No one should be dumping on Chicago right now. They're way too strong a team.
An original six final would be really cool.
I was thinking a playoffs where every O6 team makes it would be neat too. Montreal and Toronto will have to keep on keeping on, the Rangers need to right the ship, Bruins should be fine, Chicago should be ok and Detroit needs to keep pace.
I don't expect Montreal to win the cup. I'm happy with them simply making the playoffs this year. People predicted them finishing at the bottom again.
People have already given the cup to the Hawks... High expectation is high.
Who are these " people " ?
You wont find the Hawk players saying or even thinking this.
You also wont find any half intelligent Hawk fan saying or thinking this.
These " people " are usually other fans who are either trying to jinx the Hawks or are just a little over zealous.
Sorry to interupt here... but the Hawks aren't peaking already. Just look at how "bad" Sharp plays so far, Bolland is almost a no show, Seabrook isn't close to what he can do. Right now, the team plays with fire and passion. They outplayed most of the teams so far. It looks like they are on a mission this year. They underperformed the last two years. Keith is the best example. Just wasn't really focused in the RS and then run into a hot goalie.
As much as you wish it, the Hawks are that good and they can play even better. The young guys will get better with more experience too. Not sure how many games the OP has seen, but most teams we played really wanted to end our streak and played at their best. Sure, a team like the Nucks or Kings could beat them in a PO series, but it would be a close series. Nobody is saying the Hawks will win the Cup, all Hawks fans know that it's a good start and nice time to being a fan. In the end, this won't matter if we don't make it to the SC Finals. It's all about the Cup and so far, I like the chances we have. Good teams will be good all year long. A slump will come around game 30-40 when a PO Spot looks to be secured and they just play it out.
Don't forget that the Hawks had some luck too and bounces coming their way. Streak would have ended if Yakupov scores in the 3rd instead of hitting the post.
Hawks have a 10-0-3 record in 1 goal games... that will even out a bit during the 2nd half of the season but the team is good to win those close games too. The Core knows how to win in the POs. They all made it to the WCF and SCF. They all know how it feels to lose in the 1st round watching other teams win "their" trophy.
If you want to talk about a team peaking too early, talk about the Ducks and Habs.
What a ridiculous post. What about Perrys slow start? What about Erik Cole not scoring? How are those examples ANY different from the Hawks? All 3 teams are peaking, and to suggest the Hawks aren't peaking when they are 16-0-3 is ****ing ridiculous. You think they are going to go undefeated? Really?
The Hawks are a great team, and they should ride out this streak as long as they can. They're clearly the favorites, but no one is "giving them the Cup." They have a great shot.
But hockey is a game where upsets seem to happen fairly often (compared to other sports). Would I be surprised if they lost in the first or second round? Yes. In the WCF or SCF? Ehh, not really. If they won their next 5, I'd feel the same way. If they lost their next 5, I'd feel the same way. Losing now won't have any impact on losing a few months from now.