The Stars Align in Chicago

Chicago - Winter Classic

Sure, the Dallas Stars are coming into town tonight. They will be a hungry team and have the insane offensive duo of Seguin/Benn (Jamie, that is). These are not the stars I speak of though.

In Joel Quenneville talk, Teuvo Teravainen is playing tonight. The stars align and the Hawks young phenom will show Chicago fans what he’s made of vs. the Dallas Stars. It would make sense he would play in the top 6. I would start him on the wing with the likes of Handzus and Sharp or Saad.

I have been vocal about TT’s hype and think fans should be excited for a player with electric skills that this Finnish forward has to offer, but please do not anticipate a 4 point night. Coach Q will ease him in and use him based on where he feels he’s comfortable.

I will be at the Leafs/Blues game cheering on the Buds, so I will have to review his game afterwards.

I wish the kid all the best and hope he does not disappoint. Just go easy on him though people, he’s 19 years old, in a new city and playing against the best players in the world. It would be ideal though if he popped his NHL cherry against his countryman Kari Lehtonen.

Should be fun to watch reactions tonight. Let’s see how the kid does.

OVERPAID & OVERDONE - FINAL

The argument of the 2nd line centre is today’s focus. News flash, they’ve won 2 cups without an apparent 2nd line pivot. Coach Q and the rest of the staff are just hoping to get some chemistry going heading into the playoffs. Whether it be Big Zeus, Ben Smith or anyone else, having consistent lines, 4 deep is most important right now.

 

4TH LINE GRININ' & LOVIN' IT

A true 4th line grinder is making a difference in a big way. For those wanting Brandon Bollig to fight more, I ask you why? He is playing with the intensity of a playoff warrior these days and looks like Bryan Bickell (lite) did last year in the post season. He’s making the right plays, protecting the puck like a Joe Louis snack in high school and is my hands down pick for most improved player this year. He’s the type of character that others follow in the playoffs, 4th line or not. I am happy he’s proved that he’s more than just a couple of fists on skates.

TY'S TIDBITS - FINAL

~ The Blackhawks have announced the signing of another college player out of the University of New Hampshire. Trevor van Riemsdyk (aka TVR) is the younger brother of Leafs forward James, of the same last name. This signing comes a mere few days after Matt Carey joining the team. TVR is a d-man and has impressive numbers. His contract begins 2014-15. Neither his or Carey’s terms have been put up on CapGeek yet, however, I will post/tweet when I track them down.

~ They’re too short-handed with injuries right now, but if Coach Q wanted to send a message, I would scratch Kris Versteeg for a game. I love the guy, but his play of late defensively has been tough to watch. I know he’s still not 100% from his knee surgery, but he needs to find his overall game going into the post season.

~ Sheldon Brookbank looks to be a favourite of Q’s these days. I know he makes bonehead plays from time to time, but he’s been holding his own for the most part and will give Rozsival a push (when he’s healthy) throughout the playoffs. Rozy has had an up and down season in my opinion, but when he’s on is a great 6th dman. I would rest him up and have him firing on all cylinders for round #1.

~ What is your biggest concern with the Hawks currently? Who do you feel would be the best match-up for the first round?

 

Ty Cam out!


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  1. Steven says:

    Ty,

    Good to see your back writing about the Hawks.

    Steven

    • Thanks Steven! Switching jobs, getting a maniac puppy and getting married this summer will derail a brother pretty quickly!

      Happy to have carved out some time to get back into, right at the most interesting time of the year!

  2. Taylor says:

    Great read man! I think the biggest issue facing the Hawks in the playoffs this is the depth of talent among the top 7 teams in the conference. It’s gonna be a meat grinder for 3 rounds no matter who they face – LA, SJ, ANA, STL are all big, skilled and gritty teams with great goaltending.

    As long as Kane comes back healthy, CHI is still the favourite until further notice. Health would be my biggest concern – there’s no real “good matchup” for them in any round. Keep the dynasty train rolling!