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Old 21 January 2018, 13:26
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The fat lady isn't singing yet...

...but she's warming up in the wings.

My Blackhawks are on the ropes right now, and it's beginning to look like this will be the first time in a decade that they didn't make the post season. I'm sure there are a lot of hockey fans who will not miss their presence, given that they've been in the hunt for so long.

It goes without saying that Corey Crawford is the missing link, he's kept them in more games than I can remember over the last several years. But it's pretty clear that the window of opportunity for the core group that has brought so much success to this team is starting to show its age.

They got pasted by the Islanders last night 7-3, and at this point I'm adjusting my expectations and starting to look at a playoff picture that doesn't include the Hawks. In some respects, this might be a good thing, even more of a wakeup call to Bowman that this team needs to build for the future instead of just plugging in players to fit with the current roster.

Lighting are playing lights out right now, and they had their struggles the last couple of years. So the time to think about rebuilding a core is now.
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Old 4 February 2018, 09:35
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Mike Fisher is coming out of retirement and back to the Preds. It will be a few weeks before hes on the ice, but hell be fresh and healthy for the playoffs. This seems like a sound tactic for older players: sit out the first half of the season and come back after the All-Star break for the playoff push.
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Old 4 February 2018, 10:45
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Spinner, brother, I'm a Flyers fan, but even I would have had to root for the Islanders in that game.
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Old 4 February 2018, 13:18
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Philly has a good shot at gaining a wild card, it's a pretty tight race for that last spot. I expect that to see saw over the rest of the season, but they're sitting on it right now. So Philly fans have 2 reasons to be happy right now.

That's how it goes for dominant teams that have sustained success, at some point fans in general want to see some new blood (namely, their teams ) in the mix when the playoffs roll around. I totally get it, we've felt the same way about the Packers for a couple of decades now.

Who the Hawks are really missing right now aside from Crow is Marian Hossa, as old as he is that guy was still playing at a high level, somebody who could not be knocked off the puck. Not that it would make a difference this year, but his absence is notable.

Hawks still have an outside shot, but they need some help from a few teams ahead of them. That's 5 teams that I'd like to see go into an extended slump.
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Old 11 February 2018, 14:41
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Check out this unbelievable behind the back glove save by the Lightning's goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy last night.

https://www.sbnation.com/nhl/2018/2/...-bay-lightning

That's something you don't see everyday.
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Old 15 February 2018, 04:22
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Freakin blues. Up 3 zip over the Preds last night with just 11 mins to go and they crapped the bed again. Gave up a shorty to add to the indigestion.

MAybe I should change teams, them boys in Vegas look a lot better.
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Old 15 February 2018, 14:38
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I'm surprised you don't have anything to say about the Blackhawks long, precipitous fall from grace yet, spectr.

Probably just waiting until they are mathematically eliminated, so that you don't go nuts when somehow they crawl out of the grave and not only make the playoffs (I know, magical thinking on my part), but eliminate the Blues.
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