In keeping with the somewhat tradition of getting some insight from the other blogs around SBN, I talked with Second City Hockey’s Tazernation19/Spencer to get the low down on Hawks. Make sure you swing over there to check out my responses to his questions. They are a fun group over there, but ahnfire will ban you in 2 seconds flat if you start trolling. This is your warning.
1.) How does it feel knowing that according to ESPN, the hawks don't actually have a record because of ties?
If I went to ESPN for hockey, especially Stephen A. Smith, I would probably immediately have a brain aneurysm (no offense) but c'mon... STEPHEN A. SMITH TALKING ABOUT HOCKEY. There is no need to talk about this anymore. Just like ESPN I'll only spend 30 seconds on it.
2.) Any nerves knowing the Wild handed the Hawks their first SOL, and could give them their first regulation loss?
Honestly, I have nerves before every game right now. I know the streak is going to end and at this point no matter when it does or who does it, it won't change the amazing hockey that has been played by the Blackhawks this season.
The West is tight and every game is important, there is a log jam at 4-8 in the West with 5 teams tied with 24 points. Every team has a chance on almost any night, except for maybe Columbus. But I don't think the Wild are a good enough team on paper to end the streak tonight.
3.) If you had to pick the team that hawks would lose to, who would you pick?
I touched on this in my latest 4th star, hey did you read it? In case you didn't, I would rather lose to a solid good team like Detroit or Anaheim. I don't think any team is going to gain a legitimate advantage long-term or short-term by beating the Hawks in regulation and ending the streak. Like I said above, the streak is going to end, the important thing is what happens after it ends and how quickly they can bounce back and get on another winning streak. That and carry this passion and fire into the post-season where it really matters.
Oh, or how about the big NBC rivalry game on Wednesday against the Avalanche, nothing like a good rivalry... (sarcasm button)
Bonus! Can the Wild borrow Kaner if we promise to return him in the same condition?!
No, no never. I have been really impressed with him this year, I don't know if it was his time in Switzerland, if he is naturally maturing, or if someone in the Hawks organization had a serious chat with him, but that kid has another level, like a switch the he flips and just decides to out skill and play anyone. Yes, when he wants to, and he is showing that he wants to a lot more this year, he can and has.
Spencer and I have a little bit of a bet going on over this game. The writer from the losing team has to change their SBN profile picture to a picture of a player on the winning team. The winning writer gets to pick the photo. So Wilderness, I’m asking for your help. Find me the most ridiculous/funny picture of a current Wild player that I can make him use. Winner gets internet cookies.