Scott Darling, Blackhawks Hold Off Senators

On the night Patrick Kane reached 500 career points, the story at the United Center was the exceptional outing from goaltender Scott Darling as the Blackhawks defeated the Ottawa Senators on Sunday night.

Scott Darling

The game featured two starting netminders who were born in the Chicago area, but it was Darling who earned the first victory of his NHL career. The Sens brought it early, including a power play as Marcus Kruger went to the box for tripping less than three minutes into the contest, but Darling stood strong.

Only 21 seconds into the second period, Jonathan Toews scored the 197th goal of his career to give the Hawks the lead. Ottawa was able to tie the game on a short-handed goal by Milan Michalek that was aided by a referee mix-up and Brad Richards completely giving up on the play.

Richards came back and was credited with the primary assist on a Brent Seabrook power play goal later in the second period that would stand up as the game-winning goal.

Ottawa brought it again the third period, out-shooting the Hawks 16-11 in the final frame. But Darling was up to the task, making 32 saves in the game. Darling became only the fifth Illinois native to win an NHL game, three of which have come with the Blackhawks.

Jeremy Morin was in the lineup for the injured Daniel Carcillo, and played a solid game in spite of a predictably limited work load. He skated only 7:19 but was credited with three shots on net and two hits. Morin had a plus-six CORSI in the game, which ranked fourth among Chicago forwards behind Patrick Sharp (plus-12), Kris Versteeg (plus-10) and Toews (plus-nine).

Toews skated 22:34 and won 17 of 25 faceoffs to lead the way. With his goal, the Hawks captain tied Troy Murray for 19th on the Blackhawks’ all-time goal scorers list.

David Rundblad was in the lineup for Michal Rozsival and skated only 6:34. His partner on the blue line, Trevor van Riemsdyk, was limited to only 7:16 in the game but was credited with two shots on net.

All 18 Blackhawks skaters had at least one shot on net in the game.

The Hawks were 1-6 on the power play, and successfully killed all three of the Sens power plays.

CHI OTT Shots 10.26.14

Sunday night was Hockey Fights Cancer night at the United Center.

Toews Karlsson HFC

67 thoughts on “Scott Darling, Blackhawks Hold Off Senators

  • October 26, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    It was class of Karlsson also to give the youngster an autographed stick!

  • October 26, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    An importanf early season win. 2, 7, 4, 27 were excellent again.

    Karlsson is indeed a class act. Seeing those children and the daily battle they go throw makes anything else that happens in life pale by comparison. I was brought to tears watching the boy stand next go Karlsson and Toews. May God be with all of these children and the many othes in homes and hospitals.

  • October 26, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    Leave it to the Hawks to do something as selfless and heart warming as having those sick kids stand next to their heroes. Hockey players are so much more down to earth than other athletes. The look on that kids face when Karlsson and Toews gave him their sticks was so touching that I was tearing up. I love this game!!

  • October 26, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    Thought Darling looked athletic and poised-and it’s nice to see a guy fill up the net (un-Raanta like). One game but a nice start.
    Richards, has some skill but still looks lost at times. Morin is a great energy guy-Carcillo with hands. I hope they use him, Rufus I think he can bring something to this team that is needed. He needs to know he can mess up-like he did tonight at times and still be out there the next shift.
    #23 has some good qualities but why does he try to make those extra moves, and then lose the puck? Someone said it before 16 is super-human–he must be made of something others don’t have.

  • October 26, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    First and foremost – a win is a win.

    It was nice to see Tazer get one, especially on a nice wrap around that got Kane his 500th point. But … you know the offense is struggling when the Hawks don’t even get a shot on goal from a Toews and Kane 2 on 1 break. Not to mention a Toews and Hossa 2 on 1 with no shot. And umpteen other muffed or over-passed opportunities. But the scoring will come and if the team continues to play defense as they have in the first 8 games and if the goaltending continues to be solid – the Hawks will be right in the mix of the top teams.

    Big game coming up against the Duck who lost to SJ tonight with all kinds of rough stuff going on in that game. Perry and Getzlaf have been in beast mode. Should be a very tough test for the Hawks.

  • October 26, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    Man does this organization do every right. Who own the chiefs.

    16 has Cal Ripken blood.

  • October 26, 2014 at 11:18 pm

    (Morrison, “…OHNzzzzz, OHNzzzzz.”)

  • October 27, 2014 at 5:11 am

    96, agreed. Morin is a “good” player and is a needed piece of the puzzle. If/when Morin earns the confidence of Q and his own game, he will be an asset.

  • October 27, 2014 at 7:10 am

    To complete my thought and to Wall’s youth infusion point…This is one game and I am not in the tank for either guy but Morin in for Carcillo and Rundblad for Rosival the team was noticeably faster and stronger on the puck against a quality team. Win or lose, I liked the Hawks game last night and if they play with this kind of energy on a regular basis I would say we will win a lot more than we will lose. To that end, I would love to see Richards, Rosy and Carcillo sit ALOT in favor of the younger hungrier guys in the system. I would also like to see more of Smith at center. 19 / 65 / 28 / 16 makes a great up the middle line up

  • October 27, 2014 at 7:17 am

    Hawks dominated this game but the pucks are just not going in right now (they will). The only goal Ottawa could manage was referee assisted. BTW Richards don’t stand there complaining get back in the play. If that was Morin he would be back in Rockford. Richards lack of speed is one thing but he is playing like a rookie, unsure of himself, shoots when he should pass and passes when he should shoot, very unveteran like.

  • October 27, 2014 at 7:18 am

    I was anxious to see Darling play and wasn’t disappointed the guy looks good. Very encouraging as the Hawks have very few goaltending prospects.

  • October 27, 2014 at 7:23 am

    Icehogs had a great weekend, winning both games. My preseason sleeper pick to make an impact is doing just that. Hartman leads the team with a plus 6 and co-leads with 5 points in 7 games. Hartman just seems to attract the puck, a cross between Saad and Shaw. McNiel, Regin, Moose and Dahlback are also having an excellent early season.

  • October 27, 2014 at 7:30 am

    Reg and RTF, I also got chocked up at the pre-game ceremony honoring those kids. Very touching and a class move from a classy organization. Your heart just goes out to those little guys.

    Darling stood tall(he IS a big guy) and the team really seemed to concentrate extra hard on defensive focus. In my eyes one of the better showings from Seabs in quite awhile. Rebounds Darling couldn’t control were swept away by Hawks d man and forwards that got back to help. What a night for Darling to win as a hometown guy in his first NHL start. Something he will never forget.

    I thought Richards had a better game and chuckled when the ref helped cause Richards to lose the puck that created the two on one the other way that resulted in the Sens goal. I told my youngest daughter that went to the game with me, that play will be the Richards bottom put in. It should get better from here.

    Strange to see just one ref last night. Other guy hurt or get sick? Anyway I thought the solo ref did a nice job apart from the Richards incident. You know the guy felt bad about being in the way.

    Versteeg looking better and better in my eyes, and as mentioned already Morin was active and made the 4th line very pesky for the Sens. Kaner loks like he is fighting it a little the past week, as opposing teams really seem focused on closing down his space on the ice. I don’t worry about Hawks core guys. The goals will come. Whomever says Hossa is slowing down aren’t paying attention. Particularly on the back check Hoss has another gear that is incredible to watch. Amazing.

    Ducks game tomorrow will reveal where this Hawks team is at, and should be a fun contest to watch. Ducks might be best in the league first few weeks. I have watched 2-3 games with NHL Centre Ice and they seem to be very focused and have something to prove after bowing out against the Kings last year. I am sure that experience will be highly motivational for the Ducks this year. Kessler add looks good for them.

    Lets Go Hawks!!

  • October 27, 2014 at 9:01 am

    Is Raanta’s back-up job secure???

    Darling looked great…

    Last year-A very wise man suggested CC’s contract was bad… AND the Hawks could always find the next “Big thing” in goal at a much cheaper Cap hit (and pay better skaters- in front of goalie)… Oh! that was me…

    Morin was great (But still needs to get rid of the “Brain fart” plays)… could have easily scored 2 goals.

    Agree on 91- shoots when he should pass, passes when he should shoot

    MOOSE can do what 29 does and faster for 25% the cap hit!!!

  • October 27, 2014 at 9:04 am

    And nice to see that Hawks getting killed by King’s – 70’s line last year wasn’t a FLUKE

    that line is destroying the League- AND Toffoli/Pearson are young/BIG!!!

  • October 27, 2014 at 9:19 am

    Wall- hasn’t Crow already won 2 games for the Hawks this year? To say that Darling is a capable NHL goalie after one good game is a little short sighted.

    Anyway, on to the game.

    Darling, was indeed, fantastic. He had really good positioning and as a giant, that’s about all you need.

    Morin cut through the crease again even after the penalty. I don’t know if this is a good thing or a bad thing. It shows that he knows where to be, but if he took another penalty he would have been on the bus to Rockford before the game ended. 11 SOG in 34 minutes on the ice and that doesn’t count the shots that have rang off the post. That’s good.

    The usual suspects were all really good and the 5v5 goals are going to start coming if they keep applying this much pressure. Tuesday night should be interesting after the melt down that Anaheim had last night.

    TVR and Runblad didn’t combine for 20 minutes. Uhhh, Q? Kane already looks like he’s losing turbo since he’s been run ragged through the first leg of the season. Balancing the minutes really shouldn’t be this big of a challenge.

  • October 27, 2014 at 9:40 am

    JS- yes it is one game… so it is short sighted… But to My Goalie thought… It is/was short sighted to think the Hawks couldn’t “Find” a worthy/capable goalie for a much less Cap hit (and once again Pay better Skaters (not 26/91 types) to play in front of goalies)… When I suggested this last year – Tab/others said- What goalies??? well now the Hawks have a few guys that LOOK capable (didn’t say – are… yet)… Let’s not forget EMERY- put up great #’s 2013 – and he sucks!!! CUZ the Skaters were that GOOD!!!

    Darling WAS not tested above the waist… and as long as the SKATERS in front of him can take away time/space/ (like the Time/space that Neal had to fire wicked Wristers vs. raanta)… Darling Can put up 2013 Emery type #’s– imo!!!

    That Morin Goalie Penalty was complete shit.. Watched in slow-mo… Goalie saw him cutting to the puck and literally stuck his elbow into Mo/almost like a check/ to slow him down!!!

  • October 27, 2014 at 9:41 am

    So listened to the game on the radio. Heard TVR mentioned as making more good plays than his TOI would indicate.

    Running Hossa out on the PK at this point in the season really grinds my gears.

    Didn’t sound like either team was interested in defending. Nice to see some PP action but some more even strength goals against not Buffalo would be cool.

    So Darling had a nice game which was good to see. Raanta was on fire last year until he wasn’t. Meh. There’s probably fungus on his shower shoes.

  • October 27, 2014 at 10:07 am

    I’m not going to say that Crawford isn’t overpaid, he is and so is just about every other goalie in the league. Problem is that is what the market is dictating because so much value is placed on the goaltender position when it really shouldn’t be. Think of the trade for Miller last year. The difference between Halak and Miller is completely negligible yet St. Louis gave up a ton to land a league average goalie when it was what they needed to upgrade the least.

    And yes, Anderson stuck out his elbow, but you still can’t try to skate through the crease behind the goalie. Just wait until Morin comes within 3 feet of Mike Smith and he acts like he was shot.

  • October 27, 2014 at 11:25 am

    Damn Darling is BIG reminds me Ken Dryden to show my age. Again almost 40 shots on goal and 2 goals? With Bickel and Shaw the only real net presence that stat will not change and maybe it doesn’t have too. Teams seem to allow that “hawks bubble” offense that skates away from one timer territory so to me it’s simple location. The SAD part is so few of those 37 shots near 40 are on a power play still too much passing into areas TOO far from the net. Also as I and others whine about a lack of physical D the upside as noted by any fan is the speed, the skates and the skilled sticks meaning if ya not going to be physical it allows us to be more OFFENSE MINDED hence duh 40 shots on goal most nights. No teams have that size and speed across the back end. Hawks are okay i am content to know they will be there in the end and can out last most anyone else in a 7 game set. When they SKATE HARD ( which is not often) YA CANT HIT THEM, standing around ya get nailed. Saad seldom gets hit unless he wants it, watch him he SKATES!

  • October 27, 2014 at 11:27 am

    Good night all around, classy intro for the Hawks. Excellent showing for Darling. Hopefully he can go down to the AHL and dominate and might come up again in the future. Good night for him!

    Q is starting to scare me with the mins on the back end. I’m afraid he is going to start wearing guys out if the top 4 are all getting 20+ mins a night.

  • October 27, 2014 at 11:31 am

    even if Morin put his arm to goalie, not what you saw on replay, thats still way to weak to be a penalty. If Morin did the contact, which he didn’t, needs to be waived off goal/not allowing goalie to play position… complete shit. There where a lot of panzy penaltys.

    They should make all the bigger and physical, I mean holding and grab teams play every game with that.

  • October 27, 2014 at 11:44 am

    TOI… lots of PP/PK, first game w rookie 3rd pair. Otherwise… until we add deadline d man, 44, 34.

  • October 27, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    Darling’s play was exceptional. Just looking at him I was thinking Ben Bishop, GIGANTIC!!! Wouldn’t that be something if Darling could develop into Bishop II. Let’s pray, Our Father who art in Heaven…

    When Crow was hurt last year and Raanta playing his first string of games as the starter, the team tightened up defensively realizing the inexperience they had in goal. I think the same thing happened last night. Our top four dmen were solid and so was the rest of the team. Extra focus to do what they have to do to win.

    I know we all of some concerns about the quality of their play so far and what players we should have on the roster, but this team is a champion because of their ability to increase their focus and do what they have to do to win.

    Okay, I have to say it again, Saad was getting physical for the second game in a row. I thought he was to drop the gloves with Chiasson. I can only imagine what a beast this kid would be if he adds the physical element to his already very, very impressive two way game.

    From what I am seeing, I can’t understand why Morin doesn’t deserve more minutes. He seems to be around the puck and physical. He is always hustling and you could see glimpses of what got him the offensive numbers for the Icehogs. I am not seeing deficiencies in his game that would warrant the splinters in his butt. Besides Q’s hard-on for the kid, any coaches out there see major weaknesses in his game?

    Mike, thanks for your Icehog updates. With all of us clamoring for an injection of youth and size into the NHL roster, please keep up the updates on our prospects.

    Go Hawks!!!

  • October 27, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    Glad I wasn’t the only one who thought it was getting a little dusty up in the 300 level last night. In addition to the great gestures from Toews and Karlsson, the UC crowd gave the kid a really nice ovation. Well done all around by the org-an-i-zation.

    Also thoroughly enjoyed the debut of the local boy Darling. He was huge in both size and play last night. Did anyone else think he looked like he had a small glove? Maybe it was because he is so big the glove looks small. Great hearing the roar when he got the first star too.

    Here’s what I don’t get, as soon as Morin turns the puck over for an odd man rush, the murmur from the section was “we’ll see Morin in the 3rd”. And sure enough he sits. But Richards didn’t miss a shift after his hatchet job. Not sure he could have done anything about the sweet pass from the linesman but he may no attempt to pursue the play. I like Morin’s energy a lot more than much of anything Richards is doing.

  • October 27, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    Chev… that glove looks about the same size as the One OJ tried to wear at his trial…
    and the stick looks like a candy cane in Sasquatch’s hand!!!

    What do u think about Sasquatch or Bigfoot for a Nickname???

  • October 27, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    Good comments Chevy and Booman. I think Morin sat for a long stretch in the 2nd last night because all of the power play time the Hawks had. 4th line didn’t play much at all as a result, but I have liked 4th line combos all year so far. I know some of you guys don’t like Morin, but I believe he is doing things on the ice that suggest he has upside if given more minutes.

    With this group Hawks can roll quality 4 lines which over the course of the season will pay dividends as well as keeping core guys from getting burned out. Be it Richards improving(which I believe he will) or TT, the Hawks will be good down the middle. Combined talent pool at the big league level and in Rockford bodes well as the season progresses especially because injuries will rear their ugly head demanding roster changes.

    While mentioned by others, I also very much appreciate and look forward to comments from guys actively observing whats going on with the Hogs. It’s a real benefit to get that commentary here. Thanks to you all!

    Lets Go Hawks!!

  • October 27, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    I like that wall. Sasquatch. Although since he plays on the ice, how about Wampa (from Empire Strikes Back) or even better… The Abominable Goal Monster.

    That stick does look like a toy in his hand.

    It was nice to see Morin get some shifts toward the end of the game. Hopefully will cbomb out for a month Morin will get some extended looks. He deserves the shot.

  • October 27, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    “What do u think about Sasquatch or Bigfoot for a Nickname???” — perhaps a little UNcomplimentary?

  • October 27, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    Good grief. Anytime Raanta has a good game we have some fans suggesting that Crow needs to go. And now when a 9 year minor league journeyman has ONE quality game we think we have yet another alternative to Crow in goal?!? Stop. Just stop.

    The Darling story is a nice one. But a 6’6″ goalie who has significantly bounced around in obscurity for 9 years isn’t likely going to be a NHL revelation.

    Raanta is a good backup goalies. But I haven’t seen enough from him to suggest he could be a full time goalie in this league. In fact I have seen very little.

    Crawford isn’t in the league of Quick or Lundquist. And he certaintly is not in the league of Rinne, who is the best goalie in hockey. But my goodness Crawford has been rock solid for the Hawks going on 5 straight seasons. His start to the season is to LARGELY thank for this team getting 9 out of the first 10 points. And his healthy presence is absolutely crucial to this team’s fortunes in 2014-15. I love the guy. Maybe some of you should also go replay some of the playoff runs this team has had and how HUGE Crawford has been for this club.


  • October 27, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    Career Save Percentage:

    Regular Season- G1-.916 vs G2-.914 vs G3-.914 vs G4-.919 vs G5-.920 vs G6-.927

    Playoffs- G1-.923 vs G2-.920 vs G3-.915 vs G4-.914 vs G5-.922 vs G6-.930

    G1- Quick
    G2- Crow
    G3- Miller
    G4- Rinne
    G5- Lundqvist
    G6- Rask

    Numbers point to Rask being the best goalie in the league. Quick, Crawford, and Miller are all pretty comparable.

  • October 27, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    Not trying to disagree with you Rufus, Crawford is a solid goalie and the Hawks need him. Just wanted to point out some statistics to show that Crawford is indeed in the same league as Quick. It’s even debatable if Rinne is any better.

  • October 27, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    Rinne is the best goalie in hockey? Really? How many playoff rounds has he won? That’s like saying Bollig is in Calgary now with extra ice time, he will turn into Cam Neely, Jr. Please. Rinne is a good, above average goalie on an average team; that’s all he will ever be in Nashville. The day Rinne gets Nashville out of West Conf to Stanley Cup finals, let us all know. We’ll be waiting… at the next Hawks’ parade (assuming Q ever decides to consistently roll 4 lines and 6 D men), or Kings, Ducks, etc… parade. Marc Joanette will not be refereeing every Nashville playoff game like he did last week v. Hawks (and Blues game, for that matter — that guy is brutal).

  • October 27, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    P.S. Assuming Nashville makes the playoffs — it’s a marathon, not a sprint.

  • October 27, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    Not disagreeing with anyone, but its worth noting Darling is about to turn ‘only’ 26. No reason why he couldn’t still have NHL caliber career

  • October 27, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    Not sure where Rufus is getting Darling has knocked around for nine years, he turned pro in 2010-11 after playing two years with Univ. of Maine. This is the beginning of his 5th professional season. He turns 26 around Xmas time.

    He’ll be back in Rockford soon but it’s good to have goalie depth, they haven’t had that lately.

  • October 27, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    Well said Hofmeister and RD

  • October 27, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    JS you too. RTF get your Rx with this one refilled by Dr Hackenbush.

  • October 27, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    Rufus- what Hof and RD said…

    And JS points out that Rinne- Stat wise isn’t near the best… But funny thing- I agree -Rinne and Rask are the best… which leads me to MY POINT and kinda backs it up…

    IT isn’t always about the Goalie… but perhaps THE TEAM/SYSTEM in front of Goalie…
    I keep going back to Emery as a perfect example…he had almost identical stats as Crow in 2013… AND HE IS NOT close to being as good as Crow…

    NHL- IS a business… and Cap $$$ need to be Managed… AND FACT IS- Hawks have 2 Cups while paying Goalies less than upper $$$ for that position!!!!

    Finally- I have said this from day 1,,, not just every time a “fill in” who has toiled in obscurity for nine years shows up… by the way… The Giant Goalie (just like Corsi metrics) seems to be the new rage… maybe there is something to it???

  • October 27, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    Just to clarify. I gave some kudos to Darling, but qualified it by saying the Hawks TEAM focused more on defense because a youngin’ was in goal.

    With that being said, I am one of the biggest Crawford supporters. Without him, we DON’T win the cup in 2013 and we won’t have a chance to do it this year. There is no question he lets in soft goals when he falls asleep because of the lack of action. That is a credit to our D; blocking shots and preventing shots. Crow does not get as much credit because his save % isn’t as high as some of the other elite goalies. When the Hawks allow 20 shots and 2 goals are scored on him, whether his fault or one of the TOO many odd man breaks the Hawks give up, he is at .900 save percentage. Look what happened to Miller when he went to the Blues. They were not giving up as many shots and his stats looked like shit with the Blues. He was blamed for their demise, but bottom line they don’t have the star power on that team. And, everyone was ripping on Crow because of the number of goals allowed in the Conference Championship against LA. Hell, that series was a shoot out. Look at Quick’s stats, they weren’t much better. Our D was not outstanding in that series either and Crow can’t be blamed for all the goals that were scored. KIDDING…do you think we could have used some size in our Dcore to eliminate some of LA’s net front presence in that series?!?! If we had it, the Kings wouldn’t have scored as many goals, Crow’s stats would have looked better, and we’d be shooting for the 4th cup in 6 years this season. I think Crow is a money player and shows up much stronger in bigger games. He does what the entire team is doing this year, going through the motions until the games really count; THE PLAYOFFS. The team is less defense focused with Crow in there than Raanta or Darling.

    Sorry for the rant… Go HAWKS and can’t wait ’til your back Corey.

  • October 27, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    Another thing to goalie stuff is some of the teams are usually in lower scoring games more often based on team style. Which factors in as well when looking deeper into the numbers.

  • October 27, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    And aside from that phoenix debacle Crawford is super consistent. There’s something to be said about the devil you know in terms of goalies.

    I’d be interested to see a shot analysis based on high percentage vs junk thrown at the net from anywhere.

  • October 27, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    Good points AJ and Mo.

    Something interesting. A lot of us get on Q for not playing the young guys, me very much included this season with Morin. I just looked at the Panther’s stats and read an article on their site. Pirri was a healthy scratch the first 4 games of the season and only got an opportunity in the 5th game because Bolland got injured. Jimmy Hayes has only been scrathed in all but two of the seven games. Dylan Olsen has played all seven games and has 3 assists. Two of those guys haven’t consistently been in the line up of a lower echelon team. Sorry Q for all I said about Morin. Hahahaha!!! :-)

  • October 28, 2014 at 1:09 am

    Booman- Pirri has 2 goals in 3 games, 10 shots, and is a +2.

  • October 28, 2014 at 7:35 am

    Since we’re apparently back to jerking off former Hawks prospects…

    Brandon Pirri has 2 goals in 3 games for the Florida Panthers.

    The Florida Panthers have scored 10 goals in 7 games as a team, are 2-2-3 and their 7 points is tied w/ Toronto for the worst-team-not-from-Carolina-or-Buffalo distinction in the Eastern Conference.

    Brandon Pirri was a healthy scratch in four games for a team that sucks.

    But man, the Hawks would be SO MUCH BETTER if they had only kept the kid…

  • October 28, 2014 at 8:00 am

    I must have missed where people are still pining for Brandon Pirri. Just pointing out that in his minutes with Florida, he’s been one of their most productive players. While playing in only 43% of Florida’s games, he has 20% of their goals. That’s better than the 0 points in 4 games Bolland has.

    I don’t think anyone thought Pirri would be a mainstay here, just that he was a better option than Handzus last season.

  • October 28, 2014 at 8:01 am

    Yeah, Joel Quenneville doesn’t know young talent ! He so jerked around Brandon Pirri, Dylan Olsen, Jimmy Hayes. But that triumivarate can’t even crack the normal rotation of the marginal at best Florida Panthers. Go figure !!! Lol.

    Oh, the great injustice inflicted upon Jeremy Morin by the evil Q !!! Maybe Morin can get traded to a lousy NHL club too and set the world afire !!! He’ll SHOW Q he was wrong…

  • October 28, 2014 at 8:48 am

    Which lineup has Michal Handzus cracked this year, Rufus?

  • October 28, 2014 at 8:52 am

    All teams talk up their prospects for marketing to their fans and also for potential trade value to other teams. That’s why I asked earlier, is their something experienced hockey people/coaches/management see that are glaring weaknesses in Morin’s game that us novice hockey fans arent’ seeing? Same with the ex-hawks. I never played organized hockey because my family couldn’t afford it. All I did was shovel a rink on frozen lake and have fun.

  • October 28, 2014 at 8:53 am

    JS, point taken. Q did stubbornly or foolishly stick with Zus.

  • October 28, 2014 at 8:56 am

    Brandon Saad was only able to crack the line up because Carcillo injured himself…

    Ben Smith was used pretty sparingly last year until everyone got injured in the spring.

    Nick Leddy is having a lovely start to the season playing on the first pair on the island. Gotta think he could have replicated what he is doing with Boychuck with Hammer. Nothing substantial came back in case anyone forgot.

    At some point the guys behind the bench need to learn how to develop younger players absent desperate injury situations that force their hand. Especially with the retooling that has to happen after this season.

  • October 28, 2014 at 9:28 am

    AJ- not sure how someone that plays in 75 games is used sparingly. Sure, Ben Smith was used sparingly in the first 10-12 games of the season, but then he became a mainstay after Hossa (I think) had some issues with his back early in the season.

    Booman- I’d say the issue with Morin is not always playing in control. Sometimes he tries to be too fancy instead of just doing the simple things. Sunday night he lost control of a puck at the blue line because he was doing too much stickhandling while waiting for Hammer to enter the zone. Q will always prefer the player that gets it deep. Occasionally I see him getting himself too deep when he should be the high forward. I also see him trying to win board battles while positioned closer to the opponents goal than his own. Maybe more people do this, but for some reason it sticks out to me when he does it.

    He does, however, have a hell of a shot with a quick release and isn’t afraid to take a puck to the nuts. He’s also been a possession driving monster in his limited sample size.

  • October 28, 2014 at 10:52 am

    JS- Spot on regarding Morin… and will add that he sometimes “flies” a little early (like 10/88 don’t???),,, but the Kid does have a wicked shot, and actually can get it past the D (unlike 88, 81, 10 thus far) of course Mo is probably shooting vs. weaker D pairings…

    And – Mo’s Corsi #’s are way better than a lot of others on Team!!!

    Yes, Rufus- Mo- isn’t the greatest skater… No- Rufus- I don’t have a Hard on for Mo…
    But combine Corsi with my Eyes saw the Kid hit the post and Handcuff the goalie a few times… and I have to say for $800 K – the kid deserves some time vs. some guys (29,91,13)

  • October 28, 2014 at 11:54 am

    Darling starts tonight from what’s being said. Will be a good test for the big guy.

    Lets Go Hawks!

  • October 28, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    To understand why Pirri is so productive offensively but plays so little, you have to watch a couple of Panther games. Patrick Kane is a Defensive Monster compared to Pirri. Pirri doesn’t participate in defensive plays, be it backcheck, forecheck, etc. I was disappointed when the Hawks traded Pirri, because he has offensive skills. So I started watching Kane and Pirri in comparison. I’m a Morin booster, but I think the Hawks got it right with Pirri.

  • October 28, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    670 the score is reporting that Scott Darling will start tonight against the Ducks! If I’m Anti Raanta I’m concerned about that. Clearly Q is going to go with the guy he feels gives him the best chance to win.

  • October 28, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    Good scouting on Morin. For what hes good at and needs to work on, what line would he better on. 28/16 or 29/65 (91). While he gets this rare oppertunity w Q. He would really have to suck not to play w 13 hurt. These 4wks are Morins chance to settle in and show he could be consistant (and I know people will say, well hes had several ‘chances’ to… but not with a position where he knows he doesn’t have to look over his shoulder or press to impress). Of all the ‘chances’ 11 has had this is probably the best oppertunity he will with Q.

    I like 11 w 28/16 better for these wks.

  • October 28, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    Tracey Myers tweeted a link from about the waiver process. There’s a detailed chart of who’s ineligible and who must pass through waivers to be sent down. Basically it all comes down to when (at what age) a player signs their 1st pro contract and how many NHL games they’ve played:

    i found it useful. Tracey added Raanta would NOT need to pass through waivers to be sent down. Not that I think he is in danger of being sent down … but you never know. Competition is a good thing.

    Also very interesting, Tracey tweeted Joakim Nordstrom is the new Ice Hogs captain for this year. They must really like his leadership skills and work ethic. Nice honor for Joakim.

  • October 28, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    AJ, I just don’t know what to say to your post. If YOU think you are brighter and more well informed that Joel Quenneville to make personnel decisions on young hockey players then by all means I sincerely wish you the best in convincing Rocky Wirtz and Stan Bowman to hire you just as soon as possible.

    How many of you plan to keep up the attack, subliminal or otherwise, on Joel Quenneville? A 700 win, 2 time Stanley Cup championship coach who is in his seventh season at the helm. A coach who would have 20 other NHL clubs instantly be interested in hiring him if he left the Hawks. A coach who has earned the deep trust of Stan Bowman and his highly esteemed father Scotty Bowman, a man who won the most games in NHL history and the most Stanley Cup Championships across three clubs.

    Give it a fu(king rest. Seriously.

  • October 28, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    Maybe ’15,
    LMAO!!! Kane a defensive monster compared to Pirri really gave me a good laugh. That really says something.

    In Kane’s defense, when his career started, I have to think the coaches told him to stay on the offensive side of center ice. They did not want him playing a 200 foot game because they did not want him to lose weight and get smaller and lighter. Hahahaha!

    Thanks for the laugh.

  • October 28, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    Thanks JS. I’ll have to watch Morin closer when he’s on the ice.

    Rufus, my concern isn’t Q’s assessment of young talent as much as it is his unwaivering faith in washed up talent, Zus. We all want to see the best team on the ice. Come on, you have to admit you recognized that Q stuck with Zus way too long in last years playoffs. I like Carcillo, but we all know what he brings to the table and what his potential is. Wouldn’t you like to see Morin get a longer leash to see what his upside could be? Hopefully we’ll see what he can do. He can’t do any worse than Richards at this point.

  • October 28, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    I can tell you historically that Q is a reactive rather than proactive coach which I have an aversion too. He also has a habit of running his veterans into the ground which is part of the reason he couldn’t get his STL teams to the finals.

    I think his roster management is questionable. I dislike that he is one of maybe 2 coaches in the league to not stack up his best players and let them rack up points so one or the other can win a MVP or scoring title some day. Those are important too.

    Hes a very good coach when he has a stacked roster but I hardly think he is immune to criticism.

  • October 29, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    I am very unhappy with the product I am seeing 10% through this season. As a season ticket holder, I am not getting my moneys worth in entertainment. These games have been pretty brutal to watch; no offense, no speed, no hitting, no energy, and, despite the GAA, poor defense (i.e. too many odd man breaks). Someone commented about how quiet the crowd was last night, you are not kidding. 20,000 plus people there last night would likely agree with what I am typing here. The bright spot has been the goaltending. And the worst part, I feel I am being sold a bill of goods about the quality of the prospects and the team’s future. They may be getting severely overhyped if our experienced coach does not even believe or trust in any of them. If he doesn’t, how can I get excited about any of them. If they are still playing this way 20 games from now, I am game for a major trade to shake things up. Maybe the boys are a little too comfortable, too well paid, and not hungry enough!!! There is way too much talent on this team for only 3-5 guys to show up every night. If nothing happens this year, I have to say it is time to re-think how to spend those season ticket disposable dollars…

  • October 29, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    A 2 month vacation may be in my future.. Come on Hawks…Let’s go, you guys are breaking a lot of hearts…

  • October 29, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    C’mon Booman, the season is 3.5 weeks old, 11 games! If you feel the Hawks glass is half empty so be it, but I was also at the game last night and did not think it was boring at all. Just tight hockey being played by 2 pretty damn good teams battling hard. Ducks played a classic clinical road game. Tip your cap to them. Hawks lost on a tough bounce which is the fine line that decides games like that. Perry and Getzlaf were neutralized by Hawks and they did the same to our stud guys. Pucks aren’t going into start the year. Remember the pk last year? It was brutal, but that came around after mid season to be really good. We have proven career goal scorers on this team. It will happen.

    Let the pieces come together in the puzzle, and Booman if you don’t enjoy or like what you are seeing on the ice, I am sure a quick call to the Hawks front office or putting em up for sale on NHL ticket exchange will get you out of the gig with plenty of cash to spare. Keep the faith baby. We are right in it! However in the unlikely event we suck after the end of the year 2014 I am prepared to be served some crow well done at the establishment of your choosing, and I’m buying.

    Lets Go Hawks!

  • October 29, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    Just venting. I have been watching them for 45 years and just get emotionally spent when they lose. Hahaha!!! You won’t be serving crow. They’ll be there. I would just like to stick my foot up some of their asses to get them there quicker so the games are much more enjoyable. :-)

  • October 29, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    Bob, Glad you feel better having vented. We are here for you.

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