Keep an eye on these Hawks trends

  • Blackhawks forward Brandon Bollig is turning into a Twitter star.
Blackhawks forward Brandon Bollig is turning into a Twitter star. (Christian Petersen/Getty…)
January 21, 2013|RedEye

Sure, two games out of 48 is a small sample size. But as the Blackhawks prepare for Tuesday's home opener vs. St. Louis, we've got enough to evaluate a few of the interesting developments so far. Here are the chances that ...

Brandon Bollig has the best Twitter feed on the team:

50 percent

From where he eats to players he fights with to interacting with followers, Bollig has a lot to say. He'll get a run for his money from Bryan Bickell, who often posts pictures on his feed.

Marian Hossa leads the league in scoring:

15 percent

With one-24th of the season in the books, Hossa already has four goals and an assist to tie him for the NHL lead in points. He's got the skill to dominate, but as usual, the question is whether he can stay injury-free.

Roberto Luongo ends up a Blackhawk:

1 percent

Hawks goalies Corey Crawford and Ray Emery will each see plenty of playing time, and who knows what will happen with new guy Henrik Karlsson. But are they expendable if Luongo is avaiable? And would Chicago implode if he's traded here? Hmmm …

Marian Hossa is as forgiving as he sounds:

20 percent

After suffering a nasty concussion the last time the Hawks played Phoenix, Hossa tried to wipe the slate clean Sunday: "I came to the game [with] no hard feelings," Hossa said. "I tried to take it as another game for me and just prepared as I always do." That's easy to say when the guy who treated your head like a pinata, the Coyotes' Raffi Torres, didn't play. We'll see what happens when he does.

Coach Q's mustache remains Chicago's finest facial hair:

99 percent

Even when the Hawks grow playoff beards, they still bow in deference to Joel Quenneville's push broom. Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija might disagree, but even he's not in Coach Q's league just yet.

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