Monday, March 29, 2010

Around the UC: Line shuffles

-Practice Update: This could be confusing, try to keep up.

Toews was centered between Hossa and Sharp. Buff practiced as a left wing with Kane and Versteeg. Madden went to the fourth line and Bolland went to the third line with Ladd and Brouwer. Saddest news of all, Seabs and Duncs will continue to be separated. Johnsson is still not skating. Lastly, Niemi will be in the net vs the Blues. 

Remember this was just practice but Coach Q said he doesn't mind trying out new lines. 

Practice Videos:

Coach Q




-Playoffs Tickets go on sale WEDNESDAY at 10 a.m.!! You can purchase tickets only through and calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Also you can purchase no more than four per game.
So the guys have the playoff beard but what about the girls? I've decided that I will be putting streaks of red dye in my hair! Come on girls join in! 

-More positive talk on Duncs for Norris:

Keith: "I take that (the Norris Trophy talk) as a compliment. It's nice to get talked about in that regard, but there's a lot of hockey left."

"You get a lot more points on the power play and it's been a lot more fun being there and contributing to that."

"I've always thought I was a well-rounded player, so it's nice to get that opportunity this year. We have some pretty skilled guys up front, so that certainly helps."

2007-08: "Keith led the ‘Hawks in ice time again, and he repaid them with a career-high 12 goals and 32 points.  He also led Chicago with a +30 rating, which was second among NHL defenseman and fifth overall in the NHL."

2008-09: "And Keith responded with his best year, with eight goals and career-bests in assists (36), points (44), and +/- (+33) in 77 games."

"Poised and humble, Keith praised Doughty in an interview with the Toronto Star during the Games:  ”I mean, I was in the American (hockey) league when I was 20 years old.”

Some guys can mature faster than other guys and he’s obviously a great player. To do the things he does at such a young age is pretty incredible.”"

Source: Norris Candidate: Duncan Keith

"Duncan Keith(notes) of the Chicago Blackhawks has three things going for him: That he's the defensive lynch pin for what was, at one point, the best defensive team in hockey, much like Chara last season; that he's been chatted up as a Norris finalist for months; and that he made Team Canada while Green wasn't selected, which may factor into the thinking in a close vote."

Source: Will voters get on board 'Mike Green for Norris' campaign?

-Jesse Roger's Playoff Watch:

Wings did it again

No.1 seed slipping away 

-Blast from the Past:

Toews: "We went through something like this last year, and we came out of it better and stronger as a team. We're not going to let something like this frustrate us and get us down. We're going to take it upon ourselves to be better and work on all areas of our game. We'll battle our way back on top and we'll get our confidence back and we'll be fine."

Coach Q: "Every year you always have stretches you can reflect upon and you can build some character and a little adversity can be healthy for you. Last year we experienced it at a comparable time (with) a similar trend we have going here now. It was a positive experience that we had off of it."

And Keith is not satisfied with his skates, that could be a problem:

"They're just not sending me good pairs of skates. Every hockey player likes their equipment to feel good. And my skating is my biggest asset. When my skates are feeling good and fit right … then I skate how I want to skate."

Well, we did learn in Blackhawks TV last night that Keith is the most high maintenance. 

Source: Recent slump has familiar feel for Chicago Blackhawks

-Comcast SportsNet To Debut New Monthly Interview Series With Chicago's Top Athletes:

"For the premiere airing of The Point After on Friday, April 2 at 9:00 PM (with a repeat airing on Saturday, April 3 at 8:30 PM), this new, half-hour program, hosted by Comcast SportsNet’s Chicago Tribune Live host David Kaplan, will feature an exclusive interview with Chicago Blackhawks superstar and U.S. Olympian PATRICK KANE. "

"Among the topics Kaplan discusses with the 21-year-old Kane include the Buffalo, NY native’s moving away from home at an early age, his family, life off the ice, his love for Chicago and Blackhawks fans, the importance of his relationship with his teammates, how he was affected by the 2008 firing of his first NHL coach Denis Savard, along with the serious personality of team captain Jonathan Toews and much more."


  1. Already got the red hair... so maybe I'll add a black streak! ;)