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Chicago Blackhawks: Tracking Season Opener Success

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 – FEBRUARY 17: Ryan Hartman #38 of the Chicago Blackhawks looks down the ice in the first period against the Washington Capitals at the United Center on February 17, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. The Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Washington Capitals 7-1. (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL – FEBRUARY 17: Ryan Hartman #38 of the Chicago Blackhawks looks down the ice in the first period against the Washington Capitals at the United Center on February 17, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. The Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Washington Capitals 7-1. (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images) /

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.

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