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Atop The Sugar Pile

Texas Tea...Sweetener!
Texas Tea...Sweetener!

It's my turn to handle our new regular feature.  Sit back, relax, and strap it down...

The Dizzying Highs

Brian Campbell - I'm totally biased on this one, and it's not much of an original thought.  But I am a constant supporter of the Enemy of The Meatheads.  It is why I defended Milton Bradley until the very last moment because he actually wanted to take a walk (turns out all he wanted to do was take a walk and complain), it is why I still hope there comes a day when Rex Grossman walks into Soldier Field and shoves it up everyone's ass, why I will defend Jay Culter until the day I die.  But Brian Campbell is first and foremost in my anti-dunderhead cause.  I don't know how many ways I can state that he's been the Hawks best player this season by a distance.  Top 5 in +/- among d-men in the league, best Behind The Net Rating amongst d-men in the league, And this week was no different.  A +6 for the week.  I'm simply done arguing about 51 Phantom. 

Patrick Sharp - He floats at times, can get lazy in his own zone at times, but 6 points in four games this week pretty much speaks for itself.  He's also kept McClure and me from complaining about a forward on the point on the PP, because he's crushin' shizznit from there this season.  Wanna play the "On Pace" Game?  47 goals and 84 points.

The Terrifying Lows

The Penalty Kill - Not since the Dark Ages has the Hawks' PK automatically meant a goal, but four goals against in the past three games isn't going to get it done.  It looks so in-between right now, where one forward is being aggressive and one isn't and then lanes are open everywhere.  I don't have the answers, but I would think in an aggressive penalty kill Pisani wouldn't have the speed for it.  Remember, Ladd didn't kill penalties last year either because the Hawks wanted as much speed out there as possible.  But do Skille or Stalberg have the brain?  Probably not.

The Creamy Middles

Corey Crawford - I guess the one part of the Hawks having various other problems is that we don't have to talk about goalies any more.  And the other reason we don't is Mr. Crowley has been riding our white horse just fine.  He hasn't had to be spectacular, but made the big saves that were required.  Maybe he could do a little better in traffic which would help the kill, but so would Keith and Seabrook locating a pulse.