Corey Crawford‘s injury, and why Casey doesn’t find it as funny as most people (but I still think it’s hilarious)
The Chicago Blackhawks won their game against the St. Louis Blues even though Antti Raanta still gives us fits because the Patrick Kane–Brad Richards–Kris Versteeg line is the best bargain in hockey right now.
Some other news around the league, such as:
Jean Beliveau died on Tuesday
MORE MUMPS, THOUGH. HONESTLY?
A couple of quick notes about Ilya Bryzgalov working out with the Ducks and Daniel Alfredsson retiring an Ottawa Senator.
Hockey Trashboys: On Steve Lepore, Adrian Dater, and how to be an ally (or not be an ally, as it were). Not that we name any names (lol psych we totally name names).
Questions from the audience! Yes, we’re making this a regular feature on the podcast now, so please send us your questions to us via Twitter (linked below under the cut), my ask box on Tumblr, or on our brand-new email account: firstname.lastname@example.org!
From Rachel: “Can you say 3 nice things (each) about the Blues?”
From a few people on Twitter: “Can you name the Blackhawks’ daemons?” (Casey takes the question exactly wrong — or exactly right, if you’re a computer geek.)
From a friend on Twitter: “Which NHL team do you think would be most likely to sign Hilary Knight for realsies? And follow-up question: which NHL player would she get into a fight with first?”
Jonathan Toews bought a house in Lincoln Park. We make fun of it because we can.
Someone answered our question from last week (“What kind of pet would Patrick Kane have, since he might be allergic to dogs?”) with a fanfic about Patrick Kane and a tortoise. We are presenting it under the cut, because you should read this and know that neither of us are this creative to write this. Also because I LOVE IT.
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.
The Line Cocktail for this week is sad, like Brandon Bollig being on the top line
Question for this week: Who would you least like to see the Blackhawks take on in the first round? And this doesn’t have to be the team you’re most afraid of in the first round, either. You can have your own reasons for why.
Last week’s Blackhawks games against the Nashville Predators (three times!) and St. Louis Blues (thankfully, only one time)
How we would solve the problem of the shootout
Clinching a playoff berth — aw yeah
Jaromir Jagr going to the Boston Bruins
Why we’re not impressed with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Marc-Andre Fleury
The trade deadline and the hilarity therein, including the Columbus Blue Jackets becoming the Columbus Blue Rangers
Should players/teams have to release every single medical detail to the press?
The Line Cocktail for this week will be good for you.
Question for this week: Now that the Blackhawks are in the playoffs, which Western Conference team would you least like them to meet? Also, if they do make it to the Finals who in the Eastern Conference would you least like them to meet? Why?
Me being completely mentally exhausted and blanking out more than once. Sorry, guys.
Today’s preview is brought to you by Krista Golden, the Chicago Blackhawks beat writer for Rant Sports. Follow her on Twitter at @lechatsavant.
Good to have you back again, Hossa. (Photo: Bridget Samuels/flickr)
Welcome to the post-trade apocalypse, brought to you by…wait, this isn’t the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Twitter account. Anyway, tonight we shall see a new St. Louis Blues take on the Chicago Blackhawks. Ho hum, didn’t they beat the Blues twice already? Yeah, they did.
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.
It took all of 12 seconds for the Chicago Blackhawks to score the game-winning goal against the St. Louis Blues, and it was a beauty. The pass went from Brent Seabrook, to Duncan Keith, to Marian Hossa, to Brandon Saad, who deflected the puck off of Jonathan Toews‘ skate and past Jaroslav Halak to make it 1-0.
You need to see this goal for yourself. It’s just everything good and pure about the Blackhawks right now.