Coach Joel Quenneville was asked about the Chicago Blackhawks’ first month-plus of work. A day after the team’s White House visit, it was his own state-of-the-union address.

“We try to make point of emphasis that getting off to a strong start puts us in a good place,” he said. “We’re not pleased with overtime record but we’ve gotten points. We’re not totally pleased with where we’re at but we’re fine.”

The word “decent was also used. Regardless of the words, it sounded like he was kind of happy with the Blackhawks’ start thus far, but not completely. A few hours and a 4-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets later, he was sounding a little better about the situation.

“Maybe better than decent,” he said with a small smile. “Obviously, last year’s standard is impossible to achieve but we’ve been relatively pleased with where we’re at right now.”

The Blackhawks should be pleased with how they’ve started this season, a 10-2-4 record heading into their Saturday tilt in Dallas and their Sunday game here against Edmonton. One of the questions I’ve gotten from radio and TV recently is how the Blackhawks are handling the so-called Stanley Cup hangover. It’s pretty evident they’re handling it just fine.