I’m starting to think that Patrick Sharp should just be our “logo.” (Photo: Mel Boysen/flickr)
Welcome to our newly-renamed podcast, Second Balcony Breakdown! Casey and I would like to thank Fork from HOCKEENIGHT for providing us with part of the name (the “Second Balcony” part). Seriously, go check out HOCKEENIGHT if you haven’t already. Just don’t click the links if you’re at work. You might get fired… or arrested.
Onto the topics, which include…
Last week’s Chicago Blackhawks games against the San Jose Sharks and Columbus Blue Jackets (we already had a special podcast about the game against the Vancouver Canucks, which you can listen to here)
Lindy Ruff, and why the Buffalo Sabres are terrible
Various games around the league, including the shitshow that was the Pittsburgh Penguins/Philadelphia Flyers game, the return of Luocho in the Canucks game against the Detroit Red Wings, and Evgeni Malkin‘s concussion in the Penguins’ game against the Florida Panthers
The NHL’s proposed realignment plan and why it’s boring (check out my post about it)
This week’s Line Cocktail Whoops, no Line Cocktail for this week, because we forgot. Next week’s will be a doozy to make up for this.
This week’s question: With Detroit possibly out of the Blackhawks’ conference next year, who will take their place as their top rival?
Click the button below to listen. One of these days, I will sound less like I’m talking with a scarf wrapped around my face while inside a tin shed. Hopefully by next week.
All professional hockey players have to start somewhere.
And while players like Patrick Kane or Sidney Crosby can make the jump from junior leagues into the NHL, most hockey players need a little bit of seasoning. They need a place to hone their skills before they make that leap to the big show.
For most hockey players, that place is the American Hockey League.
The AHL celebrated its 75th anniversary last season. Every NHL team is now affiliated with one AHL team. (Before then, there would be shared affiliation between two NHL teams, sort of like the situation in the ECHL today.) Here on Runs On Duncan, we provide you with news on two of those teams — the Rockford IceHogs (affiliated with the Blackhawks) and the Chicago Wolves (affiliated with the Canucks).
Why is the AHL so important? Why are there two teams with the name “Admirals”? And why in God’s name are we covering a team affiliated with the Vancouver Canucks (besides the fact that they’re in Chicago)? Come along and learn some things after the jump.
Tomorrow at 10am, Blackhawks regular-season tickets will go on sale via Ticketmaster, and, trust me — it will be a mad scramble. But what games will give you the most bang out of your 45 bucks (at least)? I’ve decided to help you out with the ten game tickets you should try to get your hands on tomorrow, given here in chronological order.
(You may find that this list is Eastern Conference-heavy — but this is because this will be the only chance to see these teams in the United Center this year. If you want to complain, blame Bettman.)