In this edition of Hawks Headlines, we put a bow on the lengthy “Disney on Ice” road trip, examine where the Chicago Blackhawks are now, and take yet another look at Patrick Kane’s continuing maturity off the ice.
-We start out with Tracey Myers, who like the members of the Blackhawks themselves is stoked to be back in Chicago, With a long eight-game homestand upcoming, Myers breaks down what we learned about the team while they were away from home. [CSN Chicago]
-The Blackhawks started out a critical stretch of their schedule with a win over the St. Louis Blues on Sunday, but that’s just the beginning of the gauntlet. [Daily Herald]
-Scott Powers was at Sunday’s win over the Blues, and coupled with the team’s win over the Winnipeg Jets on Friday, the Hawks are heading in the right direction in his eyes. [ESPN Chicago]
-Rick Morrissey sums up what the Blackhawks are thinking as the regular season wears on: this doesn’t matter. The playoffs do. [Chicago Sun-Times]
-Stories of Patrick Kane’s maturity off the ice are always going to be a part of the narrative after the rebellious and turbulent youthful exploits, but Chris Kuc says that Kane’s continuing maturity off the ice is adding effectiveness to his game on the ice. [Chicago Tribune]
-Finally, we get our first look at what is going on with the Arizona Coyotes as they prepare to face the Blackhawks on Monday night. [Arizona Republic]