Analysis

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, ILLINOIS – SEPTEMBER 18: Alexander Nylander #92 of the Chicago Blackhawks participates during warm-ups before a preseason game against the Detroit Red Wings at the United Center on September 18, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – SEPTEMBER 18: Alexander Nylander #92 of the Chicago Blackhawks participates during warm-ups before a preseason game against the Detroit Red Wings at the United Center on September 18, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /

2019-20 –  At Philadelphia Flyers (Prague), lose 4-3

Sometimes, season openers don’t tell the entire story for a team, like in 2017-18. While for other teams, the opener can be a foreshadowing of what is to come like last season. This season, it is too soon to know what the opener means.

Of course, you can already start to hypothesize what some of the takeaways are from the first game. Maybe, it is that Alexander Nylander is an NHL goal scorer. He registered a goal against the Flyers, but then was demoted to the fourth line later in the game.

The takeaway could also be that Patrick Kane is never going to slow down. Kane registered 3 points on the night and looks like he is picking up right where he left off in 2018-19.

We will not know until more time passes, but there are reasons for hope for the Chicago Blackhawks moving forward. Just don’t read too much into the first game of the season.

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