The first preseason magazine is out, the Hockey News Yearbook, and the publication has picked the Hawks win the Central Division and finish second in the Western Conference behind the San Jose Sharks.Saying the Hawks are "fully loaded for a Stanley Cup push," the Hockey News believes in goalie Cristobal Huet and apparently has no concerns about the defense after Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook and Brian Campbell.
**Gag** What do Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, and Brian Campbell all have in common? Oh that's right; they're Canadian! No wonder the Hockey News fails to note the fact that they got carved up by Detroit in the Conference Finals after squeaking by a banged-up Calgary squad and a mediocre Vancouver Canucks. And Cristobal Huet? I'm guessing that because the man is French, there's some sentimentality there from THN's francophone staff members. Hey guys, you have no idea what you are talking about. How about some sobering facts, Chicago?
The Hawks haven't won a division title since the 1992-93 season when it still was the great, old Norris. The Detroit Red Wings have won eight Central Division crowns in a row and nine of the last 10.
Any time you get in an argument with a Blackhawks fan, make sure you remind them of that. Chicago has NEVER won the Central Division...EVER. Kinda makes you feel all warm and fuzzy doesn't it?