I'm not saying Q needs to be fired but how long does this get you? Ozzie got 6 years of mediocre results before being fired, hopefully Q is on a shorter leash. Just because a coach wins a championship doesn't mean he is immune from being fired.
So we're going to have a Mickey Mouse road trip? Nice.
Happens every year, just never gets the attention of the circus trip because of when it occurs. Circus trip was always a big deal in the media since it's early in the year and so often sent the Hawks until a tail spin back in the suck years.
Well you could schedule a heavy home games start from the 19th through to when Disney on Ice starts --eg. 5 or 6 staright home games bEFORE a monstous 8 game road trip (obviously Western Canada and the California teams plus PHx and maybe 1 more in against the Avs)=8 straight road games --OR they could GAMBLE and put just 2 home games in to start in the first 6 games,so that could be 12 road games out of the first 14GP --the advantage is that AFTER that -IF they "survive" it in good shape,then 22 of the final 34 games would be home games..
The RISK is that it might put them out of it early leaving a mountain to steep to climb to get back in --BUT the gamble could pay off big IF the early season "getting upto NHL speed" means UNEVEN performances in the first 10-14 games such that
we might catch opponents at home not yet synchronized and so not yet at their 'best" -neither might we be -BUT if it EVENS OUT -and we survive to a 14/28 points in these first 14Gp --THEN we get a huge home advantage the rest of the way and will be by then synchronized and in normal shape to really take proper advantage of that favourable remaining schedule..
Of course we might as well give the game in EDM on that first long toad trip to the Oilers-so that is a 2 point "deficit" in our quest for .500 over the first 14 games of such a schedule -but apart from that maybe we can beat WPG CGY and Keslerless VAN and maybe take 3 points of six from the 3 California teams and split the points from a PHX and Colorado fin du trip --so 11 of 16 points and we come off an 8 game road trip in great shape? So the question is of the first 6 games before that trip (6 games in 12 or 13 days) -if we only play 2 of those at home--can we win both home games and split the 4 road games?IF so then this hopeful scenario provides 8/12 points -so if we can provide 19/28 points from such a road heavy start in the first 14Gp -then we willbe in GREAT SHAPE the rest of the way ;IF we ONLY do .500 --that is 14/28 points that still is ok given the last 22/34 at home... BUT if we start SLOW and falter --say only 8 of the first 28 points up for grabs in such a scenario--THEN that is a huge hole to dig ourselves out from under...
I am certan every NHL team has talked about starting off well as opposed to getting too far behind in the early part of the short season -but few team MIGHT face the lopsided road schedule we could face depending on how our top brass decides to get rid of a lot of road games early while opponents still are also not synchronized and not yet in top shape (hoping our natural skill guys can use this for advantage -especially Kane getting off to a fast start before defensive "systems" get perfected by opponents to stymie him) -or whether instead our top brass decides to start with a lesser amount of road games by loading up say 4 or 5 of the first 6 at home before the 8 game road monster whacs us or even a 3 home 3away in the fist 6..
If it were me-I would GAMBLE with only 2 of the first 14 games at home --again --HOPING we catch teams out of synch early (we willbe too but our "natural" talent of our top 4 forwards OUGHT to take advantage of not quite in sunch defensive systems -ie, the games could be more shinny style run and gun-which is to the advantage of the faster skill teams like us.. OF course we won't be a match for EDM in any run an gun -and probably not even when defemnsive "systems" catch up ---but then -few other teams will be able to match EDM's talent either -especially early ..later when the systems teams ramp up the physicality (which we are not going to do given our style) they might be able to stop all that gifted lot in EDM -but lucky for us we only play each non-division WC team 3 times -so maybe 2 more lposided EDM poundings of us (given we have no saviour in goal) and maybe we catch them one game on a tired night and can take 2 of 6 pints at least from them -but other than that we ought to be competitive with everyone else in the WC ...
Of course injuries are expected but we just do not know when and who -IF our big guns sty healthy and only support players et injured--we should be fine-but if we lose any important cog for much time,in a 48 game season that might spell curtains for our chances of staying in the playoff race. I hope we get lucky and not lose our key players to any lengthy injury...
IF we do falter--for whatever reasons--STAN will then be a seller at trade deadline --the silver lining in any falter willbe a shot at the #1 (albeit still a weighted ball system) from any non-playoff position,plus the return in picks from any sell deals we make at trade deadline ...Life will go on -even if we fail ..BUT it would be nice to succeeed instead of pulling a fail ...and so to STAN,Q and THE TEAM --you are ALL on the clock ---just DO IT --or else!
Kane and Stalberg should be ready to go. Same with Kruger and perhaps Jayes, Shaw, Leddy and Frolik, assuming they make the team. These guys may need to carry the team for a while.
As for the schedule: got to hope we donít see Oilers early on. Their kids have been playing together since October and are in mid season form.
It has to be if he wants to remain a starter. He has one good year and one meh year under his belt. If he's solid, he retains his position. If not, then in the 2013 offseason/draft, the Hawks are looking for a starting replacement.