2015-16 – Vs. New York Rangers, lose 3-2
The 2015-16 season was one of the last successful seasons, following the Blackhawks’ championship in 2015.
It all started with a goal by Artemi Panarin. Panarin would go on to register 77 points and win the Calder Trophy as the best rookie in the league.
The first game of the season also was foreshadowing of how great a line of Patrick Kane, Artem Anisimov, and Artemi Panarin could be. The Blackhawks lost the game but they made the playoffs.
The 2015-16 opener is an example of how a season opener does not always tell the full story for a franchise.