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Chicago Blackhawks Show Similarities to the 2016 Pittsburgh Penguins

Jeremiah Lee
Chicago Blackhawks, Patrick Kane #88 Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Chicago Blackhawks, Patrick Kane #88 Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /
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Chicago Blackhawks, Alex Debrincat #12
Chicago Blackhawks, Alex Debrincat #12 Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /

2. Playstyle

The Chicago Blackhawks have stated multiple times, and I have repeated this word many times in my articles, that they want to be “relentless”. Based on the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, “relentless” means “showing or promising no abatement of severity, intensity, strength, or pace”.

Essentially, from whistle to whistle the team who plays “relentlessly” will always be in your face, finish checks, annoy you in any way possible, and not stop playing, a constant, but intelligent, attack and defense. No player (other than Patrick Kane) should be allowed to skip out of a body check, and they should finish with close to 26-30 (at least) hits per game.

The Pittsburgh Penguins played this relentless style of play in 2015 through 2018 properly, with many teams knowing that when they play Pittsburgh, that they will face a team eager to make life miserable for you for sixty minutes.

The Chicago Blackhawks can talk all they want about coming up with their own playstyle, but, in the end, they will have to execute and wear down their opposition for the style to count as “relentless”.  They can promise all they want, but they have to execute when the season starts.

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