In a very special installment of Live From The Five Hole, we join forces with Jay Zawaski and James Neveau from the Madhouse Chicago Hockey Podcast to bring you a lengthy, verbose, mostly coherent wrap of the the Hawks season that was, and a look ahead at the summer to come. As always, the podcast doesn’t require a subscription, and please give Jay and James a follow.
Look, going to overtime five straight times as the Hawks have to start this season, an NHL record, isn’t necessarily a good thing. There have been blown leads in the last three games, and in the opener they trailed to a team they really shouldn’t have. But given where the expectations were to start this season, taking 8 of the first 10 points available will be accepted in whatever form it comes in. And tonight was as solid an endeavor as this team is likely to put forward, particularly when it comes at the expense of the Blues. So now onward to what everyone is really waiting for; it’s time to shit on Brandon Manning some more and heap praise upon Alex DeBrincat.