Originally posted on NBC Chicago  |  Last updated 1/2/12
John Cusack told us the world ends in 2012. He stole it from the Mayans. And whatever Cusack and the Mayans agree on is gospel, right? Well, before we all fall into the Earth's core, there's a little matter of finishing out this hockey season. The new year begins at home against the Edmonton Oilers, the first time these two will dance after that 9-2 affront to The Lord that took place the Saturday before Thanksgiving. The Hawks should need scant reminding what can happen if they don't take the Oil seriously. You could understand why they may not. Since that game, the wheels have fallen off this oil tanker. They've lost seven of their last eight, as their simply woeful defense and suspect goaltending that was covered up by a hot start finally showed their pockmarked faces to the world. The Oilers barely have any NHL-quailty defense, and Nikolai Khabibulin was always going to trip trying to make up for it at some point. They carry some threat with their kid line. Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins,
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