Friday night was five straight season-openers the Blackhawks have biffed. I think we can call it a trend now.
But they get a chance to put things right Saturday, right after a red carpet ceremony essentially meant to allow for a good hour of John McDonough patting himself on the back, and watching Marian Hossa wear a much nicer suit than everyone else.
As for the actual game, there's a lot the Hawks can do to improve on Friday night's effort.
The first would be trying to find each other's stick with a pass. Some of this had to do with simply an awful ice surface in Dallas. Sadly, the United Center surface won't be much better, considering it's always kind of crap. And now we have warm weather.
The Hawks will just have to deal with that.
But they were playing at such a frantic pace on Friday. That probably had something to do with the nervous energy of opening the season. In all likelihood though, there will be some more of that as the Hawks trot out in front of the red-clad masses...