Sunday, September 18, 2016
Puck Daddy’s 2016-17 NHL Preview: Chicago Blackhawks
Chicago Blackhawks cruised to another championship and the Stanley Cup ...
... Wait, this can not be true ...
... Apparently, they lost to the St. Louis Blues in the first round in seven games.
Yes. Go figure.
This happened after the regular season, which saw a third finish in the Central Division Blackhawks (47-26-9, 103 points). As usual, there is a turnover of staff from the 2015 championship team Stanley Cup, and striker Brandon Saad was sent to the Columbus Blue Jackets while forward Patrick Sharp and defender Oduyya was in Dallas. (Trevor Daley, acquired from the stars to the Sharp, flopped to Chicago and eventually traded to Pittsburgh, where he helped them win the Stanley Cup.)
Beginning of the season was marred by an investigation of sexual assault, the target star Patrick Kane, in the Erie County District Attorney's office completed a three-month ordeal, without pressing charges.
Kane will have his best season statistically in the NHL (46 goals, 60 assists), thanks in no small part Panarin of Russia's arrival. The rookie had 30 goals and 44 assists, playing with Kane and Artem Anisimov; Kane won the Hart Trophy as the league's MVP, while Pararin won the Calder for rookie of the year.
But the Blues finished their cup push in dramatic fashion.