In November it was the elephants and clowns taking over the United Center, now the Disney on Ice show takes center stage. This puts the Bulls and the Blackhawks on the road for a couple of weeks. During the "Circus" road trip the Bulls went 2-3, while most of the Hawks were still wondering if they would have a season.
The Blackhawks are on fire as they begin the shortened season with a 6-0-0 start, the best in team history. They hope is their energy and play won't cool off with the extended trip starting in Minnesota tonight, but the team is 4-0 on the road to start the season. No one is complaining about fatigue at this point, which is incredible considering they had no lengthy training camp and pre-season game schedule.
Here is what needs to happen for the road warriors:
-The penalty killing has been one of their best weapons; they killed six on Sunday against Detroit. It was one of the team weaknesses the past two seasons. This year they are the second best in the league, having given up just one power play goal so far.
-Corey Crawford in goal, the young goaltender has looked good after the first week in action. The team hopes he has matured into the job. He earned league honors for his play; Crawford posted five of the wins, 1.78 goals-against average and a .933 save percentage.