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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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4. The core is still intact

There’s a lot of experience in this group of core players for the Chicago Blackhawks.  Jonathan Toews, Kane, Marian Hossa, Keith, Seabrook and Hjalmarsson are six players who have won three Stanley Cups together. Crawford, Rozsival and Marcus Kruger have been around for two Cups apiece.

These guys have all been there, and done that. They’ve endured incredible pressure, and they know how to win.

When it comes to the playoffs, having that kind of veteran presence in the locker room, and on the ice, can be a huge advantage. They can be there to support each other, as well as the younger, more inexperienced players.

Next: Reason No. 5: On The Drive

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