Chicago Blackhawks Have A Jam-Packed 2016-17 Regular Season
On Tuesday afternoon, the NHL released the full 2016-17 schedules for all 30 teams, and the Chicago Blackhawks, along with the entire league, are in for quite a fast-paced season. With the World Cup of Hockey starting in September, the start to the season (usually the first week of October) is being pushed back to Oct. 12.
While the season is starting late, it will be slated to end on schedule and have the Stanley Cup Playoffs begin as normal, in the second week of April. With the addition of a ‘bye week’ for each team, the season will have the condensed feel of a lockout-shortened season, but in the full 82-game slate.
More from Blackhawks News
- Blackhawks vs Flames: Date, Time, Lineup, Betting Odds, More
- Three Takeaways from the Blackhawks’ Win vs Vancouver
- Blackhawks: Why Derek King is the Right Coach moving forward
- Marc-Andre Fleury Carries the Blackhawks to a 4-2 Win vs Seattle
- Instant Reaction: Blackhawks top Kraken for first time in history
Blackhawks beat writers put their two cents into the schedule discussion upon its release.
Tracy Myers of Comcast Chicago noticed Chicago’s usual circus trip:
While Chicago Sun-Times writer Mark Lazerus pointed out the lock-out shortened season feel:
Also, Mark Potash of the Sun-Times gave the 82-game schedule a full win/loss treatment:
Not a bad outlook from Potash, but considering that the Nashville Predators were a in a wild-card spot last year with 96 points, Blackhawks fans would be more comfortable with more than a 97-point season in Chicago’s quest to regain the Stanley Cup. On that quest, here a 10 matchups that are can’t-miss games.
Next: Games To See No. 10-6