Here Come The Hawks!
The Chicago Blackhawks kick off the 2014-15 season Thursday, October 8th with a trip to Dallas to take on the Stars.
After falling a lucky bounce short of advancing to their second straight Stanley Cup Finals, the Blackhawks return many of the same faces from last year’s team. Conference realignment brought a new look to last year’s playoffs and the 2014-15 season will feature many bouts between familiar foes like the Wild, Kings, Blues, and Avalanche. With that being said, let’s see how the 2014-15 Blackhawks will stack up on the ice.
The Hawks acquired Mike Richards from the Rangers in the offseason. The veteran, set to fill in at the center position will look to give the Hawks an extra punch on offense. Any talk about the Blackhawks, however, has to be centered on its two superstars. Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews each had outstanding seasons last year, which led to record-breaking contract extensions for both of them. The list of Blackhawk impact offensive players goes on and on. Marian Hossa, Patrick Sharp, and Bryan Bickell are all, once again, expected to be key contributors. Be sure to keep an eye on number one prospect Tuevo Teravainen, who will most likely be starting the season in the minor leagues.
The top four defensive pairing of Keith-Seabrook and Hjalmarrson-Oduya remains the same heading into this season. Speedster Nick Leddy, however, was just recently dealt to the Islanders in order for the Hawks to get into the salary cap. Youngster Trevor Van Riemsdyk should get an opportunity to step in and be one of the top 6 defensive players. With that being said, the first and second line pairings will carry the Hawks throughout the season and into the playoffs as it is widely regarded as one of the best in the NHL.
Corey Crawford has what many goalies want, a Stanley Cup. The 29 year-old net-minder, however, still finds himself receiving criticism after poor outings. Crawford put together another solid season last year finishing with a goals against average of 2.26, but he will be measured by his play in the playoffs. If the Hawks want to continue their recent success, look for Crawford to be a huge part of that.
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