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Chicago started prepping for Minnesota during last night’s game

Apr 28, 2013, 1:18 PM EDT

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If it seemed like the Chicago Blackhawks had their minds elsewhere during their loss to St. Louis last night, you’d be right.

Not only did they sit out most of their star players but coach Joel Quenneville was busy scouting the Minnesota Wild. Yes, while his own team was playing.

Quenneville stayed in the locker room as the third period was starting to catch the end of the Wild victory over Colorado that clinched their spot against Chicago in the first round. Bob Rains of ESPN-Chicago hears from the ‘Hawks coach about the Wild.

“Every game has been close when we faced them, and we expect that as we go along,” Quenneville said. “Playoff hockey, every game is going to be tight. We’ve got to find a way.”

Chicago went 2-0-1 against the Wild and won their two games by 5-3 and 1-0 scores. If those games do stay close like that in the playoffs, the Blackhawks had best be ready for a fight.

  1. profsudz - Apr 28, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    They can’t afford DVR?

    • rsmaggiemae - Apr 28, 2013 at 11:52 PM

      I am from Minnesota and am a realist…
      The Wild cannot beat the Hawks in the series unless its a fluke..
      The Wild cannot win on one line that scores about 2 goals a nite, no one else can seem to score at all… Brodziak, Bouchard Heatly and a few other should go and I for one am not impressed with the coach at all. He shows no gusto behind the bench at all, to get the crowd involved in the game…
      We need one more PMD that can score and maybe Vanek would be traded to Minnesota. that would be great with Pomanville, as Vanek lives here in the off season.
      My impression of the Wild is that there are 6-8 players who want to win the cup but the rest are just satisfied getting into the playoffs for maybe a round and then its golf time.
      It was so funny all week long after the games to see how Yeo’s face was so flushed as he knew his job was on the line, and I wish they would replace him anyway… dont like his style, I want a Herb Brooks type coach with fire in his eyes for the game and gives the guys heck when something goes wrong
      With the huge loss to Edmonton 6-1 why would a coach put his 4th line against Edmontons 4th line to start the game, why not put the 1st line in to score asap.
      Everyone is questioning that one…
      Our PP is poor, way too much passing, and not enough quick wrist shots at the goal and then get the rebounds.. no one is ever in front of that net except for Coyle..
      I thnik the Wild should watch the 71 Habs games to see how it is done
      Best team ever!!!!

      • profsudz - Apr 29, 2013 at 1:11 AM

        While I don’t “remember,” due to being in the heart of my college years at the time, I remember 2003, and while I won’t bet my meager life savings on it, I think we can take down these hawks.

        All we need to do is recruit the loveliest ladies of Minneapolis with the finest of fine chests to pack themselves into the bars, and good ol’ Patty Kane will be taking shot after shot off of their glorious bosoms until he cannot see. Keep that boy occupied until 5 or 6 in the morning and he will be moving slow as can be the next night

      • greatminnesotasportsmind - Apr 29, 2013 at 2:18 AM

        Your an embarrassment to all Wild fans.

        The guy who posted right after you is dead on. Nobody gave the Wild a chance let alone win one game vs Colorado in 2003.

        This is playoff hockey now. Anything can and does happen. Chicago’s regular season as the best record is meaningless as of now. The Wild limping in the month of April means nothing now.

        The one thing you are right on is Bouchard needs to go. Your getting your wish this summer as he’s a UFA and the Wild and any other team won’t pay him 4 million he’s making now. There is zero chance Heatley gets moved. He’s entering the final season of his deal that pays him 7.5 a year. Nobody is going to trade for him at that price.

        If anything Clutterbuck is the one who should go. I think he does, hes a RFA, and some team will give him 100k more than the 1.4 mil he’s making now. That’s how the Wild can recoup a 2nd round pick for him.

        There is zero chance Vanek gets traded to Minnesota. The Wild are tight against the cap already and the cap drops 6 million next season. That’s basically Backstrom’s contract. With Cullen 3.5, Bouchard 4.0, Clutterbuck 1.4, and Clark’s 900k comes off the books. That’s 8.5 million to sign a goalie, 2 forwards, and 1 defenseman. The defenseman will come via Dumba, but I don’t see how the Wild can make a big splash this summer. Unless of course teams use their 2 amnesty buy outs. But even then, your looking at players like Rick Dipetro.

        The Wild’s power play is just fine. They rank right in the middle of the NHL at 17.9%. Which is higher than Chicago’s PP. If you want them to not pass and just shoot, I guarantee that power play number plummets even more. Every time you take a shot and the opposing team clears which would be easier since you don’t have control of the puck, your losing 25-30 seconds every time it’s cleared by the time it’s shot down the ice, stopped by Backstrom and having Suter pass to a forward and regaining the zone.

      • profsudz - Apr 29, 2013 at 2:23 AM

        You’re the embarrassment to MN sports minds, as clearly you are responding to someone else. My point revolved around Kane, and getting him drunk as a skunk. You are talking about getting rid of PMB (a worthy point I might add).

        Cheers my brother

      • greatminnesotasportsmind - Apr 29, 2013 at 1:00 PM

        Uh dude I was responding to the dude above your post, not yours. I think I may have mentioned that

      • profsudz - Apr 29, 2013 at 3:23 PM

        Never mind, sorry about that

  2. windmiller4 - Apr 28, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    Seems odd theyd do that, kind of makes them seem like a distracted organization, focus on the game at hand

    • dadawg77 - Apr 28, 2013 at 5:43 PM

      Maybe, but this wasn’t overlooking an opponent, this was just indifference to the game at hand. Rockford was playing the game last night. Only thing that really matter was no one get hurt as the outcome had no impact for the Hawks.

  3. youngs79 - Apr 28, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    Hey Joe Yerdon, you said The Wild would not make the playoffs. You were wrong. Now, anything can happen.

  4. thehighcountrybear - Apr 28, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    Actually, Quenneville was in the room being treated for a wrist injury after he inadvertently high-fived an overhead gas pipe…this after checking the score in the Stars versus Wings game between periods?

    Hawks escaped Wings but there’s little relief in sight. Lose game one to Minny, Hawks can bend over, stick their heads between their legs, then kiss their asses goodbye…

    Hint, if Wild score first in any game, grab a pastrami sandwich and a beer, then roll the channel and find another game, she’s over…not so Chicago, goaltending and defensive bugaboos trump an excellent one-line offence!

    The first of two playoff bombs this season, the other will be found at the confluence of the Monongahela and Allegheny rivers…

    • hawksandsawx - Apr 28, 2013 at 5:58 PM

      So many things wrong. One-line offense? Two of the top 15 scorers in the league play on different line, only team in the NHL that has that. Defensive bugaboos? The team that allowed 13 less goals than anyone else in their conference and had the best GAA in the league. Second best record in the league when getting scored on first. Good job, good effort.

  5. hammerhead5573 - Apr 28, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    So highcountrybear are you suggesting Quinville is thankful he is not face the redwings in the 1st rd. the same redwings the hawks have beaten 7 straight times? Are you suggesting if Minnesota scores first in any game the hawks will lose? Please share whatever it is u smoke before using your computer

    • dtownbeatdown - Apr 28, 2013 at 10:35 PM

      Detroit’s last two meetings with Chicago in the playoffs… both won by Detroit (95,09 I know not the same teams, but history is known to repeat itself). Can’t count us out either, and not like the win you got this year were a sure thing besides the one blow out game. The rest were decided in shoot-outs/overtime. You guys have 4 cups, we have 4 in the past 16 years. No shoot outs in playoffs. 455-355-84 all time against Chicago… 11 cups to 4. Not to mention we are on a hot streak at the end of the season and the scariest looking 7th seed in the western conference has seen in a while, and have a bunch of young kids paving the way. We get to be the cinderella story this year and I am excited about it. Hopefully the momentum continues, 2 of the top forwards in the league, a goalie that stands on his head when the pressure mounts (which was all season since we have had an injury riddled defense) We have an entire team that was developed right here in hockeytown besides Quincey. A young D-men that is 30 days fresh out of college looking like a seasoned vet. And all of our go to players got hot all at the right time. We all know and have seen that regular season wins means nothing going into the playoffs. And winning the presidents trophy does not mean you are a lock to win the cup, in the past 11 seasons only 2 presidents cup winners won the cup… Both being thee Detroit Red Wings.

      • blackhawksdynasty - Apr 28, 2013 at 11:21 PM

        Wow…that post is the definition of “living in the past”. Check the last 14 games played between these 2 teams and get back to us. Welcome to 2013 and the end of “hockeytown” as you’ve known it.

      • dtownbeatdown - Apr 28, 2013 at 11:45 PM

        LOL, Okay whatever you say… Coming from someone that became a fan in what 2008… Ah the good ol days (not even 6 years ago) of going to the United Center and it being a Red Wings home game. Chicago=Bandwagon town. You are the one telling me to look at the last 14 games played but I am living in the past… Read your own words… All that matters is the playoffs and we got there. When is the last time you beat us in the playoffs btw? 92? Good luck choke artists.

      • blackhawksdynasty - Apr 29, 2013 at 12:06 AM

        Don’t get me wrong, I have the utmost respect for the Wings’ franchise and their accomplishments. They’ve been a model franchise for decades – one that the Hawks have aspired to be like. I’m a Chicago transplant who lives in Michigan. I’ve had countless discussions with people about these teams. Most Wings fans admit Chicago is a far better team these days. My hockeytown “knocks” are just playful banter. I for one was hoping Detroit would make the playoffs again – it wouldn’t be the same without them. I’m also disappointed they’re moving to the east next year, as I am a longtime fan of the “original 6 ” and will miss the storied rivalry.

  6. dt58 - Apr 28, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    Nobody in here gives 2 sh!t$ what you think HighCuntry. You’ve made it painfully obvious that you have no idea what you’re talking about and that you are an extremely jealous little boy. Just shut your mouth already. Nothing better to do but wait for a Blackhawk article so you can ramble on with your trivial crap. Maybe it’s time to move out of your mommies basement and get a life already.

  7. paperlions - Apr 28, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    I would just like to thank Chicago for giving the Blues home ice in the first round. Very generous of you, thanks.

    …and the way the Hawks are playing, they’d probably love to have faced Detroit in the first round.

    • dtownbeatdown - Apr 28, 2013 at 10:41 PM

      I was hoping Detroit would of got Chicago (presidents cup winners are known to choke) in the first round… Hopefully we get you in the Western Conference finals again, nice send off for the Wings as we go on to win our last Western Conference championship and Stanley Cup. And here is to hoping there is a Wings/Blackhawks stanley cup matchup in the years to come!

      • blackhawksdynasty - Apr 28, 2013 at 11:24 PM

        ***see above post*** LOL

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