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Chicago Blackhawks Gameday Prediction Thread

By Keith Schultz
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Finally, A brand new Chicago Blackhawks season has arrived! Every year I like to do a Chicago Blackhawks Gameday Prediction thread to see how good everyone is at predicting the future, so why not see how everyone does this season.

So let’s take a quick look at the previous banner night matchups a game for many teams that are usually a let down game for most former Stanley Cup Champions.

This Blackhawks era is 1-1 in games following the banner raising.  In 2010 the Chicago Blackhawks lost 3-2 to the Detroit Red Wings with Brent Seabrook and Bryan Bickell scoring goals but the Blackhawks came up short on that night.

In 2013 after the banner raising, a player nobody picked to score first opened up the scoring for the Blackhawks in the name of

Brandon Bollig

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The other thing I remember most about the 2013 banner raising game was how bad the Chicago Blackhawks penalty kill was on opening night.  The Chicago Blackhawks lost penalty killer extraordinaire Michael Frolik and were breaking in Joakim Nordstrom which went pretty unsuccessfully.  The Blackhawks did make a great comeback and ended up winning the game 6-4, but it would be a long fall/winter watching Joel Quenneville fix the penalty kill.

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Now it brings us to tonight, and the Chicago Blackhawks face-off against the New York Rangers.  Before we make our predictions let’s remember what last seasons games brought us against the Rangers.  All you need to know about last seasons matchups is that they both ended with the score of 1-0 with both teams winning on the other teams ice. Brad Richards scored the only goal of the season against the Rangers last season.

This of course is the opening night of the season so mid-season form and 1-0 shutouts seem more unlikely tonight. So let’s get to the predictions.

Final Score Prediction– The Hawks core show the youngsters how to feed off the crowd, and take the game 3-1 at the United Center.

First Goal of the Season– He scored the last goal of the 2015 Stanley Cup, and he usually steps up in these type of spots so I’ll predict that Patrick Kane scores the first goal of the season tonight.

Three Stars of the Night– I’m going with Artemi Panarin-Third Star of the Night, Duncan Keith-2nd Star of the Night, and the #1 Star of the Night will be Corey Crawford.

Bonus Prediction– The Blackhawks will increase their sellout streak, but most eyes, smartphones and TV’s will be focused on what is happening in Pittsburgh!

What is your predictions for tonight?

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