Pre-season game #02: Blue Jackets vs. Blackhawks
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Okay. I have class in a half of an hour, so I'll need to make this pre-game post quick. Apologies in advance for the lack of links, and the horrendous appearance of the post itself, as I am once again posting from one of the Ohio Dominican computers. I swear, I'm going to try and bring a USB memory stick with a copy of Firefox someday, and see if I can't get it to work on one of these pieces of junk.
This will be Chicago's first game of the pre-season. As most people know, the 'Hawks had an extremely rough year last season. Despite showing some major promise when Denis Savard took over coaching duties early in the season, and managing to creep within arm's length of a playoff seed sometime around Christmas, the Blackhawks would spiral out of control after that, finishing in the Central Division basement. In the long run, that turned out to be the best thing that happened to them, as they then received the #1 overall pick in the most recent NHL Entry Draft.
Some burning questions for the Blackhawks this season? Can Nikolai Khabibulin finally return to his Stanley Cup-winning form, a whole three seasons after? Can Patrick Kane and Jon Toews not only make the team straight out of training camp, but also bring immediate results to the team? Also, how much longer until Bill Wirtz finally realizes that the NHL is not the NFL, and so blacking out any and all non-sold out games is just plain ludicrous?
Meanwhile, in Jackets' land, prepare to see a bevvy of players tonight who did not play on Sunday. Out of the roster I saw posted at The Dispatch's new blog hosted by Michael Arace and Mr. New Guy (I swear I'll memorize his name soon), only Rick Nash seemed to be playing in both tonight's game and the one on Sunday. Nash can use this game to hopefully shake off whatever cobwebs seemed to be draped over him against the Preds on Sunday, since even with the strides that the Blackhawks are making with incoming players, they're still only projected to battle for the basement along with the Jackets. By most MSM pundit's opinions, that is.
Anyway, time for Sports History in America. If I don't return, assume I just killed myself from an overdose of baseball, football, baseball, baseball, and then more football, since that's all we've seemingly spoken about the past five weeks.