6. 2015-16 Chicago Blackhawks (47-26-9)
The 2015-16 Chicago Blackhawks were coming off of their third Stanley Cup in six seasons. Rookie Artemi Panarin made his debut and started on a line with Patrick Kane.
During the season, Kane would go on a 26-game point streak. The Chicago Blackhawks were a dominant group, with Kane winning multiple trophies including being the Hart Memorial Trophy (NHL MVP). Panarin would win the Calder Memorial Trophy (Rookie of the Year).
Corey Crawford led the team to 36 victories and played well alongside a few different backup goalies. The Blackhawks had one of the best defensive units and looked like a team that could repeat.
In January, the Blackhawks won 10 straight games — 12 straight overall when you add the wins from December — which helped their playoff seeding. The Blackhawks would finish third in the Central Division, which also was third in the Conference.
Due to the new playoff rules, the Blackhawks would have to go on the road to face the division rival St. Louis Blues. During that series, the Blackhawks would go down three games to one.
In Game 4, Andrew Shaw would be suspended after calling the referee a homophobic-slur. He would be suspended for two games and was eligible for a Game 7, if needed. Fans would argue over the Shaw incident, which caused problems throughout the fanbase. Shaw would eventually come back for Game 7.
Patrick Kane scored the game-winning goal in Game 5, which made the series 3-2. In Chicago, the Blackhawks would beat the Blues in Game 6, sending the series to a game 7. It reminded the hockey world of the 2013 series against the Detroit Red Wings where Chicago went down 3-1 and came back to win the series.
Sadly, the Blackhawks lost in Game 7. Game 6 would be the last playoff game the Blackhawks won in this decade. It was a special season until the playoffs started.