Well, at least the Hawks didn't wait to give their staff and fans a headache. Couldn't even manage one game, boys?
The news from practice is three-fold. Brandon Pirri has been recalled, Dave Bolland is skating but not with a line, and Ben Smith is on the injured list.
We'll deal with the casualties first. No one has any idea what Bolland's injury is, but it looks likely to at least keep him out of the opener tomorrow night. No word on if he's traveling down to Texas or not, we'll just have to wait. But he's not skating with his normal linemates in Michael Frolik or Bryan Bickell, that's where Pirri is. Unless he miraculously recovers from what's ailing him on the plane down to Dallas tonight, he's not going to have enough practice time to play.
Ben Smith was put on the injured list, which opens up a spot for another call-up should the Hawks need it. It means a minimum of two weeks out, but that can be back-dated to his last game, which was a week from yesterday. All that means that ...