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Discuss: Blackhawks pound Red Wings 7-1

Mar 31, 2013, 3:06 PM EDT

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A month ago, the Chicago Blackhawks squeaked by the Detroit Red Wings via a shootout. This Sunday, it was a blowout instead, with Chicago winning 7-1. Let’s get to the talking points.

  • The Red Wings are parked in seventh place in the West with 39 points (17-13-5 in 35 games). How worried should Detroit be about missing the playoffs?
  • Speaking of which, should Detroit look to the trade market to bolster its banged-up lineup? While Johan Franzen came back today, Henrik Zetterberg was an injury scratch and Mikael Samuelsson‘s return to action didn’t last very long.
  • Pivoting on the trade deadline question: what kind of pieces should the powerhouse Blackhawks ponder? Is Mark Streit really the guy that might push them over the top?
  • Would Detroit be a better first-round matchup for Chicago than the St. Louis Blues? What about other teams that are lingering around the eighth spot area like the San Jose Sharks, Dallas Stars, Edmonton Oilers, Nashville Predators or Columbus Blue Jackets?
  • How good is Brandon Saad, really? He’s been red-hot lately.
  1. esracerx46 - Mar 31, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    I hope Morin is off the table as far as a trade goes. Scoring on his first shift. As a Hawks fan, I thought it was an awesome game. :)

  2. dt58 - Mar 31, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    Where is HighCuntryBear to ramble on and on and on and on and on about how the Hawks can’t match up against teams like Det.?

    • comeonnowguys - Mar 31, 2013 at 7:52 PM

      The 20+ thumbdowns than normal makes me think he’s already been here.

  3. eigglesnosuperbowls - Mar 31, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    The BLACKHAWKS ain’t no punk !

  4. manchestermiracle - Mar 31, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    If the Wings keep playing like that the bigger worry would be how soon they’re bounced from the playoffs. That was brutal.

    • polegojim - Mar 31, 2013 at 10:48 PM

      Very true Man… pathetic goaltending… some VERY soft initial goals… then MORE horrendous turnovers and sloppy play.

      I’m struggling with this years effort to date as a whole. It has nothing to do with injuries or losing key players. After Dats… the other supposed ‘go to’ guys are just playing bad hockey in general.

  5. elwaysmilehighdenver - Mar 31, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    There was a hockey game at the joe today? I thought all those fans showed up for Gordie Howe’s 85th birthday! Mr. Hockey is still the best!

    • polegojim - Mar 31, 2013 at 10:49 PM

      No… actually there WASN’T!!!

      It was target practice, combined with some skating in circles.

  6. redgreentape - Mar 31, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    If the Wings make the play offs, their is no way they will get out of the first round. Even the top players don’t list them as a team they would want to be traded to. They need a major change. They been in slow slide last 3/4 years and its picking up speed.

  7. dt58 - Mar 31, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    Glad to see Saad getting points. He’s played good all season. Would rather see the Hawks keep their young players and sign impending free agents like Bickell and Stalberg then jump into the free agency crapshoot. Not sure how willing the Islanders are to deal as they’re still in the playoff hunt as well

  8. blackhawks2010 - Mar 31, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    Motor City beat down. Better call Triple A, this was ugly… Hawks. Own. the Wings.

  9. blackhawks2010 - Mar 31, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    The Saadfather strikes again!

  10. govtminion - Mar 31, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    Bizarre game- it never felt like it was as close as the score makes it sound, the Wings looked totally flat. I’m not used to seeing Detroit pitch a dud like this- I’ll be interested to see if this was just a crap day for them, or the start of a trend. (Then again, in the short term, the old Avs fan in me can’t help but smile a little when Detroit gets spanked. Old habit.)

    • polegojim - Mar 31, 2013 at 10:50 PM

      Perfect day for the Wings to… LAY AN EGG!

  11. valoisvipers - Mar 31, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    That was a disgraceful effort to put on in front of Gordie.

  12. comeonnowguys - Mar 31, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    Also, I know they still have one more game left against each other, but I can’t help but be a little sad and pissed over realignment.

    I totally get the challenges Detroit fans faced, because Chicago and nearby CST markets had it nearly as bad. (9 p.m. start times, near midnight finishes throughout the season and playoffs)

    But are we really to believe nothing else could have been done to avoid breaking up this rivalry?

  13. dt58 - Mar 31, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    Only “thumbs down”…no long winded commentary? Expected more HighBear

  14. LampyB - Apr 1, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    Redgreen: Wings are rebuilding, they have many up and comers that will start to make a big splash in seasons to come. Too many injuries this season have forced the team to start playing rookies. At one point i believe 9 starters were on DL. Its an uphill battle, but the team has some great prospects lined up. Thats why the team makes playoffs year after year and has 4 cups in 15 or so yrs

  15. adambballn - Apr 2, 2013 at 7:43 PM

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