OK, maybe I’m A LITTLE worried. After all, the Blackhawks are trailing in a playoff series to the Nashville Predators, for Christ’s sakes. That doesn’t exactly arouse my nipples too much.
It’s musical chairs again in the mind of QStache, as he’s once again shuffled the lines. Andrew Ladd joins Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa on the top line. He’s also reunited Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook on D. Here’s what we’re looking at for tonight:
Ladd – Toews – Hossa
Sharp – Bolland – Kane
Brouwer – Madden – Versteeg
Eager – Fraser – Kopecky
Keith – Seabrook
Byfuglien – Hjalmarsson
Sopel – Hendry
I understand Game 1 didn’t go well, but were the changes necessary? The Sharp-Toews-Hossa line has been playing outstanding, and to separate it after one disappointing performance reeks of worry from QStache. Of course, he gets paid to do this stuff. Let’s hope it works out, or else…
Now, here’s what I don’t want to hear any more of before tonight’s Game 2:
— I’m really glad everyone sees fit to mention how most of the favorites in these playoffs have lost Game 1 and then bounced back in Game 2 to tie the series. Honestly, I don’t give a flying shit who wins and loses other than the Blackhawks. Whatever happens in any other series is the furthest thing from my mind.
— That Nashville isn’t a trapping team. They have 14 guys in the neutral zone. Granted, they’re very good at it and are extremely disciplined — which is the exact type of game needed to beat the ‘Hawks because of they’re quickness and puck position capabilities. In summary? Nashville traps, and it’s the ‘Hawks job to figure out how to overcome it or they’ll be down 2-0 and every thing in my house will be broken.
I’d rather not delve deeper into the Game 1 loss because, frankly, I’d rather not bring up all the shitty things that happened. It’s time for Game 2, and it’s time to make this a best-of-5 series.
Puck drop is 7:30 from the United Center. LET’S GO ‘HAWKS!!