NHL Thursday Night [Live Thread]

Are the Chicago Blackhawks for real? [NHL Live Thread]

2/7/13 in NHL   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Blog Photo - NHL Thursday Night [Live Thread]A couple of weeks ago I asked if the NHL season so far was what we expected.  A few things have changed since them, but the Chicago Blackhawks really haven't.  The have an incredible record so far, sitting at 8-0-2 and are approaching a club record.  Only twice have they failed to win outright in regulation, but in both cases, they have been victorious in OT, without going to a shoot out.  

That game is, of course, the featured game throughout the league, but if you aren't a fan of the Blackhawks, or the Phoenix Coyotes, their opponents for the day, there are eleven other games on tap to entertain you.

Our schedule looks like this:

7:00 pm

Montreal Canadiens at Buffalo Sabres
Tampa Bay Lightning at New Jersey Devils
New York Islanders at New York Rangers
Florida Panthers at Philadelphia Flyers
Washington Capitals at Pittsburgh Penguins
Calgary Flames at Columbus Blue Jackets

7:30 pm

Carolina Hurricanes at Ottawa Senator

8:00 pm

Toronto Maple Leafs at Winnipeg Jets
Detroit Red Wings at St. Louis Blues
Los Angeles Kings at Nashville Predators
Vancouver Canucks at Minnesota Wild

9:00 pm

Chicago Blackhawks at Phoenix Coyotes

The NHL Network is televising the Caps and Pens game, and if you are a Pittsburgh fan, this might be good news, as they have already defeated the Capitals this year.  The Pens are at at 7 wins with only 3 losses, while the struggling Capitals have only two wins this season. and neither of those is on the road.  As a Washington Redskins fan, I also follow the Capitals, and I hate that the teams seems to be struggling so badly.  Star Alex Ovechkin just isn't the star one would expect so far this year, and Braden Holtby, in goal, has not been all that.  I'm sure Eric (gearhead) has more to say about this matchup.  One can only hope the Penguins struggle on home ice, but it isn't likely.  They have really come together as a team in the recent games.
Blog Photo - NHL Thursday Night [Live Thread]
In Canada, Rogers Sportsnet will televise three games.  The Hurricanes/Senators game will be shown on Sportsnet East, while Sportsnet West will see the Flames and Sportsnet Pacific will televise the Canucks. Of course, as long as the Flames are on TV, that is the game I will watch.  It might be incredibly depressing, as Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff is out for tonight's game for sure, and possibly future games, depending on how quickly his lower body injury heals.  In goal tonight will be backup, Leland Irving.  The Flames are really not prepared for the loss of Kiprusoff and has brought up another goalie from their farm team, as Irving's backup.  Columbus has played more games than Calgary, but only have one more win.  Depending on how well Irving performs, and how effective the defense is at backing him up, Flames fans could be in for a surprise.  

I know we have fans out there who know far more than I about how their teams are doing, so I'll refrain from offering my "expert" opinion.  If you have some wisdom to impart, or if you are watching and can offer insights, we'd sure appreciate that.  In any case, join in!
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2/8/13   |   texas_tornado4261   |   84394 respect

Debi_L wrote:
Made you click on it, didn't it? 

of course the Blackhawks are for real, and they are kicking ass !!

2/8/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

mcleodglen wrote:
of course they're for real, what kind of article is this anyway?

Made you click on it, didn't it? 

2/8/13   |   kteacher   |   34390 respect

Jess wrote:
Yea, but they've had some pretty bad years :/

indecision

2/8/13   |   mcleodglen   |   32 respect

of course they're for real, what kind of article is this anyway?

2/8/13   |   derms33   |   17645 respect

Oh, and the Blackhawks are 4real

2/8/13   |   Jess   |   34861 respect

kteacher wrote:
Says the chic who's team has only lost once. indecision


laugh

Yea, but they've had some pretty bad years :/

2/8/13   |   Scott   |   53716 respect

Debi_L wrote:
And word has just come down that Tim Thomas, goalie for the Boston Bruins, has been traded to the New York Islanders for a reported conditional second round draft choice in 2015.  Thomas chose not to play after the lockout was settled and was suspended by the Bruins when he failed to show up for training camp. 
Apparently, Thomas isn't expected to play for New York either, and the conditional pick is dependent upon that suposition.

This trade was for no other reason then to get the Bruins above the salary cap floor.  IMO, it's rather shady but it is well within the rules

2/8/13   |   kteacher   |   34390 respect

Jess wrote:
I know...but it's a really really great memory. And they'll get better again.

Says the chic who's team has only lost once. indecision


laugh

2/8/13   |   Jess   |   34861 respect

kteacher wrote:
It's just a memory. 

I know...but it's a really really great memory. And they'll get better again.

2/8/13   |   kteacher   |   34390 respect

Jess wrote:
They have a really pretty shiny silver trophy though from just recently, so there's that cheeky

It's just a memory. 

2/8/13   |   Jess   |   34861 respect

kteacher wrote:
The Kings suck balls.

They have a really pretty shiny silver trophy though from just recently, so there's that cheeky

2/8/13   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

Jess wrote:
I lost the TV to my husband since the Ducks aren't playing. #sadpanda

It all evens out, cause tomorrow night your Ducks are the only game.

2/7/13   |   derms33   |   17645 respect

kteacher wrote:
The Kings suck balls.

but if they get hot at the right time...you know, like last season

2/7/13   |   kteacher   |   34390 respect

The Kings suck balls.

2/7/13   |   Jess   |   34861 respect

I lost the TV to my husband since the Ducks aren't playing. #sadpanda

2/7/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Most of the late games are NOT going the way I want!! angry

*Stomping feet!!!

2/7/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

wrote:
(sigh) ?!?!?  angry  

Well, I like a "good" game, not a blowout!!! 

Phoenix scored one.  It still isn't a game, but at least they haven't given up!

2/7/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

wrote:
4-0 Hawks at the end of the 1st (Stalberg, Kane (PP), Bolland, Kane (PP))

*sigh*

Well, we kind of knew it was going to happen, right?

2/7/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Calgary wins in OT, Montreal and Buffalo have gone to the Shoot out.

2/7/13   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

5-2 Pens and they've won 5 in a row despite playing probably the worst 20 minutes of the season tonight in the 3rd period.  They laid back way too much, and that reminded me a lot of game 7 in Detroit.indecision

2/7/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

(Edited by Debi_L)

Well, Dan, your ice cold Rangers have pulled off the win! Final score 4-1.

Columbus has tied it up.  I HATE not being able to see the game :(

2/7/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Washington gets one!! I know it's a bit late, but 5-2 is definitely better than 5-1.

Sorry Eric sad

(Person of Interest is pretty good tonight)

Calgary has gone ahead of Columbus, 3-2

2/7/13   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

Wow, Pens are all over the Caps!  Eric, any idea why Adam Oates pulled Neuvirth when it was only 2-1?  I've been going back and forth between all the games.  I'd think unless he got hurt there's no reason to put in the guy that gave up 6 goals on Sunday.

2/7/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

I'm shocked that the Flames and Blue Jackets are tied after 2.  Good one, Dan! Rangers up by 2 yet again smiley

2/7/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the 2013 Washington Capitals!

2/7/13   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

Big boy save by Lundqvist, and then the kid, Miller, gets his second of the game in his second career game!

2/7/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

In the second period, Montreal and Buffalo tied at 2, Tampa Bay and New Jersey tied at 1,  Islanders have gained one on the Rangers, so it's 2-1, Philly has jumped ahead 2-1,  and unfortunately, Pittsburgh has grabbed 4 on the Caps crying.  Calgary has tied it up at 2 and Ottawa has gone ahead of Dave's team 1-0.  

2/7/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

(okay, just as an aside to hockey, I just watched the Teen Jeopardy tournament for today and HOLY CRAP!!!!)

Carry on - most early games are still in their first break

2/7/13   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

Of course I can't watch the Rangers-Islanders game and my ice-cold Rangers net two in the first. I guess I shouldn't complain.

2/7/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Damn, got up to finish washing up a dirty pan and Columbus has gone ahead 2-1

2/7/13   |   Jess   |   34861 respect

There are twelve games tonight and my Ducks aren't playing. indecision

I'll be watching hockey anyway, make no mistake..it's just always funny to me when they're not included in the big hockey nights.

2/7/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Eric_ wrote:
A repeat of Colbert, Jeopardy, Community, and Parks and Rec. Thanks to those I don't have to watch the Caps continue their Embarrassment Tour Through the Eastern Conference. That's what I have to say. cheeky

Too bad.  They're leading.  cheeky

2/7/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Washington has scored first, and leads Pittsburgh 1-0, while Calgary and Columbus are tied, as are Montreal and Buffalo.  The Rangers lead the Islanders by 1.  Tampa Bay and New Jersey are still locked at 0

2/7/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

A repeat of Colbert, Jeopardy, Community, and Parks and Rec. Thanks to those I don't have to watch the Caps continue their Embarrassment Tour Through the Eastern Conference. That's what I have to say. cheeky

2/7/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

And my game has been blacked out.  I'm pissed.

2/7/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

And word has just come down that Tim Thomas, goalie for the Boston Bruins, has been traded to the New York Islanders for a reported conditional second round draft choice in 2015.  Thomas chose not to play after the lockout was settled and was suspended by the Bruins when he failed to show up for training camp. 
Apparently, Thomas isn't expected to play for New York either, and the conditional pick is dependent upon that suposition.