Suter Hat Trick Leads Blackhawks Past Red Wings

After four ugly road losses to start the season, it appears the Blackhawks needed to come home.

Or just play Detroit a couple times.

Chicago won its first game of the season 4-1 on Friday night and took the ice before noon for a Sunday matinee against the Red Wings. Kevin Lankinen was back between the pipes after a terrific performance, and the skaters in front of him looked to build on a good all-around performance.

The Red Wings came out absolutely flat and the Blackhawks took advantage early. Pius Suter got Chicago on the board with his first career NHL goal at 4:42 into the game. The 24-year-old rookie has looked good but hadn’t found the back of the net. It was only a matter of time, and Sunday was his time.

Chicago’s power play had scored in all five games in the new season, and kept that roll going. Five minutes after his first career goal, Suter was again the man, scoring his second goal of the year while on the powerplay.

Mattias Janmark and Dominik Kubalik were credited with the helpers on the second goal of the day.

The rest of the period was dominated by the Blackhawks. Detroit put up very little resistance and Lankinen was on point. After 20 minutes of hockey the Blackhawks had a 13-5 shot advantage and a 2-0 lead.

The Hawks started the second periodd with 67 seconds of power play left to kill but David Kampf amplified the issue with a quick penalty right off the opening faceoff. Chicago would be short-handed two men to begin the second period.

A two-man disadvantage is tough to kill, and the Blackhawks couldn’t keep the puck out of the net. Tyler Bertuzzi was able to score while both Chicago skaters were in the box and the lead was down to one 41 seconds into the period.

Kubalik came out of the box after the Bertuzzi goal but Chicago still had to kill more than one minute of power play time for Detroit.

In the closing seconds of the penalty the Blackhawks got a glorious chance but Ryan Carpenter failed to close the deal after a gorgeous pass from Janmark in front of a wide open cage. The penalty ended without a second goal but the lead could have been extended.

Detroit was able to get significantly more zone time in the first half of the second period and then the game transitioned into a lot of back-and-forth. Lankinen continued to make good saves and the Hawks continued to get chances, but Jonathan Bernier was equal to the task.

Chicago got the ever-important next goal at 17:18 when Connor Murphy found a loose pick and rifled it into the back of the net for his second of the year.

Dylan Strome and Kubalik were credited with assists on the even strength goal, giving the Hawks a two-goal lead once again.

The second period ended with the Hawks leading 3-1. Chicago had a 23-17 shot advantage after 40 minutes; Detroit out-shot the Hawks 12-10 in the second period.

Ian Mitchell was limited to 8:48 on the ice through two periods, again making him the sixth defenseman for Chicago. He was one of five Chicago defensemen credited with a hit in the first two periods; the Hawks’ blue line combined for 10 hits in the first 40 minutes.

Janmark was having himself a day and got the payoff 58 seconds into the third period, scoring an easy tap-in goal off a beautiful pass from Kane to give the Blackhawks a 4-1 lead.

The assists to Kane and Murphy meant both of them, and Janmark, had two points in the game.

With 8:21 left in regulation and Keith in the box, Bertuzzi scored his second power play goal of the afternoon to cut the Blackhawks lead back to two.

The two-goal lead lasted less than one minute. And Suter’s two-goal game ended at the same time when he sniped home his third of the day, giving him the Blackhawks’ first hat trick of the 2021 season.

Kane grabbed the puck for Suter after he got on the sheet three times for the first time in his NHL career.

Because five hasn’t been a positive number for the Hawks this season, they had to get off the spot. Philipp Kurashev scored with 4:05 left in regulation to make the score 6-2 in favor of the Hawks.

The beatdown was in full effect.

Detroit put up little resistance the rest of the way and Chicago skated away with another solid victory.

Lankinen was terrific again. In two games against Detroit he stopped 55 of 58 shots for a .948 save percentage.

Carl Soderberg made his Blackhawks debut. He skated 13:48 with one shot on net, one blocked shot and two hits while winning four of nine faceoffs.

Murphy was plus-four in the game. Suter led Chicago with five shots on net.

60 thoughts on “Suter Hat Trick Leads Blackhawks Past Red Wings

  • January 24, 2021 at 2:26 pm
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    DETROIT SUCKS!!

  • January 24, 2021 at 2:49 pm
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    I thought Mitchell looked good-smooth, smart plays and looks pretty calm and poised. On the other hand, #27 looked like he didn’t want to be anywhere near the puck. Hagel looked great and caused a lot of Detroit errors. Carpenter should be ashamed-should have had 2 goals that were tap-ins. Overall, a great start to a January
    Sunday.

  • January 24, 2021 at 2:54 pm
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    glad to see hagel played and wallmark sat.

  • January 24, 2021 at 3:06 pm
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    Good game by everyone which has been a rarity the last couple of years

    I know it’s only Detroit but I’m going to allow myself to be a little excited for the future

    Suter, Kurashev, Lankinen, Mitchell and Hagel all rookies all had really strong games
    Soderberg makes a difference already to the third line and he pks as well

    And dare I say it but the Hawks actually looked like well coached team today

    Let’s see how they do against a better team now in Nashville

  • January 24, 2021 at 3:24 pm
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    A much needed win for confidence playing against a not very good and depleted team. I’m liking how Kid Coach is weaning the playing time of the kids as they get acclimated to the game and their teammates. Team did what they needed to do this weekend and we’ll see what happens this week. I’m betting thou if they play decent for a while, it will put ideas in StanBo’s head.

  • January 24, 2021 at 3:27 pm
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    Entertaining game as long as you ignore Detroit currently looks….well Detroit sucks, but really this time around. Its early and Detroit has some players out but I have a lot of trouble believing Chicago finishes behind them in the standings. Course goaltending will determine such.

    For evrything I could criticize of Keith in this game there was more things he did well. The giveaway in an attempted pass to boqvist looked awful but part of me wonders if this is part of the development plan for boqvist, being ready for those tight high pressure passes and having to handle himself thereafter. Unfortunately the pass never made it to him so boqvist got the experience of what to do when your teammate, be it keith or anyone else makes a bonehead pass in the defensive zone. I’ll give Keith a pass on that one and assume it was intentional. Total speculation of course.

  • January 24, 2021 at 3:42 pm
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    Detroit is just terrible.
    With that said, Larkin and Bertuzzi occasionally showed a skill level that the Hawks will face from multiple lines in most every game against every other team in the division.

    I actually found myself taking note of several uncharacteristically good defensive plays by Boqvist today.

    And my fine-points-of-the-game observation for today was holding the boards: De Haan getting a few good checks along the boards to stifle Wings’ entries and both 44 & Debrincat hugging the boards to keep pucks in the zone at key points.

  • January 24, 2021 at 3:54 pm
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    Per Natural Stat Trick Boquist was +5 in chances for vs chances against
    EveryHawk D man was either at evens (deHaan) or above except for Mitchell who was -4
    Boquist was good today

  • January 24, 2021 at 3:59 pm
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    Yeah Detroit is a bad team made even worse because they’re missing a few regulars who are out due to Covid. But so what – the kid players got to get some experience in a winning atmosphere which can only help their confidence. Most likely some of those offensive plays by the Hawks don’t have a prayer of happening against a good defensive team but there’s nothing bad about fattening up on bad teams.

    So far so good with the rookies. Keep it going boys.

  • January 24, 2021 at 4:08 pm
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    Mitchell looks like a 5 year vet and Norris trophy finalist in comparison to Boqvist. That pick is looking more and more like a bust. Really hope I’m wrong, but there’s nothing impressive about his game.

  • January 24, 2021 at 4:21 pm
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    Wow !
    The kids where all over the ice fighting for the puck and most of all « « Having Fun » » so nice to see how they work today
    The team showed up and didn’t allowed any goal on 5 on 5
    What a game for Suter and for Murphy ( keep this Dman for at least another 2-3 years )getting better everyday in the past 2 years and still young at 27 ..Hawks definitely had the best player in that trade
    Excellent trade from Bowman …

  • January 24, 2021 at 5:11 pm
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    I like Mitchell but I like Boquist as well

    I may be proved wrong eventually but IMO Boquist will end up being a good player with a long career and not a bust

  • January 24, 2021 at 5:47 pm
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    Wrap.
    I agree with you that Boqvist will become a good Dman in the future ,the kid just turn 20 years young 5 months ago , wait till he gets to Mitchell age in a year and half .
    Can’t compare the 2 different style but can compare the age of those 2 kids. Hawks trow Boqvist in the NHL quite young .
    Hopefully Hawks will give time to Régula and Beaudin to develop in Rockford for 1-2 years like they did with Keith after drafting him in 2002.
    Boqvist should had played at least 1 full year in Rockford before getting To NHL

  • January 24, 2021 at 5:58 pm
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    Stars–the Obvious 3 g’s by Suter and Kane being Kane

    Hagel- was a One man full court press- If he continues to play that way, I hope Coach C rewards him by double shifting Kane with him a few times to get him a goal.

    Kurashev- also a wrecking ball with a shot. Looked Hossa-esque with that drive to the net off of the wall

    Coach Q- would have loved Mitchell, great gaps/closing quickness

  • January 24, 2021 at 6:01 pm
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    I went into this season knowing this team’s chances of making the playoffs were slim to none even before the injury to Dach and Toews’ mysterious absence, but I was going to look forward to seeing the young kids develop. Its early, and a third of their games have been against Detroit (who in the end might not be as bad as everyone assumes they are), but for the most part I’m really liking what I’ve seen overall from guys like Suter, Kurashev, Mitchell, Lankinen, etc. Need to see more out of Boqvist, but I’ve gotta remind myself he’s a 20 year old defenseman with not even 50 nhl games under his belt so far. I knew how defensive game would take a couple years or so to develop, but I’m just not seeing much out of his offensive game, especially considering all the hype surrounding that a couple drafts ago. Maybe I’m being overly critical and not patient enough. Really love to see the power play clicking. PK obviously needs some work. Be a big plus if they can get at least 4 points this week in their two against the Preds and Jackets.

  • January 24, 2021 at 6:53 pm
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    Beware the Juggernaut.

  • January 24, 2021 at 7:00 pm
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    If this season is about seeing what the young guys can do, then today was a good day.

  • January 24, 2021 at 7:09 pm
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    Suter has been surprisingly good. To think he`s currently your number 1 center ( as a 24 year old rookie ) and he`s producing. We might have a good problem on our hands. If or when Toews returns what are your four centers then, Toews, Strome, Dach, Kampf ??? What then, Suter to the wing ….. or perhaps Dach. Suter`s early season play has helped this team fill some big holes in a hurry. Shout out to our European scouts : Panarin, Kubalik, Suter, Kempny, Rutta. Pretty amazing. No other NHL team can claim that kind of success.
    You gotta like the way Hagel and Kurashev play…….they pressure the puck all over the ice.

  • January 24, 2021 at 8:07 pm
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    Always a good day when Detroit gets a beat down.
    But Carpy…OMFG dude ?

  • January 24, 2021 at 8:51 pm
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    This is the development we want to see from the young players, tougher games ahead see how they look against Preds. Everybody thought Detroit was going to embarass them.

  • January 24, 2021 at 9:10 pm
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    The Wings are pretty pathetic but it was still a strong effort for a team with 5 first year or very young players plus a first year goalie. Hagel continues to be impressive. Excellent skater and forechecker but also appears to be comfortable handling the puck. The 4th line should have had multiple goals. It is also nice to see Zadorov step in on the post whistle scrums and quickly support his teammates. I don’t expect too many guys will want to mix it up with him.

  • January 24, 2021 at 9:36 pm
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    MS I hate to be the bearer of bad news but I highly doubt Zadarov will be fighting anyone eagerly as his jaw has already been broken. Avs fans often said he played way more soft after that. Course that broken jaw was from a sucker punch from Lucic in his first game as a Calgary flame after Zadarov smashed a flame player in the boards. So hey, maybe the enforcer rules do work. I was hoping Gm would find another goalie to bring into the mix as a potential 1-2 goalie. Looks like Scott Darling is being given the opportunity, in Rockford ar least.

  • January 24, 2021 at 9:44 pm
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    Was a great team effort by the Hawks playing against “a very aggressive Detroit team”(was told that would show up on Sunday night)…
    Lmao.
    Seems like dumb coach is getting all the new inexperienced players to play ok,huh?
    Now lets see how the next game opponents look.
    Sad only have one goalie on this team.
    Keith off of PP.. Huge!

    Lets Go HAWKS!!!!!!

  • January 24, 2021 at 9:50 pm
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    Murphy is Best DMAN on Hawks…
    Hawks stole him from Coyotes..
    Great trade!

  • January 24, 2021 at 10:09 pm
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    Panarin – Suter – Kubalik would be a very good line.

    Kempny – Ruuta wouldn’t be a bad third pairing.

    You can add Kampf to that as well. That’s a lot of talent we’ve hoisted out of European leagues at virtually no cost. Somebody’s doing their job.

  • January 24, 2021 at 10:13 pm
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    @Billy: I like Murphy too. He has played at or near his potential since the day we got him. If people don’t like the trade I understand that, but it’s definitely never been about Murphy not doing his job.

  • January 24, 2021 at 10:23 pm
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    Hawks’ kiddie group from youngest (age), NHL games played:

    Boqvist, (20), 47 gms
    Dach (20), 64 gms
    Kurashev (21), 5 gms
    Beaudin (21), 1 gm
    Hagel (22), 3 gms
    Mitchell (22), 6 gms
    Suter (24), 6 gms
    Lankinen (25), 3 gms

    Already established or on-the-shelf young players:
    Nylander (22), 84 gms
    DCat (23), 239 gms
    Strome (23), 169 gms
    Highmore (24), 52 gms
    Kubalik (25), 73 gms
    Zadorov (25), 361 gms

  • January 25, 2021 at 12:18 am
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    That was fun.

    Nobody has commented on Janmark. He was great all afternoon. Would have loved to see him cash in his breakaway. Also, he fed the hapless Carpenter that beautiful feed with the gaping cage. Poor Carpy will be fretting tonight. Glad his misses did not affect the outcome.

    It is really encouraging to know that these young guys can bring this kind of skill to the game. As has been mentioned, with Detroit having a lousy team and illness issues on top of it, this wasn’t a significant test. But you can only beat who you play and this is who they played.

    Suter had quite a few opportunities in the first few games and couldn’t score. Glad it did not turn out to be a Dylan Sikura situation and that he busted out the way he did.

    There are still severe Boqvist critics on the blogs, but he looks better. It might be a good sign that he has struggled as he has and has not appeared to let it ruin him – at least in the last two games.

    It was helpful to have these games against Detroit. Now we can at least have a bit of hope against better teams.

  • January 25, 2021 at 6:48 am
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    JJROSS, if Suter stays at center with 88 and 19 put Dach with 19 and 8 or vice versa. Kurashev and Hagel looking like a couple of potential wingers for Strome, good base to work with.

    Honest Guy adding another no. 1 goalie candidate now would mean one be exposed at expansion draft if say Lankinen keeps trending up. Darling may be on a pto, so could end up on taxi squad as an emergency goalie if given an Nhl contract.

    Agree not coming too easy to Boqvist at his young age could quite likely be the best thing for him in long term big picture.

  • January 25, 2021 at 6:56 am
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    I seem to recall Teravainen taking a long time to look like what was advertised…could even argue he didn’t really reach his potential until Carolina. I’m willing to wait it out for a bit with Boqvist but I agree as of right now he’s basically avoiding the puck if any contact is involved.

    Maybe its time to sit Carpenter instead of Highmore? In my opinion highmore didn’t really do anything wrong and has shown a scoring touch at times….and he certainly wouldn’t have missed that wide open net….

    I always thought Lankinen showed the most promise in the goalie pipeline, mostly for his world junior performance from a few years ago. Hoping this is partially his actual play and not just the lack of offense from the opponent…Likely a mix of both. I’d like to see him again on tuesday, and then subban the following day because i think he at least deserves another look, regardless of the collective lack of optimism

  • January 25, 2021 at 7:03 am
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    Wallmark in for Carpenter going forward. What a fun game to watch. There were some negatives, but why dwell when Lankinen, Suter, Kurashev, Hagel, Mitchell, and Janmark are just what this team needed. Soderberg acquisition is huge too! What a fun team to watch the last few games, I hope the confidence grows and the fun continues.

  • January 25, 2021 at 7:08 am
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    Robs- Janmark is a nice 3rd/4th line guy for sure.

    He is kind of like a slower/less skilled David Bolland. Bollie was one of my favorite Hawks- had a knack to do something positive in big games.

  • January 25, 2021 at 7:45 am
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    Great game by the whole team today.Suter,Hagel,and Kurashev look like they are ready to be regulars with their quality play.I will be the one voice who still says pump the brakes on the Boqvist improvement.He still can’t skate and close out on his checks.He gets out positioned and pushed around by NHL forwards of all sizes.Maybe I watch too much of MAKAR,HUGHES, and BYRAM,and yes I know they are older,but BOQVIST is light years away from them and even MITCHELL.I hope I am wrong but I just do not see him being a top 6 D man in the NHL.

  • January 25, 2021 at 8:38 am
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    Disclaimer: The OHL is not the NHL, and the AHL is not the NHL.

    In both cases, Boqvist started slowly before gaining confidence and his play improved, drastically in the OHL and was trending that was in a short period before being called up by the Hawks last season.

    When he came over the N.A. after being drafted in the summer of 2018, he played for London in the OHL. His team mate was d-man Evan Bouchard who was picked 2 spots after him in the draft by Edmonton. Bouchard had played with London for a couple years and was the big man on campus – got the lion’s share of PP time and was their #1 d-man. The emphasis from Day-1 was improving Boqvist’s defensive play whether that was verbalized to him by the Hawks through Dale Hunter, the London coach, or he put that on himself is not clear but the result was a very slow start by him.

    But then after about a month he found some confidence and never looked back. He finished the season with 20 goals / 60 points in 54 games and was one of the leading point producing d-men in the OHL, including more than Bouchard that season.

    It was trending to be similar at Rockford the next season in 2019/20. He had only a couple points in his first dozen games (or so) but then he got 4 points in 3 games and the Hawks called him up where he spent the rest of 2019/20 with the Hawks. I felt at the time that it seemed the Hawks were just looking for an excuse to call him up and when he seemed to get a little confidence they pounced and made their move. We won’t ever know if he would have continued the upward trend like he did the previous year at London but it seemed to be trending that way.

    Again – the OHL and AHL are not the NHL, but Boqvist should be given a lot more time than 50 or so games spread over 2 cockamamie seasons. He has the ability to be a very good offensive d-man – whether that ever comes to fruition in the NHL is still up in the air but he’s worth the wait, especially in a rebuilding season where he isn’t going to be the difference between making the playoffs or not.

  • January 25, 2021 at 8:56 am
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    ebony

    nhl a rough league to learn your trade for a twenty year old who isn’t finding his way. especially on a backline whose best d-man is not of first pairing quality. boqvist needs to be at rockford playing big minutes in all situations.

  • January 25, 2021 at 9:29 am
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    Tim W – I don’t think Boquist is a terrible skater

    While it’s true he does have a kind of ‘crazy legs’ stride he still shows good speed and edging

    I think his biggest learning curve is learning NHL game situations – anticipating what NHL players can or might do and knowing what he can do that works for his body (and that will change as he gains strength) and he is improving – once his confidence is higher he’ll start to use his offensive skills more

    I’ve seen Makar, Hughes and Byram all be beaten by established NHL forwards in the D zone and look bad doing it

    He may never win the Norris but I’m still high on Boq – however we’ll have to be patient

  • January 25, 2021 at 9:36 am
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    It’s funny how some posters downplay these two wins because they were against Detroit – a team missing some key players and with a lineup of a bunch of young prospects. Know of any other team like that?

  • January 25, 2021 at 9:52 am
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    2-3-1.
    Beats 0-5-1.

    50 games to go.

    PP looking very good.

    Their game in their own end still resembles the Spinning Plate Guy on Bozo Circus.

    Was not noticeable against a lousy Detroit team.

    Was exposed vs Tampa and Panthers.

    Am watching and learning to see who can do what in their own end.

    Hope Boy Genius is doing the same.

  • January 25, 2021 at 10:09 am
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    Pucklogic good post. Wrap agree, if you listen to some Makar, Hughes or Byram never do anything wrong or Boqvist can’t do anything right. Hearing play the young players and then having no patience for a potential talent like Boqvist and then trying to pretend he has no skill to prove your point. This is a developmental year some will some won’t, main thing is to get it right on who will.

  • January 25, 2021 at 10:27 am
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    Two bloody marys for the second time.

    EARL
    January 24, 2021 at 2:26 pm
    DETROIT SUCKS!!

  • January 25, 2021 at 10:37 am
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    FOr as bad as we thought these 55 games would record wise I didnt ever think we would be as bad as DET even without 20 50 19 77 and three AHL goalies.

    Which is ok because usually he 1 spot hasnt got the 1st pick. Thats why I like the 2 spot before ping pong balls.

    HONEST GUY
    January 24, 2021 at 3:27 pm
    Its early and Detroit has some players out but I have a lot of trouble believing Chicago finishes behind them in the standings.

  • January 25, 2021 at 10:45 am
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    Lankenin is good just donot do bette rthen 15-15 so we can get that top 5 skill draft player. Next yr at least or maybe the 23 season wait for that season Lankenin. Get better learn experience. I think with the top 10 teams we wont be 2-0-1 on average.

    VAN 3
    DET 2
    OTT 2
    NYR 2
    CHI 1
    EDM 1
    ARI 1
    NAS 1
    LA 0
    ANA 0

    Its early though based on last yr records were playing agasint OTT LA ANA for the 2 spot. DET is the worst. You ever hear of the worst there it. These other teams should stay ahead of us once they get there act together/NAS VAN EDM ARI of NAS VAN donot then they are tanking on purpose.

    Eye on the prize top 5 skill draft player. A must top pair D guy.

  • January 25, 2021 at 11:18 am
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    Good post Pucklogic. It’s kind of interesting because Detroit and the Hawks have been at opposite ends of the spectrum regarding their young players – Detroit tends to marinate too long and Chicago not long enough. That has changed a bit lately, probably because unlike years ago when the Wings were stacked at the NHL level so there was no room for the prospects, now Detroit doesn’t have that luxury so the young players don’t spend as much time in the AHL as they used to, more or less by necessity than philosophical change.

    Detroit was missing their top-10 pick in the Boqvist draft – Zadina, and Fabbri who was a 1st round pick by StL in 2014 – (2) top-9 players who would have been in the lineup. They also haven’t played the other 2018 1st round pick Joe Veleno – he’s currently on their taxi squad. They have (3) other high draft picks that should be in the NHL probably next season – d-men Moritz Seider (#6 in 2019) and Jonaton Berggren (#33 in 2018) and forward Lucas Raymond (#4 in 2020). So they have (6) almost sure fire NHL players not playing for them right now.

    The Hawks, on the other hand, have all their main prospects on the NHL roster with the exception of Lucas Reichel (#17 in 2020) and of course Dach on LTIR.

    From the perspective of young players of the current NHL roster – we are in better shape than Detroit – but long term Detroit is probably in better shape so long as Seider and Raymond reach their potential.

  • January 25, 2021 at 12:16 pm
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    Not prospects or on team right now but were playing without4 good players 20 50 19 77 and a ok player 92 so even though they were missing more we where missing more in quality.

    I know your point was about prospects.

    Just saying were were somewhat equally short handed as them.

  • January 25, 2021 at 1:00 pm
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    6 games in – my opinion.

    I like what is happening, regardless the results. I don’t have a problem with the head coach – other than he didn’t stand up for himself early on in his career toward the core players and their complaints. I thought he needed to DEMAND an opportunity from those players, but he chose to eventually give in. Now, in retrospect, he was smarter than me. He still has a job and a new contract. That wouldn’t have happened if he continued to allow the team to project discontent, openly fought them and lost those fights. Toews not being on the team right now works in JC’s favor. It allows one more interested person into each moment and the more the team develops while he is out makes it harder for him to act discontent. As for Kane and Keith – they know their options. For this board – haters will hate JC and Bowman. A 20 game win streak will be due to Kane or Keith, while a single game losing streak will be on JC. This board is very transparent – a rare thing in our world these days.

    Keith leads the team in penalty minutes. Mitchell leads with worst +/-, Janmark leads in FO% (we have 4 guys over 50%) and Kane leads in points. We have 19 goals, 8 of them on the PP. Draw your own conclusion of how stats relate to game performance. Use them as you need – it’s what we do!!

    I stand by my belief post playoffs that Boqvist needs AHL time and I hope it happens. More than anything else, he needs to believe in himself again – see posts by ER. Athletes have larger egos and need to be confident in order to play to their abilities. I did feel the Sunday game ‘slowed down’ for Boqvist, meaning his decisions were more timely and correct. He was less chaotic, more positionally sound and basically under control and was seeing the ice in front of him. I think it was his strongest game. Let’s see what Tuesday brings. Perhaps this is a turning point and something he can grow with, or just a good day against a weak opponent. The road in the NHL will be greatly bumpier than the AHL for him, as it appears right now. Let’s get him confident first.

    Lankinen. Pretty sure most of us expected this to happen. Subban needs to play against Detroit. PK can be ugly at times.

    Murphy now should stop the Hammer trade haters. Give Bowman credit? Hahahahahaha. Haters will hate. This was the best ‘sell high’ trade Bowman has made.

    Zadorov is an imposing figure. He tends to calm the the after-whistle moments in front of our net.

    Mitchell – looks pretty good so far. But we have been here before. I won’t list the castoffs who were on top d-lines in the past 4 years. Games – he needs games. The more he plays at the current level, the more he is likely to retain for his future without needing to relearn. He needs to be brought along like Dach was last year – slowly. The board screamed for more Dach. The coaches waited. They eventually got what they wanted – an NHL quality player when the season was over. The same thing happened with Kubalik. We need to get 3 or 4 more of those player victories (Kurachev, Suter and Hagel come to mind) this year and then we can blame JC for all the failures. Transparency is good.

    No Detroit games left this week. The haters should be back soon.

  • January 25, 2021 at 1:02 pm
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    Yes, I am Bob. That’s what happens when you get old and change computers. I will go back being a Lughead.

    I am what I am. Transparency is good.

  • January 25, 2021 at 1:09 pm
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    Good post Bob – the time for Boquist to play in the Ahl was last year

    Now that he’s here unless he goes completely south I think he should stay

    He seems more mentally resilient than perhaps expected and I am optimistic he’ll continue to improve throughout this season

    If I’m wrong I’ll admit it

  • January 25, 2021 at 1:11 pm
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    Comparing the players on the current roster of the Wings and Hawks – The Hawks are in better shape with young players currently at the NHL level.

    The wings have only (7) players who would regularly be in the lineup who are not over the age of 25 – Larkin (24), Bertuzzi (25), Fabbri (25), Erne (25), Zadina (21), Rasmussen (21), and Hronek (23). Add in 26 year old Mantha and make it (8) “young players” who look to be part of their rebuild.

    The Hawks have (11) players who would regularly be in the lineup who are not over the age of 25 – DCat (23), Strome (23), Dach (20), Kubalik (25), Suter (24), Hagel (22), Kurashev (21), Nylander (22), Lankinen (25), Boqvist (20), and Mitchell (22) and who all look to be part of the rebuild.

    Advantage Chicago, for now.

  • January 25, 2021 at 1:20 pm
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    Hey Bob,
    Wanna bet this team does not win 20 in a row?

  • January 25, 2021 at 1:28 pm
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    Thing is 10 people can look at a prospect and have 10 different perspectives on him. Supposedly the professionals developing them can look at all 10 perspectives and make the right decisions on them. Hopefully this season continues to trend up in the youngsters stepping up their play and showing lots of growth. That has been looking successful on most fronts so far.

  • January 25, 2021 at 2:10 pm
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    Ian Mitchell is going to be a solid NHL player. Might not be a star, but I love everything about this kid and his developmental potential. Bowman hit the mark on this one.

  • January 25, 2021 at 3:01 pm
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    Pp.. I might take that bet if you sit Keith for 20 games…. lol
    Bob,
    GREAT POST – right on the money….
    Hawks didn’t just play good under this sucky coach, they won cause detroit sucks….
    Lmfaoooooo.

  • January 25, 2021 at 3:09 pm
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    ER, wonder how many 25 age we had in 2008 or 2009 the last time we were loading a young wave.

  • January 25, 2021 at 5:59 pm
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    morrison

    hawks 2008-2009 roster

    cam barker 22
    dave bolland 22
    troy brouwer 23
    dustin byfuglien 23
    corey crawford 24
    jake dowell 23
    ben eager 25
    colin fraser 24
    jordan hendry 24
    james wisniewski 24
    niklas hjarmalsson 21
    patrick kane 20
    duncan keith 25
    andrew ladd 23
    antti niemi 25
    brent seabrook 23
    jack skille 21
    jonathon toews 20
    kris versteeg 22

  • January 25, 2021 at 7:06 pm
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    Thats a young wave like Jaws in Maui.

    Was thinking 2 7 10 82 81 11 27 32 5 were over 25 not by much though.

    Can see you have to have a base of a young wave for the foundation.

    And enough elites.

  • January 25, 2021 at 7:12 pm
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    e: Billy Reay’s hard-on for benching Duncan Keith – you’re an idiot. And every time you say he should sit for a month it sounds increasingly ridiculous. So please, do everyone a favor and keep it to yourself.

  • January 25, 2021 at 9:23 pm
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    cam barker 22
    dave bolland 22 Reichel
    troy brouwer 23
    dustin byfuglien 23
    corey crawford 24 Lankenin
    jake dowell 23
    ben eager 25 Enwhistle
    colin fraser 24
    jordan hendry 24
    james wisniewski 24
    niklas hjarmalsson 21 draft pick 21
    patrick kane 20 same
    duncan keith 25 same
    andrew ladd 23
    antti niemi 25
    brent seabrook 23
    jack skille 21
    jonathon toews 20 same
    kris versteeg 22 Suter?

    Sharpy 25 Debrincat
    Hossa 30 Dach
    Shaw 19 Barratt

    Not comparing/and core deacde older just similiar type of players.

    We have some/lots of the pieces already future is going good again. Just have to get a couple more elites and more good players/depth/role.

  • January 26, 2021 at 2:55 pm
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    Tab lol well said….Duncan Keith is the Hawks current best defenseman, and other than Murphy, it isn’t really close. Not remotely.

    Watch what they trust him with….going against the other team’s best players. He slots everyone on the d core down one notch so they can look better. Watch how many offensive plays by the other team he breaks up. Yes his shot isn’t what it used to be when he was younger. Yes, like all dmen that play a ton of minutes in all situations, he give it away sometimes. But his skill level, toughness, mobility, compete level and intelligence is unmatched on the Hawks roster anywhere except for Kane.

    So when you evaluate the teams defenders, keep in mind no one else has Keith’s assignment. It’s much easier to be a 5-6 dman and look good than be a number one. Which, at this point, is pretty unfair to Keith to slot him in that role, but he is still the best we have…..

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