Three Reasons Why The Chicago Blackhawks Will Win The Stanley Cup
It is always a safe bet to say that the defending Stanley Cup champion will repeat the next season, but it is always easier said than done. The Chicago Blackhawks won their second Stanley Cup in four seasons in 2012-13 and they did it in a very convincing fashion.
Not only did the Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup, but they also won the President's Trophy as the best team during the regular season. The President's Trophy is normally the playoff kiss of death, but the Blackhawks could not be stopped last season.
As we get into the 2013-14 season, the Blackhawks are at it again as they are battling for the top overall spot in the league. There is a lot of good competition in the Western Conference this season, but there are three good reasons why the Chicago Blackhawks will skate away as repeat champions when the season is over.
The Team Stayed Together
The last time the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup, the team was forced to have a fire sale and get rid of all of its role players that were critical in the Cup win. This time around, the Blackhawks were prepared for the salary cap and made sure that they kept the band together this time, because this band makes sweet music together.
The core of Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane is still there, but so is the entire supporting staff that helped Chicago to skate away with Lord Stanley's trophy last season. If that team was good enough to dominate last season, then it is good enough to do it again this season.
This Is A Full Season
The stigma that follows the Blackhawks is that they won the Stanley Cup in a shortened season. That is why every single player on Chicago's team skates around with a huge chip on his shoulder because they all feel that they have something to prove. The 2013-14 season is a full, 82-game schedule that will give all of the Blackhawks plenty of time to show just how dominant the team can really be. A talented hockey team with a collective chip on its collective shoulder is a very dangerous hockey team.
Two Words – Corey Crawford
The fans in Chicago were not so sure that goaltender Corey Crawford deserved the big contract after the Stanley Cup run was over because of the team that was in front of him. This season, Crawford won 11 out of the first 16 games he played and his development, thanks to the boost in his confidence, is evident. Crawford no longer has to look over his shoulder for AnttiNiemi, which has allowed him to become his own goaltender and he has flourished in the role of the number one guy.
A championship team needs a great goalie and the Chicago Blackhawks have definitely found the guy that can take them to a second straight NHL title. Northbet
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