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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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Apr 15, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenko (91) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (not pictured) during the second period in game two of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Billy Hurst-USA TODAY Sports /

5.  They should be hungry

We’ve already discussed the core group. Make no mistake; all these guys are pissed off that they lost in the first round of the playoffs last season.

They’re motivated to turn the tide and take advantage of a fresh start. They understand the long haul of the regular season, but will do everything in their power to make sure they make it to the playoffs. And when they do, there will be the desire to write a different story.

And let’s factor in the new kids. The Chicago Blackhawks have a lot of open slots this season.  There are numerous young players (more on this in the next post) who are going to get a chance to prove they belong at the NHL level this year. These youngsters are going to be working really hard to keep their spots.

Next: Sunday Viewing

There are many pieces in place that make this Chicago Blackhawks team a favorite to compete for another Stanley Cup. Let’s hope that the positives discussed above will turn out in the team’s favor.

As fans, we have a lot to be excited about. Here’s something I can guarantee: We’re going to be hearing some Chelsea Dagger real soon!

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