2017-18 – Vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, win 10-1
The biggest outlier out of all the season openers the last few seasons came in 2017-18. The Chicago Blackhawks topped the defending Stanley Cup Champs by a score of 10-1 to start the season.
Ryan Hartman scored the first goal of the season, and then, would be traded in February to the Nashville Predators for a 1st round draft pick and prospect.
When it comes to the season opener in 2017-18, the Blackhawks looked fresh, exciting, and good.
However, the team was playing a bad goaltender and had great goaltending to back them up.
This would all change later in the season when goaltender Corey Crawford fell to a concussion. The Blackhawks would miss the playoffs for the first time since winning 3 Stanley Cups in 6 seasons, after destroying the Penguins in the opener.
When you look at 2017-18, one game does not tell the entire story, especially when the game you are looking at is the home opener.