Now departing: Hawks bandwagon

  • The Blackhawks are dominating the NHL right now, thanks in large part to Jonathan Toews (left) and Patrick Kane.
The Blackhawks are dominating the NHL right now, thanks in large part to… (Rob Grabowski/US Presswire )
February 17, 2013|By Matt Lindner | For RedEye

Good luck trying to explain the Blackhawks' ridiculous start to this year's abbreviated NHL season.

Fortunately, you don't have to. Just know the Blackhawks are hotter than Kate Upton in a see-through bikini doing yoga, which is to say they're playing well enough to quicken the pulse of Chicagoans regardless of age or gender.

After the lockout delayed the start of this season until late January, the Blackhawks have rattled off a run that is unprecedented here locally.

In case you've been under a rock, the Blackhawks are undefeated in any game that doesn't involve a glorified skills competition (i.e. a shootout).

Putting this in context, the Blackhawks' 12-0-3 start is the rough equivalent of the Cubs or White Sox starting a season by winning their first 50 games in a row. If that happened, the entire city would have a collective heart attack.

Goaltender Corey Crawford has gone from an afterthought whom many die-hard Hawks fans were looking to run out of town last season to a savior whose name belongs in the same breath as guys like Esposito and Belfour. Jonathan Toews has proven as worthy as the captain's "C" as anyone who has ever rocked the Indian head sweater. Patrick Kane has made it through the first two months of the season without doing Patrick Kane-y things off the ice. And if someone dare messes with any of the aforementioned fellas, guys like Brandon Bollig and Jamal Mayers make sure opponents don't think to do so again.

In other words, if you've left your Hawks jersey in the closet since 2010's Stanley Cup championship run, now's as good a time as any to bust it out.

And if you haven't done that already, you probably should soon, because this Hawks team is as close as Chicago is going to get to tasting playoff glory for a while.

The Cubs are perpetually rebuilding, the White Sox don't have what it takes to get past Detroit, Derrick Rose isn't coming back anytime soon and the Bears are an enigma wrapped inside a burrito of mystery that won't be answered until a year from now.

Anything good in life is worth waiting for, and never has that axiom rung more true than with this year's Blackhawks. Make sure you jump on the bandwagon before it's too late.

Matt Lindner is a RedEye special contributor.

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