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UsernameWasTaken 01-22-2013 09:58 AM

Chicago vs. St. Louis - 01.22.13 - Home Opener! - 7:30 CT
 
One of these teams isn't going to be undefeated after tonight!

I think St. Louis is probably the better team - but they're also coming right off a game that went to a shoot out. We're rested.

Go Hawks!

committedindian86 01-22-2013 10:16 AM

Have to miss it cause I'm working until 5 but for those of you who are interested, 430pm red carpet event with players on the 100 level concourse. I guess below zero temps are too cold to do it outside like usual. So ready for the Madhouse to be rocking tonight.

:yo:

TorMenT 01-22-2013 10:18 AM

I've got the same thought process as you. I think our top 6 is superior and scoring potential is higher, but they have better goaltending. Expecting a 3-2 game no matter who wins. Hopefully it's the Hawks!

Illinihockey 01-22-2013 10:20 AM

Hawks play the Blues tough, expect a tough, close game. Think we'll see at least one if not a couple of fights.

RayFIN 01-22-2013 10:21 AM

Very curious to see which goalie we go against tonight, as they both played ~30 minutes last night. I think Halak was 32 minutes, and 33 + the shootout for Elliot.


Just saw the Blues thread, and they have Elliot as the starter in their GDT... but I do not think that is confirmed after last night, and still going off the Tweet before their game yesterday.

ChiGuySez 01-22-2013 10:23 AM

Doesnt get any easier, does it? The toughest 3 games this year and the Hawks just won the first 2 on the road.

St.Louis is definitely better between the pipes. Tarasenko is on a tear. The Hawks better have someone to shut him down but cant forget their secondary scoring either.

Sevanston 01-22-2013 10:26 AM

Big test for Kruger and Frolik tonight if they get put up against Tarasenko

Though this might be one of those night where Bolland becomes both our #2 and our shutdown center.

No Fun Shogun 01-22-2013 10:27 AM

Battle between the eventual #1 and #2 teams in the division, in all likelihood.

Let's get off to a good start for the chase for #1!

MurrayBannerman 01-22-2013 10:35 AM

Sitting in 325 tonight

Kurtosis 01-22-2013 10:36 AM

To me the Blues has surpassed the Canucks as my most loathed team. Everything about them from the players on the team, the fans, and the city annoy the living hell out of me.

That being said it will be a tough game, but one that can be pulled out if Crawford decides to come and play a position called goalie, which he only occasionally seems to be up to the task for.

Kurtosis 01-22-2013 10:37 AM

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Originally Posted by MurrayBannerman (Post 58078685)
Sitting in 325 tonight

I hate you. Business Law tonight, ugh.

Have fun.

Illinihockey 01-22-2013 10:40 AM

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Originally Posted by Kurtosis (Post 58078735)
To me the Blues has surpassed the Canucks as my most loathed team. Everything about them from the players on the team, the fans, and the city annoy the living hell out of me.

That being said it will be a tough game, but one that can be pulled out if Crawford decides to come and play a position called goalie, which he only occasionally seems to be up to the task for.

They've long been my 2nd most hated team. Don't see that changing any time soon.

Kurtosis 01-22-2013 10:42 AM

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Originally Posted by Illinihockey (Post 58078991)
They've long been my 2nd most hated team. Don't see that changing any time soon.

They are always near the top for me as well, but the last couple year's incarnations have ratcheted up the hate quite a bit.

Illinihockey 01-22-2013 10:44 AM

Wonder if Reaves will be up for his 3rd ass kicking by Bollig. Can't wait for Jackman to punch Kane then go hide behind the refs.

UsernameWasTaken 01-22-2013 10:47 AM

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Originally Posted by RayP (Post 58077919)
Very curious to see which goalie we go against tonight, as they both played ~30 minutes last night. I think Halak was 32 minutes, and 33 + the shootout for Elliot.


Just saw the Blues thread, and they have Elliot as the starter in their GDT... but I do not think that is confirmed after last night, and still going off the Tweet before their game yesterday.

fwiw, their GDT is saying it's Elliot.

HawksFan74 01-22-2013 10:50 AM

I have to fly to LA so I'm going to completely miss this game. Big test for the Hawks but they need to come out strong at home. I see something in this team I have not seen in a while, swagger!

BobbyJet 01-22-2013 10:57 AM

I think the game we see could very well depend on their goaltending early on. If it’s solid they will try to tighten it down and play your typical tight checking road game. If we can get one or two early goals, it will surely become wide open giving us a decided edge. It is up to us to dictate the puck possession game. A big test certainly. They are not at home but as per usual they will play chippy, and try to intimidate with physical play. This is the time for Bollig to forget the staged crap and play his enforcer role. I won’t be surprised if he the starts the game or at least sees some action on the first line. Blues played last night, but I don’t see that as much of a factor this early into the season.

Their PP has been on fire, so discipline will be a key factor. We can’t afford to take chinzy penalties. Let them self destruct!

Illinihockey 01-22-2013 11:00 AM

Blues PP is at 72% right now, somehow I think thats going to go down.

Sarava 01-22-2013 11:02 AM

If I had to pick a team to win the Cup this season, I would pick the Blues. But the Hawks will be their stiffest test so far. Should be a fun game to watch!

Parayko Physics 01-22-2013 11:07 AM

Didn't realize this was your home opener too. Ouch. An extra days rest and the home opener, I'd say your chances of winning this game are pretty good. Got a feeling it's going to be a wide open game on both sides.

Sarava 01-22-2013 11:11 AM

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Originally Posted by HANDZ 57 (Post 58080579)
Didn't realize this was your home opener too. Ouch. An extra days rest and the home opener, I'd say your chances of winning this game are pretty good. Got a feeling it's going to be a wide open game on both sides.

It's the Hawks 3rd game in 4 days and they traveled 2000 miles across the country. That's not exactly well rested.

DisgruntledHawkFan 01-22-2013 11:12 AM

Cheapest pair I could find was 200. Might have to take the plunge.

MadhouseOnMadison 01-22-2013 11:12 AM

Crawford will basically decide who wins this one.

TorMenT 01-22-2013 11:12 AM

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Originally Posted by MurrayBannerman (Post 58078685)
Sitting in 325 tonight

I'm jelly.

MurrayBannerman 01-22-2013 11:20 AM

I had to go back to school last night because I had a lab this morning, so I'm going to be in a car for about 6 hours today. Totally worth it. Ticket was only $60 too.


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