Have you looked a the scheudule for the first 10 games? Detroit twice, Colorado, Dalas, San Jose, Minnesota etc. It isn't until game 10 that the the Hawks get to face their equal in Columbus and Columbus has handled them the past couple of season's.
Have you thought about the fact that there isn't a forward line returning from last season? There isn't even a pair of forwards who played together last season.
Is any team counting on two rookies as much as the Hawks? Would anyone be surprised if those rookies took some time to aclimate to the NHL?
Is there a team in the league with a worse defense? Keith and Seabrook as 1 and 2?
Is there a worse and more overpaid duo in Net than the Lalime and Kaby?
And if the team starts 0-10 what is Tallon going to do? Trade youngsters? No. Fire the Coach? No. He has already done that with no positive result and extended the most inexperienced head coach in the league. Perhaps 2 leagues NHL and AHL.
Unless the team starts 6-4 with Toews or Kane contending for the Calder and Havlat scoring a goal a game, this team in going to drop off the map here in Chicago in October, the building will be empty and what is Tallon going to do?