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Chicago Blackhawks

NHL 14: Chicago Blackhawks Guide

Written By: JCOL32

Chicago Blackhawks

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Founded: 1926

Championships: 5

 

History:

One of the “Original Six” franchises, the Chicago Blackhawks have won four Stanley Cup Championships since their founding in 1926. The club spent 65 years playing their home games at Chicago Stadium, before moving to the United Center in 1994.

 

Overview:

The defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks will enter the 2013/14 with huge expectations. The team that won it all less than 4 months ago has all but returned with one goal in mind…to repeat. A healthy Marian Hossa, consistent production from Patrick Sharp, Patrick Kane, and Johnathan Toews. Their defense is led by All-Star caliber defensemen in Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook. Corey Crawford will look to improve on his regular season stats from a year ago, while continuing his form during the playoffs. The Blackhawks will draw the best out of each opponent they play. But expect them to rise to the challenge and be in the hunt for another championship.

 

How to Play as the Blackhawks:

With the Blackhawks balanced attack, try to alternate between their top two lines and you will surely have success. Try to draw penalties because the Blackhawks power-play is loaded with offensive juggernauts. On power plays try to move the puck around and look for the open shot, and when your open, shoot the puck! The Blackhawks rely on their offense a lot! Although Corey Crawford’s glove was suspect at times in real life, he should be a very solid goalie in NHL 14.

 

Fun Fact:

In 2004, the Blackhawks were named the worst team in the NHL by ESPN, while at the same time were voted as having the best jerseys in the NHL by The Hockey News.

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