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Second Balcony Breakdown: WE’RE BACK

Did they even TRY with these?

Did they even TRY with these?

No. Seriously. Casey and I have come back to mock the Chicago Blackhawks and the rest of the NHL with Second Balcony Breakdown!

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Topics include:

  • What took us so long to return (SPOILER: it was my fault)
  • The Blackhawks. Duh.
  • The weird start to the NHL season
  • Depressing medical news around the league
  • The Winter Classic and the new Road to the NHL Winter Classic show on Epix. Here’s the teaser video, if you haven’t seen it yet:

  • Potential salary cap problems
  • Potential NHL expansion… to Las Vegas?
  • Has the AHL figured out how to kill the shootout?
  • My trip to Tampa Bay and my upcoming trip to Columbus
  • And, perhaps most importantly, Casey’s “bro fridge” and the problems therein

Because of that last bit, this week’s question is:

How can you tell if jelly has gone bad? Because Casey needs some help with this, you guys.

Follow us on Twitter! I’m at @RunsOnDuncan, and Casey is at @Raedances.


Second Balcony Breakdown: Better Than The Metropolitan Division

Obama > Carcillo.

Obama > Carcillo.

Casey and I return with a new, not-as-late edition of Second Balcony Breakdown.

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Topics include:

  • Casey’s review of the “17 Seconds” documentary
  • The Chicago Blackhawks‘ trip to the White House. If you didn’t get to watch that live, check it here:

  • The Blackhawks games from the past week or so, including games against the Minnesota Wild, Ottawa SenatorsWinnipeg Jets, and Calgary Flames

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Second Balcony Breakdown: The Chicago Blackhawks Podcast Formerly Known As The Quiet Room

I'm starting to think that Patrick Sharp should just be this podcast's mascot. (Photo: Mel Boysen/flickr)

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)
  • Duncan Keith is a weirdo (talking about Brandon Saad‘s “big, hairy” body after the Sharks game). Check out his quotes to Brian Hedger on Hedger’s Twitter, for example.
  • 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.

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Proposed Realignment Puts Chicago Blackhawks In Most Boring Conference Ever

On the plus side, Toews will enjoy feasting on the blood of his new rivals. (Photo: Mel Boysen/flickr)

On the plus side, Jonathan Toews will enjoy feasting on the blood of his new rivals. (Photo: Mel Boysen/flickr)

Last season, the NHL proposed a realignment plan that was swiftly rejected by the NHLPA. Well, guess what? It returns… but not without a few tweaks.

According to Elliotte Friedman from Hockey Night in Canada, the four conference plan is back with a couple of changes. After the jump is the video detailing the plan.

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HurriKane Grounds Jets: Blackhawks vs. Winnipeg Jets Review

Blackhawks win against the Winnipeg Jets 4-3.

The pun in the title is nhl.com-worthy.
And by that, I mean that it’s terrible.

This game seemed to be playing out much like early games last year…

  • The wizened veteran goalie gets the nod in net. (Turco last year, Emery this year)
  • The defense promptly forgets to defend in front of the veteran goalie.
  • The opposing team is suddenly up two goals early in the first period, both by some random player (Slater? What?).
  • Meatheads everywhere call for the veteran goalie’s head.

Now, here’s the difference between last year’s team and this year’s team. See, last year, this game would’ve played out something like this:

  • The Blackhawks tie the game by the end of the second period.
  • Around the middle of the third, Duncan Keith (or maybe Brent Seabrook) herp-derps around the net, causing an ugly turnover, which causes the opposing team to score the tie-breaking goal.
  • Coach Q panics and starts changing around lines like a crazy person.
  • With nothing else working, Q pulls the veteran goalie with a minute left in the third to put an extra man out there.
  • The opposing team scores an empty-net goal.
  • Kat goes home and writes an angry post filled with macros.

However, this year, this is what actually happened:

  • Q takes a time out to yell at everyone.
  • Patrick Kane decides to go into beast mode.
  • The Blackhawks go on to score four goals. Kane gets one of these goals, as well as two assists.
  • The Jets manage to put up another goal (by Kyle Wellwood, of all people).
  • The Blackhawks hang on to win the game in regulation, because they’ll be damned if they lose to the Winnipeg Thrashers.

I like this year’s team better. By a lot.

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I Can Almost Remember Their Funny Faces: Blackhawks vs. Winnipeg Jets Preview

October 13, 2011

8:30 PM ET/7:30 PM CT

Comcast SportsNet Chicago, TSN, TSN-Jets

Chicago Blackhawks
Record: 1-1-0
Points: 2
Western Conference Standing: 9th
Central Division Standing: 3rd


Winnipeg Jets
Record: 0-1-0
Points: 0
Eastern Conference Standing: 15th
Southeast Division Standing: 5th

The Enemy’s Aerys Sports Site: Mile High Flyin’

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AHL 101: Intro To The American Hockey League

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.

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Ten Blackhawks Games You Have To See Live

It's so close! (Photo: Jed Sullivan/flickr)

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.)

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