Every game that we haven’t covered, which is (surprise!) every game after the home opener, from the St. Louis Blues to the Tampa Bay Lightning (which includes me laughing hysterically about how the Lightning game went down)
Reassuring Blackhawks fans about the stuttering start the team has had
An overview of the NHL standings, or why the Colorado Avalanche are one goaltender injury away from a complete collapse
The timing of Peter Laviolette‘s firing actually makes sense now.
I still hate the Edmonton Oilers, so I don’t care that Nail Yakupov got scratched or that Taylor Hall broke some Gretzky record.
EVERYONE IS GETTING SUSPENDED.
EVERYONE IS GETTING INJURED — especially if they’re on my fantasy team.
I would hate the Buffalo Sabres if they weren’t so sad, but that doesn’t stop me from getting angry with them about the John Scott hit.
Viktor Stalberg is a healthy scratch for the Nashville Predators, and he deserves it.
Old dudes are retiring.
This week’s Line Cocktail will hasten the coming of the holidays.
This week’s question: What Halloween costumes should the Blackhawks wear this year?
Oh, wait — Casey and I did. Yes, we recorded with Fork and CT of HOCKEENIGHT, which quickly turned into a podcast of everything we hate, including:
The Team USA jerseys
NBC Sports Network
The Edmonton Oilers (specifically, “Oil Change”)
The Pittsburgh Penguins
The St. Louis Blues, who are trying to limit the number of Blackhawks fans in the stands like the Nashville Predators.
Terrible contracts handed out by other teams (actually, we love this, to be honest)
Online dating (Well, Casey hates it, anyway — which is why she’s letting other people take over her online dating profile. Casey enjoys long walks on the beach, Sailor Moon, and knocking people over while playing hockey. LADIES.)
The jig guy on the Jumbotron at the United Center
Also, do not Google Tonker.co.uk or Bearforce One. (See, I’m not even going to link these for you. I’m trying to help you out.) Just don’t.
A COMPLETELY RELEVANT PICTURE OF PATRICK SHARP THIS WEEK. (Photo: Mel Boysen)
Second Balcony Breakdown makes a triumphant return this week live from Casey’s apartment (which means the sound quality is about 500% better than any podcast that came before it)! Casey was out of the country last week, so we have a lot of ground to cover, including…
Working backwards, the Chicago Blackhawks‘ games against the… (deep breath) Edmonton Oilers, Colorado Avalanche times two, Minnesota Wild, Detroit Red Wings, Columbus Blue Jackets, St. Louis Blues, and Edmonton Oilers (again)
Other happenings around the NHL, including the debate on visors being reignited by Marc Staal‘s injury, the Anaheim Ducks and Ryan Getzlaf‘s baldness contract extension, the Philadelphia Flyers‘ woes, and the Blue Jackets as the Little Team That Could.
Patrick Sharp‘s insatiable vanity during warmups
Jonathan Toews‘ spread in Splash magazine (click here for the online article about it — you’ll be able to tell what photos I’m talking about when you get there) and his new nickname, Captain Tiger Beat
Casey’s experience watching a Belfast Giants–Cardiff Devils game in Ireland
The best hockey bar Casey has ever been to is in Belfast at the Odyssey Arena, and it’s called Rockies Sports Bar. They have every sort of jersey you can imagine… except for a Blackhawks jersey. Someone needs to get on that. Have the Blackhawks’ people call their people.
The Line Cocktail for the week, which is the most disgusting one yet.
Question for this week: I don’t even know — you find it.
John Scott is suiting up for the Blackhawks tonight, which means the Blackhawks will be skating five defensemen in the third again, essentially. Joy and rapture.
“I like his size (and) defensively he’s not bad. Certainly there’s a presence in his game.” – Joel Quenneville on John Scott. Really? (@ChrisKuc)
The last time the Blackhawks were in Edmonton, the Blackhawks were destroyed 9-2. Ray Emeryhasn’t forgotten. (Chicago Sun-Times)
Is Sami Lepistodead like Kim Johnsson? Tab Bamford investigates. (Committed Indians)
Brendan Morrison will be returning to Calgary tomorrow to say goodbye to his ex-teammates. And it’s so hard to say goodbye to yesterday — or so Boyz II Men told me. (Toronto Sun)
Patrick Sharp and Viktor Stalbergwill be featured on WGN Radio’s Blackhawks Live program. Tickets, uh, were $75, but apparently, they’re sold out. Guess you fans could not resist seeing their pretty faces up close. (Chicago Blackhawks)
As you may have noticed, I didn’t get a review of the Blackhawks-Oilers game up yesterday. That’s because, whenever I got to the part about the Carcillo hit, I would start typing something like “Daniel Carcillo was injured on a STUPID HIT OH MY GOD THAT –” which would go on for about two or three sentences made up mostly of foul language and end with me smashing keys until my article looked something like the picture above.
It wasn’t pretty.
So here’s what we know about Daniel Carcillo right now:
In other Blackhawks news, both Marcus Kruger and Steve Montador were placed on injured reserve. Placing Montador on IR opened the door for the Blackhawks to call up Dylan Olsen from the IceHogs. Here’s a video from the Chicago Tribune of Olsen talking about the call-up.