Thursday, June 17, 2010

Hockey season is less than 4 months away...

Okay, I know it just ended (for the Blackhawks!), but winners and losers alike (sorry, Leafs) always look forward to next year. (The Cubs have already started.) The preseason Hawks schedule is up:

DateOpponentVenueTime (Central)
Wed, Sept. 22at Tampa Bay LightningMTS Centre (Winnipeg)7 pm
Fri, Sept. 24at Detroit Red WingsJoe Louis ArenaTBD
Sat, Sept. 25vs. Detroit Red WingsUnited CenterTBD
Tues, Sept. 28at Pittsburgh PenguinsConsol Energy Center6 pm
Thurs, Sept. 30at St. Louis BluesScottrade CenterTBD
Fri, Oct. 1vs. Pittsburgh PenguinsUnited CenterTBD
Sun, Oct. 3vs. St. Louis BluesUnited Center

The best part for me is that by the time these preseason games are happening, I will be really close to having the baby, if I haven't already. I'm really looking forward to having a new addition, and also not being pregnant anymore. I love that our first game is in Winnipeg. Is that a move on Bettman's part to see how many fans show up? Come on, man, just move the Coyotes. Or you know what? Go ahead and move Tampa Bay. They'll already be up there for the first game anyway, and who the hell cares about hockey in Florida?

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Stanley's Tour of Chicago

They did it. The Blackhawks brought the cup home to Chicago. And I'm proud to say I was there for game 1 of the history that was made. I can't wait to go this Sunday on vacation to Chicago. Maybe we'll get a glimpse of the cup? Although I have gotten to see it a few times in Toronto at the IHHF, along with the Conn Smythe. I can't wait to go back and see Toews' name on that one.

So it's been passed around at Chicago bars, attended the a Cubs/Sox game at Wrigley, and been to California to be on the Tonight Show. Where to next?

While I'm not sure of the answer to that question, what the hell is Marian Hossa wearing?! (Check it out at :40)

I know you're not American, but what is that about?! He looks like an extra at the beginning of Borat where he's in Kazakhstan. What, is Hossa letting Ovechkin dress him now? It's the dark sunglasses, hat, and Blackhawks flag as a scarf at the ball game that get me. Well, if he's ridiculously hungover, I believe he has good reason. I noted that Patrick Kane sounded really hoarse on the Tonight Show. I'm sure it' s been non-stop parties, and why not? They're young, they deserve it, and let's face it folks: with our cap space issues, this is probably not a repeater for the 2010-2011 NHL season.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Game Five

So now it's even. Can the Blackhawks pull ahead for the lead today? That depends on some key elements.

  • Buff has to not let Pronger shut him down
  • More improvement in the Hawks passing game
  • Don't get called on dumb penalties (Eager, Versteeg, I'm looking at you)
  • Park in front of the net!
  • Run 'em ragged...we have more depth and will win out
  • Leighton just isn't that good
Home ice advantage should help, but let's seal the deal in six.