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You may not think it from the levels of stupid that you see all the time on this site, but I'm a pretty analytical person. I'm a finance and economics major and I love doing statistical analysis. However, I am only one man, and a busy man at that. So we're looking for a handful of dedicated Hawks fans who would be willing to collect some scoring chance data. If you want to help further the use of stats in hockey, send an email to BlackhawksDL at gmail dot com.
Don't call it a comeback. Ray Emery's trainer Matt Nichol announced this afternoon that Emery has signed a deal with the Hawks. As expected, Ray will become the backup goalie for the Hawks this year and Alex Salak will go down to Rock Vegas for some more seasoning.
When Emery was invited to camp, I wrote a glowing post about him. This is probably the worst endorsement he could get. I was a big fan of both Huet and Turco. But I can't be wrong about EVERY goalie, right guys?...Guys?...Anybody?
Well here's to hoping that everything goes well for Emery. He's battled back from a degenerative condition in his hip called avascular necrosis that once threatened to end his career. He's worked his butt off to get back to the NHL and has all the confidence (what I'll call swagger but others might call cockiness) in the world. If there's anyone who will push Crawford throughout the season, its the guy who has almost had his entire career taken from him.
Mike, I don't care who promised you what. Get over yourself and your franchise and do whatever the league decides. I truly hope the NHL doesn't move you to the Eastern Conference, just to troll you.
Hugs and kisses,
Blackhawks Down Low
P.S. From our new writer/photoshopper Hattie:
Yet another exclusive find by your friends here at Blackhawks Down Low. As we all heard recently, Ryan Kesler will be one of the stars of ESPN's Body Issue, like Zdeno Chara was last year. After Kesler's admittedly fantastic underwear modeling, I'm sure the female contingency research department at ESPN jumped at the opportunity to get Kes into the photo studio.
Somehow, (I promise they were at least 23% legal means) BHDL was able to obtain a handful of the shots that ESPN photographers took of Kesler. Hit the jump to check 'em out. (NSFW if you can't look at men with their shirts off at work.)
Thursday, as all Blackhawk fans found out, Patrick Kane, the young scrappy forward, arrived on Twitter as @88PKane. Historically, the Blackhawks have been pretty careful about players getting on twitter. However, since the offseason acquisitions of Twitter users Jamal Mayers, Sami Lepisto & Daniel Carcillo; Viktor Stalberg and now Patrick Kane have joined their online ranks.
I know that many of us are waiting for the inevitable trainwreck of Patrick Kane’s misadventures on Twitter, however, I know the organization is smart enough to control that. So the investigative staff at BHDL have obtained the translation guide that the Blackhawks will be using to turn Kaner’s “real” tweets into what you’ll actually see on his timeline. Hit the jump to be enlightened.
Last I night I was in attendance at the Blackhawks and Red Wings preseason game in Chicago when the Smith on Smith crime took place and Benny Smith was knocked cold for a few moments. It was the first time I had ever seen something like that live and in person. The closest comparison I have is when I was at the game against the Capitals when Brian Campbell’s bones exploded into dust after an Alex Ovechkin hit.
As soon as it happened, I was nauseated. I was terrified for Benny’s health and well-being and team allegiances went to the wayside at that moment. It was about one man, injured and unconscious. The cornucopia of emotions I experienced when Smith attempted to get up on his own was instantaneous and gut wrenching. When I saw him begin to move I started to breath a sigh of relief, that is until he laid back down. Then that wave of fear came back over me.
As this is all going on with Smitty, the fear and yearning for vengeance is palpable in the crowd. People seem to be going through different stages as it progresses. Some are still in the fear stage, and some have moved on to the bloodlust stage. For the latter, they’re watching the scrum along the boards were several Hawks & Wings are getting into it. The former still have their eyes glued on Ben Smith, who is finally getting treated by the trainer.
Blackhawks vs Red Wings Presented by Amway 9/28/2010
Time: 7:30 CT
TV: Versus, CSN-CHI
After (basically) the Ice Hogs took the Red Wings Presented by Amway to a shootout at the Joe on Sunday, the Hawks return to the UC with some familiar faces back in the lineup. With only 3 preseason games left, it's going to be interesting to see the lineup, lines and goalie battle. Granted, it doesn't seem like we can get the goalie battle tonight, but whatever. It's going to be a relief to see guys on the ice for the first time this preseason.
One of those guys is Marian Hossa. Hossa sees his first action with the team since staying over in Europe longer due to a variety of personal reasons. Hopefully the late start doesn't affect Hossa. Having two injury shortened seasons has hurt the Hawks (more so last year, where he started playing like a man possessed) as it would be ideal to see the Slovak return to 80 point form this year. It all starts tonight, and let's hope he hits the ground running.
But tonight, it appears Hossa will have a new center in Patrick Kane. Q's decision to try Kaner out at center has brought forward a lot of questions, mainly about why making one of your best pure offensive players a center who has to back check and if his defense has gotten any good at the previously mentioned back checking. I do think Kane can do well at center, but I do not see this being an experiment for very long. Kane himself said that he does better as a winger, but with Sharp's injury it would be nice to know who could play center in a pinch.
Tonight looks to be a crucial game for the Saad/Pirri/Kruger roster battle. It was expected Kruger make the team right out of camp, but he has underwhelmed Q and Saad and Pirri have both been outstanding. I still think that Saad will be in the OHL to start the year but will have taken a lot from this camp. If Pirri keeps this up then he could be looking at a roster spot when the Hawks go to Dallas.
Also, I am curious to see if Dan Carcillo will smarten up a bit tonight. I know it's the preseason, but a lot of eyes were rolled/things broken when Stan signed him. He claimed he was changed, and learned to handle himself better which sounds great had it been true. He took two penalties on Sunday and one of them led to a PPG. The more Carbomb can stay out of the box the better. Not just for himself, but for his team as well. He's still a very good penalty killer.
The Salak/Emery battle takes the night off, with Crawford set to get his second start of the preseason.
Even though it's preseason, there's still some good story lines which should make for an entertaining tilt. Let's go Hawks.
We here at BHDL pride ourselves on our journalistic approach to covering the Blackhawks. This integral approach has led to the discovery of intimate information of the league such as the places Dustin Byfuglien would rather play than Winnipeg, Patrick Kane’s drunken escapades and hunting down the locations of Stanley Cup ice sculptures around Chicago.
However, this find may be the biggest scoop we’ve had here at BHDL. We’ve hounded our sources and managed to obtain unreleased test videos and transcripts of Brendan Shanahan dishing out suspensions for incidents in the past year. We were able to unearth six separate sets of suspensions that Shanny would have handed out last year. Hit the jump to check them out.
The Blackhawks entered tonight’s tilt with the Pittsburgh Penguins coming off a 4-2 loss in their first preseason game against the Edmonton Oilers. The lineup for the night includes mostly kids and Ice Hogs hoping to impress the organization, so a dominating performance isn’t expected.
The first period ended in a scoreless tie with each team trading few opportunities. The best scoring chance of the period was at the very end of the period, where one of the Pens’ farm hands had a clear shot at Salak, but put it right in his chest. There were only 8 total shots in the period, so it was pretty quiet, although the pace of the game was very quick.
Well friends, the time has come live hockey is back. It might be preseason and it might be a shit show, but it’s better than watching the cubs and white sox out terrible each other every night.no comments