Why would you pull the goalie with over 2 minutes left, down a goal on the powerplay instead of giving the league leading special team a chance to work its magic? (@Ottawa) It seems Nick Boynton's only memorable contributions this year led to HUGE GOALS...against. Why is he playing?
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Coach Q: How about that crowd tonight at the United Center? How did they contribute to the teams success?
My question would be to who ever in the organization wants to answer. If everyone was so "high" on Kyle Beech in the beginning of the season, then why haven't we seen him called up once this year? He was supposed to be the next "Big Guy" that could help protect Toews and Kane and we haven't even had a whisper of him. I think maybe we need to call him up for a couple of games to see what he has got. Maybe use him for 7-8 games like they did with Morin.
How are Kane's numbers that far down this year?!? He had 88 points last year and played 82 games. This year he is a point per game player, sure I wanted him to step beyond that, and maybe he will someday, but the real downer is Duncan Keith. Guy posted 69 points last year, and this year he is at less than half of that. What is going on there?!?! Big contract jitters?!?!
My questions to Bowman/Quenneville: This team became too softy with Ladd, Byfuglien, Eager and Burish's leaving. Why did he not replace them? All team outhit the Blackhawks. Why Kopecky got so much ice time in the second line when he showed purely, he is not fit there?
I am a Q fan, but what worked last year, switching lines when things looked shaky may be more of part of the problem this year. Would Q, well maybe not freeze the lines but make them more like jello (somewhat solid) to allow the guys to gel a little as we come down to the end of the season?
I get fed up when beat writers ask questions geared solely to get a quote to add window dressing to a paragraph they already wrote in their game story. Like: "How important was it to kill the penalties?" As if the coaches are going to say it wasn't important. Happens all the time and it rarely gets a noteworthy response.