By Brad Vandenberk
At the halfway point of their current six game road trip, the Hawks are collecting points and slightly staying ahead of the St Louis Blues in the Central Division. Before entering game four in Los Angeles on Monday evening, the Hawks were 1-0-2. They were still struggling to close the deal in OT and or the Shootout adding to their league’s worst 14 overtimes with a point lost. LA on the other hand is currently looking for goal scoring being shutout in most of their games. Bryan Bickell made his return to the line up on the 3rd line along side Andrew Shaw and Brandon Saad. Bickell is slowly creeping his way out of the Q’s dog house and knows he needs to use his physicality on the ice. Marian Hossa has been taking a few maintenance days missing morning skates. He remains in the line up but with the Olympic break just 5 days away, fatigue can be a factor. You wouldn’t think with the Big Hoss, as his game is already getting Selke nods. The fourth line has been exactly what the Hawks have asked for, playing good minutes, establishing the forecheck and actually tucking a few in at key times.