The Chicago Blackhawks are one of the NHL‘s most storied franchises and this “Original six” club is doing things that have never been done before. Just three years removed from winning the Stanley Cup, Chicago may have another trophy coming their way in a few months.
In a shortened season the expectations weren’t too clear for this team, but with the talent and experience on the Blackhawks the consensus was that they would again be contenders in the Western Conference. I don’t believe anyone who says they saw a 15-0-3 record coming the Blackhawks way in 2013 as they have been on an absolute tear and are showing no signs of stopping.
Jonathan Toews is the captain and his expertise and experience at just 24-years-old has to strike fear into each NHL team. This team is as well-rounded as they get with veterans like Marian Hossa who is 34-years-old and budding stars like Brandon Saad who isn’t even old enough to drink but has three goals–one of which came when the Blackhawks were shorthanded.
Duncan Keith is finally playing like the Norris Trophy winner he was in 2010 when the team captured the Stanley Cup versus the Philadelphia Flyers. Behind Kieth the Hawks defense is second in the league killing penalties at nearly a 90% clip and holding opponents to zero goals twice this season.
As the NHL season wears on Blackhawks fans have to be weary of the injuries that might go along with a shortened season. However, if this team can avoid the injury bug like they did in 2010 then don’t be surprised if they are having another parade in Chicago this Summer.