Originally posted on Blackhawks Down Low  |  Last updated 12/3/11

CHICAGO - JANUARY 03: Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrates a third period goal with teammate Troy Brouwer #22 as Scott Niedermayer #27 of the Anaheim Ducks skates away at the United Center on January 3, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Blackhawks defeated the Ducks 5-2. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

If you don’t get the “blue waffle” joke, you totally shouldn’t do a Google Image Search for it. Seriously. Don’t.

Toews has been leading this team like Caesar.

We all know what went on last night in the Hawks/Islanders game. Neither team gave a ******** worth about trying to play any NHL-caliber defense and therefore the teams had a shootout, both figuratively and literally. O’ Captain, My Captain was able to score the lone shootout goal to get the Hawks the victory, but if they play that way tonight against a motivated and red-hot Blues team, expect them to get pecker slapped.

The Blues meanwhile are 7-1-2 in their last ten games and 8-1-3 since the hiring of Ken Hitchcock. Well, you can’t argue with results. Since ditching David Payne for Jabba the Hutt stunt double Ken Hitchcock, the Blues have played responsible, physical and smart hockey. Something they haven’t exactly been known for (except the physical part) for many years. If it lasts, the Blues will be a tough cookie to swallow the remainder of this season.

However, most of that hinges on the continued mind-blowing play of Brian Elliott. Elliott is a simply stupid 10-1, 1.31 GAA, .951 SV% and three shutouts. Those are video-game-on-rookie-difficulty numbers.

The Hawks’ Corey Crawford, on the other hand, has been shaky the last few weeks at best. He’s still been able to come up with the timely and ridiculous saves, but has let in far too many, what I’ll call, Huet-esque goals. The lack of team defense hasn’t been helping out as much, and Second City Hockey did a good job of pointing out that we’re sorely missing Brian Campbell. There’s been times this year where the defense has been Swiss cheese, but Crawford has stood tall and vice versa, but lately, both have been as desirable as the slump buster from the bar the next morning.

Thankfully, the NHL’s Second Star of November, Jonathan Toews, has been playing like the android we all know and love. He’ll need at least a touch of assistance from others besides Sharp in order to get a win tonight. Most importantly, we’ll need to keep our absolute anemic penalty kill off the ice. I’m fairly certain we’d allow goals to the Brother Rice JV team...


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