How will the Chicago Blackhawks’ fans remember the 2019-20 NHL season, after everything that has happened? That’s a question worth answering.
Going into the 2019-20 NHL season, the Chicago Blackhawks‘ fans had some decent hopes, as their team was just 6-points out of the playoffs a year prior. The rival St. Louis Blues won their first Stanley Cup in franchise history, and now, it was time to renew a rivalry with the defending champions. With a +3250 odds of winning the Stanley Cup, not many in the hockey world thought highly of Chicago as serious contenders.
The Blackhawks started the season overseas in Prague against the Flyers. They’d lose 7 of their first 10-games to start the season (3-5-2), something that had fans frustrated.
After 20-games, the Blackhawks held a 9-7-4 record, making some progress from their rough start. During these early games, the fans learned a few new names, the biggest being Dominik Kubalik. Kubalik would put on a show during the 2019-20 season, scoring 30-goals in his first year with the team.
The Blackhawks would keep close in the playoff race, playing both Robin Lehner and Corey Crawford in goal, with Lehner being the better of the two goalies for the most part. These two guys led the Blackhawks to an 18-17-6 record in 2019, sending the Hawks to the new year with a winning record.
Of course, 2020 was a much different year. It started with Blackhawks winning a few games in a row going into the all-star break. During that mini 5-game winning streak, Patrick Kane got his 1,000th career point.
After the all-star break, the Blackhawks were a team in the playoff conversation, with a record of 24-21-6. They’d lose 6 of their next 9 games, taking them from a playoff-hopeful to a seller at the trade deadline.
At the trade deadline, the team parted ways with Erik Gustafsson and Robin Lehner, two names that played key roles for the team. After the trade deadline, the Blackhawks would get back on the right track, winning 6 of their last 8-games, before the NHL pause started. At the time of the pause, the Blackhawks were finishing up a 6-2 win against the Sharks, holding a 32-30-8 record with 12-games left in the regular season. Their playoff hopes were small, but they had a chance.