Diane Yamazaki: October 2008 Archives

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You've heard lots of talk about how important it is for the Blackhawks to get off to a good start - believe it. From my experience as a player and coach, as well as from the booth, those first 20 games can set you up for a great season.

If you start slowly, you lose any margin for error on the playoff run and we saw last year how valuable each point can be. The Hawks have great momentum from last year's strong finish and have added key free agents. Hopefully, they can make these first two months count and be flying high when the nation watches us from Wrigley Field on January 1.