1g
    Jokiharju 1a
    Ejdsell 1a
    Louis 1a

    Player can stay as long they want, emergency recall ends when injured player returns but unless over 23 man limit no move is needed. Only thing is if he stayed it would count towards his 40 game limit for year of service for ufa which obviously they don’t want him to get.

  • February 23, 2019 at 10:12 pm

    Thanks Ian

  • February 23, 2019 at 10:25 pm

    Let’s see , maybe Dzingel signs in the off season with the Hawks along with Panarin? That would solve our 1st and 2nd line winger depth. Need to make room trading AA and Murphy’s salaries.
    We have dmen in the prospect pool but no wingers coming up. Cagg and Kahun are useful players but not elite. Columbus all in.

    Once again, no class by the fool who can’t just comment about Hockey, whether it’s Row A or a wanna be Hull65? Nonsense as usual. Not worth it. Do you have anything smart to say? Forget it. Keep your racist remarks to yourself by the way. I am sure this board is made up of many different people. Keep your Trump hat in your bathroom.

    Obviously, Delia is not the answer, neither was Forsberg, nor is Nalimov, (Ward should have played last night, JC? ) so hopefully Bowman is serious about drafting an elite goalie prospect like Spencer Knight or anyone in the first 3 rounds. Gravel not elite.
    Unfortunately, Sikura and Hayden are not NHL top 9 forward caliber.
    Love to see Crawford, if healthy, finish the season.
    And Kane score 50 this season!
    Happy to see that french Canadian guy Toews get his game back this year. By the way, he eats frog legs at a great French restaurant here in Chicago! So, be careful with those foolish remarks! But then again, you watch Trump tapes and build that wall, ok?
    High 5 to my fellow Dakota, Cree and Mohawk friends!

  • February 23, 2019 at 11:47 pm

    Think Tazer got back last yr. It took a couple yrs to transition to his new eating routine and new workout routine, which he did to get faster so he could play the way he wants without the league/younger players as a whole getting faster then 5 yrs ago. He had to give a little of the beast style to do it. Now were seeing the results, but he was back last yr.

    Batman and Robin are showing and showtimeing they still will be very good once were deep again.

  • February 23, 2019 at 11:47 pm

    Hull65, you call out the idiot troll for not just commenting on hockey and then you make the statement “Keep your Trump hat in your bathroom” which is a politicized incendiary statement that has nothing to do with hockey. Practice what you preach.

  • February 23, 2019 at 11:53 pm

    For now, looks like, STL and COL got their games back and are ‘playing’. Where DAL, like MIN was, is still around 4 or 5 over .500 since game 10. Maybe its DAL that nose dives not MIN. Both would need to for us to be 8 seed, with STL and now COL ‘playing’ again/those two teams might go from 0 to 10 in 10 games.

  • February 24, 2019 at 7:29 am

    Strome and Puljujarvi have similar stories-about same size, age and draft position-with Puljujarvi being quite a bit quicker and better skater-
    this is his third year and he’s been about a 20-22 point a year guy–Why? By all accounts works hard and is a good kid? Too soon to write him off, but why hasn’t he lived up to the hype. Is it him, the coaching, the culture?

    Where Strome has him is his ability to see the ice and very high hockey IQ. And lives and breathes the game.

    Edmonton is that position that they dread-if they hold on to him it may be another bust-and if they get rid of him they may regret it-too many bad trades already.

  • February 24, 2019 at 7:42 am

    Ian Mitchell added a late assist to give him 2a last night.
    Lic Snuggerud played 2 games in Norway this weekend.

    Khl playoffs start tomorrow, all prospects advancing, Kayumov and Altybarmakyan facing each other.

    Hard to know how Puljujarvie handled now. May wait to next years coach picked to make a decision.

    Andreas Johnsson a 24 yr old rfa with Leafs could be another name shopped in summer. He had a breakout year and is currently with Matthews line.

  • February 24, 2019 at 10:02 am

    Good to see TOR and CLB add two good player each and hope they both add more depth. The only team that deserves to play NAS/WIN other then them is TAM.

  • February 24, 2019 at 10:24 am

    Whats garbage is if Norris division havs 6 teams with better records then VEG, VEG does not deserve to be in playoffs. They need to get rid of this division shit. I know they wont for at least 20 yrs. Go back to the 8 best teams in conference. Same with 3on3/so, get back to 4on4/then its a tie both teams get 1 pt.

    Just messing up whats best fr the game. 8 best teams and no extra free pts just because you participated in the game.


  • February 24, 2019 at 11:44 am

    I hate 3 point games as well. 3 on 3 or 4 on 4, don’t care. Ends in tie, both teams get 1 point.

    Don’t trade Gus…….make him a forward

  • February 24, 2019 at 12:16 pm

    To me it seems to be a big mystery as to where this team will be, roster wise, next year. One thing about Colliton, he has made it clear in interviews that he believes the development process in Rockford is very important and I think he is hesitant about bringing guys up too soon. I remember earlier this year when people were calling for Sikura, Colliton said that he and others really needed to be in Rockford and that call ups needed to be really thought out (paraphrasing from interviews he gave the press).

    There are D-men and forwards in the system, but I think it’s going to take the rest of this season and training camp, and then maybe some more time before we see them with the big club. So in that respect, the trade market/RFA/UFA may not be based all that much on what is in the pipeline. Q had a reputation (with some) of not wanting to play young guys. I think Colliton comes across as being very deliberate about whether guys he’s coached in the system are really ready.

    I will give Stan credit, certainly, for some NHL ready player moves that have helped (Strome, Caggs). For me, the jury is still out a bit on KoekKoek. He gets a lot of love, but he’s prone to the bad penalty and the turnover. But he’s got promise for sure.

  • February 24, 2019 at 12:48 pm

    Good thoughts. It really helps to get a couple or a few players like that, that way. One would be ok, were getting two and maybe more from this, lets trade and get guys other organizations give/pass on because of whatever reasons. Even if they are only a 4th line, 3rd line, or 3rd pair, who cares. They are depth and some could be more then that.

    Whats going to be beauty is when the several 5-7 defensemen we have turn into 4 top 4 players. The Four Horsemen are coming. Even when green there still going to be good and we ll have a base thats going to be really good once they get established and then start prime yrs.

  • February 24, 2019 at 4:47 pm

    Hey, I always do Ebony, but at some point people who hide behind those racist comments should get off the board. Talking hockey.
    Another tough game to lose but when the Stars lost Zucc and Benn, the HAWKS had their chance. And if Kane doesn’t get the board, well you see the result. Strome was very passive once again 5 on 5. Sikura…..???

  • February 24, 2019 at 6:21 pm

    Hull, calling out someone making racist comments on this board is not the same thing as insinuating Trump is a racist, who, last time I checked, didn’t post any racist comments on this message board. Can’t you understand the difference between calling out one specific person and making a sweeping denunciation against not only Trump but everyone who voted for him – that went over the line. In other words you insinuated everyone who wears a Trump hat is a racist – you can’t possibly believe that and therefore you should not have posted what you did.

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