Matt Duchene

Raise your hand if you could care less that the NFL Pro Bowl is on Sunday night?! Let’s be real. Not many people on God’s green earth give a crap that the Pro Bowl is this Sunday at 7pm ET on ESPN. You know it’s going downhill when Jameis Winston replaces Tom Brady.  You add in that JJ Watt isnt playing, mind 10 Panthers are prepping for the Super Bowl and let’s face it they really don’t “play” in the Pro Bowl.

It’s kind of a joke… no seriously it is.

Since no one cares about the Pro Bowl, discount is it a surprise that the NHL will be hosting its All Star game on Sunday night as well?!? Well this is one game you should turn in for; here are a few reasons why you should.

The Blackhawks will have Patrick Kane representing them. Jonathan Toews was selected to the team. However, viagra he just pulled out this morning because of and illness (James Neal of the Predators will replace him). He will also be suspended for one game for pulling out of the All-Star game due to NHL rules. However, there are plenty of other amazing players to keep your eyes on.  I hate to play favorites, but let’s focus on the Central Division team. Including the above mentioned Blackhawks superstar Kaner, the Central division is bursting with some of the most amazing talent in the entire NHL.

Let’s start with the stacked defense. Shea Weber (Nashville Predators) and Dustin “Big Buff” Byfuglien (Winnipeg Jets) give the Central two of the toughest and big guns on defense. You add in Roman Josi’s (Nashville) advantage on offense too and this defense is definitely has the upper hand versus the other teams.

On offense the talent is even fiercer; the six Central forwards have combined over 140+ goals… Say what now?! You throw in both young guys from Dallas Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn with Kane. Sprinkle in some Matt Duchene (Colorado Avalanche) and top it off with St.  Louis Blues Vladimir Tarasenko and you have a recipe for goals, goals and more goal scoring.

Your goalies between the pipes are Devan Dubnyk (Minnesota Wild) and Pekka Rinne (Nashville). These two are solid but I still feel Crawford should be there.

One of the things that the NHL All-Star Game does better than any other league is really focusing on changing the format and making it into a true competition, this year they are switching to a 3-on-3 format for the big game.

What does this mean you ask?

Eleven players have been selected from each of the four divisions of the NHL, and those divisional teams will compete for a winner-take-all $1 million prize, because let’s face it that shit goes down when you are playing for some coin….

How does this work, you may be asking?

The Central Division will play the Pacific Division in one 20-minute semifinal game, and the Metropolitan All-Stars will play the Atlantic team in the other. The winning conference in the skills competition gets to decide if it will play first or second in the semifinal. Then the winners of the semifinals will meet in the 20-minute championship game, to determine this year’s All-Star Champion.

Confused? I was as well, but with the always entertaining skills completion and the best of the best actually playing. Tune in and you won’t be disappointed.

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As the saying goes, viagra “all good things must come to an end”, and unfortunately so is the case for the Blackhawks. The Hawks’ incredible streak without a loss in regulation ended Friday night at 24. The Hawks lost 6-2 to a hungry and young Avalanche team that was determined to play spoiler.

But it didn’t end there. Showing how quickly things can change in sports, a new streak started last night versus the Edmonton Oilers as the Hawks lost their second in a row, 6-5. This is unfamiliar territory this season for Hawks fans as the team is on a two game losing streak after riding an incredible high for the first half of the season.

Seven games in eleven days clearly caught up with the Hawks who now will have three full days of rest before hitting the road. The Hawks’ schedule and travel only get harder from here on out.  Look for the Hawks to make some adjustments this week to get back on track.

What You Need to Know From the Weekend

  • Hawks’ goalie Corey Crawford allowed five goals on 19 shots before being pulled for Ray Emery to start the third on Friday night versus the Avalanche.
  • Friday night’s six goals by the Avalanche were the most the Blackhawks have allowed all season.
  • Last night, the Hawks fell behind 4-0 in the first period and had to play catch up the rest of the night. Oilers center Sam Gagner had two goals in the first.
  • Ray Emery was pulled in the first after allowing three goals on nine shots. Crawford came in and gave the Hawks a chance at coming back.
  • The Hawks tried to dig themselves out of a hole and were almost successful getting within one of the Oilers. Patrick Kane had two goals, Marian Hossa, Brent Seabrook and Sheldon Brookbank all scored goals for the Hawks but for only the second time this season, it wasn’t enough to tie things up and send it into overtime.
  • The Hawks took some careless penalties throughout last night’s game and the Oilers capitalized on three of them finding the back of the net.
  • Patrick Sharp missed his second straight game with an upper body injury. He is expected to miss 3-4 weeks. The Hawks are definitely missing Sharpie in the lineup already.
  • The Hawks still have a comfortable 6-point lead over 2nd place Anaheim Ducks in the Western Conference but will take these next few days to rest and figure out what went wrong over the weekend.

Your Take Away Piece:

“It was bound to happen, however, the last two games have not been the Blackhawks we have witnessed the first half of the season. The looked tired, lost and needless to say, their net play hasn’t been stellar. Blame it on injuries, seven games in eleven days, the Hawks are coming up on four days of much needed rest. Look for them to bounce back and get a new streak started on Thursday.”

What’s Next:

The Hawks begin a four game road trip on Thursday night versus the bottom dwellers of the Central Division the Columbus Blue Jackets who happen to be on a current 5-game winning streak. Puck drops at 6:00PM. Tune into Comcast SportsNet for all the action and a stop to this two game losing streak.

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Thanks to the NHL Lockout, check the condensed 48-game NHL season is officially half over, here and the (21-0-3) Blackhawks haven’t lost in regulation yet! The Hawks are the talk of the sports world stealing national headlines as every other NHL team looks to take them down. We’re living through history in the making as this team finds a way to win every night, prescription and there doesn’t seem to be any signs of losing anytime soon.

Even LeBron, who is leading the Miami Heat on the ‘other’ hottest streak in sports, has publicly come out and praised the Hawks.  Check out the video below.

After beating the (8-10-4) Avalanche on Wednesday night (3-2), the Blackhawks head to the mile high city tonight to take on the Avs for round two and continue the streak to 25.

It’s Friday! Can I get an ‘amen’?  With another long winter week under our belts, there is nothing better than having a Blackhawks game to end the week with. I don’t know about you, but I’m already for a few cocktails and to watch the Hawks keep the streak alive. Read on for the must-know details for tonight’s re-match and talk Blackhawks with the best of them.

What You Need to Know: 

  • Patrick Sharp did not join the team in Denver. He is out with an upper body injury that he suffered in Wednesday night’s win over the Avs.
  • Both Andrew Shaw and Marian Hossa are expected to return to the ice after leaving the game injured on Wednesday as well.
  • Brandon Bollig, former HAM and SDI favorite, has had a turbulent week. First, he was assigned to the Rockford IceHogs on Wednesday, but before he could even settle in, he was recalled back up to Chicago and has joined the team in Colorado.  All of this back and forth is due to defensemen, Steve Montador, who has been out since last season, inching closer to recovery.
  • Tonight’s probable goaltenders: Hawks, Corey Crawford, 11-0-3, 1.53 (GAA); Avalanche, Semyon Varlamov, 6-9-3, 2.80 (GAA)

    In Corey Crawford we trust.

  • Who will be the hero tonight? Every close game seems to have one. On Wednesday it was  Dan “Car Bomb” Carcillo who scored the winning goal with only 50 seconds left in regulation. Car Bomb has been a huge presence on the ice since his return after being injured in the first game of the season.
  • Patrick Kane is not only getting midseason awards from the Chicago media, but national as well. He continues to impress us all currently leading the team in points (27), goals (12) and assists (15)
  • Who to Watch for on the Avalanche: Right Winger P.A. Parenteau leads the Avalanche in points (20) and goals (9). Paranteau is a consistent 20-30 goal scorer per season; look for him to be a presence in front of the net. Center Matt Ducheneis back from injury and stuck it to the Hawks on Wednesday by finding the back of the net. Look for the Hawks to double team this skilled 22-year old.

    Matt Duchene

YOUR TAKE AWAY PIECE:

“Will the Blackhawks ever lose; can they really go all season without a loss in regulation? I think the streak will live on tonight. Colorado has a good team, but they are young and inexperienced. The Blackhawks proved that on Wednesday with their speed, maturity and amazing net presence. They will pick up number 25 tonight.”

WHAT’S NEXT:

The Hawks have Saturday night off and then host Edmonton on Sunday night, no better way to end a sports packed weekend with the Hawks. Tune into Comcast SportsNet to check out the action and end you weekend right!

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