This week marked the beginning of the hockey season.
The Stanley Cup winning Blackhawks are 1-0-1 and the running question this season will be, can they repeat? The expectations of the fans are high and the expectations of the players are even higher for themselves (even if they won’t say it themselves). The championship banner is up and the presentation was one for the ages. Patrick Kane and captain Jonathan Toews are returning for another year with the Hawks and having Michal Handzus resign with the Hawks the team is ready to take on the competition.
The team needs to pick up the momentum again and get the team together like they did last season when they had the league record for consecutive points accumulated and in that time won 11 games without going to overtime. Can they do it again?
Right now the Toronto Maple Leafs have the best record in the National Hockey Association with three wins. The best in the western conference is currently a four way tie between the Colorado Avalanche, San Jose Sharks, St. Louis Blues and the Winnipeg Jets who each have two wins and no losses yet this season. It is still the first week and even teams like the Buffalo Bills, who have lost all three of their opening games, are not mathematically eliminated but they might see themselves lacking momentum early in the season and might have trouble picking it up as they go.
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