Just so you all know, I’m doing a huge preemptive knock-on-wood before even considering entertaining this topic (redwood, oak, and pine), and I suggest you all do the same. This topic is very taboo for the superstitious and even not so superstitious among us, but be that as it may, it is a very relevant subject for our beloved Chicago Blackhawks, especially now since we’ll soon be rounding the corner of the home stretch to the post season now that our boys are back from Sochi.
I won’t repeat what we all know at this point, which are all the reasons the Hawks are in a superb position to consecutively raise Lord Stanley’s Cup, an occurrence that hasn’t happened in the NHL since the late 1990’s. Instead, I’ll play Devil’s Advocate (and not the pinball game this time) and list the top five obstacles in the way of the Blackhawks making franchise and NHL history.
#5 – Fatigue, Fatigue, Fatigue
I’m one of many people that are worried the Olympics have taken some much needed energy out of the Blackhawks’ batteries that we’d rather have saved for the post season. I also think we all tend to forget that the Hawks won the Stanley Cup in 2010 after a full regular season and Olympic stint in Vancouver. However, that was in 2010, and four years can rack up a lot of miles on a hockey player, which wouldn’t be a big deal except six of the ten Hawks players that played in Sochi are over thirty. I know age is a state of mind, but athletes over thirty aren’t necessarily known for their physical resilience, and serious injuries do occur in the Olympics. Just ask John Tavares. So I’m breathing a tremendous sigh or relief our boys in red, white, and black are back from Russia in one piece and keeping my fingers crossed that there aren’t any lingering ailments not yet known to Chicago’s public. Regardless, playing in the Olympics is a great feather for any Hawks player to have in their war bonnet, no matter their age, and we have to give them the faith that these professionals know what they are capable of and that they have their priorities straight. Still, I’d personally feel better if 5 Hour Energy makes some extra shipments to Chi-Town this spring.