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Chicago Blackhawks: 5 Reasons For Optimism In 2016-17

By Gail Kauchak
Apr 15, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Artemi Panarin (72) celebrates with Patrick Kane (88) and Artem Anisimov (15) after scoring the game-winning goal during the third period in game two of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center. The Blackhawks won the game 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Billy Hurst-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 15, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Artemi Panarin (72) celebrates with Patrick Kane (88) and Artem Anisimov (15) after scoring the game-winning goal during the third period in game two of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center. The Blackhawks won the game 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Billy Hurst-USA TODAY Sports /
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There are many reasons to be both positive and negative about the Chicago Blackhawks’ upcoming season

Do you look at the glass half full or half empty? Sometimes, it all depends on your outlook.

For example, it was pretty easy for me to look at the glass half empty this past Saturday morning when I woke up to leave for the Chicago Bears preseason game. It was raining pretty hard. But we got up and headed out anyway, and lo and behold, it stopped raining right when we got downtown to tailgate! Glass half full.

Then we sat through a depressing (but dry!) 23-7 loss where the only quarterback who showed any promise left the game with a broken leg. Glass half empty. Or perhaps a little more than half. Thank goodness for the Chicago Blackhawks! Glass more than half full!

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I can’t resist; I have to add a side note. While we were tailgating, the hubby was giving me a hard time because I somehow managed to find a hockey reference at a football venue. There was a teenage kid wearing a Dallas Stars’ Jamie Benn shirt. In Chicago, at a preseason football game.  What the … ?

Ok, I’m focusing. Back to hockey and glasses half full or half empty. Depending on how you look at things, there are many reasons to be both positive and negative about the upcoming season for the Chicago Blackhawks.

This post will be the first of a two-part series that discusses both mindsets. Let’s start with some optimism, shall we? Here are five reasons to be optimistic about the Chicago Blackhawks upcoming season.

Next: Reason No. 1: On Offense

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