Kane Owns Columbus, Blackhawks Blank Blue Jackets

After a wild, back-and-forth game that ended in a shootout and the Blackhawks winning 6-5, of course the Hawks and Blue Jackets would come back and play a tight, low-scoring affair.

After Kevin Lankinen played through the craziness on Tuesday, Malcolm Subban got the start and was perfect. He stopped 16 shots in the third period alone and 27 overall to record the shutout.

Offensively, the Hawks had little going through 40 minutes of hockey. The Blackhawks were credited with only three shots on net in the first period but countered with 12 in the second. But none of them went it, so the game was stuck at zeroes through two periods.

However, 8:45 into the third period Patrick Kane changed the score.

The goal is the 399th career regular season goal for Kane. It was also his first game-winning goal of the season.

In six games this season against Columbus, Kane now has four goals and nine assists for 13 points. He’s also plus-seven against the Jackets this year.

Carl Soderberg stayed hot, scoring for the third straight game. His goal came into an empty net with 50 seconds left in regulation to provide a little cushion. But Kane’s was enough.

Connor Murphy skated 23:43 and led the Blackhawks with four shots on net. Calvin de Haan and Mattias Janmark picked up the only assists in the game.

One ongoing concern, however, is the faceoff circle. Chicago won only 33 percent of the draws in this one but got away with it. Pius Suter won one of six, Philipp Kurashev won two of nine and David Kampf won just two of eight in the game.

Brandon Hagel was credited with two blocked shots and they both came on a huge penalty kill early in the third period. His effort continues to stand out.

Kane skated “only” 19:50 with two shots on net.

62 thoughts on “Kane Owns Columbus, Blackhawks Blank Blue Jackets

  • February 25, 2021 at 9:07 pm
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    Looks like Colliton is settling in on a roster, sure hope he’s still going to rotate players in. All the young kids need playing time to get better.

  • February 25, 2021 at 9:15 pm
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    Hawks played much better and controlled the play after a dead 3 shot 1st period.Their forecheck was outstanding stopping several Jacket breakouts at the 1st pass.Subban was great.He is holding his position and his net much much better from the start of the year.I have never seen Kane with so much consistent jump to his game.Playing with these young guys is his fountain of youth.The defense was solid.Boqvist wasn’t as good offensively tonight but he was decent defensively.These guys are fun to watch.

  • February 25, 2021 at 9:21 pm
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    tried posting earlier but today but wasn’t able to..@timw..here is how I would set the blueline pairings for next year:

    Keith-Mitchell
    Zadorov-Murphy
    Beaudin-Boqvist
    Carlsson
    Kalynuk

    I love the depth on the left side for the Hawks. Any of those defensemen after Keith can play some 2nd or 3rd pair minutes and I think Beaudin and Carlsson will be even better next year if they’re allowed to play their natural side instead of constantly having to clear pucks on their backhand. Very optimistic regarding the blueline moving forward..lots of ceiling left for the majority of our blueliners..

  • February 25, 2021 at 9:25 pm
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    Great win for the team, big game for Subban. Having Kane made the difference in the game. Nice bounce back for the pk, not sure why Kampf struggling on fos now, pretty dominant 1st 15 games cooled off considerably of late. Like the 3rd, held off early onslaught in first 5 minutes, found a way to score and win middle 10 and put it on ice in lfinal 5 minutes.

  • February 25, 2021 at 9:29 pm
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    Nice team win, big game for Subban. Having Kane was the difference, nice bounce back for pk. Kampf was pretty dominant on fos first 15 games, cooled off lately. Liked the 3rd, held off big push 1st minutes by Columbus, found a way to score and win middle 1o mins., put it in ice in final 5 minutes.

  • February 25, 2021 at 9:35 pm
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    Curious are any of the “what do we have to give up to get jack eichel” posters the same posters as “maybe if we retain 50% of kane’s salary we would be able to trade patrick” ? Buffalo as the team involved in both mentionings being a pure coincidence of course.

  • February 25, 2021 at 9:41 pm
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    It looks to me like Kane has become the leader of this team. He is playing harder defensively than I can recall and he seems to really enjoy the young guys who are playing the right way. It’s strange because I was assured by some posters that no one wanted to play for JC. I am still amazed that we continue to be competitive most every game without a top 6 center.

  • February 25, 2021 at 9:51 pm
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    @MS- give it time. As soon as the Hawks hit a bump in the road, the Colliton haters will come out of their cellars.

  • February 25, 2021 at 9:58 pm
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    Well so far so good, we’ll see how much they improved when the schedule gets tougher.

  • February 25, 2021 at 10:06 pm
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    Wow – Subban on fire! At least we have two very capable GK! I loved the way the D played all night. The BJ’s are a tough team to shut out. But, Mitchell and Zadarov earned gold stars tonight. I also like the way Janmark and Carpenter put pressure on the BJ’s defense and kept them in their own zone for an entire shift. Ratings:

    Subban (9)
    Kane (8)
    Janmark (8)
    Carpenter (8)
    Soderberg (8)
    Entire D (8)
    DeBrincat (8) – gave Effort all night!

  • February 25, 2021 at 10:07 pm
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    There’s just something extra cool about beating a team you dislike and for some reason Columbus has moved into the dislike category for me. Maybe it has something to do with the weird intra-division schedule this season where the Hawks have played them 6 times in 4 weeks – a familiarity breeds contempt thing. I’ve read the last 6-7 pages of their GDT after last game and the game tonight and I’m not ashamed to admit it has given a fun schadenfreude experience. Lots of wringing of hands and gnashing of teeth going on over there. There is a general feeling the season is lost because a crap team like the Hawks can beat them. Yes – there were quite a few references to their team having superior talent but can’t beat a crap team. I know fans see their team differently than non-fans but I’m not seeing all this superior talent they supposedly have. But, whatever … we won and they lost and ha ha ha ha and another ha.

    Lest I be misunderstood to be counting chickens before they hatch – I’m not. I’m well aware things can turn around quickly and to some extent probably will based on the schedule in March. But, for now – I’m loving it.

  • February 25, 2021 at 10:15 pm
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    Good win for the Hawks tonight..this is the style of hockey that the Hawks have to play every night and tonight I thought they did a good job of fighting for the puck, playing a 200 ft game, and not taking too many penalties..

    I thought DeHaan played really well tonight..did a good job of getting the puck out of the zone and made quick decisions with the puck..Boqvist had a couple of turnovers but luckily none led to goals..just needs to make quicker decisions with the puck on his stick..if you’re going to skate it up, then skate right away..if you’re going to chip the puck out, then chip it out..he has to just get better at knowing what he wants to do with the puck before it’s on his stick instead of thinking about it in the moment..

    I also was a little surprised that none of the Hawks squared up with Savard or Domi tonight, especially after Domi had Mitchell by the sweater and almost looked to be asking him if he wanted to fight..I understand that the two points are important, but so is reminding teams that they’re not going to be able to freely intimidate our young players or Kaner..this is one of those times where I do miss how Q would construct the forward lines each game..he knew that the 12th forward was never going to make or break his offense, so he would always have a Bollig or Carcillo on the 4th line to ensure that if you took a cheap shot at Kaner, you answered for it with an immediate fight. Not sure who that player is for the Hawks(I’m guessing that Colliton doesn’t want it to be Zadorov since he wants him to stay out of the box) but if not him, then who? Maybe it naturally resolves itself next year with Toews and Dach back in the lineup, but with a roster full of this many young players, adding some sandpaper wouldn’t be a bad idea..especially once we’re back to an 82 game schedule next year..teams like Vegas and St. Louis will throw us around for literally the entire night if there isn’t any pushback..

  • February 25, 2021 at 10:24 pm
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    Good win. Keep it up boys.

  • February 25, 2021 at 10:25 pm
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    Honest Guy, I was one of the posters advocating to trade Kane and retain salary to make it cap neutral (and doable) for Buffalo – with the main piece coming back being Dylan Cozens. I proposed the trade purely to expedite the rebuild and acquire a dynamic top-6 forward. I haven’t changed my opinion that acquiring Cozens would have been a good long range move but I also stated I understood the other side of the argument which is what we’re seeing play out in front of us with Kane leading the young players in a better than expected team game with individual growth. I admitted a while back that I was happy they didn’t do what I advocated because Kane is playing his role perfectly and the young players are benefitting from it.

    As for acquiring Eichal – no way I want to do that. Aside from the devastation on the salary cap and the cost to acquire him, and despite my acknowledgement he is an extremely talented player – I don’t like the guy. I can’t put my finger on it and I suppose I’m being unfair but there is just something about him that bugs me – like he isn’t a good team player or he’s too much a “me player”, or something that tells me to steer clear of him.

    So, no – I say stay the course on rebuilding this team the way the plan was designed to start the season. It ain’t broke – don’t try to fix it.

  • February 25, 2021 at 10:35 pm
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    Interesting game. It sure is a lot to unpack, once you get into the minutiae of the game. The good. Subban has been a stellar backup goaltender. He played really well all game. How good is Jimmy Waite as the goaltending coach? He has gotten the best from Lankinen and Subban. Next, Patrick Kane. MS already pointed out that Kane has become the leader of this young team. He’s playing an outstanding two-way game without sacrificing any of his offensive prowess. He’s actually thriving. Hagel continues to be solid. I really have to eat some crow and give props to Bowman and Colliton for the majority of this roster and the team identity.
    The Negative: FO%. It’s just a Jekyll and Hyde event from game to game. I’m not sure if it’s the opposition that is so dominant or that the Blackhawks centermen are not as focused as they should be. Maybe hire Bolland as a FO Coach. Why not? Just a stray thought. Kurashev was invisible. Not sure why that was. Defensively, it was an okay game. I have to, again, eat some crow regarding Zadorov. He led the team in HITS and tied with De Haan on BLKS. He also had 2 SOG. However, that’s not his role. He was paired, for most of the night, with Murphy who had 4 SOG to lead the whole team. Do we want Zadorov as an offensive threat? Had Beaudin been out there, with Murphy, would that make the Defense a little more dangerous? Also, Mitchell and Boqvist had greatly reduced TOI with 0 SOG. Perhaps they were told to focus on their defensive game. I dunno. I’d like to see more of Johnson. He makes the team a little more physical and definitely makes the other team a little more antsy when turning to play the puck off the boards.
    In summary, I really can’t say this game was bad. It’s exactly how both teams play. It’s the same philosophy. So…that the young Blackhawks outplayed the more veteran Bluejackets is a great plus. Goaltending is not the issue we were all incredibly uncertain about. The kids are showing up more than anyone could have hoped for and veterans, like Kane, Debricat, Keith, and Murphy are playing solid as well as mentoring the kids. It was a good win. Especially for Subban. Good for him. NEXT GAME!!!

  • February 25, 2021 at 11:11 pm
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    Hawks really picked up their play after a dead 1st.Their fore checking was outstanding as they stopped most Jacket breakouts on the 1st pass.The defense was solid not allowing many 2nd chances and Subban was outstanding as he is holding his position and net much much better.I have never seen Kane have more consistent jump to his game.These young guys have him playing exciting hockey.If they had a center or 2 they would be something.Against the Bolts,Canes,and Panthers they are going have to win some faceoffs but so far so good.

  • February 25, 2021 at 11:16 pm
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    Slayer – I don’t think the Hawks are intimidated or need to dress a Bollig
    Beating CBL and Kane scoring the winner was some retribution for Savard’s cheap shot – he’ll eventually be called to account when the time’s right IMO

    I don’t remember the last time this year that the Hawks locked down a 1 goal lead in the third – that’s a big step for them

    Props to JC for his line juggling – moving Kurashev up with 88 and 12 paid off with more consistent offensive pressure and eventually Kane’s goal

    I’d like to see a 2nd line of Kubalik Soderberg Suter – 8 is being wasted with
    Wallmark

    Enjoyed watching the Hawks play a smart disciplined game for at least the last 2 periods – the first they were hanging on

    Did Laine get benched again – I don’t remember him in the third

    Great team win

  • February 25, 2021 at 11:34 pm
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    Nice to have flexibility to throw Kurashev out with Kane+Debrincat when Suter’s not clicking and vice-versa. I thought Kurashev was doing a lot of good work tonight, especially on the forecheck.

    Did Laine even come out of the locker room after the first because I don’t remember anything he did after that, even though scoresheet says he had 17 minutes of ice time—whether it was something the Hawks were doing, or he was just having an off night, it was a pleasant change from the last matchup.

  • February 25, 2021 at 11:35 pm
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    * Laine comments were a pile-on from Wrap’s, his remark got me thinking

  • February 25, 2021 at 11:39 pm
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    Didnt see game so I comment after I see some highlights and read posts here to find out how we played/won.

    Wanted to say that theres something wrong with NAS VAN and DAL. DAL has the hangover though NAS VAN shouldnt have that/they donot. Those teams arnt anywhere as shitty as they have played/record is. Havnt seen there sch or know injuries/stuff like that. Just that those teams are not that shit.

    Tanking NAS VAN. DAL will get there act together right?

  • February 25, 2021 at 11:42 pm
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    Will their record in March look like their record in February, probably not but so what. If they keep getting the goaltending they are getting, which gives them a chance to win, they way their battling they’ll win their share of games in March too.

  • February 25, 2021 at 11:55 pm
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    Tommy, like those rating for people who donot see whole/part game is nice perspective on how-good certain players did.

    I didnt ever say bad thing about this coach/and the coaches last couple yrs though I ddi say bad things about team system and kind of said it sucks monkey. That we need to get a good team system/like BOS has thats why they are good again. I still think we need a good team system.

    This system might win it or another might win it. It wasnt fair of me to hammer this coach system like I did last couple yrs and I feel shame.

    I said those things about system after watching our Defensemen running around like chickens last couple yrs/you know why/you saw it to. So I take it back/still want a good team system wether it this one or another for longrun. Take it back because we realy didnt have the horses to actually play it.

    And we still donot have 77 19 with the young wave players/which are the black and white difference. The F ing Four Horsemen make a huge difference in the system and so do some good FW that are fast/skate/forecheck/skill baby!

  • February 26, 2021 at 12:06 am
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    Even though I havnt seen even half the games I have seen enough/read enough here to know these young wave players can play. Having a base with those vets allows them to play. We get 77 19 back even better. More yuong wavers coming with reichel and another good 1st round player this draft/no matter the #/and maybe a second 1st pick from tradeline trades.

    Point is we ve played enough good teams and even if we played more agasint bottom 10 I donot count NAS CLB DAL as bottom 10 teams just because they have shitty records/those teams are way better then that.

    Seen enough no matter we go 10-20 15-15 20-10 whatever we do doesnt matter know. We have seen enough to know these guys are good. Actually getting beat by good teams in these 35 games will be better for us to keep learning/the right way and keep getting better.

    2021 55 games season goal achieved.

  • February 26, 2021 at 5:15 am
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    Nice win. Subban looked good. A ways to go to be contenders, but love the team and players.

  • February 26, 2021 at 6:19 am
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    All of those who badmouthed Collitpn and Bowman need to eat crow. Team plays hard every night, looking forward to seeing Kaliynuk play, Stan has something going on

  • February 26, 2021 at 6:39 am
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    Love these Hawks.

  • February 26, 2021 at 6:56 am
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    Good job Subban, congrats on the O.

  • February 26, 2021 at 7:59 am
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    I feel Kubalik has been floating around lately and shying away from contact. Need him to work the corners harder imo.

  • February 26, 2021 at 8:01 am
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    Tighter effort by both teams and the Hawks won both types of games-impressive

    Let’s address the ‘Savard cheap shot’-really the whole Columbus D paid attention to Kane, more than usual. He got hit a couple of times (and it doesn’t often happen) and probably woke him up a bit. I looked at ‘the play’ a few times and it’s a hockey play, and the cheap shot was the really good hack that Kaner took at Savard’s leg-lumberjacks would be proud.
    20 or 30 years ago a comment wouldn’t be made about that hit. I don’t like head hunting but riding out a really good player hard is fair game. A penalty OK but that’s been a strategy since Moses was a kid. You can argue the ‘getting back or not’ but come on…

  • February 26, 2021 at 8:20 am
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    @ earl

    agree on kubalik, but i feel that’s who he is. third line guy imo.

  • February 26, 2021 at 8:32 am
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    @Eman68 “Defensively, it was an okay game.” What? It was a shutout! Have to agree with Tommy Ivan, D corps gets an 8.

  • February 26, 2021 at 9:06 am
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    Saw a clip from TSN Insiders last night where Darren Dreger reported that the Kings are actively looking for a “young, dynamic left shot defenseman.” The Kings have several very good forward/center prospects. Could it be that Beaudin is being previewed for a possible deal knowing that Kalynuk brings similar skills? I don’t see the Hawks trading Kalynuk since they just convinced him to sign as a FA (and walk from the Flyers who drafted him). I’m curious what others think about this possibility.

  • February 26, 2021 at 9:24 am
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    keith not likely a blackhawk when this team is ready to make a deep run in the playoffs again. big minutes each game for him and in the lineup every night is not in the best interest of developing the kids. i don’t like beaudin and carlsson sitting two games in a row and not playing for eight days, which will be the case if they dress saturday and worse if they don’t. no reason keith, de haan, murphy, and zadorov can’t have a maintenance day every six or seven games. should not be any sacred cows on a team nowhere near ready to win.

    love what i am seeing from this team, but if victories are sacrificed by cutting down minutes for keith and murphy and implementing a maintenance day rotation so be it. in the best interests of the team draft position wise as well.

  • February 26, 2021 at 9:38 am
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    Subban has been impressive and really deserves the next start, a little better rebound control would help though. Why was Beaudin sitting? I know he went with 6D but I still like his game better than Boqvist, plus who would you sit? Some are calling for DeHann to be traded but I don’t think so, he’s a calm presence back there and I think his game has improved as the season has progressed. Either way, this team is playing much better than I would have thought at the beginning of the season. TB games are coming up and should be the measure of where this team is. Even if they lose both, if they show up and play hard and TB has to earn those wins it’s still a victory as the young guys continue to learn.

  • February 26, 2021 at 9:41 am
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    fun team to watch .when we play tampa this weekend i would put Zadorov on the pp in front of the net to battle Hedman…..Trade for Glendening ,the guy is 68% at the dot and available

  • February 26, 2021 at 9:48 am
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    fun team to watch !! This weekend against Tampa put Zadorov in front of the net to battle Hedman on the PP ala Big Buff. Trade for Glendening 68% at the dot and available.

  • February 26, 2021 at 10:06 am
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    Good to see that we can play a shoot out at the Okay Corral game and a who flinches first game.

    Kubalik needs a set up guy on his line. He has a terrific shot that we need to take advantage of. Just like DCat in his year. Kubalik has a better shot.

    From having no goalies to having a great 1 2 surprise and all for under 1.9 million. Cracks me up how 10 mil spent on one guy in Fla and Mont also 12 mil for 2 in Vegas.

    Like going to tankathon and looking at the mock draft every so often. Has us picking behind Dal Min STL Aves Van and Nas in our conference. Not good. Thou I like our 21st pick Oluasson 6’2″ 181lbs than our 19th pick Othenmann 5’11” 165lbs better.

  • February 26, 2021 at 10:14 am
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    Good win, fun to watch, but I still have long term concerns about the evolution of Hawks to a cup contender. Sure they may over achieve this year, pats on the back for all, heck lets give out contract extensions while we are at it but was that the plan for 2021.

    2 games in a row Beaudin is a healthy scratch. Who has more of a probability of being on a Hawk’s team that is a cup contender Beaudin, de Haan, or Murphy. This kid needs to play at the NHL level. Besides that, I thought that Beaudin was playing better than Boqvist. Who says draft order does not matter.

    It should not be lost that the best goalie on the roster started 3rd on the depth chart at the beginning of the year. Luckily the coaches were able to correct their mistake but none the less it was an error.

    Nylander, that’s all I’m going to say about that.

    I would propose limiting starts for Murphy, de Haan, and Carpenter now and increase their presence as the Hawks approach the trade deadline. Play the kids in their place and sell when prospects and or draft picks are offered.

    I know, I should be more optimistic after a victory but give me a team that can go nose to nose with the Blues, contending for a cup in the future and I’ll be singing from the rafters. Go Hawks

  • February 26, 2021 at 10:24 am
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    The Savard hit on Tuesday night was a cheap and dangerous blatant shove in the back a few feet from the boards that should always draw an immediate reaction.Lets not confuse it for those that did not see it.

  • February 26, 2021 at 10:34 am
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    To all those who think JC should sit 44 or 2 or 5 or 16 to get Beaudin or Carlsson in the line up – it’s not going to happen

    If they get a little nicked up then yes but not if they’re healthy and that’s the way it should be- if you don’t put your best guys on the ice as a coach you’ll lose the trust and buy in from your players which is the most important thing to create a winning culture which in turn is going to accelerate the development of all the young players

    Beaudin will get his chance as will Carlsson
    There will eventually be injuries and almost for certain DeHaan will be an ex Hawk by Sept 2021

    JC will also use 7D sometimes and give Boquist and Mitchell time off when they need to be held to account

    They do have a surplus of young D – they simply can’t play them all and right now the team is winning

    Some of the young D may also be included in trades – we just have to let it play out

  • February 26, 2021 at 10:41 am
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    Wrap – Would you trade Beaudin to the Kings for either Kupari (2018 1st round center) or Kaliyev (2019 – 2nd pick of 2nd round)? Both have good size and are top prospects. Kupari injured his knee in the 2020 WJC but seems to have made a complete recovery. At least one of the left d-men (Carlsson, Kalynuk, Beaudin) are going to have to move and I would go big if we can get a top forward prospect.

  • February 26, 2021 at 10:54 am
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    MS – that’s the sort of trade that could benefit the Hawks although I admit I haven’t seen either Kupari and Kaliyev play – I do know that they’re well thought of though

    You trade from an area of strength and the Hawks are strong in young D prospects so I do think one them will be moved at some point but I think they’ll let the competition play out a little longer

    I expect 44 to be traded at TDL so that will open a spot probably for Beaudin and unfortunately Carlsson may be a Seattle Kraken by the summer

    Kalynuk is 2 years older than Beaudin so he’s probably not regarded as highly as Beaudin (and playing time would suggest the same) so he may be the one on the move plus they Vlasic, Regula and others behind him on the depth chart

  • February 26, 2021 at 1:04 pm
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    MS, I love bringing in other teams good young wave players just rather fins a way to do that without trading Horsemen. Knew who was going to be better longterm wise then we could choose/know which ones to trade. So lets say Kaynuk is going to be one of the two best yuong Defensemen then ok whos the lower end?

    Give to get yea just really want to make sure we keep at least 4 or 5 of who we think are the top 4/5 Defensemen of young wavers.

  • February 26, 2021 at 1:24 pm
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    Roamn, for draft stuff maybe NAS stays sucking which is a little weird. VAN DAL sucking that bad is a lot wierd I fully expect those teams to get there act together and get back to the even area or better/ahead of us if we stay in the 0 to +5 area. So we could be around that 12th area again depending on those kind of things.

    We could also get up there/like we have and stay-mellow out and be + 5 to 10 over .500 which has us in the playoffs.

    THe thing is this division is so hard that once DAL and I would think CLB NAS start playing as good as they really are it will be harder to win then its been/that is for all team in divisino though.

  • February 26, 2021 at 1:42 pm
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    Was going to say 11-3-4 since first few games is top 5 in league. Like someone said be interesting to see every top 10 team play/every game without top to centers. What theres records then.

    Besides records and stuff what really matters is roster and having a better roster is 100% more important then haviong a better record. That should be the goal/best 23man roster we can get.

    Think it work itself out on its own and we ll do good/like we are win games and have fun and then also be around the -5/E/+5 games over .500 at game 55. Right now -5 doesnt look possibale though 0 or + 5 at game 55 looks doable/scary thing is +10/15 looks doable to.

  • February 26, 2021 at 2:28 pm
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    Wrap gotta wonder if Subban keeps impressing in his starts if he becomes a temptation for Seattle in draft. Maybe moving him at tdl vs losing him for nothing if that is the thought could be what happens. Still almost 6 weeks away to tdl, Subban will get a few more starts before then to draw interest. Also totally agree with you, the young and older players have bought into Colliton, to put lineups out there that doesn’t give them best chance to win deztroys all that confidence on what they are doing, not a good move at this point.

    Protecting star players has always been part of the game. Just go back and watch the Gretzky- Semenko show if you think it wasn’t.

    A player with potential to be a 35+ goal scorer, like Kubalik is needs to be in top 6.

  • February 26, 2021 at 2:35 pm
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    Playing the Lightning 5 times and the Panthers 4 times in 21 days is a HUGE challenge for these young Hawks. Hawks will have to bring some physicality to all these games. For me, coming out of those 9 games 3-3-3 would be a huge success.

  • February 26, 2021 at 2:39 pm
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    Ian, Agreed, Subban has played great. In some ways better than Lank. I believe he will bring a decent player or prospects at TDL

  • February 26, 2021 at 2:42 pm
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    Like the fact that we can play a Shoot out at The Okay Corral game and a see who flinches first game.

    Kubalik has a great shot. Need to get a set up man on his line. Just like DCat in his 40 goal year. Just have someone’s main goal be to tee Kubalik up the goals will come.

    How nice is it to have goaltending when we thought we had none. Also nice to have goaltending for $1.7mil for 2 and $2.7mil for three. Cracks me up how Fla and Mont have $10mil for 1. TB $10mil for 2 Veg $12mil for 2. Mont $14mil for 2.

    Kind of scary that Stl Nas Dal Min Aves have picks before us at this time. Lesser extent Van Ana SJ and Cal but still before us. Though an Olausson 6’2″ 181lbs lw/rw at pick 19 is not bad. McTavish 6’1″ 196lbs C sounds nice at pick 17.

  • February 26, 2021 at 2:45 pm
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    On another subject, The playoffs. IMO Hawks could grab 4th. So the question becomes what to do at TDL.
    The Hawks have booked a ton of cap space that they could use on a 2 or 3 rentals……maybe give them a better chance in the first round. I would hate to see a sweep, particularly if the Hawks are getting badly beat physically. Let the kids play but protect them from behind……Just sayin

  • February 26, 2021 at 3:00 pm
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    You do not trade a good, young promising defensemen, like Beaudin. You do not do it. You don’t have any idea how good he will be and he has come a long way in a short amount of time.

    When you need a top 4 guy, the only way to get them anymore is to draft / develop them, or way overpay in free agency.

    I would look to resign Murphy, and move DeHaan at the first good opportunity. His shoulder is a ticking time bomb, let his good play of late encourage another team to take on the rest of that contract for a pick. Win win.

  • February 26, 2021 at 3:05 pm
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    Here is Mike – agree on DeHaan – I have trouble imagining a scenario where it makes sense to not trade him

  • February 26, 2021 at 3:17 pm
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    wrap

    you know much more about hockey than i do both in regard to on the ice performance and locker room cohesiveness. but this is a young, very inexperienced roster. which one of the current hawks is guaranteed to be a hawk come fall 2022 besides kane, dach, and de brincat? if 2 or 5 or 44 don’t like the idea of sitting every six or seven games or getting less ice time so the rookies can get more experience then let them sit 2 or three games until they get their heads straight. which of these kids do you think is going to give less of an effort because a veteran is unhappy while they are trying to establish themselves in the nhl and hopefully earn that big contract in the years to come? if keith isn’t happy he can waive his no trade clause. if he doesn’t want to play his hardest when he is tapped on the shoulder to go over the boards he can sit as a healthy scratch. this is the big boys league. it doesn’t always go your way and you need to read the tea leaves at the bottom of the cup. he was a great player, he was paid well, he was revered by fans, teammates, and management. he is a legend in chicago and likely a hall of famer. but he is yesterday’s news. he can go out as a class act and support the young wave behind him or be a horse’s ass. his choice. if i am management i am not about to sit guys like beaudin and carlsson to feed his pride. i can close my eyes and see keith pot that first goal in the sixth game of the 2015 finals anytime i choose. i loved the guy and have two of his jerseys, but it’s a business and this is a season to play the kids and not worry about wins. playing keith every game for 24+ minutes doesn’t further that goal.

  • February 26, 2021 at 3:50 pm
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    Disappointed that Nicolas Beaudin is being sent down. From the couch he looked pretty good, with big upside and played bigger than his size, maybe 5 11 – 190? But his offensive skills and decision making on dropping down between the dots in the offensive zone showed a high IQ, good foot speed left to right, needs more time on the ice but he was was impressive, reminds me of Erik Gustafsson. I strongly feel that in the NHL when a kid get sent down to Rockford they learn NOTHING, the competition is weak at best, better off sending them to Conditioning Camp or a good sports psychologist.

    Adam Boqvist is a train wreck! For all you “feather heads” . . . life long hawks fans, know how hard it is to develop great defense men, some say they’re born. They don’t develop in Rockford all they develop in Rockford is a bad attitude. These guys need NHL time and this team is young enough to risk it. But Boqvist has gone from pretty solid, to weak, to okay almost there to invisible. He makes MORE bad decisions with the puck than all our defense men put together, Project Boqvist needs to be defunded and the plug pulled.

    After WINGS de Hawks in for a long haul vs. the better than good teams, in 12 days we’ll see where they stand or fall or roll over or surprise.

  • February 26, 2021 at 3:55 pm
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    Beaudin, Kalynuk and Johnson sent down to Rockford. Delia assigned on a conditioning stint. Hogs play 2 games this weekend. All 4 needs games.
    Hawks callup Morrison, Hakkarainen and Tompkins to practice squad. Neither 3 will play at all. Paper transaction.

  • February 26, 2021 at 4:00 pm
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    Nobody is confusing a highly competitive Black Hawks team with a Stanley Cup contender, the NHL is so weak currently it’s easy to rack up wins in the mid tier of mediocrity and crawl under the fence at playoff time. But next week the real teams show up and then the Hawks can with some intelligence analyze who to trade up for, down for or trade away at the deadline. Right now it’s hard to tell especially on the defensive end of the tilt. We could use some more size on the offensive end . . . go Hawks. Kane is amazing . . . the single most EFFICIENT ( plus effective) player ever in the history of the NHL. He does not ever waste a single calorie, and he’s a small dude, amazing to watch him drift, speed up, slow down, read the ice, direct, lead all in 4 seconds. KANE is amazing . . .we’re lucky to have him. Like Jordan on Skates!

  • February 26, 2021 at 5:13 pm
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    Just saw Beaudin and Kalynuk were sent to Rockford this afternoon. Makes sense for now..Hawks have all of their defensemen healthy so Keith, Mitchell, Zadorov, Murphy, DeHaan/Carlsson, Boqvist make up the three pairings and going to Rockford will allow Beaudin and Kalynuk to play big minutes on the left side, which is each of their natural sides. I also wonder if this kills two birds with one stone. 1. It allows Colliton to play the vets since, at least for now, we’re in a playoff hunt and 2. It allows the Hawks to show other teams the depth we have on the blueline via the vets in case there are any trade opportunities at the deadline..win-win for now..

  • February 26, 2021 at 5:31 pm
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    Hawks 29 – I appreciate your point and I would agree if Keith or any of the 4 vets on D were not performing to their expected level – in that case sitting them would be fine but the fact is that they are all playing well and playing better than any of the young D right now

    Boquist, Mitchell, Beaudin and Carlsson are not yet able to play 20 good minutes a game although they will be hopefully sooner than later- if Mitchell and Boquist say had been out there as a pair say in the late stages of the CBL game it would have been very likely that CBL would have scored

    Instead the vets brought it home and the team won and 27 and 51 get front row seats to see what’s required and will with time get some of those heavy minutes

    I don’t think you can simply say hockey is a business (I understand of course that it is) as a reason for benching vets who are still performing well – sports at all levels is an emotional game and it is for these NHL players too

    If you sit Keith to give Beaudin playing time it’s rightfully going to piss him off but others are also going to feel that they could be sat as well even when they’re doing the job better than the player taking their place in the line up – so now players are worried about arbitrary benchings for no hockey reason but simply so a young player can get some time and there goes your’all for one one for all’ chemistry and with it the mentoring attitude of the vets to the young uns

    There are ways to get Beaudin some ice time and eventually a trade will open up a regular spot or maybe JC will use 7D again but I don’t think you mess emotionally with what is obviously working right now – the vets are doing the job and playing an important mentoring role as well

    Beaudin’s time will come as it will for others who are deserving

  • February 26, 2021 at 6:27 pm
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    This.

    HHNL
    February 26, 2021 at 10:14 am
    Nylander, that’s all I’m going to say about that.

    I would propose limiting starts for Murphy, de Haan, and Carpenter now and increase their presence as the Hawks approach the trade deadline. Play the kids in their place and sell when prospects and or draft picks are offered.

    I know, I should be more optimistic after a victory but give me a team that can go nose to nose with the Blues, contending for a cup in the future and I’ll be singing from the rafters. Go Hawks

  • February 26, 2021 at 7:12 pm
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    It was 19 that got Kubalik scoring last yr. We had the 20 64 8 line and they were really good. Then we needed more in the 4 lines so coach did those guys with 19 for a few shifts at end of a game we were down one I think in last 4-5 min and in those last few min 8 got off like 2 or 3 really good shots/scoring chances.

    The thing with that was it was instint and even thoug didnt score on those shots just getting him the puck in scoring positions you could see potential blast shot. From that last few minm of that game and on that line 20 19 8 went on and 8 scored 35? or something.

    So like your saying next yr when 77 19 are back I have ? 19 8 on the line.

    J R ROMAN
    February 26, 2021 at 2:42 pm
    Kubalik has a great shot. Need to get a set up man on his line. Just like DCat in his 40 goal year. Just have someone’s main goal be to tee Kubalik up the goals will come.

    How nice is it to have goaltending when we thought we had none. Also nice to have goaltending for $1.7mil for 2 and $2.7mil for three. Cracks me up how Fla and Mont have $10mil for 1. TB $10mil for 2 Veg $12mil for 2. Mont $14mil for 2.

  • February 26, 2021 at 10:20 pm
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    Something else to keep in mind regarding Beaudin..if he was a right handed defenseman, he’s probably still on the active roster and maybe he’s rotating minutes with Boqvist..but right now, there is a volume issue on the left side of the Hawks blueline. We have too many healthy bodies that are playing relatively well on the left side (including DeHaan, who I’m not the biggest fan of, but even I admit that he’s looked very good over the last few games). For a stretch of games, the coaching staff tried to mitigate that by having Beaudin play on the right side. However, my guess is that the coaches didn’t like how he’s looked there for the last 2-3 games. It’s really no one’s fault. It’s asking a lot of any rookie defenseman to perform well in their first year, but to also ask them to perform well on their backhand is asking an awful lot. I think as Hawks fans, Hammer spoiled all of us for years. He was so effective on his backhand that I would always forget that he’s a left handed defenseman. As a matter of fact, one reason that Oduya played so well with Hammer is that Oduya never switched sides. He was always able to play on his natural side. But there aren’t a lot of left handed defenseman who are that comfortable on their backhand where they can switch sides at will and then stay on the right side for years. It is a very difficult transition. So for now, the vets will play..Mitchell and Boqvist will play..and Beaudin will find more opportunities this season at some point. And when he does, hopefully he’s able to get minutes on his natural side.

  • February 27, 2021 at 7:04 am
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    A few things to touch on!

    We are not trading Beaudin! He is starting to remind me of a young Ray Bourque and is the heir apparent to Duncan Keith. I would hate to trade Carlsson because he is a steady and smart player. I can’t comment on Kalynuk because I have yet to see him play. I think deHaan is the most logical one to leave, but after the season.

    We need to build a strong 2nd line around Kubalik, and that probably happens when Dach comes back. I foresee Kane, DCat, and Dach with Suter, Kursahev, and Kubalik as our 2nd line.

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