The Chicago Blackhawks have been in Europe since last Thursday, as part of the NHL Global Series.
The Blackhawks played an exhibition game last Saturday against Eisbären Berlin in Berlin. They play their first game of the 2019-20 NHL season in Prague against the Flyers this Friday.
Jonathan Toews, 31, and other veterans on the Chicago Blackhawks’ roster that went on the Europe trip back 10 years ago believe that this trip will help the Blackhawks with their chemistry.
This will also be good for the new players to help them get to know each other and how they play.
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If you don’t remember, back in 2009 they split two games against the Florida Panthers in Helsinki.
That 2009-10 Chicago Blackhawks team ended up winning the Stanley Cup that same season. During the 2010 Blackhawks Stanley Cup video, many guys talked about how that trip to Helsinki helped them get to know each other, and become better teammates. Hopefully, the same thing will happen during this trip.
With a lot of new faces on the Blackhawks this year, it really brings back memories to the 2009-10 Blackhawks.
This isn’t to say the Chicago Blackhawks are going to win the Stanley Cup this season, but hopefully, this trip will help gel the team together and build a bond like they had in 2010.
It has been 10 years since the Blackhawks started their run as one of the best dynasties in the NHL, and there’s a chance with Jeremy Colliton coaching the team can restart their success.
A lot of the veterans that played on any of the three Stanley Cup winning teams have said they feel more confident going into this season with Colliton leading the way.
Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews are both coming off of their best career seasons to date. If they can even produce 85 percent of that they did last year, and the team steps up to levels I believe they can, there is no reason they cannot make the playoffs.
This trip comes at a perfect time. Right after camp and preseason, where the guys are getting used to each other with no distractions getting in the way.
Not everyone likes the idea of losing a game at the United Center, but there will still be 41 home games in Chicago. This year, the Blackhawks are the “road team” in Prague.
The Chicago Blackhawks have to get off to a fast start this season, unlike last year. If they would have started off fast last year, they would have been a playoff team.