2014: 46-21-15 (107 points), lost Western Conference Finals to Los Angeles
A stunning loss at the United Center in Game 7 ended the Hawks' season. One bounce off Nick Leddy's shoulder and into the goal was all it took for LA to knock off the defending champs and return to the Finals for the second time in three years. A tough loss to swallow for sure but almost all the key players will be back next season and you know the Hawks will be highly competitive once again, still reigning as the hottest franchise in hockey.
The 2013-2014 season saw the Chicago Blackhawks foster new rivalries thanks to the new realignment plan for the NHL. In the Western Conference, the Central Division proved to be a competitive division for the Blackhawks with the Minnesota Wild, Colorado Avalanche, and St. Louis Blues proving to be the biggest rivals. The Blackhawks have had some tough road trips this season and stumbled into the playoffs at a lower seeding than last year, but roster depth and postseason experience have proven to be huge. The Hawks took down two of those rivals, the Blues and the Wild, in exhaustingly physical series of six games, setting up an epic conference final rematch with the Los Angeles Kings which went the full seven games.
The Blackhawks experienced a lot of adversity this season, which explains most of the regular season struggles. The tail end of the season saw superstar players Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane experiencing injuries that kept them off the ice for crucial parts of the stretch run. The Blackhawks had only had the two of them off the ice at the same time once in the last seven seasons prior so were happy to get them back just in time for the playoffs. Kane, Toews, Patrick Sharp, and Marian Hossa all had at least 28 goals in big seasons for the NHL's second-highest scoring team.
Depth in the roster still runs deep with forwards Bryan Bickell, Brandon Saad, Andrew Shaw, Marcus Kruger, Michal Handzus and Brandon Bollig; they also have strong defenseman in Duncan Keith, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Nick Leddy, Johnny Oduya, Michal Rozsival and Sheldon Brookbank. Antti Ranta (13-5-4) has been a reliable backup for Corey Crawford (32-16-10), who himself has become one of the best goalies in the league.
Since their inception in 1926, the Chicago Blackhawks have won the Stanley Cup five times: 1934, 1938, 1961, 2010 and 2013. They'll be back at it in October looking to cement their status as a dynasty with a third title. and get amazing seats at the United Center through Gold Coast Tickets today!