As the 2013-2014 season winds down, the Blackhawks are recovering from injuries and getting primed to take the playoff season by storm. The defending Stanley Cup Champs currently stand 3rd in the Central division of the Western Conference but should be primed to make a run to the championship. Get your Blackhawks playoff tickets through your premier online ticket seller, Gold Coast Tickets!
The 2013-2014 season saw the Chicago Blackhawks experiencing the emergence of new rivalries fostered by the new realignment plan for the NHL, starting this season. In the Western Conference, the central division proved to be a competitive division for the Blackhawks with the Minnesota Wild, Colorado Avalanche and the St. Louis Blues proving to be the biggest rivals. The Blackhawks have had some tough road trips this season, but they look to be righting the ship close to the end of the season.
The Blackhawks have experienced a lot of adversity this season. The tail end of the season has seen star players Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane experiencing injuries that have kept them from traveling. ESPN reports that both Toews and Kane are on the mend and should be close to full strength for the playoffs. The Blackhawks have only had the two of them off the ice at the same time once in the last seven seasons prior so they are happy to get them back.
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 Niklas Hjalmarsson, Nick Leddy, Johnny Oduya, Michal Rozsival and Sheldon Brookbank. The Blackhawks lost one goalie with Russian Brick Wall, Nikolai Khabibulin out for the season with rotator cuff surgery. Antti Ranta who has 13 wins and 4 losses has served as a reliable backup for Corey Crawford and should give valuable minutes during the playoffs.
Since their inception in 1926, the Chicago Blackhawks have won the Stanley Cup five times: 1934, 1938, 1961, 2010 and 2013. Cheer them on to victory in 2014 and get amazing seats for the NHL playoffs through Gold Coast Tickets today!