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Chicago Blackhawks: Tracking Season Opener Success

By Jimmy Lynch
PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC - OCTOBER 04: Alexander Nylander #92 of the Chicago Blackhawks reacts after scoring against the Philadelphia Flyers in the first period during the NHL Global Series Challenge 2019 match at O2 Arena on October 4, 2019 in Prague, Czech Republic. (Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean/NHLI via Getty Images)
PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC - OCTOBER 04: Alexander Nylander #92 of the Chicago Blackhawks reacts after scoring against the Philadelphia Flyers in the first period during the NHL Global Series Challenge 2019 match at O2 Arena on October 4, 2019 in Prague, Czech Republic. (Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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CHICAGO, IL – MARCH 21: Artemi Panarin #72 of the Chicago Blackhawks controls the puck in the third period against the Vancouver Canucks at the United Center on March 21, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. The Vancouver Canucks defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 5-4 in overtime. (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL – MARCH 21: Artemi Panarin #72 of the Chicago Blackhawks controls the puck in the third period against the Vancouver Canucks at the United Center on March 21, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. The Vancouver Canucks defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 5-4 in overtime. (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images) /

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.

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