CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks have been asked quite a few important questions in the past few weeks leading into the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs, but one got answered for good Tuesday at United Center.
Patrick Kane decided he would grow his annual playoff mullet, complete with steps shaved into each side, like he first did to start the 2010 postseason run that ended with him scoring the winning goal in overtime of Game 6 in the Stanley Cup Final.
Only this time, Kane isn't alone. Rookie right wing Brandon Saad is mimicking Kane's "business up front, party in the back" look for his second go-round in the postseason -- steps in the side an all.
"It's pretty short right now," Kane said. "Hopefully, it will have some time to grow in. We have myself and a new addition to the team this year that wanted to do it too. Saad joined in on the mullet trend and his looks pretty good. It's a little fun."
Saad said he was swayed by Kane's success in 2010.
"We got it together," Saad said. "He had some success with it a couple years ago and he was talking about doing it and I said I'd do it with him. It's something fun we could do, I guess. It's pretty ridiculous, honestly, but it's fun and the guys get a kick out of it … so it's good."
Saad said his family approved the new look.
"Yeah, my parents love it," the 20-year-old said. "They thought it was funny. It's the playoffs and hopefully it brings us some luck."
At least one of his teammates, however, wasn't quite as impressed. Veteran forward Jamal Mayers, who sports a shaved-head look, laughed when asked about Saad's new 'do.
"[Saad] looks like a high school quarterback, circa ," he said, smiling. "And I think his girlfriend is the captain of the cheerleading team too."
Down the hall in the other locker room, Minnesota Wild forward Cal Clutterbuck said he'll stick with the typical playoff beard, rather than grow the big, flowing Snidely Whiplash-style mustache.
"We'll keep the mustache more of a regular-season type of thing," Clutterbuck said. "We'll just go with the traditional beard for the playoffs."