Weekend at Uncle Dale’s - Hawks @ Panthers Preview

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Game Time: 6:30 PM

TV/Radio: CSN-Chicago WGN 720

Last year: Panthers won 3-2 in Florida, Hawks won 4-0 at the UC

 

(Here comes the most obvious introduction to a preview)

 

Tonight, the Blackhawks (wait for it....wait for it....) take their talents to South Beach (Bam!) to take on Uncle Dale’s new and improved (maybe) Florida Panthers. The Panthers made waves this summer by signing. Scottie Upshall, Tomas Fleischmann,Sean Bergenheim, Marcel Goc, Matt Bradley, Ed Jovanovski, and Jose Theodore. Joining them via trade were the familiar faces of Brian Campbell, Kris Versteeg and Tomas Kopecky, who were all acquired via trade. They joined the always popular and overhyped Jack Skilie. Skillz seems to get excited to face former teammates, getting into it with Buff and Ladd on Monday night. no comments

Announcing a New Endeavor for @KellyPuckDrunk: Puck Drunk Love

Written by Kelly Thomas Reardon on .

I have some extremely exciting news to announce to the BHDL world today. A few weeks ago, I was approached by the guys at Bloguin about a Puck Daddy style NHL blog. Along with Tim Jervis (@TimPuckDrunk) and Graeme Nichols (@GraemeNichols) from the6thsens.com, I'll be a main editor and feature writer for the new site. We named the new site Puck Drunk Love and you can check us out at puckdrunklove.com, on Twitter at @puckdrunklove and liking us is available over on the Puck Drunk Love page on Facebook. You can also email us over at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

It's A Bonfire, Turn The Lights Out - Hawks Beat Predators 5-4

Written by Andrew Bernier on .

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The fans at the UC ended up receiving treats on Monday night (BECAUSE IT WAS HALLOWEEN IF YOU HAVEN'T FIGURED IT OUT YET FROM ALL THE OTHER PUNS ON HOCKEY SITES) after the Blackhawks beat the Predators in Super Fun Extra Hockey Time.  It was a nerve-racking game from the get-go and stayed hotly contested until the last goal was scored, but alls well that ends well, right?

BHDL Infiltrates the Blackhawks' Costume Party

Written by Kelly Thomas Reardon on .

Once again, your heroes at Blackhawks Down Low have come through in spades. We have been able to sneak into the Blackhawks' Halloween costume party and get exclusive pictures of the best costumes of the night. So without further delay, take a look at the great costumes!

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Dave Bolland: Davey went as himself. Bolland’s Death Glare is known all throughout the NHL and beyond. There are few things more terrifying than Dave Bolland just starting a hole into your soul, all while not blinking for three and a half hours. The “Scariest Costume Contest” was decided once he walked in the door.

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Jonathan Toews: Tazer dressed up as Coach Q. When asked why he dressed as Q, Toews commented that “this team needs to get its act together, so I figured I could have them do conditioning drills before and after the party.” It should be noted that Toews did not smile during this exchange.

Hockey Zombies: Predators @ Hawks Preview

Written by Andrew Bernier on .

Yay.

Game Time: 7:30 PM
TV / Radio: CSN / WGN Radio
Catfish Hurlers: Fang Faction 

Quite fitting that on Halloween the Hawks will play against a team that makes people turn into mindless zombies (or people who changed the channel).

Last time I went into a preview saying the Hawks should win a game, it didn't go so well.  I'll refrain from that today.  Everybody knows how pesky the Preds can be.  The Blackhawks got a good glimpse at that in the 2010 playoffs.  The whole magical playoff run that led to winning the Cup came close to being a first round loss thanks to the Predator's system.

Nashville's game is that trap that kills all fun and hope and life that the opposing hockey team has.  They'll have five guys in the neutral zone and kill whatever speed you try to build up.  The Hawks are going to have to get a little chippy on dump ins.  A guy like Jamal Mayers will definitely come in handy.

Pekka Rinne is coming into tonight on the back of his 100th win.  Rinne blanked the Ducks over the weekend to pick up his 22nd shutout, a franchise record.  He'll face off (Note: Ever notice how stupid that phrase is? When was the last time two goalies had any kind of interaction?) against CrawDaddy.  Craw didn't have a great game against the Canes on Friday, but overall he's had a good season.  The Hawks should limit the Preds scoring chances, especially if Mike Underwood-Fisher misses the game due to an upper-body injury.

If you're heading to the game, be sure to pick up a copy of the Committed Indian on your way in.  Kelly's Bolland Halloween Mask is being featured inside.  Don't miss you chance at having your own creepy death glare! 

I'll Tell You Who Can Beat the Wiz - Blackhawks vs. Fatty Rick Nash's Preview

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Time: 7:30 PM
TV / Radio: WGN / WGN 720
Know Your Foe: Light the Lamp

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In their first central division match up of the year the Blackhawks have the pleasure of hosting the Fatty Rick Nash’s (now with an overpriced side of Wiz!).

Hot off their first first win of the season against the Detroit Red Wings the FRN’s lost to the Buffalo Sabres.

Oh, ummmm...

Whatever. The shitshow dressed up as a hockey game last night down in Raliegh was all tricks I’d like to see over this holiday weekend. I’ve heard enough of the, “I guess we’re just trying to be a little too cute out there”. None of the passes last night were cute, hardly any of them would even be considered passes. Not that history has show us that they let up on the cute at the UC, but hopefully getting outworked last night in all areas knocked some sense into their heads.

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All Tricks & No Treats - Hawks Fall 0-3 to Canes

Written by Kelly Thomas Reardon on .

The Blackhawks came into tonight’s tilt with a seven game point streak and looking to extend that to eight games. The Canes came in with a record of 3-3-3 and a very slow start from Eric Staal.

Three short minutes into the game, a faceoff was up for grabs and the Canes got the puck up to Tim Gleason at the point. Gleason let a wrister fly which was deflected by Tim Brent and past Corey Crawford to give the Canes a 1-0 lead.

The first would end with the 1-0 Canes lead after lots of sloppy and uninspired play by the Hawks. The Hawks just could not keep the puck on their sticks and keep possession in the Canes’ zone save for a couple of shifts by the Brunette/Toews/Sharp line.

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Something Something NASCAR Joke Something - Hawks @ Hurricanes Preview

Written by Andrew Bernier on .

Game Time: 6 PM
TV / Radio: CSN / WGN Radio
Tailgates At Hockey Games: Shutdown Line

 

There ain't a whole ton to say, so this will be pretty quick.  Nothing I'm about to say will shock you.

The Hurricanes aren't a very good hockey team.  Sure they have their share of players who are pretty good.  Jeff Skinner and Eric Staal jump to mind immediately.  And who can forget former Hawk great player Tuomo Ruutu?

Need a Halloween Costume? BHDL has you Covered!

Written by Kelly Thomas Reardon on .

We here at BHDL can sympathize with all of you slackers out there. Because of that, we've provided an easy and fast last-minute Halloween costume for all of you. The Dave Bolland Death Stare Mask!

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As the directions state, simply cut out the face and eyes and proceed to never blink!

You're welcome.

(s/t to @RunsWithHawks for the idea) 

Damn Teemu Selanne: Ducks 2 @ Blackhawks 2, Hawks win Toin Coss

Written by ChiBlackhawks on .

It's funny hearing people rant about narratives in sports journalism. It's funny because the story going into the night was the Blackhawks' struggles on the shootout (scoreless in six tries), the shootout drills held during practice, and what happens when the Hawks play against the Ducks the very next game? Boom. Shootout.

To be fair, it was something that felt almost predestined from the beginning. While you'd be hard-pressed to say the teams traded chances like the Avs and Hawks did last Saturday, and the Hawks did outshoot the Ducks at least initially, the ice tilted fairly evenly throughout the start of the game. It was scoreless after one period where the Blackhawks neither looked too dominant nor were dominated by the Ducks. Where the Hawks, however, could previously boast of not getting more than one penalty per game, they were able to amass two within one, the first a tripping penalty by Sean O'Donnell, and the other a slashing penalty in the waning seconds of the period by Dave Bolland. (Little did we know that would be the second story of the night for the Men of Four Feathers.)

Naturally, the Ducks' top line scored 59 seconds into the next period. Another penalty seemed like it might put the distance between the Ducks and the Hawks, but the kill survived, enough to give Kane and Hossa the chance to work their magic and even the game when Kane spun-o-rama'd a pass to Hossa, who was standing right by an open net ready to poke the puck in before Hiller even knew what was going on.

But a Hawks/Ducks game is not a Hawks/Ducks game without a Teemu Selanne goal, who picked Kaner's pocket and, alone in front of Crawford, put the Ducks up by a goal. The Hawks couldn't do much afterward, but the Ducks paid the Hawks back their late-period penalty with another one of their own. Sadly, the Blackhawks did not do as the Ducks did, and were unable to convert on the power play.

Patrick Sharp tied it up after a beauty of a pass by Patrick Kane (Guy's got a future in the league, doncha think? If only he weren't so damn lazy.) with Jonathan Toews screening Hiller. Noticing a bit of a pattern there? Yeah, me neither.

Kaner then went to the box, and then Hossa followed him a few minutes after. Nobody scored on any ensuing power plays, thank goodness, and the game went to overtime, where the best chances came for the Hawks. Unfortunately, the game was determined not to end in those five minutes, and to shoot-out it did go, where finally, Kane and Toews were both able to absolve themselves of their atrocious showings in shootouts past (all of two games--honestly, the nerve of these boys) and scored to win the toin coss.

One narrative down, fifty more to go.

Thoughts, short and sweet because I'm tired:

  • One day, Frolik will score again. The man had two great chances and it was just him and Hiller. Alas, neither chance found him with a goal. He's still better than Jack Skille.
  • I can probably just watch Dave Bolland check a referee on loop forever and ever.
  • Patrick Kane giveth and taketh. But I'll take a minor penalty here and there for continued chemistry with Hossa and Sharp.
  • It is probably the inefficiency with which we started the season on shootouts, but I'm happy to see Joel Quenneville experimenting with different players on the shootout, especially those whose names don't rhyme with Shatrick Parp.

Star of the Night:

Gunner Williams, that kid who won the shootout game. Maybe Q should've slotted him in between Tazer and Kane, amirite?