Things switched back to the Western Conference in today’s Around the NHL in 30 Days with the Chicago Blackhawks. There is no denying the Hawks can be a tough team to play. Canes fell in their solo matchup with Chicago last season 2-5. Eric Staal and Jeff Skinner claimed the goals while Corvo, Cole, Stillman, and Jokinen provided the assists.
These teams will meet again on October 28th in Raleigh. Lead writer, John Schultz, over at Blackhawk Up let’s us know what to expect:
Ah, to bring Jeremy Roenick to tears again.
Make no doubt about it, that’s the mission this year. After suffering through the worst post-Stanley Cup cap crunch of any team since the lockout, the Chicago Blackhawks have re-emerged with most of that core still intact and retooled for what we hope is another deep run in 2012.
Looking at the names on the roster, one can’t help but get giddy with anticipation. Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp, Marian Hossa, Dave Bolland, Duncan Keith, and Brent Seabrook; is there a better core group in the NHL? The simple answer is “No.”
You may read the full preview here. Tomorrow’s feature stays on the West with the Colorado Avalanche.