Get your calendars ready! We now know every game that the Chicago Blackhawks will play in the upcoming season! The biggest highlights are the season opener and the home opener.
The season begins on the road in Colorado where the Blackhawks will match up with the reigning Stanley Cup Champions, the Colorado Avalanche. So that's a tall order. I don't see that ending well. But who knows? Maybe they'll be hungover from pomp and circumstance? I guess we will wait and see, but regardless, it is always fun to witness a banner raising, which will be occurring that night.
The other notable game on the schedule is the home opener on October 21 against the Detroit Red Wings. Detroit is an intriguing team. They are basically what the Blackhawks hope to be in a couple years. They were rebuilding for a long time, but they have finally shown they are taking the next step forward with promising prospects like Moritz Seider, who just won the Calder Memorial Trophy. Hopefully, the Blackhawks will be there soon, though they have a lot of work to do in acquiring young talent and prospects.
All of that, plus the fact it is an Original Six rivalry game brings a lot of intrigue to the event.
I am very much looking forward to what this season has in store for the Blackhawks. There is not much that we can genuinely expect from the team. They are going to be bad. Abhorrently bad. But it is essential they embrace this idea of rebuilding. Though there seems to be mixed opinions on the viability of an Alex DeBrincat trade before the NHL Draft, if the Blackhawks can flip him for the right price, there will be intriguing prospects to keep an eye out on the ice during the regular season.
Even amongst the players we currently know on the team, there is always excitement watching Patrick Kane and hopefully the reemergence of Kirby Dach and the exciting beginning of Lukas Reichel.
There is always optimism to be found if you look for it. This will be a rough season, but enjoy the fun matchups that exist and hopefully we will have some new, young, talented prospects to be excited about as well. We will find out sooner than later.