I think we've all heard by now, but things in Chicago are pretty bad. When a team starts to make the Islanders look lucky and competent, you know there's a serious problem.
This year, things have started to go downhill in the Windy City unbelievably early. Yesterday, wonder kid Jonathan Toews broke his finger during a preseason loss to Columbus. I'm not sure what is worse; that Toews will miss 2-3 weeks, or that the Hawks lost to the Blue Jackets. Either way, there's no doubt that this is probably a bad omen that this will be the 46th straight Cup-less season in Chicago.
Oh yeah, and defender Ryan Stokes was hospitalized for severe facial lacerations.
Alright, alright. These aren't serious enough reasons to write off the Hawks' season just yet. Still, they are some pretty bad omens, don't ya think?