Shouldn't Bolland be playing with the guys he was playing with before? Hossa and Frolik? I'd even be okay with Smith up there.
Where's the STK line? Our most successful line all year? Now that we can have a 2nd line worth a damn I was expecting to see them come back.
They'll be together for all PP's, and quite honestly, the best way to beat these guys is to roll lines with them. These lines give us a chance at doing that. I liked seeing Sharp at center last game. The attack was a lot more consistent when it was spread out.
Yeah, I don't know what the Hawks would think about those guys stepping into the NHL in a playoff game, but based strictly on talent and upside for the game, I go with Lalonde. He had a very good year in the A and deserves the reward. To amp it up physically, you go with Exelby.
I like it better that way. Although, you're completely right, it's inconsistent with the leagues message these days, but what about this league is consistent these days? I just feel the players had more respect for each other when a dirty hit on Seabs meant a dirty hit on a Sedin or whoever. There was an understanding of the boundries back then. Now, you have a goon like Torres out there doing whatever he wants without on-ice repructions and a 50-50 shot at best of getting disciplined from the league, so he's just an animal on the loose out there. I expect someone to take a run at him, but the best payback is a win. Let's get up a few goals and take a charging penalty on him or someone else later on in the game.
And do it in the "kill zone" where anything goes, even if a player doesn't have the puck .... what a friggen joke this league has become.
I kind of wish Bolly was out tonight. Just last week he said he still had symptoms and his awareness was not there. I have a hard time believing he truly is 100% now. It's not worth ruining the guy's health/career over.
BTW - not sure if it was mentioned here anywhere, but Crawford didn't make the final 3 for Calder. Skinner, Couture and Grabner are the final 3.
I know I'll be alone on this thought - but I'd go with Turco tonight. Crawford isn't playing as well as he was a few weeks ago. This team is desparate and needs a spark.
No way on Turco. Keenan isn't coaching this team anymore. Crawford brought us here; we just haven't been able to put the puck in the net this series. Then what do you do if we win 4-3 (which is about the only way Turco wins, well, it has to be vs. CBJ too). Seriously, cut the kid some slack. Turco is an average AHL goalie at best. I'll be surprised if he ever sees NHL ice again.
Pretty hilarious. Crawford has like 2-3 meh periods after dragging us here kicking and screaming and people want to turn on him. I know its easier to blame crawford because this is his first full time run with the team, but Sharp/Toews/Hossa/Kane/Keith deserve the blame here. Ya know, the guys taking up ~27mil in cap space that are -2, -3, -3, 0, -4 respectively with 1 ES point combined.