Lankinen, Blackhawks Earn First Win of New Year

The Blackhawks came home with a record that would have warranted some less-than positive responses had there been fans in the United Center. Thankfully for them, the house was empty with the exception of some media members and a pretty red Lexus parked in the corner.

Kevin Lankinen got back between the pipes as the Hawks looked to shake off four ugly defeats. Detroit came in with two wins in four contests to start their regular season.

Before the game began, Chicago still went through the ceremonial introductions of players. It felt awkward and completely unnecessary given the empty seats. Brent Seabrook made an appearance and waved to those in attendance. Jonathan Toews was still nowhere to be found.

The Star Spangled Banner was performed… at an earlier time. It was artfully recorded with video added of fans cheering at home. For a building that usually rocks during the anthem on Opening Night, it must have been completely surreal from the ice surface while the anthem was being viewed.

When the game started, there were a couple early chances for both sides and then about six minutes of absolutely nothing. It wasn’t until Valtteri Filppula went to the box for Adam Boqvist at 12:16 into the first that the wheels starting to move for Chicago.

After not having a lead for more than 71 seconds in four games, the Blackhawks got on the board first. Patrick Kane was on the scoring end of the power play marker to give Chicago a 1-0 lead.

Alex DeBrincat and Dylan Strome were credited with assists on Kane’s third of the young season.

The Blackhawks successfully killed a penalty while holding onto the lead and went to the room with a lead after 20 minutes. Chicago out-shot Detroit 12-10 in the first period and had to feel pretty good about getting and keeping a lead.

Chicago decided to hand deliver chances to the Red Wings as often as they could in the second period. You know, just to keep things interesting.

David Kampf went to the box 55 seconds into the period. Chicago killed it off.

Kane then went to the box at 4:54 for sharing a few colorful words with the officiating crew. The Hawks killed that penalty as well; actually, Michael Rasmussen killed the penalty when he was sent off for Detroit 38 seconds into the advantage.

Both sides handled their business while Kane and Rasmussen were in timeout, but Calvin de Haan extended the Blackhawks lead to two just 21 seconds after the Rasmussen penalty expired.

Ian Mitchell and Strome picked up the assists on de Haan’s goal.

Adam Boqvist went to the box at 15:31 to give Detroit its third power play of the second period. The Hawks were perfect against the Red Wings’ power play at the end of 40 minutes, and took a 2-0 lead to the room.

The only reason the Hawks were still leading by two was terrific work by Lankinen. He made a number of high quality saves, especially in the final four minutes of the period, to hold the lead. Detroit out-shot the Hawks 12-5 in the second period but Lankinen was up to the challenge.

Ryan Carpenter came into the game averaging 12:15 on ice per game through four games. He was already at 11:19 through two periods – and looked good. Carpenter was credited with two shots on net, two blocked shots and two hits in two periods, one of the more active box score participants through 40 minutes of hockey.

Mitchell was held to 8:58 on the ice in the first two periods, more than two minutes less than Boqvist as the lowest on the blue line for the Blackhawks.

Dominik Kubalik and Connor Murphy were tied for the team lead with four shots on net each through two periods.

The Hawks killed off yet another Detroit power play early in the third period before Danny DeKeyser returned the favor and took a seat himself. Andrew Shaw was at the end of a nice line of passing and made the deposit to give the Hawks a stunning 3-0 lead.

Kane and DeBrincat were credited with the assists on the Shaw goal; they joined Strome with two points in the game at that point.

The two sides skated in circles for the next six minutes, but the next goal came from Detroit. Lankinen’s shutout bid came to an end at 12:22 into the third when Dylan Larkin beat Mitchell around the edge and patiently waited for Lankinen to give him an angle.

Chicago’s lead was down to two with more than seven minutes left in regulation.

Because nothing can be easy, Nikita Zadorov went to the box at 15:20 to give Detroit yet another power play opportunity – their fifth of the night. Carpenter stole the puck in the Detroit zone and almost got a shot off in the middle of the penalty.

Detroit sent Thomas Greiss to the bench for an extra attacker while on the power play. Murphy got the puck to Mattias Janmark who was able to get the puck into the empty net to give Chicago a three-goal lead in the closing minutes of regulation. The short-handed, empty net goal is the first for Janmark with the Blackhawks.

Tyler Bertuzzi exchanged slashes with Murphy during the penalty and got enough on his next attempted slash after the penalty ended to get the rest of regulation off. The Blackhawks got a late power play and almost got a fifth goal as Kane set up DeBrincat; Greiss made a nice save.

In the first of many battles for the basement this season, the Blackhawks got into the win column.

Lankinen was superb. He stopped 30 of 31 shots on home ice.

Zadorov was credited with six hits and five blocked shots in 17:14, leading the Blackhawks in both categories.

Mitchell was held to only 13:29 but blocked two shots and picked up an assist. He did get nine seconds of power play ice time, though. Baby steps?

Strome had two assists in 15:22 but won only two of 10 at the dot. The Blackhawks didn’t have a single forward over 20 minutes in the game.

82 thoughts on “Lankinen, Blackhawks Earn First Win of New Year

  • January 22, 2021 at 9:51 pm

    Figures. Took the wife out, forgot to set the DVR and they win. Thanks for the highlights with the article.

  • January 22, 2021 at 9:56 pm

    Good game for Lankinen…and for the young Hawks..good to see Strome again with Pts.
    Hope they will keep the same players for next game

  • January 22, 2021 at 10:21 pm

    How old is Lankinen – 25 (I think)? So he’s not really a young goalie but he’s young enough to be viable for the rebuild. Tonight he was awesome. Keeping fingers crossed he gets on a roll and the Hawks can pencil him in as the goalie of the future – if not as a long time #1 goalie, then at least as part rebuild goalie tandem. I’m not counting my chickens yet but he was pretty good tonight. Hopefully we see a lot more of that from him.

    I thought Carpenter played a very good game and I’d love to see Highmore draw back into the lineup to reunite the Highmore-Kampf-Carpenter 4th line. Highmore brings some offensive finish along with a gritty game. Despite the EN goal from Janmark – neither of the Marks Bros has any offensive game – free the Highmore.

  • January 22, 2021 at 10:54 pm

    @ebonyraptor, agree..the 3rd and 4th lines are where offensive goes to die so at least let’s get Highmore back into the lineup..he seems to have a good feel for getting into the blue paint, screening the goalie, tipping pucks, etc..time for the bottom six to score some dirty goals since there aren’t any finishers on either Highmore to the fourth line or maybe Shaw is an option to move to the fourth line..Kampf and Carpenter are solid at turning the ice over..there’s just no one to pot any pucks once they’re in the o zone..

    Also agree with everyone else that Lankinen looked very good today..just the fact that he corrals and absorbs pucks puts him ahead of Delia and Subban who both have major issues with losing their net and/or allowing rebounds after initial saves. The job should be Lankinen’s until he shows otherwise. And while I don’t think he’s a number one goalie, I do think he can be the guy that won’t hurt you if he’s in net for the second game of a back to back. So a strong backup.

  • January 22, 2021 at 10:55 pm

    A little thing early in the first that was a sign of better team defense: as seems to happen too often, a puck spits out from the boards in the D-zone directly towards an opponent parked right in front of our net — but this time Kampf was there and had the Wings player’s stick tied up. Play goes on.

  • January 22, 2021 at 10:56 pm

    A little better zone coverage and positioning in front of their net.Lankinen was spectacular all nightI thought Kane,Debrincat and Carpenter,Hagel were the best Hawk forwards.No way Highmore should play ahead of Hagel.Boqvist was better.Not great but better Kubalik and Kurashev have to pick it up and have consistent shifts.Anyeay it was nice to see a win.

  • January 22, 2021 at 11:13 pm

    Can’t stand ersatz.
    Perfect entertainment for brainwashed masses.
    Give them bread and circuses.
    Over and out.

  • January 22, 2021 at 11:18 pm

    Go Hockey

  • January 22, 2021 at 11:45 pm

    Lankinen was the story- Wings could have been up a couple in the first instead a miraculous Kane goal and the Hawks have a first period lead

    He made several key stops with the game at 1-0 and 2-0

    Loved his post game interview- he has a calm confidence

    I really noticed him in 2019 World Championship where he was stellar and won gold

    Hopefully this is just the start in Chi

  • January 22, 2021 at 11:51 pm

    Not sure what ersatz is … hey, wait – is ersatz that animated cat from the ’40s-50s? No, that was Ignatz or something like that. Maybe it’s another name for the Detroit Redwings – in which case I hate ersatz too.

  • January 23, 2021 at 12:05 am

    I’m fully onboard with the rebuild and with hoping the Hawks “earn” the right to get a top-5 draft pick – but it’s just fun to see them win and I’ll not apologize for enjoying seeing them pick up 2 points tonight. Especially by beating the Wings.

    I think Strome has had a pretty good start to the season – not just offensively but better in all areas.

    Kurashev has disappeared a bit, same with Suter. They’re not doing anything noticeably wrong or worse – just not seeing them make as many good plays as they were the first few games. They each may need a game off every now and then the give them a mental break.

    It will be interesting who sits when Soderberg draws into the lineup.

  • January 23, 2021 at 12:18 am

    Great to see them get get monkey off and win their first game and all around confidence boost for young players. Lankinen showed his potential, super game for him, see how consistent he is over the season at finding that level of play. Obvious he will have good bad outings, but if its good mostly then maybe just maybe. Unbelievable how good Mitchell looks 5 games into his pro career, still learning but looks to have a promising future. Little bit of confidence goes along way with the pp too.

    Having 2 lines of 4th type lines, is ok this year if they are helping the young goalies by playing a solid defensive role for them. Soderberg likely slots in Sunday or against Preds Tuesday, seems the most orobale spots would be with Kampf and Carpenter for Hagel or with Strome and Kubalik for Kurashev. Hate to see either scratched but can’t imagine anybody else sitting unless somebody isn’t healthy enough to go. See what next week brings.

  • January 23, 2021 at 6:09 am

    Tim W- strongly agree, Hagel better option over Highmore

    Mitchell- way better than Boqvist, quicker, better decisions, faster decisions!
    He needs to take over PP1

    Lanks- holds net better, but sits pretty deep in the net on the negative side, best option for now

    Detroit- gonna take Hawks #1 pick slot? There goes Owen Power

  • January 23, 2021 at 6:28 am

    Ersatz – being a usually artificial and inferior substitute or imitation.

  • January 23, 2021 at 6:57 am

    That was a gutsy performance by the entire team last night, including Boqvist. Of course Lankinen stood out, but I see guys growing into their roles. Every game thus far, the team plays better and that is a good sign. I hope we continue that trend. Last night, I was most impressed with deHaan, Mitchell, Keith, Zadorov, Strome, Kane, D-Cat, and of course LANKINEN!

    Imagine how much better this team would be with Toews and Dach on the ice?

  • January 23, 2021 at 6:57 am

    I find myself being only interested in individual players and could not care less about the Blackhawks as an organization.

    Shaw scoring was very satisfying. I was thrilled for him. Seeing Kane, DeBrincat and Kubalik doing well is fun to watch. Seeing Lankinen showing signs of differentiating himself from Suban / Delia and Ian Mitchell from Boqvist has me rooting for them. Pious Suter has my interest.

    However, knowing Danny Boy Wirtz is more concerned with virtue signaling than winning a Stanley Cup, that Stan Bowman is just a fool and that Jeremy Collition is so conceited that he thinks he can reinvent the game of hockey, leaves little doubt the Blackhawks are not worth investing any emotional capital in.

    There’s probably a fancy word for this, but I’m not that mart.

  • January 23, 2021 at 6:59 am


  • January 23, 2021 at 7:35 am

    January 22, 2021 at 9:25 pm
    DET sucks.

    January 22, 2021 at 9:35 pm
    Tied for 1st thanks to DET sucks.

    CHI 2
    BUF 2
    VAN 2

  • January 23, 2021 at 7:37 am

    ER, maybe goalie donot need to go by the 25ish thing.

    Want Lankenin to do good but not better then 15-15. Eye on the prize top 5 skill draft player/top pair DEfensemen.

    We need two and only one can from ufa caphit wise so that mean draft 21 or draft 22 a must.

  • January 23, 2021 at 7:44 am

    This is why I like the 2 spot before ping pong balls. The 1st spot usually doesnt get like DET COL last times.

    January 23, 2021 at 6:09 am
    Detroit- gonna take Hawks #1 pick slot? There goes Owen Power

  • January 23, 2021 at 7:45 am

    Plus even with half or qtr roster were still better then DET. 88 alone can beat DET with one arm tied behind his back.

  • January 23, 2021 at 7:54 am

    I would consider giving Mitchell time instead of Keith on PP2 but why change up PP1 when it’s going so well – actually PP2 is also going well so I don’t think Mitchell gets any time on either at least for now

    Remember Mitchell is 1 1/2 years older than Boquist when comparing the two – I’m still optimistic about Boquist – he’s playing better with Keith and had his best game last night – he’s an excellent passer – once he gets more experience and more muscle I think he’ll be more than fine

    Made a nice play on Shaw goal although didn’t get an assist

  • January 23, 2021 at 8:00 am

    That’s one in a row

  • January 23, 2021 at 8:08 am

    Nice to see the Hawks win but Detroit did NOT play a heavy forcheck game .
    Detroit gave the Hawk defenders to much space and time .
    They will play a more aggressive style this coming Sunday ,should be fun to watch .

  • January 23, 2021 at 8:17 am

    And we get players to the caliber like 20 and 50 back. While adding another top 5 gem like 77 in 21 draft. Then adds like the ones we did ufa wise back in 09.

    Need to build a base.

    January 23, 2021 at 6:57 am
    Imagine how much better this team would be with Toews and Dach on the ice?

  • January 23, 2021 at 8:28 am

    Funny how a win stops the bashing on young players…
    Hawks going to win alot more due to their young legs and agressiveness on forecheck.
    Its just going to take few more games for chemistry and young ones adopting even more to game speed.
    Now whose going to be between the pipes when Lankenin isn’t?
    Get Mitchel on pp asap.
    ersatz—- “glitter without substance”.
    Go HAWKS !

  • January 23, 2021 at 9:12 am

    Suter and Kurashev not as noticeable in this game, which in a way is good since some other people stepped up and made plays.

    Suter as the TV guys pre-game mentioned is somewhat odd to be at center with guys like Kane, DeBrincat etc. He’s not very good at face-offs , and by that the possession game is not to the benefit of goal scorers. They seemed to indicate that Soderberg gets Suter’s center spot once he’s inserted into the lineup. The indicated that’s what it looked like from practice.

    I like Highmore AND Hagel. Hagel fought really, really hard in a one on one battle to get himself twisted back to the net, and without a great D play to knock the puck away with a stick, would have had a goal to reward his hard work.

    I like Carpenter as a fourth line guy. Plays hard. Not everyone has to score and I think he plays that bottom line role well.

    The PP success will not play out all year like this, so they have to get better in 5 on 5 hockey.

    Go Blackhawks!

  • January 23, 2021 at 9:13 am

    Despite the pummeling he has been taking on the blogs, Boqvist played aggressively early on in the game. He was not playing scared and that was noticeable from the beginning and it was good to see. There are still big questions about him. Maybe the coaches are doing something right with him that would allow him to play confidently, although some would find it too hard to fathom that these coaches can do anything right.

    The passing on Shaw’s PP goal was spectacular. No standing around waiting, waiting, waiting, waiting. The PP has been like that so far. Colliton must have told them that they are not allowed to stand around and hold the puck on the PP, although some would find it hard to believe that he could figure that out and enforce it.

    It was good to see a first rate goalie performance. There is a long way to go, but it’s nice to know that one of the three has this in them.

    Kubi and DeBrincat both had great chances that they couldn’t convert. But getting those guys first rate opportunities is important and it is good to see. On the downside, Kubi gets the worst turnover of the year award on that backhand pass through the center of the ice.

    It looked through the first 4 games that Strome had figured something out on face-offs. Last night “he was who we thought he was.”

    This hockey is fun to watch in a strange way. There are no nerves involved because the outcomes don’t really matter. You can look at the game differently. It would be better to be competing for Cups and have the nerves but we will take what we can get.

  • January 23, 2021 at 9:25 am

    Wrap – hope your early confidence in Lankinen continues to prove correct. He was very solid last night. I remain pleased with the wheels and effort from both Hagel and Kurashev. It would have been nice to see Hagel get the tap-in goal that was cleared at the last second. Both seem to have good hockey IQ as well. Mitchell’s skating and body type remind me of Charlie Mcavoy. I believe he will be getting some PP2 time before long. Post-game Colliton went out of his way to praise Murphy as a shut-down defenseman who can play in all situations. I can’t see a scenario where he is exposed in the expansion draft.

  • January 23, 2021 at 9:44 am

    Laine and Roslovic to CBJ for PLD and 3rd rd pick to Jets.

  • January 23, 2021 at 9:59 am

    Watched Bowen Byram play for the Avalanche last night.WOW,he is the real deal.He is Cale Makar with an edge to his game.I think Laine may have a tough time playing for Torts.He is a very sensitive guy.Columbus did alright though getting Roslovic thrown into the deal.

  • January 23, 2021 at 9:59 am

    No way the Hawks could have countered with a better offer for PLD

  • January 23, 2021 at 10:02 am

    Agree that Soderberg may end up between 12 and 88, said that looked like Dach was gonna play there, and he was signed to play there. Coming off a toe and a win with current lineup, be surprised if much is changed as long as it is?working. That lines numbers haven’t been great 5 on 5 so maybe he replaces Suter sooner than later.

    Eventually Mitchell will be doing it all, pp, pk and likely top pairing, but seeing how its only 5 games into his Nhl career and how good he has looked, find it hard to argue with how he is being eased into a bigger role on the roster this year. No urgency to ask more than should reasonably be asked at this point asked of him seems like good plan and working well for now.

  • January 23, 2021 at 10:20 am

    Yep no way we could have matched that. Think it was a good hockey trade. Don’t know who the winner is yet.

    Anyone notice that Shaw was wearing the A.

  • January 23, 2021 at 10:38 am

    WIJG, I actually new the word – was trying to be funny, but as my grandson would say – FAIL! :=)

  • January 23, 2021 at 10:42 am

    When I posted I would like to see Highmore draw back into the lineup I wasn’t thinking in place of Hagel – rather one of the Marks Bros would be my pick. Probably Janmark because if I had to pick between them I would probably prefer “Wall” over “Jan”.

  • January 23, 2021 at 10:47 am

    Mo, I agree on the “25 thing” being more applicable for skaters than goalies because it seems goalies can play into their mid to late 30’s with less drop off than skaters can. But Lankinen is 25 so he’s fine from an age perspective to be a long term solution for the rebuild … course he actually has to prove it over time so we don’t yet know if he will turn out to be that but last night was a good first step in the right direction.

  • January 23, 2021 at 10:49 am

    WOW! That WPG/CLB trade sure took care of all the grumbling players in one fell swoop. Nicely played.

  • January 23, 2021 at 11:31 am

    The following is meant to be entertaining as well as encouraging but not a prediction

    Looking ahead to the 22-23 season you could make a case that the Hawks will have good young players at every position and if they were all to reach their potential any of them could be part of a contending team

    There’s a lot ‘ifs’ here but as I said it’s fun to speculate on what might be and encouraging that the Hawks are accumulating some depth in decent young players

    This list is meant to be a depth chart for the 22-23 season not a speculation on line combinations

    LW. C. RW
    DCat. Toews. Kane
    Nylander Dach. Kubalik
    Reichel Strome Kurashev
    Hagel Kampf Suter

    LD. RD
    Zadorov. Murphy
    2021 Draft pick Mitchell
    Kalynuk. Boquist


    Undoubtedly there will be trades (hopefully for at least one power forward) and not all these players will reach their potential and you would probably want a couple of veterans (other than 19 and 88) sprinkled in but nonetheless I find it encouraging that there are this many young players with potential and that every position could be filled with them

  • January 23, 2021 at 11:43 am

    Not to be a Debbie Downer but as nice as it is to feel good about the win last night – it was against one of the worst teams in the league … just sayin.

  • January 23, 2021 at 11:51 am

    Wrap, think we ll be looking even better then that because thats when we start to add some good ufa players like we did in 09. For a base yea thats it.

    Keep loading the young wave and get as many elite from top 5 skill draft players picks as we can. Thats why the 21 draft and maybe 22 draft is so important because its prob the oply time/yrs we can get those kind of players.

  • January 23, 2021 at 11:57 am

    Ebony,they are bad.Larkin and Ryan is about all they have.They grabbed a couple of veteran D men over the off-season so they wouldn’t be an embarrasment again.They have some younger players about 2 years away.

  • January 23, 2021 at 11:58 am

    Hey we can win 20-30-5 and still be 2 spot before ping pong balls.

    Want Lankenin to do good tnough not better then 15-15 and with AHL goalie going 5-15 were there.

    Team can play good and get ft wet experience other just in in our best interest for us to have that 20-30 record. Cannot missout on another top10 pick.

    Last yr pick would be what 9th so 17th sucks compared to that. Though its way more important to not missout on a top 5 skill draft player which is the 21 draft and maybe the 22 draft.

    So if last yr was bs in the 24 team playoff when we earned 9th pick then thats a better yr for that to happen on. Now we can go for one and maybe two more gems like 77.

    Got to have those elites.

  • January 23, 2021 at 12:11 pm

    Wrap – optimistic speculation is fun and I’ll keep it rolling. :=)

    1. Draft Owen Power (LD) in 2021.
    2. Draft Shane Wright (C) in 2022.
    3. Trade Kane (retain 50%) to Florida for Spencer Knight (G) and Patric Hornqvist (for Salary Cap offset).
    4. Lose one of deHaan/Murphy in Seattle expansion draft.
    5. Toews, Seabrook and Keith retire.
    6. Pick up difference maker on free agent market in summer of 2022 and plug him into the following 2022/23 lineup:


    Power Mitchell
    Zadorov Boqvist
    Beaudin Murphy


  • January 23, 2021 at 12:22 pm

    I for keeping 19 for 3 line center/checking center and getting 17 to retire.

  • January 23, 2021 at 12:31 pm

    ER- waht uyo smokin

    3rd/4th lines are garbage and #3 – is NOT good

  • January 23, 2021 at 12:36 pm

    Bluto – pure speculation on what those players after playing 2 more seasons. Many of those players will be better than they are currently after getting 2 more years of physical maturity and NHL experience.

  • January 23, 2021 at 12:36 pm

    Only if I see here are 92 being top 9 player and Delia being a lgit NHL back up. Everybody else we alomost sort of know are going to be legit. Its only a matter of how good can they be.

    Plus were adding another possible top 5 player in 22 draft amd I would one elite ufa player.

    LW. C. RW
    DCat. Toews. Kane
    Nylander Dach. Kubalik
    Reichel Strome Kurashev
    Hagel Kampf Suter

    LD. RD
    Zadorov. Murphy
    2021 Draft pick Mitchell
    Kalynuk. Boquist


  • January 23, 2021 at 12:55 pm


    be careful what you ask for in terms of ufas. they are expensive, usually receive contracts that extend past their skill viability, and no one knows better how to give up a contract that is too long and priced too high than bowman does. not to mention his proclivity for nmcs. as badly as the hawks need quality players they need an executive who is a brilliant “capologist” to protect bowman and the hawks from bowman’s stupidity. can anyone name even one negotiation bowman was involved in that the hawks won?

  • January 23, 2021 at 1:00 pm

    Good win and congrats to lankinen.
    Same lines today at practice

  • January 23, 2021 at 1:48 pm

    U, I know though we cant draft everyone. We have to add some from ufa and trade. When we had the young wave stacked in 2008 only half of the guys we drafted were ready for 08 and the other half were ready for 09.

    Then we as stacked as we were we still wernt quality dynesty deep yet without the ufa adds of 11 82 81 27 so those are the kind of players I am looking at. Not just adding ufas lefta nd right I knmow what you mean.
    I donot see how we draft two top pair Defensemen so unless Mitch is a top pair guy we need to get one from the 21 or 22 draft and the other from ufa.

  • January 23, 2021 at 2:47 pm

    Anyone else find those on-ice streaming ads annoying?

    Also, Michigan/Norte Dame was on at the same time. Owen Power sure looks and plays the part as a #1 D-man. He’d be nice in a Hawks uni. Also noticeable was Landon Slaggert on ND. He has speed and good hockey sense. Likes to play a physical game as well.

  • January 23, 2021 at 3:52 pm

    The post game show has added an exclusive interview with the coach after every game. Maybe some of the questions I or others have will be answered there.

    This detroit game…I saw one loose puck and two red wings didnt even try to get it. One just stood there, think the other one did too, either way neither got it. Unbelievable.

  • January 23, 2021 at 3:57 pm

    Trip Power definitely making his case for no.1, alot of the rankings had him very good in every area of his game but not elite in any area. See if his play this year changes that thinking. Tough year to get a read on who should go where, with everything shutdown halfway through last season and limited play this winter. No real way to track prospects development the 2 years leading to their draft class. Agree Slaggert may make a solid bottom 6 forward someday, like how he plays.

    Like the way defensive pairs are now, Boqvist seems to play better with Keith, let them take O zone starts, Murphy and Zadorov as shutdown pair and start ramping up Mitchell with Dehaan ice time getting him comfortable in all situations.

  • January 23, 2021 at 4:30 pm

    Boqvist is scared shitless when opposing team pressures and checks him …he did alright last night as Robs said .
    Detroit will be a different team Sunday ….we`ll see how Boqvist manages that .

  • January 23, 2021 at 4:49 pm

    Ian/others, This power player is good who else is top pair quality. I know you guys said there was like 2-4 top pair Defensemen in the first 5-7 picks or something. Who are they and who do people like the most.

    We picked Dach not the others that was a very wise selection. I want the same again.

  • January 23, 2021 at 5:10 pm

    Power 6/5 215

    Clarke 6/1 180
    Edvinsson 6/4 185
    Lambos 6/1 201

    Hughes 6/2 176

    So first 5 might be D man. Looks like there is a gap and its close between Clarke Edvinsson Lambos

  • January 23, 2021 at 6:10 pm

    Honest Guy: The post game show has added an exclusive interview with the coach after every game. Maybe some of the questions I or others have will be answered there.

    Good luck with that.

    Have you heard Colliton talk? It’s all vagaries and fluff. ‘Well, we didn’t play well at first. Then we played better. Then we didn’t play well at the end’.

    I can’t tell if he doesn’t want to say something intelligent, or simply cannot.

  • January 23, 2021 at 6:22 pm

    Commesso stopped 30 of 31 shots in BU’s 5-1 win today. He’s been playing very well the last 3-4 games. Vlassic picked up 2 assists in the game.

  • January 23, 2021 at 6:31 pm

    @morrison, this is a crazy idea, but assuming the Hawks land a top five pick, would they trade down a few picks to draft the Swedish goalie Wallstedt? One scenario..the Hawks get the fourth overall pick..Power, Clarke, and Lambos are gone..would a team make the Hawks an offer if they were high on Edvinsson or Hughes? It probably wouldn’t happen, but it could. And what would it take for the Hawks to move from 4th overall to 7th as an example..I honestly don’t know..but it would be an interesting development..I’d be as happy with an elite goalie prospect as I would be with any of the dmen, especially if a team added a prospect/pick package to move up.

    Do any Hawks fans with a good memory remember if a top five pick has been moved at the draft over the past 10 years or so? I don’t think it happens often at all.

  • January 23, 2021 at 6:31 pm

    I’m not sure what people expect Colliton to say when asked post game questions. He answers with awareness and insight. He seems like a pretty bright guy to me. For all the love Q gets around here – go back and listen to his post game remarks and tell me how he sounded like the Rhodes Scholar of hockey coaches. The Stan and Colliton hatred is too much. If Colliton burped it wouldn’t be done well enough.

  • January 23, 2021 at 6:56 pm

    JR Roman
    Yeah I noticed the ‘A’ on Shaw.

    This guy bled thru winning the Stsnley Cup in 2013.

    If Strome had his guts to make up for having no speed, he’d be an all-star.

  • January 23, 2021 at 8:20 pm

    Not sure I know people thought same idea when we had 3rd and 77 is way better then anyone 4-8. DIdnt know it before/or at draft so our guys were right on that one. I know this need a top pair D man in 21 or 22 draft have to have a top pair D man in 21 or 22 draft and a top pair in ufa.

    Cant gamble on anyone we have now maybe Mitch is going to be top pair just in case and if we do then having 3 or then not having to get the second top pair D guy ufa wise.

    If Edvinsson and Hughes are not thought of as important as a stud goalie then its worth it. Then were risking the 22 draft is going to get us a top pair D guy though tahts risky buisnmesss.

    We donot know for a couple yr if Micth/or anyone else we have is top pair quality. I love that Micth could be and would totally make up for BoQ if hes not a 1 or 2 and is a good 3 or 4 then thats cool.

    One goal for this season is get our deserved top 5 skill draft player and we have to get a top pair D guy in the 21 draft or 22 draft since I donot think we can add two top pair D guy ufa wise like U said. So it 21 or 22 draft for a top pair D guy and if we end up with three happy accident.

  • January 23, 2021 at 8:29 pm

    Mo, no idea how they’ll go in draft but i said before the little bit i saw the one that jumped out to me was Lambos, good skater who delivers big hits and looks like a pretty damn good hockey player. Give a Scott Stevens type presence on the blueline, which would look good playing along with Mitchell on top pair.

  • January 23, 2021 at 8:51 pm

    Can’t wait for the “different improved” deadwing team that the Hawks will be facing tomorrow… Hawks might not wanna show up…
    Go Hawks!

  • January 23, 2021 at 9:03 pm

    Slayer, I think we facilitated in the Sedin twins girls draft and dropped out of the top 5 pick.

  • January 23, 2021 at 10:27 pm

    If not the goalie then with 5 of top 7/8 players being D guys and we didnt want Byram because Dach is better even though we need D man/in addition to horsemen. We must be doing one of the top Defensmen like1 8draft where other teams got to pick how many before 8th pick/a lot.

    This time well be picking before a bunch of top 10 teams picks. And Hughes will prob be left on the outside of where we are again.

  • January 23, 2021 at 11:40 pm

    Talking about pushing amateur draft back to get more chance to scout players. December or even June 2022 and do both 21 and 22 drafts a couple days apart.

  • January 24, 2021 at 12:03 am

    Redwings are up to 5 players on the COVID list.Carolina also has 5 on the list and have shutdown operations.

  • January 24, 2021 at 2:46 am

    Which goaltender does everybody think will play tomorrow? Logically, Lankinen. After all, we are secretly trying to LOSE games, yet we need to maintain proper appearances and keep Subban from walking around dejected. Somebody has to earn the bakc-up goalie spot. So, I’m guessing the Hawks monkey coach gives Subban the start. I hope I am wrong.

  • January 24, 2021 at 8:07 am

    Subban plays … lets in 5/6 goals, Coaches fault… Last game—> Hawks win, young players played good was the reason
    .. Coach can’t catch a break here… ITS Never Seabrook can’t play, Keith is turnover machine (cept last game), Toews not playing, Dach not playing… yeah, Colliton sux. OH, & 20 year old Boquist sux too ..
    What is it , $26-30m tied up in players NOT playing?
    you guys are soo funny.
    GO HAWKS !

  • January 24, 2021 at 8:14 am

    I’ll be disappointed if Lank doesn’t get the start but I think he will
    Let’s see if he is up to being the #1

  • January 24, 2021 at 8:17 am

    You can argue whether JC is a good coach or not but based on his interviews and what former teammates say about him I do think he’s a bright guy

  • January 24, 2021 at 8:19 am

    Strome has definitely played better so far this season
    That trend needs to continue

  • January 24, 2021 at 9:05 am

    Lankinen in again , Wallmark out for Sodererg.

  • January 24, 2021 at 9:12 am

    Nice to see that Hagel and Kurashev both stay in the line up with Soderberg joining

  • January 24, 2021 at 9:26 am

    Maybe get 3rd line offense going too.

  • January 24, 2021 at 10:01 am

    Wallmark out for Soderberg. Cool. Would have Janmark sit instead of Wallmark but that’s just splitting hairs. At least it was one of the Marks Bros.

    Interested to see how the line combo’s get shuffled to start the game.

  • January 24, 2021 at 10:24 am

    I really like the lineup
    Lank deserve to be there and Hagel staying with Soderberg …things are getting more and more interesting
    Hawks win tonight 4-3
    DCat 1 goal
    Hagel 1 goal
    Lank 34 save
    Go Young Hawks Go

  • January 24, 2021 at 11:06 am

    Kinda surprised with pk bouncing back Wings went o for 5 on pp that he broke up either pk combo really. Guess confident in Soderberg ir Shae in there in there.

  • January 24, 2021 at 12:13 pm

    Kaner can single handily beat DET with one arm tied behind his back.

  • January 24, 2021 at 12:15 pm

    Remember we expect DET to be the worst and that the 2 spot is a better spot to bin before ping pong balls. Ask COL DET last yrs.

    Lankenin be good do good not bette rthen 15-15 though. Other goalies go 5-15 thank you.

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