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Funny, but I always thought Pirri's best chance of sticking with the team was if the Hawks had signed somebody like Boyd Gordon. Currently Q doesn't use the third line (when Shaw is centering it) as a checking line. So either the second or fourth lines have to step up and play against a tougher line than they have in the past.
As an example, when Kruger (early in his career) centered the Hawks second line he was taking the shifts that Shaw is taking now. If an actual checking center was on the third line then Pirri could be doing what Kruger was doing then. So now he either has to either beat out Shaw for that role or play a better two way game. And sometimes players like Shaw who are more multidimensional can take an offensive slot away from a better offensive but more one dimensional player like Pirri.
3 months ago on Is Brandon Pirri in Trouble?
@JesusMarianHossa @Neo1978 OK, so I found where you were getting your data. That is total on ice data including penalty kill numbers. So of course your top PK guys will have negative possession numbers. Here is actual 5o5 data:
That data is what I have as confirmation. Note that the SB Nation Corsi data differs in that it doesn't exclude pulled goalie data. Nullisecund appears to do it correctly. BTW, because it was only one game and the score was always within one goal the ExtraSkater 5o5 score close data confirms it as well:
So +2 Corsi for Nordstrom and +6 Corsi for Kruger. Kruger got a boost when he was replacing Handzus.so that is the difference there.
5 months ago on Community Ratings Results: Blackhawks vs. Capitals (10.1.13)
Where did Nordstrom lose a puck battle on the first goal? You are the second person to say that, btw. Puck goes to the far boards, Nordstrom's speed gets him to the puck first and he sends it down the ice. Grabo brings the puck up and Keith gets beat in the neutral zone to let the Caps enter the zone. Nordstrom moves off his guy by turning around to take a whack at Grabo. That slows him down and lets Keith get back into the play. Nordstrom then moves back to his side of the ice. From there, Caps had the puck until they scored. Where was there a puck battle?
And at 5o5, Nordstrom was even on Fenwick and +2 Corsi. Kruger was +4 and +6 respectively, not -4 and -6 like you have.
John, the Hawks still haven't figured out two quality lines built from Toews, Kane, Sharp and Hossa. If you can't get a line from Sharp and Toews playing together then I just don't see what the Hawks are going to do.
I think Brunette is a "placeholder" until Morin comes up. But I got nothin on the other top 6 slot. Don't see it being in house.
2 years, 3 months ago on Blues 3, Lost Sheep 0: Should Have Tried the Veal
So, I try to be supportive and look where it gets me.
2 years, 4 months ago on President Cup Champs 6, Hawks 2
Hawks don't seem to have a left side defenseman capable of stepping up to the top 4 after an injury. Maybe Olsen might be that guy later in the year.
Hey John, Hawks seem to have a problem when facing teams with two real scoring lines. Do you match your shutdown line and shutdown d-pair against the Stamkos line or against the Lecavalier and St. Louis line? Q put his checking line against one of them and his shutdown d-pair against the other.
Unless Hossa and Toews play together the Hawks don't have a second defensive forward line. And Montador doesn't appear to be able to play the Left D side (as you have said he is right handed). Kind of ironic that you miss Campbell on the defensive end, at least when Keith or Hjammer are injured?
2 years, 4 months ago on Blackhawks, 4 - The Team With Some Guy Who Scored Like 100 Goals In The Past Two Years And Who Already Had Two In The Game But Wasn't Worth Covering And Therefore Scored Another (And Then Some Other Guy Scored One In OT Too Just To Piss Me Off More), 5
RSA Course. You're welcome and thanks for stopping by...
2 years, 4 months ago on Q’s Random Line Generator - The CBJ Game Compared to the Previous Five
Hey John, choir here. Just reportin' in...
2 years, 4 months ago on In Defense of the Defense
You know Brian, I stopped worrying about the 2010 tape after Leddy and Campoli showed up last year. Totally different team when you have a 3rd d-pair and this year's version is better than the end of last year's version.
2 years, 4 months ago on Hawks 3, Avs 1
John Jaeckel Yeah, JJ when I need a good laugh I go read what you say.
And seems I wasn't so delusional after all. You know, for thinking Salak was going to sign for under 1.3M, huh? What did he sign for again? The 600K I originally said? Really? And you wonder why I stopped posting there?
2 years, 4 months ago on Someone's Gonna Have To Pay
John Jaeckel Seriously, that is your argument? You have been spewing on your blog how Leddy has "hurt" Keith with the pairing. And on the three goals against your complaint is that Leddy didn't cross the goalie on a shot from the point? To cover a stick? Sorry dude, but that is NOT a rookie mistake.
If you are going to complain about Keith being saddled with somebody (because they are inexperienced) pick a better example.
Amen, brother. Of course with me, you are preaching to the choir...
John if you are going to be a Chicago Blackhawks blogger, you need to know more about hockey. You need to learn the important facts:
Stan Bowman only got his job because of his father and doesn't know anything about hockey. So any decision he makes is based on pure whim.
To win at Hockey requires unmeasurable qualities in players so you should never bother to use stats.
Bryan Bickell doesn't play to his size. And positional awareness isn't important. You need big hitters on your checking line, someone like Troy Brouwer, instead of players like Bickell.
Patrick Kane doesn't take the game seriously and is a waste of his God given talent. And nothing he does on the ice makes up for him partying too much off it.
And Duncan Keith can't play hockey unless he is paired with Brent Seabrook.
Geez, John I thought you knew this stuff...
2 years, 4 months ago on Photoshop Of The Day: CarBomb, Thoughts On Hawks 4-3 Win Over Jets
I would hate to be a coach. If Olesz is having problems with his knee then it makes sense to rest him and play Scott or whomever your 23rd player was. If the Hawks are having problems with Olesz' attitude then that makes sense too.
It's unfortunate that it just can't be transparent what the plans are or what the deal is. 'Cause it would be interesting to find out what's what with Olesz.
Carcillo was brought in to be a top 6 replacement guy. Looking at this team with Kane at center it really does look like the Hawks have/had plans for Stalberg in the top 6. It will be interesting to see what the Hawks are going to look like with him in the lineup.
I thought that Mayers and O'Donnell were going to be the press box fillin guys because of their ages. Still might be that way but that 4th line still isn't making sense. Not if Kruger is going back down when everyone is healthy.
2 years, 4 months ago on Much Ado About CarBomb: Hawks Host Winnipeg Thrashers
wardrums Actually, I thought Saturday was a little calmer. Friday was the day I was going wt???
2 years, 4 months ago on Q's Random Line Generator - The Dallas Games
ChicagoNativeSon Well John, you have to start somewhere. Not sure where I'm jumping to any conclusions either. All I have really done so far is show facts. And show where the first two games of this year differ from last years primary strategies.
And as we go along I think we will be able to get a better grasp on what the Hawks are trying to do.
ChicagoNativeSon Everything you said about Kane's line applied to Sharp's line last year. And Q was very reluctant to use Sharp at center in defensive situations last season.
And last year Jake Dowell would step up and the third line with Bickell and Fernando Freakin Pisani would at least play the other team's second line. With Frolik replacing Pisani that line should be better this year than last. It should be able to step up instead of having to play Kane in defensive situations. So I stand by what I said, the Hawks this year have NOT even replaced Jake Dowell's ability to be a replacement center.
cliffkoroll I agree with you on the road and home games. It is just that I have been doing this investigation all of last season. And what I found is that Q generally "wins" the match-ups he prefers, even on the road.
e.kim Hey, e thanks for showing up. And yes, we are trying to be a little bit more analytical and in depth here in some of our posts. Glad to hear when people find it interesting...