The Hawks are 0-2-1 after three games and have four of the next five at the United Center, beginning with tonight’s match against the undefeated Phoenix Coyotes.
After holding the NHL’s first fan convention during the summer and spicing up the preseason with a Training Camp Festival, the Hawks brought their players to the United Center in limousines for their home opener and had them walk in on a red carpet with about 800 fans in attendance.
The fact is that hockey is not that popular today. The Hawks are trying to do something about it. I like it, now I can actually turn on the TV, and see the home game. For many years, under the ownership of Bill “Dollar Bill” Wirtz, the Hawks weren’t even shown on TV.
To win this game tonight would be enormous for Blackhawk hockey. It would help turn Chicago's season in the right direction.
If one thing has been proven in the new era of the man named Rocky Wirtz, owner of the Hawks, and John McDonough as team president, things need to get done sooner rather than later because there might not be a later.
Denis Savard, Hawks head coach, is working in the last year of his contract and figures to benefit or fall the most from what his team does. He needs this win badly.
The longer this winless streak continues, the more that pressure builds.
Here are some suggestions I have for Denis Savard and his squad:
1) Turn up the offense. We need to score some goals and get that siren roaring.
2) Maintain endurance the entire game. The last three games the Hawks started out strong, but failed in the end.
3) Khabibulin and Huet. This one is for you. Start saving goals. The Hawks don’t pay you millions for nothing.
4) Play some solid “D.” Protect that damn net.
5) Utilize the power play. The Hawks are 1 for 13 with the one man advantage. Note: that one goal was a five on three in favor of the Hawks.
If these steps are exercised on a daily basis for the Hawks, we will have a great season.
Let’s! Go! HAWKS!