Photoshop Of The Day: CarBomb, Thoughts On Hawks 4-3 Win Over Jets

 

 

Did I like CarBomb’s energy?
Yes, as I said over the summer, he’s like Adam Burish on crack.

Did he create havoc, cause a couple of turnovers, and even create a couple of scoring chances that resulted in at least one goal?
Yup

Did he have some big hits?
Yup

Were some of those hits awkward, near penalties, or leave him out of position?
Uh huh.

Did he he run into his own teammates a couple of times?
Yep, he sure did.

Was one of those collisions potentially pretty bad and involve Hossa – the same Hossa who got taken out by another minimum wage teammate last year?
That would be him.

Did the Blackhawks play one of the worst team in the league, the Jets?
Can’t take too much away from this when the bar was set so low. It was an excellent game for Carcillo, let see how he does when faced with better competition.

Summary
Consider me on the fence. Daniel Carcillo was enjoyable to watch most of the game and I respect the hell out of the effort he puts out. Unfortunately, it’s sometimes reckless and misplaced. We’ll see how this plays out over a few more games.

 

On a different note…

I dig all the Leddy-Keith pairing “love” around the Hawks blogosphere. Either everyone gets it and I don’t, or vice versa.

Let’s see, today’s most recent jabs at that pairing can be found here, here, and here. The other usual suspects took the day off.

What pairing was on the ice for ALL THREE of the Hawks even strength goals? Leddy-Keith. But of course it’s not working. Heh.

That pairing is designed to skate primarily with Kaner’s line. It’s not supposed to be defensively “strong.” Just like Kane’s line isn’t supposed to be defensively strong. The objective of this combination is to “out-offense” the opposition. In the past 2 games (since Bolland’s return, and hence, normal line configurations) they’ve done exactly that.

People say “You’re wasting Keith’s talents paired with Leddy,” but I never hear anyone claim Hossa’s talents are similarly wasted skating with Kane. Funny how that works. I guess we see what we want to see. That’s why there’s more than one blog.

And the byproduct of the 2-8 pairing, that  has been ignored or overlooked, is how excellent Seabs-Hjammer have been together. The same Niklas Hjalmarsson who had problems last season, paired with Brent Seabrook he’s playing more confidently and has even initiated at least two plays that resulted in goals with a couple of nice take-aways. That pairing has been lights-out in a shutdown role.

 

Other observations…

The “Wellwhiff” was hilarious. Couldn’t have happened to an easier target.

Brian Bickell came to play hockey this year. Let’s hope this continues.

Jonathan Toews made an ill-advised pass to “no one” in the high slot in the final minute with the Jets goalie pulled. That can’t happen. That puck needs to be thrown down low. Not one of Johnny’s best game.

Kane was 10-14 for 71% from the dot. You’d think by now we’d have learned not to doubt him.

Ray Emery started shaky, stayed shaky, but eventually got the job done. The first two Winnipeg goals were the result of deflections in front of Emery. You can’t stop all of those, but maybe one doesn’t result in a goal with better fundamentals. /shugs The 3rd Jets goal was the result of a Cirque du Goalie performance by Emery that had him flopping all over the crease. Other than that goal, he looked fine.

 

John Schultz
Follow me on Twitter @ChiNativeSon

Topics: Car Bomb, Carbomb, Chicago Blackhawks, Daniel Carcillo, Duncan Keith, Hockey, NHL, Nick Leddy, Photoshop, T-shirt, Winnipeg Jets

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  • wardrums

    Great wrap.

    Sam has a unique way of describing things; on Emery – “Whoa, shit, there it is” and on the 2/8 pairing “making sure Pepto still stays in business.”

    I liked your comment on 7/4 “this pairing has been lightas out in a shutdown role.”

    I also noted that pass by toews was highly ill-advise – even my daughter wondered why he just didn’t tie it up as long as he could. (memories of game 5 vs. Nashville flashed across my mind.)

    the Car Bomb analysis was dead on and I think it was as much Hossa’s fault as #13′s. That was the only time anyone slowed 891 down all night!

    Market the shirt – i guarantee you will sell some outside the U. C. (Maybe on that back put, “Puck? What puck?”

  • e.kim

    so when stalberg comes back, might brunette be #23 and play in a PP only role? has that been done before? does that make sense? brunette doesn’t seem like a 4th line type

    • http://BlackhawkUp.com/ ChicagoNativeSon

      @e.kim No, that doesn’t happen. For one, it would be too much of a strain on the rest of the team (hmmm, John Scott?) and two, Brunette is still very good. I’m sure Q’s a little frustrated by the fact that he’d be so much better if he had an extra step or two, but Bruno has never been fast and has still had a very solid career. He does a lot of little things.

      When Stalberg comes back, he might work his way back on the 4th line. If Carcillo sputters, then Stalberg will get his shot at 2C. Brunette is still and option there too and Stalberg might instead jump to 1RW, allowing Sharp to move back to 1LW. With Brunette on that line, Sharp has been forced to play on the right side instead of the left.

      • http://BlackhawkUp.com/ ChicagoNativeSon

        @e.kim 2C?? I think we’ve had enough of a revolving door there for a few years. I meant 2LW for Stalz.

  • DaleHalas

    John if you are going to be a Chicago Blackhawks blogger, you need to know more about hockey. You need to learn the important facts:

    Stan Bowman only got his job because of his father and doesn’t know anything about hockey. So any decision he makes is based on pure whim.

    To win at Hockey requires unmeasurable qualities in players so you should never bother to use stats.

    Bryan Bickell doesn’t play to his size. And positional awareness isn’t important. You need big hitters on your checking line, someone like Troy Brouwer, instead of players like Bickell.

    Patrick Kane doesn’t take the game seriously and is a waste of his God given talent. And nothing he does on the ice makes up for him partying too much off it.

    And Duncan Keith can’t play hockey unless he is paired with Brent Seabrook.

    Geez, John I thought you knew this stuff…

  • cliffkoroll

    so how do I get one of those t-shirts?