Chicago Blackhawks: 10-1
St. Louis Blues: 12-1
Not the biggest hockey fan in the world but it's not hard to get sucked into hawks nation living up here in Chicago.... I actually enjoy watching a sport that doesn't drive my heart rate up. It's nice having no dog in this fight
“Ultimately our team is going to be judged by how we do in the playoffs,” another veteran said. “We could win 60, 65 games and people wouldn’t care. For us to take the next step as an organization there has to be playoff success.”
Fans and reporters in this city that is quietly growing into a hockey hotbed are still talking about the latest in an annual series of springtime disappointments. This is the challenge going into the NHL season for the organization and its fans. Can you separate the two — regular season and playoffs — and enjoy the success of one enough to overcome the frustration of another?
“I don’t think we should ever, ever, ever, take making the playoffs for granted,” Leonsis said. “That’s one thing I’m trying to protect the franchise from. It’s not a given.”
“We have a tendency here of talking about the Stanley Cup in September,” the coach said. “We expect to be good and want to be good, but overconfident is the last thing we have a right to be.”
“The only thing we can focus on now is the  games, one at a time,” one veteran said. “We can’t think about the playoffs now.”