With the Blackhawks off to a roaring start on the circus trip and headed for Calgary next, a quote from P.T. Barnum comes to mind.
"There's a sucker born every minute."
The Blackhawks cannot fall into the Flames trap. This is an awful team. They've lost 10 of 17 to start the year. Captain Jarome Iginla has only three goals. General Manager Darryl Sutter brought back team-killer Olli Jokinen; he's collected two measly goals and is looking at a suspension for cross-checking Wojtek Wolski in the neck. Plus, the Blackhawks haven't lost in Calgary since the 2006-07 season.
Don't be fooled, the Flames will be ready. Their season is on the line. The future for several others in the organization hangs in the balance.
Play the way they did in Edmonton: intensity from start to finish, skating in straight lines and making simple plays, the Blackhawks will take two points from the "Big Top" in Calgary.