Second Balcony Breakdown: Go Kaner, It’s (The Day After) Ya Birthday

And you know we don't give a fuck it's not your birthday

And you know we don’t give a fuck it’s not your birthday

Told you we’d be back in less than a year.

Yes, we return with another edition of Second Balcony Breakdown, recorded slightly after the Chicago Blackhawks game against the Calgary Flames — so forgive us for sounding exhausted, because we were.

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Topics include:

  • Congratulating everyone’s favorite drunk uncle, Pat Foley, on his induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame (here is the article I was talking about, chronicling his life — it’s an interesting read)
  • The Blackhawks’ games against the Detroit Red Wings (bleh), Dallas Stars (ha!), and Calgary Flames (woo!)
  • The end of The Game 87.7 in Chicago
  • Sad/anger-inducing news from around the NHL, which leads to me to declare that next week’s podcast will be full of puppies and rainbows because I CAN’T TAKE THIS SHIT ANYMORE. TWO WEEKS OF SAD NEWS MAKES ME GO INTO CAPS LOCK.
  • The Line Cocktail for this week is dedicated to this guy:

Good job, kid.

We also forgot a question for this week. Oops. So… maybe you should send us questions for us to answer next week? Think of it as our holiday gift to you, since we’re not going shopping on Black Friday to get you nerds anything. Fuck that.

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Second Balcony Breakdown: WE’RE BACK

Did they even TRY with these?

Did they even TRY with these?

No. Seriously. Casey and I have come back to mock the Chicago Blackhawks and the rest of the NHL with Second Balcony Breakdown!

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Topics include:

  • What took us so long to return (SPOILER: it was my fault)
  • The Blackhawks. Duh.
  • The weird start to the NHL season
  • Depressing medical news around the league
  • THE MUMPS, THOUGH.
  • The Winter Classic and the new Road to the NHL Winter Classic show on Epix. Here’s the teaser video, if you haven’t seen it yet:

  • Potential salary cap problems
  • Potential NHL expansion… to Las Vegas?
  • Has the AHL figured out how to kill the shootout?
  • My trip to Tampa Bay and my upcoming trip to Columbus
  • And, perhaps most importantly, Casey’s “bro fridge” and the problems therein

Because of that last bit, this week’s question is:

How can you tell if jelly has gone bad? Because Casey needs some help with this, you guys.

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IceHogs Thursday: All Good Things Must Come to an End

IceHogs forward Ryan Hartman (middle) celebrates his first professional goal with Terry Broadhurst (front) and Stephen Johns (back). (Photo Credit: Kim Wrona)

IceHogs forward Ryan Hartman (middle) celebrates his first professional goal with Terry Broadhurst (front) and Stephen Johns (back). (Photo Credit: Kim Wrona)

The final week of the 2013-14 AHL regular season saw the IceHogs play in 2 final contests with their playoff hopes barely alive. The IceHogs needed to win both games and get some help from other teams—mainly the Oklahoma City Barons—in order to make the post season.
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IceHogs Thursday: Keep On Hoping

IceHogs defenseman Stephen Johns and center Teuvo Teravainen have both contributed since coming to Rockford. (Photo Credit:  Kim Wrona)

IceHogs defenseman Stephen Johns and center Teuvo Teravainen have both contributed since coming to Rockford. (Photo Credit: Kim Wrona)

The IceHogs did not fare very well in their games during week 28 of the AHL schedule. With 3 important contests over the weekend, they dropped 2 of them, which set them back in their race to the playoffs.
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IceHogs Thursday: Down the Stretch

IceHogs defenseman Mathieu Brisebois tallied on Friday night for Rockford. (Photo Credit: Kim Wrona)

IceHogs defenseman Mathieu Brisebois tallied on Friday night for Rockford. (Photo Credit: Kim Wrona)

In their last five games spanning over the course of weeks 25 and 26 of the AHL schedule, the IceHogs have picked up six of a possible ten points and have maintained a playoff spot.
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IceHogs Thursday: No Luck in Milwaukee

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Joakim Nordstrom tallied for the IceHogs on Friday night. (Photo Credit: Kim Wrona)

Week 24 of the AHL schedule just featured one game for the IceHogs. They were back in Milwaukee for the second time–and for their third game against the Admirals–in eight days.

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IceHogs Thursday: Pointless End to Week 23

Pierre-Marc Bouchard tallied for Rockford on Saturday night. (Photo Credit: Kim Wrona)

Pierre-Marc Bouchard tallied for Rockford on Saturday night. (Photo Credit: Kim Wrona)

Week 23 of the AHL schedule did not end well for the IceHogs as they took on the Milwaukee Admirals in a home-and-home set of games.

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IceHogs Thursday: Only Three Points

IceHogs defenseman Adam Clendening shoots the puck on Tuesday night against Rochester. (Photo Credit: Kim Wrona)

IceHogs defenseman Adam Clendening shoots the puck on Tuesday night against Rochester. (Photo Credit: Kim Wrona)

February was a great month for the IceHogs as they went 9-0-1-1. They were looking to keep their momentum rolling into March as they headed down to Oklahoma to take on the Oklahoma City Barons to end week 22 of the AHL schedule. To start week 23, the Hogs faced off against the Rochester Americans back home at the BMO Harris Bank Center in Rockford.

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IceHogs Thursday: Hogs’ Winning Ways Continue

IceHogs forward Mark McNeill scored on Saturday night. (Photo Credit: Kim Wrona)

IceHogs forward Mark McNeill scored on Saturday night. (Photo Credit: Kim Wrona)

The IceHogs played in three Midwest Division games to end week 21 and begin week 22 of the AHL schedule. Two of the three games were at the BMO Harris Bank Center in Rockford as the IceHogs took on the Chicago Wolves and the Milwaukee Admirals. The other contest saw the IceHogs travel to Iowa to take on the Wild.

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