Friday, February 8, 2013
"Here Comes the Hawks, the Mighty Blackhawks"
I must confess, I wasn't feeling very optimistic when I first saw the schedule, which had the Hawks on the road for 9 of their first 11 games (the Chicago Stadium must have been contracted out for Ice Capades, Disney on Ice, and several other frozen water-based forms of entertainment during January). But here we are, 10 games into the season and the Hawks have yet to lose a game in regulation time (they've lost two in post-overtime shoot-outs). Even the most optimistic Hawks game could not in their wildest imagination have guessed that the Hawks would returns from the current 6-game road trip with a season record of 8-0-2.
In a foreshortened season, a hot start is especially valuable. With ten games under their collection belt, the Hawks are already a quarter of the way to the end of the regular season and the start of the playoffs, with a seven point lead in their division and the five point lead in the Western conference. Of course, a fast start is not so important as entering the playoffs in top form. But what was looking as a season to write off is shaping up as a season to remember for the Blackhawks and their fans.
Posted by Daniel H. Cole at 8:02 AM