Well, the 2011-12 season is under way, and we already see something they can work on. But,...backing up slightly, the Hawks were without Viktor "V-berg" Stalberg, Ben Smith, Dave Bolland and "Car-Bomb" Dan Carcillo.
Okay,...back on point: The Hawks didn't press the net the entire time. They can spit pucks at an NHL goalie, all day long and they'll all look like Vladislav Tretiak,...IF they don't press the crease.
It's early, still no time to panic and when 20% of your starting lineup is out, one of your stars is playing out of position (Kane), the chemistry wasn't QUITE working,... things like this will occur.
Coach Q thought Kane and his centering position worked. It will work until SMITH and STALBERG re-enter the lineup. THEN, Toews, Bolland, Perri and Mayers appear to be the likely 4 centermen.
Sharp - TOEWS - Kane
Brunette- BOLLAND- Hossa
Stalberg - PERRI - Frolik (Smith)
Bickell - Mayers - Olesz (Carcillo)
(This is assuming that Saad returns to his minor league squad).
The good thing is the ENERGY is there, so they will find a way through this. It's a minor speed bump and I believe the energy from tomorrow nights crowd will give them that extra juice they need. The red carpet event is tomorrow, and the Hawks get to see these very same Dallas Stars in the UC. See you then.