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Preseason Game Thoughts Roundup

Written by Andrew Bernier on .

Happy Monday.  Hope you all enjoyed our first part of the season preview. We'll be breaking down the Hawks team every morning, so keep checking in with us.
The Hawks had a home-and-home series with the Red Wings this weekend and Kelly and ChiBlackhawks broke down the action for us.  First, Kelly's views on Friday:
  • First goal was caused by Taffe not keeping control of the break out then Crawford giving up a huge rebound
  • Morin is going to be a stud. Maybe not this year, but soon. Very soon.
  • Connelly looked pretty solid on the point during the power play
  • No chance for Crawford on the second goal.
  • Ben Smith made a great move and showcased some speed late in the first
  • I would love Darren Helm in the Indian Head. Works his ass off every shift.
  • Kyle Beach was invisible the entire first except for his egregious offside and stupid penalty.
  • Morin showed great patience on his power play goal, and Kopecky and Pirri created great pressure down low and kept the play alive
  • Third Detroit goal was an awful defensive breakdown, no clear and positioning broke down. Wasted a strong save from Crawford.
  • I didn't notice Brouwer was on the ice until the middle of the second
  • Kopecky was playing like he's auditioning for a top six spot.
  • Is it just me or does Pirri take really long shifts?
  • The second Hawks goal was great puck movement capped off with a god shot from Pirri. Good passes  from Campbell and Morin
  • The call against the Wings no-goal was a bad call. No contact.
  • I'm convinced you will not see Beach in the opening night roster.
  • Three stars: Morin, Pirri, Connelly
And here's ChiBlackhawks' wrap up of Saturday night:
  • In a lineup consisting mostly of veterans, against a team consisting mostly of prospects, Igor Makarov somehow disappeared on the Hawks' fourth line. He tried to create a few chances later on but for the most part, he might be a player better suited to playing top-6 minutes to produce. There just might not be a place for that him in Chicago right now.
  • I have had a hard time noticing Viktor Stalberg in the lineup. Not just for this game, but for the last few (and even the scrimmages too) that he's been in. Is no news still good news in this case?
  • Sure, it's just as likely to cause heart attacks, but Marty Turco's outlet passes/puckhandling skillz with the Hawks' defense is absolutely something else. The blueliners will have to get used to him, and he'll need to also mentor Crawford so that the Hawks won't need to adjust their style drastically when Crawford starts, but I am legitimately excited for the season.
  • LaLonde got sent back to Rockford not long after the game ended, and that's completely fine. Defensemen normally take a few years to develop before they're NHL-ready, and he does need some more time. The good news is we have a few more years. He doesn't need to play 3rd pair minutes when he comes up in the big league.
  • Pisani looked pretty solid. His line with Potulny and Skille had a couple of good shifts in the latter part of the game.
  • Speaking of Skille, that last game definitely made me feel better about having him play for the Hawks this year. I still doubt his ability to be a top-6 player, but we'll probably be able to utilize him in the bottom two lines.
  • I would have loved to see Morin in the lineup yesterday. I just realized that his cap hit is close to a million, which might not help his chances at making the team, but still.
  • Hossa with a shorty-- ahh, for all that the offseason has changed the Hawks, it's good to know some things never change.

Preview: Your 2010 Chicago Blackhawks Goaltenders

Written by Kelly Thomas Reardon on .

The Chicago Blackhawks have been searching for a franchise goalie ever since Ed Belfour split town. After last year's championship season, most fans in Chicago hoped that Antti Niemi had put an end to that search. However, as we all know, that did not last as Niemi left town for (he hopes) greener pastures in San Jose. The Hawks were left with Cristobal Huet and Corey Crawford.

Huet, as we all know, was not going to work in Chicago after the fans turned every home game into hostile road games for the French goaltender.  Huet's ginormous contract is the main reason he was taunted by the fans and it is also the reason he'll be playing in Switzerland next season.  In order to ice a team that has a snowball's chance in hell to be under the cap, Huet will be loaned out to a Swiss professional team to get his cap hit off the Blackhawk's books.

Enough history.

2010 NHL Central Division Preview

Written by ChiBlackhawks on .

Welcome to the final installation of BHDL’s 2010 Western Conference Preview. Next week we’ll be looking at the Blackhawks roster, inasmuch as we can figure out who’s likely to be playing by that time.

(In warning, I’m well aware that the following teams added and let go of more players than the ones I’ll list in Additions/Departures, but for the sake of simplicity I’ll keep the list to impact players, so to speak. Feel free to sound off in the comments if you agree or disagree.)

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Quick Hits on the Blackhawks Preseason Opener

Written by Kelly Thomas Reardon on .

I know it is only preseason, but I wanted to get some thoughts up on what I observed in the Blackhawks preseason opener against the Lightning from Winnipeg.

  • That first power play the Hawks had showcased some fantastic puck movement. Considering that special teams don't get drilled during training camps and the lines for the power play were not all regular NHL'ers, I was damn impressed. Hopefully it is an indication that the power play won't be fucking clown shoes this year.
  • I'm scared to death of that Lightning power play lineup. Yikes.
  • Jeremy Morin looked damn quick out on the ice, was finding the puck, creating opportunities and anticipating plays. He skated with Jonathan Toews pretty much all night, indicating that the team is going to give him a good chance to make the club.
  • Viktor Stalberg = 2008 Troy Brouwer. Get puck, then OHSHITOHSHITOHSHITOHSHITOHSHIT.
  • Whoever runs the organ music in Winnipeg gets major brownie points for Iron Butterfly.
  • I know he's the reigning Norris Trophy winner, but I'm consistently in awe of Duncan Keith's gap control.
  • Nick Boynton's throat slash will get him in more headlines today than he's previously been in the rest of his entire career.
  • Jake Dowell is the meatiest of the meatheads. Him somehow managing to get his head through the back of his jersey made me think of the rhino birth scene from Ace Ventura 2.
  • Evan Brophey got kicked out of a faceoff before touching his stick to the ice. DERP.

Nothing earth-shattering here.  Just like every preseason game, some good, some bad, and thankfully, no injuries.  On to Detroit on Friday.


2010 NHL Northwest Division Preview

Written by Andrew Bernier on .

Welcome to the second installation of our 2010 Western Conference Preview.  Since I drew the short straw, I present you with the Northwest Division, which is going to be just as bad this year as you expect. no comments

2010 NHL Pacific Division Preview

Written by Kelly Thomas Reardon on .

Welcome everyone to the kickoff the Blackhawk Down Low's Western Conference preview for the 2010-2011 season.  I'm honored to start us off with a look at the Pacific division.  On Wednesday, Andrew will preview the Northwest, and finally on Friday, ChiBlackhawks will preview the all-important Central.  Then next week, we'll have posts previewing each positional group for our beloved Blackhawks.

Onto the preview!

Training Camp Festival Wrap Up

Written by Kelly Thomas Reardon on .

(Thank you to Sharpie for the free sign and to @hawknut & Andrew for the idea)

Yours truly was fortunate enough to be able to make it out to the Blackhawks 2010 Training Camp Festival, thanks to Hockey Broad.   While there, I hung out with Blackhawk Down Low's very own Andrew, as well as a few other ladies & gentlemen from Twitter.  It was a blast, mostly because of the company with me, but you're all interested in who looked good and who looked bad.

Stories of a Bender - Managing a Fair Team Philosophy (Fun vs. Competitiveness)

Written by Kelly Thomas Reardon on .

As you may already know, I captain my rec league team, and I'm entering my third full calendar year (sixth season) as the captain.  Even before I took the reins of the team, I knew that I wanted to run the team as fairly as possible, but keep things fun and very competitive.

There are teams out there who are so competitive that it isn't fun for anyone but the stars of the team.  Players that make mistakes or blow opportunities get berated or yelled at.  If the team has an opportunity to get a better player than you, you're left off the team, even if the roster isn't maxed out.  The first line will play every other shift while the second and third lines are left with significantly less ice time than the first line.

This post is going to give a look at how I try to manage the balance between keeping our team competitive, fair and fun to be a part of.  Also, in full disclosure, if you read my post on how I became the captain, absolutely NONE of these criticisms of other teams or captains is about the captain that preceded me.  As I said there, no one had a problem with him as captain; he wanted to step down on his own accord.

Stories of a Bender - The 5 Types of Players You'll Meet

Written by Kelly Thomas Reardon on .

Caution: Naughty language ahead.

One of the most exciting parts of playing rec league hockey is the people you meet.  Speaking from experience, you'll meet a range of people from those who will be invited into your personal life and be considered great friends all the way to if I have a chance to stab this asshole in a dark alley, I'll totally do it.

Some people are just out to have fun and get some exercise, some take it very seriously (*cough*me*cough*) and some don't even care about having fun.  There's 21 year old ‘kids' and 60+ year old ‘dinosaurs.'  There are people of all ages with experience ranging from zippo to 25+ years of rec league experience to college or semi-pro experience.

There are men, there are women.  There are mental grownups and mental juveniles. There are really sweet and cool guys and gals, there are total prick assholes.  I guess what I'm trying to say is that there are all types of people that play rec league hockey.  I'm going to try to break down and tell you about some of the more common benders out there.

So, here we go.

A Day in the Life of an NHL Rumor Monger

Written by Kelly Thomas Reardon on .

After having finally given in and following the most notorious NHL rumor-monger for a few months now, I have a pretty good sense about how he goes about his job.  Here's a day in the life of "An NHL Rumor Monger."  (My apologies to Down Goes Brown for the obvious similarities to some of his posts.  You know what they say: imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.)