CTL: How good can the Blackhawks be be?
Fri, 25 Jan 2013|
The CTL panel talks about the Blackhawks' 4-0 start to the season and debate how good they could be this season - 1/25
Chris that pass from Patrick Kane last night was simply. Magnificent one of the best things I've seen in a long time what was the buzz like in the locker room about it well. Pretty amazing to -- never was just kind of marveling at the cup entered into done the attention that he -- his hockey that is really remarkable. Kapono or he is and you know what -- beat anyone of you looking to shoot. And that the guys would probably stay there are so let's let things that the blind pass behind in the middle who buried it. You know that -- come bubbling at the start the Patrick is that here. Hey Chris its JC got one thing that impressed me last night was it seemed like. All night the Blackhawks are getting frustrated and then Marian Hossa got frustrated as well I would think the way in Latin it was playing in cage. But then you look at the way they were able to turn it around talk about the mentality of this team just up early in the season really looking almost like -- in playoff mode we're only through four games. They look good and rolling four lines there's people that is playing well you know we talked all along you mean and everyone else about. He's pretty they come down to Corey Crawford in goal you've been out there in the coming restarts three victories. You know maybe played early yesterday that -- shot. This is the guy who's got a couple -- right now you know he's very focused. Technically very sound politically and all those things going on their part or all Big Five and all that -- the Blue Jackets. Columbus tomorrow night so that the deal with everything going -- you know that there wasn't a reprieve for them with ten of their first twelve overlooked so by the bigger business. Think Chris is Brad -- my question is about the schedule. And be condensed the nature of it. I know it's real early but how are the players can't believe what's gonna be a he had just to go physical grind on them. So far so good letter combo thing at a joke little gum I think three days off for the last. So let them they've. Usually practice that they let them they would have practiced three times he's been off so including today so he's really getting their rest. You know don't play it in for a long time he realizes that. Nucleus does make it -- so -- that time that you guys you're gonna Wear down a little bit more lingering groin injury becomes -- along burn injury it really -- -- team especially they have injuries because you've got the core group and got it -- pretty well. But you don't look at bringing some younger guys look at it last year he got localized so. Well you know I think oh well and they got a singular tired but. -- really -- over nicely I think he'll continue to do that then you would do it a long road trip coming up. Weird because even more but once they get all their political pro like that people within their bad. I think down the line it's really an album. Hey Chris Bill Rodgers and Tom postal last night his fifth goal in four games you know -- scored a couple more last night. Would would he have been the same guy if the season had started on time has he benefited from the lock out. Absolutely well -- -- you look good medical -- practiced until the mid November. There. But Australia's and he's able to do that during the lockout commute to or look like at -- but you're not ready to go until mid November Atlantic Iowa Boldin. You talk about you wouldn't be anywhere near -- -- -- -- all part of keeping it doesn't age don't you want to know at least good chiropractic clinic. And help the concussion back in November tuzla to go a couple of them but it. And I think -- -- reliever good the Blackhawks you know I contend even. A certain people can give the team because he can work really weird down there I guess but the point out that last year at the form he scheme that -- -- he's going to be forty in the Blackhawks. Let the -- points and then they went in and they eluded starts losing streak started in the 49 so. -- you'd go to playing really well but the people absolutely definite that -- from a. But Chris -- lets you go I had a chance have a conversation with Joel Quenneville on Wednesday. NEC I exit the power play looks different what is it that's different about it. He said a lot more movement they've changed some of the strategic elements of it have you noticed the differences because the my untrained guy it certainly looks like. They are completely different team the way they attack with their power play. Yet built up went into the unit but you know you -- to -- that not only get the puck but their streak to. But not spinning around nearly go in the half while Patrick and get the -- he's moving around in the got a -- -- sort of being hit out of that spot for the developing Derrick in Canada could get control and then moving their feet inbound when you're moving target to -- up -- so it's really that different than you know all Europe are really rolling right now but our play. You know outlook that they couldn't do last year -- special teams telewest here if they turn that around the court proper play is well they look good in it when the Dallas helping to keep going on here. Appreciate the time a -- Columbus and we will see you back here in a studio. There is Chris cuts Blackhawks beat writer for the Chicago Tribune. Yeah I was in we're -- we in this -- a sport that awards last night for the March of Dimes at the Hilton who we all would indicate he'll -- after the event. To watch the black at the end of the Blackhawk game we -- most of the third period. And when they tied it it was like the Bears and won the Super Bowl the roar in the bar and when they won it it was off the charts. I cannot remember such enthusiasm. For hockey the exception of the cup run -- twenty -- it's amazing to see after the lockout. Yet is surprising a little bit but I think another angle is we're such an instantaneous society now may be in 95 with a baseball locked out things were a little bit slower and fans and they were gonna punish the team's. Nowadays immediate Lance Armstrong on one night that got forgotten because an anti tales in the news it's like. It's all of the teams play well this is a hockey city people are gonna embraced the team and have gotten off to a great start that's been a big help. Yeah I mean they got a chance to have equalled their only their their second five and most start in history. And I'm gonna watch him through the streak every gig that you got to watch -- we'll see how far they can go in and you know along with the Bulls it's been great possesses such sort of a down time of the of the sports calendar. I think the popularity you're seeing is it's not just in Chicago I think it's. Around the country. Television ratings are up for hockey in and dramatically yeah and that that what we're seeing is what you saw. Following the NFL lockout where there was no there -- -- games missed but the interest was just sky high and I'm talking about. You know on Twitter rhyme that hits -- Webb had some stories I mean it was she was through. The roof and it was because. People were starved for information they haven't been starved to see hockey. And so the league really in a way. Has ten benefited from it mil hopefully. The NHL can find some way sort of capture some of us and maintain it.