Hawks resting up for busy stretch ahead
BY HERB GOULD For Sun-Times Media November 12, 2013 9:46PM
Updated: November 12, 2013 9:52PM
The Hawks, who are in the middle of a three-day lull before a busy stretch, didn’t skate Tuesday. When they host the Coyotes on Thursday, they’ll be starting a stretch of 10 games in 17 days that includes a seven-game Western road trip.
‘‘Going forward, it’s going to be pretty intense, a lot of games,’’ defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson said after off-ice workouts. ‘‘These days — when you don’t have to go out on the ice — are going to mean a lot when you have those back-to-back games, three games in four nights, stuff like that.’’
No Scotty thoughts
Joel Quenneville, who earned his 672nd coaching victory Sunday against the Oilers to move into a fifth-place tie on the NHL’s all-time list, credited coaching good players for good organizations for his success.
‘‘I’ve been very fortunate where I’ve been,’’ said Quenneville, who also has coached the Blues and Avalanche. ‘‘I’ve been in some really good situations. It’s been a great six years here in Chicago. I’m really happy with where we’re at. This has been a great fit.’’
Quenneville is tied with former Hawks coach Mike Keenan on the all-time list, which is led by Scotty Bowman (1,244). He laughed off the thought of catching Bowman, saying: ‘‘Scotty? I don’t think my wife would even consider that for a minute.’’
Bowman, the father of Hawks general manager Stan Bowman, is the only coach to reach 600 victories faster than Quenneville.