Chicago Blackhawks on 8-game road swing

Chicago Blackhawks on 8-game road swing

There are 13 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Jan 30, 2009, titled Chicago Blackhawks on 8-game road swing. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Personnel-wise, these are essentially the same Blackhawks who came together during the annual "circus trip" in November, winning the first three of six games over 12 days.

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Tony

Clermont, FL

#1 Jan 31, 2009
Tonights game should be interesting. If the Hawks don't come out ready to play they'll be toast. One thing about the youth on this team is that they don't know any better and nothing seems to phase them..I hope Khabby has another head standing performance in him ala Anaheim....Good luck in the Shark tank...GO HAWKS!
BFM

Wood Dale, IL

#2 Jan 31, 2009
I think we'll see a great effort tonight. It seems this young team gets themselves caught in the trap of taking the ice against supposedly lesser opponents and thinking "we should win this one". Deadly. They know they'll have to earn whatever they get tonight. Then they just need to realize that's the case every night.
I feel good that it's Khabi's "turn" tonight. The NHL on the Fly guys seem to think that when you hit the stretch run you need to settle on one goalie to be the man. Should be interesting. I really want Khabi here the rest of the year, even though he'll sign somewhere else next year and we'll get nothing for him in return. Yes, Huet has been better the last few weeks, but he still has a tendency to give up a soft one. Soft goals break teams backs.
paul

Mississauga, Canada

#3 Jan 31, 2009
BFM wrote:
I think we'll see a great effort tonight. It seems this young team gets themselves caught in the trap of taking the ice against supposedly lesser opponents and thinking "we should win this one". Deadly. They know they'll have to earn whatever they get tonight. Then they just need to realize that's the case every night.
I feel good that it's Khabi's "turn" tonight. The NHL on the Fly guys seem to think that when you hit the stretch run you need to settle on one goalie to be the man. Should be interesting. I really want Khabi here the rest of the year, even though he'll sign somewhere else next year and we'll get nothing for him in return. Yes, Huet has been better the last few weeks, but he still has a tendency to give up a soft one. Soft goals break teams backs.
Yep, when you get a winning horse you ride him as far as he can take you. It is time to decide which of the two is the starter and which is the backup.Khabbi seems to have the hot hand now.
Tom

Muskego, WI

#4 Jan 31, 2009
How about the Blackhawks and Bulls getting together and kicking the circus and ice show out of the UC. These road trips are ridiculous.
Tony

Clermont, FL

#5 Jan 31, 2009
I know I wouldn't be flipping these guys back and forth. Bulin has the most to gain by playing well and is the more consistant of the two...
BFM

Wood Dale, IL

#6 Jan 31, 2009
I just went back and read Rosenbloom (normally I don't bother). I had not heard anywhere else that Bowman was on the road trip. Seems something is inevitable. My gut feeling is only this. With Bowman this hands on, whatever move(s) they make will work. Scotty Bowman has been down the road we are hoping to find so many times he could find it blindfolded. So no matter what move's we make, I will trust in the genius that is Scotty Bowman.

Since: Oct 08

La Crosse, WI

#7 Jan 31, 2009
The Bulin Wall is my choice for the majority of the work. I just hope he stays healthy! This season is all that matters now. They should come out flying tonight against the best.
Doc

Chicago, IL

#8 Jan 31, 2009
BFM et al,

Many have said Bowman doesn't like Buff. There are lots of things that can come out of this trip, but don't be surprised if Buff is sent packing.

There have to be some other Kevin Lowe's out there.
WEST COAST TOM

United States

#9 Jan 31, 2009
Tom wrote:
How about the Blackhawks and Bulls getting together and kicking the circus and ice show out of the UC. These road trips are ridiculous.
__________

With as important that having a decent sheet of ice in your barn for a hockey game is, it really makes my blood boil with all these freakin' side shows that building owners have to allocate some time to. It makes a ton of sense to me to have the circus' and wrestling events and etc. during the summer months when the hockey and basketball teams are out on the courses trying to better their games. In the old days, Chicago Stadium had the BEST ice in the league. Nowadays, not so much in the U/C or any of the other barns that schedule these side shows opposite the hockey schedule. There should be "no events" in the building the night before a hockey game, to ensure that the ice will be in the most pristine condition for both teams to take advantage of. Especially, given the freight of entrance fees that exist today in NHL game venues. Just an observation.
WEST COAST TOM

United States

#10 Jan 31, 2009
Chico17 wrote:
The Bulin Wall is my choice for the majority of the work. I just hope he stays healthy! This season is all that matters now. They should come out flying tonight against the best.
__________

This is a thought and only a thought. What would be the difference between keeping the Nikster the entire season and have him sign elsewhere in the summer for zero ROI; and resigning him soon for an additional season, then trading him in the summer to a team who could afford his services, whereby we at least receive some useable equity in return ???
WEST COAST TOM

United States

#11 Jan 31, 2009
Also, I wouldn't be totally close minded to at least giving some consideration to trading HUET as well in the summer, and thereby make the decision to go with both of our AHL goalies beginning next season, given the fact that both kids have stellar records, statistics, ability, youth, and experience at that level. Coach Q has already proven that a tandem goaltening procedure can and has worked out fine, thus why not Corey Crawford, and Annti Niemi to follow suit in the shoes of Khabbibulin and Huet.
WEST COAST TOM

United States

#12 Jan 31, 2009
Now 1 more goaltending topic to keep in mind. Keep staring in a northwesterly direction about 450 miles away from Chicago. It is seeming to be more and more a definite possibility that the Minnesota Wild are NOT going to resign Nikki Backstrom for the $6.5 mill. that he wants to make. Who would you rather have, Backstrom or Huet ??? Again, just a thought ???
Police Chief Brody

Edwardsburg, MI

#13 Jan 31, 2009
We're going to need a bigger boat!

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