The Chicago Blackhawks may have fallen on some hard times in the past weeks, and it seems that many have forgot just how dangerous the defending Stanley Cup Champions are to win yet again. With the playoffs now 17 days away, here’s three reasons the Blackhawks will be a force to be reckoned with during the post-season.
Mar 25, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks goalieCorey Crawford
(50) is congratulated by left wingBrandon Saad
(20) and defensemanDuncan Keith
(2) after defeating the Dallas Stars at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
#3: They’ve Been There Before
The first reason for the ‘Hawks positive outlook is also the most obvious. It was not yet a year ago that Lord Stanley’s Cup made it’s way through the streets of the Windy City, as a sea of red appeared at the Blackhawks’ championship parade. Not only have the coaching staff and managers gained valuable experience on how to handle a team, the players themselves now have the background necessary to lead a team to the Cup. Joe Thornton of the San Jose Sharks may have played his 1200th NHL game in the same week Marcus Kruger played his 200th, but Kruger has been to the Stanley Cup Championship, something the Sharks’ captain has not, and those six games may as well count for 200 regular season games each. With players like Marian Hossa, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, and Corey Crawford now aiming for their third mention on the Cup, it is no wonder that people automatically think of Chicago when talking about a team that’s “been there”.