Kane-Fueled Comeback Comes Up Short Against Canes

The Carolina Hurricanes have been in Chicago for three days, waiting patiently to face the Blackhawks.

The Blackhawks, on the other hand, played in Nashville on Saturday and hosted Buffalo on Sunday.

Excuses? Sure.

Carolina also came in winners of their last three and outscored their opponents 17-9 in those games. Averaging 3.45 goals per game coming into Monday, the Canes offense ranked eighth in the league.

The Blackhawks had been terrific in first periods lately, but that was far from the case on Tuesday evening. Chicago put four shots on net in the opening 20 minutes. A Martin Necas goal at 14:24 into the first was the difference; Carolina was credited with 13 shots on Robin Lehner.

Chicago came out of the room and failed to generate much more offense in the second period. Andrei Svechnikov;s 10th of the season extended the Carolina lead to two only 57 seconds into the second period.

Dougie Hamilton went to the box at 8:14 but Sebastian Aho had more scoring opportunities on the power play than the Blackhawks – who had the advantage.

Nino Niederreiter skated past Erik Gustafsson 11 minutes after the Svechnikov and scored to make the score 3-0 in favor of the visitors. Chicago appeared to be out of gas.

Carolina out-shot the Hawks 14-8 in the second period, making the shot totals 27-12 after 40 minutes of hockey.

Jeremy Colliton threw the lines in the blender to open the third period. Chicago opened the third with Brandon Saad, Jonathan Toews and Andrew Shaw followed by Alex DeBrincat, Kirby Dach and Patrick Kane. In the middle of the period we saw a line of Alex Nylander, Dylan Strome and Ryan Carpenter together. Because why the hell not?

Lehner kept making big saves all night, as he has done so often this season, keeping the Hawks in the game.

At 12:05 into the third period Kane found Erik Gustafsson flying to the net and Chicago was finally on the board.

Same script, new defenseman. Kane set up another defenseman, Connor Murphy, 70 seconds after the Gustafsson goal and suddenly the Blackhawks were within one.

The United Center was awake, the Hawks were flying and what had been a lifeless offensive effort was suddenly electric thanks to slick passing by the birthday boy. Kane, who turns 31 on Tuesday, extended his point streak to 10 games with the assist on Gustafsson’s goal.

Dach extended his point streak with the second assist on the Murphy goal.

Making matters worse for Carolina, the Blackhawks got their second power play of the night 34 seconds after the Murphy goal.

Chicago didn’t score on the power play and Lehner went to the bench with an offensive zone faceoff coming at 2:08 left in regulation.

With 20 seconds left in regulation Gustafsson turned the puck over and Aho put it into the empty net. After the goal Kane went after Aho who boarded him a few moments earlier without a penalty called. Unfortunately Kane would get the gate to end his night at 599 career assists.

Kane’s hot streak continues to be impressive. He’s produced a point in every game in November and has six multi-point efforts in the month.

Lehner stopped 29 of 32 shots. The Blackhawks finished the game out-shooting the Canes 20-6 in the third period to make the game shot totals 33-32 in favor of Carolina.

Toews led Chicago with five shots on net and won 12 of 21 faceoffs.

Murphy and Brent Seabrook led Chicago with four blocked shots each. They had three hits each; Olli Maatta led the Hawks with four hits. Duncan Keith (23:52) was the only Hawks defenseman over 20 minutes of ice time.

68 thoughts on “Kane-Fueled Comeback Comes Up Short Against Canes

  • November 19, 2019 at 10:14 pm

    The Canes totally outskated us most of the game. Not enough speed on this team. Giveaway Gus cost us two goals tonight.

  • November 19, 2019 at 10:27 pm

    Had to lose a game sometime, too bad with team success lately the pp couldn’t do their part and come up with a big goal. It was a game they could have won even if Canes kept them bottled up for 50 mins.., good push at the end though after Lehner held them in. Number of breakaways and 2 on 1 s allowed were concerning, hope that’s not repeated ever. Canes just overwhelmed them trying to get through center ice most of the night kept them from finding their stride until it was too late.

  • November 19, 2019 at 10:38 pm

    No reason whatsoever to break up Kane Debrincat Strome. Make sure they stay together next game and hereinafter.

    Shaw w Toews & Saad not bad.

    Throw the game into the garbage can, move on. Can’t sleepwalk thru any part of the next game v. TBay. Normally a loss like this no big deal if you have banked and cushion full of points, but that’s not the case based upon shoddy coaching.

    Good evening.

  • November 19, 2019 at 11:22 pm

    Canes too big and fast.

  • November 19, 2019 at 11:34 pm

    That’s what man-to-man defense looks like when guys are willing to work at it. And that makes them dangerous in the playoffs. You give them a Robin Lehner and they could go all the way. Just enough scoring.

    Serious forechecking. Creates a ton of turnovers.

  • November 19, 2019 at 11:48 pm

    The clown Hull65 showing up after a loss and no where to be seen after a win. That’s what clowns do. You know where you can go and what you can do when you get there clown.

  • November 19, 2019 at 11:51 pm

    From my seat in the 300 level …..

    Canes not too big and fast. Blackhawks too careless with passing and looking a step slow against a team that did not look that big and fast.

    Blackhawks outworked for pucks in periods 1, 2 and first 10 minutes of 3.

    Bad night for D-men, especially Gus, with poor decisions and execution.

    Aggressive forecheck by Carolina did have the step slow Blackhawks on their heels, and guys like Saad were pulling up once they had the puck over the blue line and weren’t taking it to the net. Problem is nobody was trailing to help them out, no one to pass to, and collapsing players, sometimes three in number, knocked the puck away or forced a dump in behind the net where they just retrieved and brought it back out.

    Dach continues to impress. Whatever I said about him maybe not needing to stay up with the big club, I was wrong. He played hard and the puck finds him.

    Frustrating to see the boys turn it on the last 10 minutes and then almost get it tied. Encouraging to a slight degree that they show themselves they can do that if need be.

    Would have been nice to get a point out of it, but the way they played the first two periods, one could argue they didn’t deserve that. Let’s hope they pick it up against Tampa.

    Guy a few rows behind me continually yelling “Fire Bowman”. Sorry, buddy, can’t pin this game on Stan. The team out on the ice could have beaten Carolina if they played with slightly more jump and intensity. They were their own worst enemy. Carolina did not overwhelm me with skill displayed. They outworked the Blackhawks overall, got a 2 on 0 breakaway, and won by one goal.

  • November 20, 2019 at 12:02 am

    Sorry, but I was there after a win and I like when the HAWKS win, even though its all about number 88! No Kane no pain!
    Doesn’t change the fact that this coach has no idea what he is doing. It took him over 10 games to figure out he needed to loasd up on the top 6 and let the players play offence first, defence second especially when you have a team that’s too small and too light. Dcat loses puck once again with an extra man at the end. Otherwise, they will remain a bubble team and I don’t believe with this roster they will make the playoffs. Hopefully they prove us wrong.

  • November 20, 2019 at 12:19 am

    This was not a good effort, but they fought back and did not give up. That’s what the Cup winning teams used to do. Even when they lost, they inflicted anxiety upon their opponents and they definitely did that tonight at the end. They had some very good chances to tie.

    Watching DeBrincat do anything other than shoot is getting painful. Yes, he had a secondary assist on the Gus goal and that was good. But the TOs are brutal and occur with regularity – often in the middle of the ice.

    Some are complaining about the line blender but maybe they should be complaining about the way the original lines played for 2 periods. As long as the blender was for one period only. Go back to the regular lines now as they’ve played well. The blender got the Hawks 2 goals in the third and the regular lines got them zero in the first two and looked bad getting the zero.

    Nobody likes to lose, but it is better to have made them sweat than the way it appeared it would be after the first two periods. Lehner remains excellent.

  • November 20, 2019 at 12:22 am

    Only caught last ten minutes. Blatant cross-check on Kane not called. How did that get missed? Thankfully Kane was OK.

  • November 20, 2019 at 12:32 am

    The schedule did work in the Canes favor,unusual to have a team waiting here since sat night without playing,that being said you can not stack bad periods together and get outshot 27-12 at home.It just cant happen.There was no compete level or urgency until the last 10 minutes of the game.It looked as though the Canes scouted the Hawks thoroughly and bottled them up with 2 forecheckers and crashed their D-Men at will.On the other hand the Hawks looked like they had never seen the Canes before and were ill prepared.When you play upper echelon structured teams that have size and speed you better have a game plan.By the way,there is another team coming in tomorrow night that is very similar and will blow the Hawks out of the rink if they are not ready to play 3 periods.

  • November 20, 2019 at 6:07 am

    Nice cross check they let them get away with with 1 min left.

    Interference? he didnt even have the puck yet.

  • November 20, 2019 at 6:54 am

    Had a string of games against tough teams mostly, guess being a bit tired and flat shpild be expected. Don’t mind when only one and looks like if they showed up sooner they coulda won.

  • November 20, 2019 at 6:57 am

    You have to give the Canes credit in the first half of the game, especially the first. They looked much more ready to play, lot’s of jump and confidence with the puck.

    Games like this happen, but the reality this year is they can’t get into even a few poor 5 games stretches. Hope this isn’t the start of one of those. And this is more representative of how Crow/Lehner will play on some nights. And he had a good enough game.
    We witnessed an amazing stretch of goaltending.

  • November 20, 2019 at 7:12 am

    Hawks 3 games in 4 nights, Canes sitting in Chicago since Saturday night. I was hoping it would not affect them but with the Canes speed it really hurt the Hawks.
    Another fast team coming in Thursday in Tampa Bay, hopefully better results.

  • November 20, 2019 at 7:26 am

    Agree Noonan – Lehner let in the first semi – bad goal I think I’ve seen this year on him and that was the difference in the game score wise – 1 goal

    Not blaming Lehner who kept them in the game but it just shows you what happens if the Hawks don’t get extraordinary goaltending

    Plus we had Gus on our team – so there’s 2 goals for CAR – I’m looking forward to him not being a Hawk (even though he scored tonight) and Boqvist being one

    Toews played hard but his finish seems to have deserted him – hopefully it is a mental thing and not a loss of hands because that would spell big trouble

    Disappointing that they could turn it on for 10 minutes but not have the necessary emotion for the first 50 minutes – I know a team can’t be ramped up every game – hopefully they realize how unengaged they were for 50 minutes and bring a better effort vs TB

    Best thing about this game was JC moving Dach into Strome’s spot for the 3rd and it paying off – that shows that JC is starting to value more what 77 brings – which last night was more than Strome was bringing

    Dach hopefully will get moved up to top 9 for TB – I’d put 17 back with DCat and Kane and Dach with 8 and 65 and Kampf with 22 and 15

    The Hawks could use more team speed for sure but they’re not as slow as they seemed for 2 1/2 periods last night they just weren’t engaged and moving their feet – too much deliberation with the puck form the D and coasting with the puck from the FWs – move your feet boys!

  • November 20, 2019 at 7:49 am

    Only got to see the last period and listen to the last 10 minutes of the 2nd. Troy painted a picture of a disengaged team. During the break mentioned we needed a player to take the initiative and spark the team. Don’t think we have a player that can really sense that or do it correctly. Shaw would be the only one but most of the time we end up short handed.

    Did like the Kane going after Aho at the end. Showed a little grit. By no means does that mean I want him to drop them but next time someone cross checks or boards him someone has to jump in. It was a difficult time to do it yesterday because you needed to tie the game.

    I’ll take going 4 out of the last 5. Now see how to respond after the loss. Hopefully they get there legs back. The difference was how they were skating. Give that loss to fatigue.

  • November 20, 2019 at 7:50 am

    Gus should be packaged with Kampt and shipped somewhere for a big mobile D man with an offensive upside. Gus costs us to many goals against!

  • November 20, 2019 at 7:52 am

    Toews is to much of a puck hog these days not much of a playmaker anymore

  • November 20, 2019 at 7:58 am

    Watching these games, the one of my concerns is that if the Hawks didn’t have 2 kick ass goalies, what would their record be.

    On the flip side I am trying to really enjoy watching all this amazing goalie play. We likely won’t have this again next season.

  • November 20, 2019 at 7:58 am

    Wrap wonder if that is an omen of where he wants to go, maybe add a 88-77 pair for a line along with 19-20 & 12-17. Then fit in 92, 8 and 65 or someone else in the 3 other spots. Have the other line 91/15 64 22.

  • November 20, 2019 at 7:59 am

    Aside from obviously being a very fast skilled team, the canes just did their research and were fully prepared for the Hawks. Hawks had a bad game for sure, timing and passing were just off all night, but part of that is because the canes knew where the passes were gonna be, etc. They were winning all the board battles and were just suffocating the hawks. All that being said, had Saad’s wide open shot gone in at the very beginning, we might have been watching a very different game. Seems like in these all offense style games, the team with the first goal plays with confidence and starts to pull away.

  • November 20, 2019 at 8:35 am

    “Giveaway Gus”
    That is a perfect description @Hossahawk. For every one fantastic flash of brilliance Gus has, he does two or three completely dumb things. Arrrgh!
    Can’t really make up for a flat first 50 in the last 10 minutes, but the birthday boy sure did try.
    Wish I would’ve just watched the last 15 minutes, lol.
    TBL is too fast for the boys to have lead in their skates (or their heads) at puck drop tomorrow.]
    Cheers guys.

  • November 20, 2019 at 10:17 am

    Canes ready to play at puck drop and Hawks were not able to match that level. Canes ARE a good team that play a solid disciplined game apart from some dumb penalties. Hawks passing off, bounces around Canes net into Hawks skates and away from sticks. Lehner once again kept them in the game. Look at it this way, how many times do you get to see an unhindered 2 on 0 from center ice in. Gus wtf? I don’t know how many odd man breaks coming in on Lehner there were last night, but there appeared to be waves of them. Canes puck pressure all over the ice was very impressive. That’s called team defense.

    Yes, Hawks closed the score gap late in the 3rd to wake up the Hawks fans, but a point off a tie last night would have been a miracle.

    If this team doesn’t come ready to concentrate and give 100% for 60 minutes they will get beat by the better teams in the NHL more often than not. Yes, they better be ready to face a hungry Bolts team tomorrow night.

    Let’s Go Hawks!

  • November 20, 2019 at 10:17 am

    Tough to say but this is what we have to do. Keep GAG (“Give Away Gus”, like that one Stef) and play him a lot so he can get as many points he can to get maximum in return. Would hope NYR need a scoring defenseman at TDL and get Lemieux in return.

    Ian, it’s a possibility with those pairings. I’d go 88 77 92 at home when we have last change. 12 17 8 think 8 is the most defensively responsible and still offensive threat. Leaving 20 19 65 as shut down with offensive upside to go against #1 lines.

  • November 20, 2019 at 10:41 am

    I think last night’s loss ( being dominated) was a combination of the hawks being tired and the canes being a very good team with speed. Let’s hope they have their legs against Tampa. On a side note , if I were the Canes GM , I would go after Lehner in the off season. That could be their missing ingredient to the cup.
    Also wouldn’t Teevo look good in a Hawks sweater , especially at 5.4 mil per yr. Never liked that trade.

  • November 20, 2019 at 11:27 am

    Add me in the there where is the penalty when Aho cross checked and interfered with Kane. The official was right there. This is my biggest issue with NHL officiating. Guy gets touched, penalty. Blatant penalty in last minute, play on.

    And add me to the slow play crowd also. Looked the passing was off all night.

    Is it just me or did Kane deliberately pass the the puck to himself off the defenseman skate?

  • November 20, 2019 at 12:14 pm

    It will be really interesting to see what happens with Gus. His range of play (high to low) is huge. What is he worth? Do we trade him now and get someone who can contribute this year or wait until TDL? I’ve got to believe that if SB is blown away by an offer now he will be gone – why wait in case he gets hurt. Figuring out his value for a new contract has to be a head scratcher for teams that are interested.

  • November 20, 2019 at 12:24 pm

    The pair thing, 20 19, 12 17, 77 88, we talked about when we were shitty and playing a shitty sch. Then we adjusted the system and lines and won or tied 7 of 8 games.

    Keep it going after a game or and get rolling again. The goalies will be this good next yr as well, even if we do not have Crow. Lerner will just play more games then this split thing.

    It’s how good will we look, it the other way around, when we have good group of Defensemen and more food FW that backcheck. 77 and 27 are going to make this team fly once they get established. The n the lines and pairs will be deep.

  • November 20, 2019 at 12:29 pm

    We get Hartman offer yea do it games 20-40, otherwise we are going to go on runs like we just did and he could get lots of points, being an OFF Defensemen so deadline could be like 38 return. We have had first picks like that 38 trade and even though Beau should be good, top 6, I would like to trade for some of these style players you guys are talking about Lemioix Kassian stuff.

  • November 20, 2019 at 12:37 pm

    20 19 65 line been calling for that since the first 5 games.

  • November 20, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    Hawks are missing a couple of bigger forwards who win battles on the wall.That definitely showed last night.DeBrincat,Nylander,Smith,types of forwards just don’t win enough battles and have difficulty driving to the net from the boards.Please Coach Colliton,lets have a little in game awareness and get the right guy out there to take critical faceoffs and maybe matchup against an opposing teams top line that is killing you.Hint-Not #56.The Canes knew when he was out there.

  • November 20, 2019 at 2:07 pm

    As I was watching the game last night I was curious what percentage of 50/50 board battles we win. I assume this stat is tracked internally. Our percentage of wins has to be considerably below 50% which causes excess time in the d-zone and lost time in the o-zone. Improving in this skill is way more important than at the face-off dot.

  • November 20, 2019 at 2:54 pm

    Agree MS – winning 50/50 battles is partly size but it’s also quickness and will – neither of which the Hawks had for the most of the game last night

    They’ve shown in this recent streak that they can win their share of the 50/50 s if their heart is in it

  • November 20, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    @Ian – interesting idea about the FW pairings you mentioned

    Personally I think it would be an over reaction to change all the lines after one loss but maybe he’ll keep 65 with 19 and 20, keep 12-17-88 and have a 3rd line of 8-77-92 (the all rookie line could be interesting)

  • November 20, 2019 at 3:56 pm

    Gus made a horrendous play at the offensive blue line. But I am curious – didn’t we have a second Dman on the ice at the time to prevent the 2-on-zero against us? Who was the Dman and why wasn’t he behind the play to protect our goalie from what turned out to be a FUBAR of epic proportions? Yes, I do know the answers to the questions, but I am really confused why nobody else has asked them or pointed out the frequency of the combination being in a mess.

    It’s a lousy pairing, has been a lousy pairing and will continue to be a lousy pairing. You MUST put a defensive minded Dman with each of those players. Playing them together is asking for that situation to take place every shift they are together. I’ve screamed this since last year, all summer and at the beginning of the season. For a while, it appeared JC also saw the terror it brings to the goalies on our team, splitting them up and putting a defensively minded guy with each of them. Wake up JC. Neither wants anything to do with being defensively responsible and each takes most every opportunity to jump a play rather than make the safe play. We have enough responsible Dmen with Murphy back. Start using them wisely.

    Put some goalie gear on and see it from the backside. It would scare the hell out of you too.

  • November 20, 2019 at 3:59 pm

    Not saying do it right away with lines, but the way 12, 17 and 88 struggle without the puck and in their own end, have to wonder if they are long term or just a spark for short term. Yes they can strike quick,some games often but when teams starting crowding them and out physical them, they have a hard time holding onto the puck and getting it back. Last night for 5o mins Canes shut them down, more than likely the last 10 had as much to do with taking foot of gas and protecting the lead, which led to more room out there. Agree though leave it alone for now, but thinking problems are all solved and no more changies needed is kind of naive i think.

  • November 20, 2019 at 4:01 pm

    Silent agree, think 2 and 5 together was best, 56 with 6 and blueline be less exposed in own end.

  • November 20, 2019 at 4:07 pm

    Ian I like 5 to be our best defensive pair with 44. 56 and 7. and then 2 and 6. But I can live with what you say, as I thought that would be the way it would end up before we got 44 and 6. I think those 2 give us a chance to smooth out the pairings even more.

    Also would take some ice time away from Gus, and from Keith, which could keep him fresher.

  • November 20, 2019 at 4:09 pm

    Now Toronto players have no excuse. Stanley Cup champs, or ,,,,,,,,?

    Does this make JC smarter than Babcock? Lol…

  • November 20, 2019 at 4:47 pm

    Silent like that too. Reason i said 56 with 6 is Maatta is kinda the anti Gus, stay home mostly, good hockey IQ, picks his spots to join rush and pinch well. Plays defense with consistent poise and doesn’t do bad things with puck. Can’t say any of that about the way Gus plays. Also don’t want to see Seabrook babysitting any more, wasn’t very successful last couple of seasons. Murphy seems to make Keith a better player and vice versa too, kind of a win win there.

  • November 20, 2019 at 4:50 pm

    Babcock like Q, will only be unemployed as long as he wants too. As for Leafs, rebuild may have just taking a big step backwards, often happens when trying to start from scratch.

  • November 20, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    Ian I think Maatta has been a big plus for this team and would do fine with Gus. I can certainly live with that pairing. The reason I chose Seabrook was because I would rather have Maata be part of the group getting more ice time, with Seabrook getting less. I feel 7 and 56 should get the least ice time of the 6, and pairing them makes it much easier to control.

    But as I said, I can live with your pairings and would sleep better than I do now!

  • November 20, 2019 at 5:22 pm

    Babcock getting canned surprises me. I second the notion he’s only unemployed as long as he wants to be.

  • November 20, 2019 at 6:07 pm

    With Babcock available they should can JC right now. This would be a definite upgrade and could help us immediately. Then fire Blowman and we’re good to go.

  • November 20, 2019 at 6:23 pm

    Jim the irony is Babcock was fired because he wanted the players to play defensive, the players wanted to open it up and wouldn’t play up to their potential for him that way. Sound familiar

  • November 20, 2019 at 6:29 pm

    Exactly Ian. Doesn’t sound like much of a fit here.

  • November 20, 2019 at 6:42 pm

    Babcock replaces Cooper next year then we get Cooper.

  • November 20, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    Silent not sure but I think it was Dunks that was there and he needed to stay back and not push puck under Gusto just incase.

  • November 20, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    Ian , yea its looking ahead as Dach gets meaner, hes going to need more min.

  • November 20, 2019 at 7:20 pm

    Silent, tahts the shutdoen pair I like since training camp but people said we needed that balance.

    2 6
    44 5
    56 7

    or like Ian is saying do 44 and 5 for down the stretch of 3rd and roll these regualrly

    2 5
    44 56
    6 7

  • November 20, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    Knott traded.

    Any TOR players available

  • November 20, 2019 at 8:35 pm

    Have to be 3 team deal or somethung there Mo, Leafs going with roster of 20 or 21 now to get under cap. Tgey will want tp move cap for some room if they make any moves. Blackhawks none to spare.

  • November 20, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    I was expecting JC to re-unite 5 and 2 once Murphy came off LTIR but I can see his reasoning in not wanting to upset a winning line up and a part of that was the 56-2 pairing but now that they’ve lost I would expect to see 5-2 then 7-44 which has been a good pairing generally (I think Seabs is a +12 since his scratching) and then 56-6

    No interest from me in Babs – like Ian said TOR players were facing the same dilemma that CHI players were before JC loosened up the D scheme and thus the offence

    Can you imagine Kane and Babs just for starters? – it wouldn’t be pretty

    It’s possible Babcock isn’t a good coach for the modern game unless he’s willing to change and he showed in TOR he hasn’t been willing to change – maybe getting fired with get him to change but I doubt it

    Likely he’ll get hired by a non-playoff team without superstars and he’ll get them to grind out 2-1 wins every other game or so – maybe make the playoffs before getting beaten in the first round

  • November 20, 2019 at 8:41 pm

    Kapanen for Gus and a 2nd – Leafs need cap room to get a decent back up goalie

    Hawks might have to part ways with Smith to make it work but Kappy would take his roster spot anyway

  • November 20, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    Of the Four 4 m summer guys, yu would have thought 6 would be one of them not staying, not sure anymore he has done well and I like it.

    Its the FWs that might not stay, when people were slamming the 6 caphit. 15 has looked good now, now that hes back to 200% he was hurt early in season.

    That would do it if the player were getting is better and a good fit.

  • November 20, 2019 at 9:07 pm

    SS…. You are “Spot on”. Gus screwed up and KEITH ROTS…. Keith &Seabrook ALWAYS turn puck over (seabrook can’t skate—-Keith won’t go in corners and get hit)… Saad is a real “truck driver “ out there on the ice…. Can’t keep puck control… no hussle.
    Go Hawks !

  • November 20, 2019 at 10:19 pm

    Wrap still gotta find a 3rd team as taker for Smiths hit before it can be done. Either way takes more than just the Leafs.

  • November 20, 2019 at 11:21 pm

    Babcock will get the Expansion Seattle head coaching job.Its ironic that the restrictions of the Salary Cap hamstrung Toronto and Babcock so they were unable to get the finishing pieces to that team.A #1 and #2 shutdown defense pairing and a couple of goalies,maybe a power forward too.Back when the Hawks won their 1st Cup Babcock was coaching Detroit and after losing a playoff series to the Hawks he angrily told reporters that Chicago should enjoy success while they can because they will never be able to keep all of their players.

  • November 21, 2019 at 9:30 am

    -IAN- Yeah sounds like Q. He was a defense first type of coach and look what that got us!! Screw JC, he’s in over his head. This team needs a veteran leader not some AHL level coach that Blowman is in love with. This is a mostly veteran team that would be better with a veteran coach. I still don’t think the core has much respect for JC and he hasn’t earned it either. Just Blowmans puppet at this point.

  • November 21, 2019 at 9:37 am

    Also, see where the Panthers are right now? That’s a veteran coach doing veteran coaching. Remember how Q level set our team after taking over for Savy (whom I love but was not the right coach).

  • November 21, 2019 at 10:06 am

    We should have told reporters after that that he should enjoy the success of getting away with 40 penaltys a game, hooks holds interferences, because he wont be able to do taht anymore.

  • November 21, 2019 at 10:11 am

    Tim, while I agree that Babcock will get a job if he chooses. I don’t think it’s for sure he would be Seattle’s choice. He has taken a bit of the hit and I don’t think we should assume he gets whatever job he wants.
    (He has his faults)

  • November 21, 2019 at 10:13 am

    -HARD PASS on Babs. IMO, the only guy less willing than Q to adjust to the changes of game and make the system fit the players he has. Babs is also too damn expensive.

    -@Wrap hit the nail on the head: Babs and Kane would NOT be pretty.

    -@Tim I remember those comments well.

    -And, just forget him anyhow–He only won one SC with Detroit and we’ve got 3. As far as his Canadian & Worlds resume: who cares. My 11 year old could probably coach those guys to wins. So he can still suck it.

  • November 21, 2019 at 4:17 pm

    Late to the party in this thread and haven’t read all previous posts so it’s probably been said but Carolina has the players to play the style the Hawks struggle against – which is play with speed and structure and contest the puck in all three zones. Vegas plays the same way, as does Nashville. Columbus does too although they aren’t as good at it as they used to be. It requires very good d-men with good speed that can always be in passing lanes and still get back to the d-zone to defend. Carolina has that. They get caught every so often but for the most part they end up with more positive plays for them than their opponent gets. The Hawks seemed to get rattled by the constant in their face pressure and it caused them to rush plays which ended up in giveaways and lost opportunities.

    Plus, maybe they just had an off night after several pretty good nights. It happens.

  • November 21, 2019 at 7:38 pm

    Sounds like we did good. Need to pucker up pre Madonnas.

    Let the players emerge and young wavers come in with the southerns.

    Then were rolling.

    When we get enoug of young wave established, then were ripping.

    Get that # 1 Defensemenwe, have, to get, in order to be a contender.

    When were contender again, like people said, we have the guys who have done dynasty Cups before. No other team does. To have those kind of guys just hanging around playing out the string. Oh yea Kaner who is that. Thats the guy who just assited or scored a game 4 goal that turned the corner and didnt look back.

    Fukking Flatlanders.

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