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  1. ^ This is the one thing I really like about Hayden: he isn't scared. He isn't scared to finish about 90% of his checks and he isn't scared to go into the corners; for a rookie, that's quite impressive (think of how he compares to a guy like TT, for example). Kid's got a ways to go though; he missed at least one major defensive assignment where his man scored a goal last night. I'd be surprised if that was the 4th line. I think Hartman has been "disciplined" enough and quite honestly, I was kind of hoping Q wouldn't bench him yesterday, but he did, and to me, that's enough of a "punishment." I'd like to see him back on the 3rd with Hoss or back on the 2nd (while AA's out) -- he didn't have much success, but then again, it's been a very small sample size and I think he should get some more time there. I'd like to see Rass back in the lineup too.
  2. ^ I've never once said that "4th lines don't matter." Just so we're clear. I'm saying this is where the Hawks are at, as a team, this year. The kids are just as much of a question as the vets (Desi, Tootoo) this year. It's pick your poison.
  3. ^ I see both.
  4. ^ I just think the coaches are simply testing different 4th lines to see which combos/players work. Nothing more; and honestly, there's nothing wrong with that. It's the end of the season and the point lead is wide enough to where Q can afford to "send a message" to a player by benching him and trying a healthy-scratch here and there. Might as well spread the playing time around guys like Desi and Tootoo because either due to injury or due to one of the kids struggling -- and like it or not -- they will most likely need to be called up come playoff time; or at the very least, be viable options for the coaching staff. Making sure they're somewhat game-ready by giving them these last few games of the regular season is the smart move, considering we have yet to have a solidified and consistent 4th line all year.
  5. Why wouldn't they? They have the last change. And what's wrong with playing your 4th line when you have a 3 goal lead? When else would you'd rather play your 4th line?
  6. ^ Nothing wrong with any of this, really. Special teams has always been a problem this year: PK near bottom all year and PP good only in spurts. Speed also is not the Hawks' main strong suit anymore; I mentioned this a while back as well. All of this is fair, regardless of the flack you get. To me, this wasn't "just another loss; oh well" type of game. This was a game after one of the worst losses this team has ever suffered, where you led by 3 goals, and where you threw it away; against a team that was as hungry as any playoff opponent you will face in the near future. Some are saying that the Seabs and Hammer penalties are what changed the game....well, what could have changed the game in our favor, were the Watkowski and Killorn penalties, so no, I don't believe that is a valid reason, just an excuse. The fact they were able to capitalize on their PP's while we were unable to do so (in embarrassing fashion, no less) should be as concerning as our struggling PK. That said, I would agree that this game isn't necessarily indicative of what will happen in the playoffs. It wasn't "just another game," but it wasn't the "end-all-be-all" either. If there was anything I personally gleaned from this game, it would be that this team needs to stay healthy throughout the playoffs, and that players like AA and Hartman are quite vital.
  7. ^ Agreed. Q is getting a little too cute with these pairings.
  8. The fact that Kero is centering the 2nd line in Hartman's absence over Kruger speaks volumes (against the latter). Wonder if that lasts all game.
  9. Per by Corey Long / Correspondent: Blackhawks team scope The Chicago Blackhawks are seven points ahead of the Minnesota Wild for first place in the Central Division and Western Conference but coach Joel Quenneville is making a lineup change by scratching forward Ryan Hartman after he struggled in a 7-0 loss to the Florida Panthers on Saturday. "[Sending a] message or whatever, I think sometimes you have to learn how to handle certain situations," Quenneville said. "And I think we have different options as well. That's where we're at." The Blackhawks are 6-2-0 in their past eight road games and second in the NHL behind the New York Rangers with 23 road wins. "I think the key for us is just simplifying things on the road," forward Andrew Desjardins said. "Especially in the first 5-10 minutes when the opponent is really trying to get off to a good start at home." Goalie Scott Darling will start for the Blackhawks. He's 18-5-3 with a 2.23 goals-against average and .927 save percentage this season. Lightning team scope The Tampa Bay Lightning begin a crucial four-game homestand trailing the Boston Bruins by three points for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference. Tampa Bay has a game in hand but Boston has a 37-32 edge in regulation plus overtime wins. The Lightning have lost their past three home games (0-3-0) but coach Jon Cooper said they remain confident at Amalie Arena. "We've made a pretty good run on home ice, unfortunately the last three here didn't go the way we wanted," Cooper said. "But if you're given this team a choice we're definitely picking to play at home." Forward Jonathan Drouin said even though the Lightning recovered from a 5-3 loss to the Arizona Coyotes on March 21 with back-to-back wins on the road they learned a lesson about protecting home ice. "We feel like we gave away points, especially in the Arizona game," Drouin said. "But we have gotten back to our style and we know we have to be strong defensively against this Chicago team." Centers Tyler Johnsonand Cedric Paquette, and defenseman Jason Garrison, did not participate in the morning skate and remain out indefinitely. Center Steven Stamkos continues to skate with the Lightning but will not play. There is no update on a return to the lineup. Blackhawks projected lines Nick Schmaltz -- Jonathan Toews -- Richard Panik Artemi Panarin -- Tanner Kero -- Patrick Kane Tomas Jurco -- Marcus Kruger -- Marian Hossa John Hayden -- Andrew Desjardins -- Jordin Tootoo Duncan Keith -- Niklas Hjalmarsson Johnny Oduya -- Brent Seabrook Brian Campbell -- Trevor van Riemsdyk Scott Darling Corey Crawford Scratched: Ryan Hartman, Michal Kempny, Michal Rozsival, Dennis Rasmussen Injured: Artem Anisimov (lower body) Lightning projected lines Ondrej Palat -- Brayden Point -- Nikita Kucherov Alex Killorn -- Vladislav Namestnikov -- Jonathan Drouin Adam Erne -- Yanni Gourde -- Joel Vermin Gabriel Dumont -- Greg McKegg -- J.T. Brown Victor Hedman -- Jake Dotchin Anton Stralman -- Andrej Sustr Braydon Coburn -- Luke Witkowski Andrei Vasilevskiy Peter Budaj Scratched: None Injured: Steven Stamkos (knee surgery), Jason Garrison (lower body), Ryan Callahan (hip), Tyler Johnson (lower body), Cedric Paquette (lower body) Status report Jurco is replacing Hartman in the lineup. .... ... Quenneville said the timetable for Anisimov's return to the lineup remain the same. ... Witkowski will remain on defense with Garrison out indefinitely. Who's hot Kucherov has nine points (seven goals, two assists) in his past four games. ....Kane has 21 points (13 goals, eight assists) in his past 15 games. ... Point has eight points (four goals, four assists) in his past seven games. ... Darling has a .951 save percentage in his past six starts (6-0-0). Source: Corey Long / Correspondent:
  10. ^ I think it's quite possible. It would fit Bowman's m.o. to a T (A Big-T).
  11. Agreed. People downplay AA's contribution/presence on that line. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. He is a bargain at that price.
  12. ^ Me too.
  13. I'd simply say this: Corey Crawford is a good to very good goalie. I've always liked him and supported him, personally. Is he one of the greatest? No. I think people on both sides exaggerate this.
  14. ^ I miss those days too. Not necessarily for the fighting aspect as much as the accountability aspect.
  15. So the Bears signed Mark Sanchez to back up Glennon. So, yeah.