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5 Chicago Blackhawks-New York Rangers Thoughts

By Brian Kinkade
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Jun 18, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) acknowledges the crowd during the 2015 Stanley Cup championship parade and rally at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports

2. Tumultuous offseason hangover?

There’s no need to worry about a Stanley Cup hangover. The ’Hawks were ready for it in 2013-14, and I suspect they will be even more ready for it this time. However, this offseason was like no other in the franchise’s nearly 90-year history.

It appears that the majority of Hawks fans have welcomed Patrick Kane back with open arms. However, there is a large faction of ’Hawks’ fans that are uneasy about the entire situation. Lots of controversy with Kane as well as with the organization’s handling of the Kane rape investigation has led to a bit of divide among the ’Hawks faithful.

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Will there be a different vibe and energy in the crowd? If there is, would it even affect the play on the ice? Doubtful.

Still, this whole thing has taken a toll on everyone involved with and associated with the ’Hawks, especially Kane. Kane hasn’t totally looked himself in the preseason. However, at this point, he is a veteran and has nothing to prove in the preseason.

Still though, there are lots of questions about Kane going into tonight’s game, on and off the ice.

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