Blackhawks start to the season


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Jan 8, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35) makes a save on a shot from Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) during the second period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Natalie Abramat, News editor

 The beginning of the Blackhawks season is off to a bumpy start. Thus far, the Blackhawks stand second in central, right behind St. Louis, proceeded by Colorado. They have four wins, two losses, and one overtime game, but ultimately ended up in a loss. The beginning season games were led by returning Blackhawks player, Brandon Saad, and gave the hawks the win. Two games later, and Saad scored both winning goals, with Corey Crawford as goalie.

     However, Wednesday nights game against our rivals turned out to be a tough one. The Blues took over the scene in their home town right away, getting a goal on the hawks in the first period. Later during the second, they scored two more times, and that’s when the Hawks knew it was time to take action. During the third period, the Blackhawks scored two times against the Blues, but sadly took the L in the end.

     “My opinion is all over the place for the Blackhawks. They are honestly a good team, and of course my favorite, but they have been on and off with winning and losing. We easily went up against the Stanley cup winner, the Pittsburgh Penguins, and beat them, but lost to our rivals. I still think we have a good shot at winning the Stanley cup,” said Darby Dempsey (‘19).

     The next game is  October 21, against the Arizona Coyotes. They will need a three point lead to get ahead of the Blues.

     “The Hawks have gone through a huge transformation, trading players over the summer in exchange for old faces like Saad, but by mixing the team up, it gives them the chance for better lines. The new, young players that have been added will bring speed and other elements that will ultimately lead to the success of the team in its entirety. This gives the younger players more experience to learn and grow. They need the knowledge in order to be the core of the team,” explained Elena Giglio (‘19).

     In order to keep up with the fierce competition and push for points, the Blackhawks will need to give it their all this season to shape the future of the team.