Two of the Western Conference bottom feeders came to the United Center this weekend and they came away as they should, empty-handed. Let’s get right to it.
–Steve Montador’s shot is an absolute bomb. That’s the second goal he’s scored this year where his shot was already past the goalie by the time they reacted to it. He’s usually pretty accurate with it and there’s no doubt, it’s the hardest slap shot on the team.
Therefore, maybe this just makes too much sense, but perhaps it would be more conducive to put him on the point on the second power play unit than wasting his efforts in front of the net. Giving that howitzer at least a few more opportunities is far greater than whatever Dave Bolland magically possesses from the blue line. Besides, Bolland is far better down low than Montador so this almost seems way too logical for it to happen.
–My guess for Rene Bourque will be three games. While it looked very bad, I don’t think there was any intent to maim like Rene Torres or James Wisniewski did. Bourque never struck me as the sharpest tool in the wood shed and just be judging his reaction afterwards, he seemed like a guy who just wasn’t thinking when he shoved Brent Seabrook’s skull into the plexiglass.
As a quick aside, four years ago I was sitting in my company seats in the 100 level. The Hawks played the Lightning, it was Marty Havlat’s first game back from injury, and I was at the game with 3,400 of my best friends. The Hawks won going away 5-1, thanks to Havlat’s two goals and two points from Patrick Kane. Anyways, in the third period, James Wisniewski and Rene Bourque came down and sat two rows behind us. Wisniewski was out with some limb that detached and Bourque had a broken thumb.
This story has nothing to do with anything other than I think it’s funny that two people who attempted to murder Brent Seabrook are actually somewhat good friends and both are dumber than a box of rocks.
–Jeremy Morin made his Hawks debut on Sunday. He skated with Kane and Toews. I imagine he’ll at least get a week’s worth of action with the group. Morin looks significantly thicker than the last time he wore an Indian head. In fact, as I watched him, I envisioned what Dale Tallon probably thought Kyle Beach would look like skating with them when he drated Beach three years ago.
Morin has every bit of a chance to become a solid power forward in the league. Whether his body can sustain that type of abuse remains to be seen.
–The Hawks finally get a break from the Western Conference this week with a back-to-back against the Penguins and Canadiens. It will be interesting to see how Joel Quenneville splits up the goaltending duties. I’d imagine Emery will get the nod in Pittsburgh and Crawford will get the chance to take on his hometown team in the United Center. Either way, it will be a huge start for Crawford who needs to find his confidence very quickly.