Chicago’s hockey team is off the pace. The Blackhawks have allowed 30 more goals than conference leading Detroit but trail by only 4 points. Chicago actually has fewer losses, which I blame on the Bettman point but stand to be corrected. Corey Crawford’s SP is .902 and Ray Emery’s is .907. I keep thinking Chicago will make a move to address goaltending but it hasn’t happened yet.
The Scooter line was a terrific trio during the 60s. I believe (Bruce?) Ab McDonald was the original LW on the line and do know that Kenny Wharram’s career ending when he had a heart attack at training camp 1969.
Sept 25, 1969 Saskatoon Star-Phoenix
The Hawks had another line that was dominant at the same time. It was basically Bobby Hull and the other two guys on his line, although Bill Hay, Chico Maki, Phil Esposito, Pit Martin and others certainly had a lot of talent. The modern Hawks have some splendid talents up front, including Toews, Kane, the sublime Hossa, Patrick Sharp, Viktor Stallberg, Dave Bolland and others.
Ales Hemsky is a player teams covet, because he’s not out of place in very skilled company. Oh hell, I’m not saying he’s Bobby Hull or Stan Mikita, or even Jonathan Toews or Marian Hossa, but he’s a very good forward with miles and miles of miles and miles ahead of him.
And he’s available.
Oilers may get RNH and or Barker back tonight and it looks like Gilbert is a little ways from being ready. Oil look good lately but the Hawks must have some venom for the 29th place Oilers and losses in the last two get-togethers. Patrick Kane has vowed revenge and Chicago has some real firepower. If their goalies can stop some pucks this should be a W for Chicago tonight.
If I were a zillionaire I’d buy the Oilers and hire Scott Reynolds to dig deep into the minor, Euro and junior leagues. His look at OKC’s estimated time on ice and their scoring rates during that time on ice is a look inside a window we rarely enjoy. With hockey apparently unwilling to count at-bats in the AHL, this method (painstaking as it may be) offers us a very nice glimpse into how coach Nelson is using his team. I could link to something at C&B daily, but Scott’s stuff about OKC is always a real treat.
John Mackinnon writes an item about brave Peter Puck here. Mr. Pocklington will have to wait until all of us are dead if he wants to change the story to fit his book. ALL of us.