The Chicago Blackhawks season might not be that close, but that doesn’t mean we can’t make some predictions for next season.
The 2020-21 season was anything but ordinary. The Blackhawks began the season in a new division made up of the Lightning, Stars, Hurricanes, Predators, Red Wings, Panthers, and Blue Jackets. This season was just 56 games and featured just divisional opponents.
I cannot believe I am saying it, but I miss playing the St. Louis Blues. Playing different teams and having more than two teams on the schedule for a week-long period will be nice. This past season was one that will never be forgotten, but that doesn’t mean it needs to be brought back anytime soon.
Next season will present its fair share of challenges. It will be the sophomore season for a lot of players on the roster that had great rookie campaigns, now it will be interesting to see if they can rise to the occasion in 2021-22.
This season will also be the first season with a new divisional opponent the Arizona Coyotes. I cannot wait to see how the Blackhawks do against the Coyotes this coming season as beating a divisional rival as often as you can could lead to a better spot in the standings.
So without further ado here are five predictions for the Central Division in 2021 assuming everything is back in the old format: