Chicago Blackhawks 2008-09 Season Preview

 

With a couple of stellar free agents & the city buzzing, the budding Chicago Blackhawks are out for NHL gold in 2008-09!

 

Chicago Blackhawks: 2007-08 Review

Definitely the surprise team of the 2007-08 NHL season, the Chicago Blackhawks finished at 40-34-8 and just barely missed making the playoffs last year. The Chicago Blackhawks suffered key injuries in the lineup, but certainly gave their Central Division foes and Western Conference rivals quite a scare. Rookies Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews paced the team on offense as the Chicago Blackhawks posted 2.85 goals per game, good for 10th in the league. Had Jonathan Toews been healthy and had the defense stepped up, fans with Chicago Blackhawks tickets could only wonder "What if?" as they awaited the upcoming NHL season. 

Chicago Blackhawks: Offense

Chicago Blackhawks tickets feature a respectable offense once again, fortified by a healthy Martin Havlat, new addition Brian Campbell, who will be called upon to chip in some scoring from the back end, and team captain Jonathan Toews. Jonathan Toews is the youngest team captain in Chicago Blackhawks history, but fans with Chicago Blackhawks tickets know that the young gunner has the stuff and the maturity to lead his team to the NHL playoffs.   

After buffing up in the offseason, F Patrick Kane can best his 72 points of last season, while defenseman-turned-forward Dustin Byfuglien is a monster with terrific hands and a powerful shot. Look for Byfuglien (who scored 19 goals just a season ago) to wreak havoc while playing on the top two lines. Fans with Chicago Blackhawks tickets know that this hockey team - if healthy - has the ability and the tools to rank as one of the Top 5 offenses in the league this season.

Chicago Blackhawks: Defense

While the Chicago Blackhawks offense impressed many fans with Chicago Blackhawks tickets, the Chicago Blackhawks defense (which ranked 20th in the NHL in goals allowed per game) left much to be desired. The Chicago Blackhawks are a young team that has potential to be a great defensive team behind the solid efforts of defensemen Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook, who proved to be wrecking balls on the blue line last season. Chicago Blackhawks tickets will feature Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook joining forces once again and moving the puck up to their forwards.

Chicago Blackhawks: Goaltending

With netminder Nikolai Khabibulin cited for spotty goaltending last season, fans with Chicago Blackhawks tickets will see a new goalie on patrol. This season, GM Dale Tallon picked up free agent Cristobal Huet to spell Nikolai Khabibulin. Chicago Blackhawks tickets will spotlight Huet, who was key in the Washington Capitals' thrilling playoff run. If Huet can perform for the Chicago Blackhawks like he did for the Caps, the Blackhawks will be in good shape to snag a playoff spot this season.

Chicago Blackhawks: Coaching

Coach Denis Savard is ready to capitalize on the Chicago Blackhawks winning momentum of last season. The Chicago Blackhawks suffered many an injury, but Coach Savard kept his team in the thick of things right up until the end of the season. With a healthy squad back on the ice, Coach Denis Savard has plenty of talent and emerging power to work with. Fans with Chicago Blackhawks tickets hope that Coach Denis Savard can make the right moves to help the burgeoning Blackhawks become a premier NHL playoff contender.

Chicago Blackhawks: Outlook

Chicago Blackhawks tickets are all the rage in the Windy City as the franchise enjoyed a dramatic turnaround last season. Chicago Blackhawks season tickets are a hot sell as top free-agent talents, Brian Campbell and Cristobal Huet, will join the team as the No. 1 defenseman and No. 1 goalie, respectively. The future of the Chicago Blackhawks is burning bright thanks to a young, dynamic corps of players, including reigning Rookie of the Year Patrick Kane and rookie sensation Jonathan Toews, both of whom have infinite upside. If Coach Denis Savard can find a way to put all the pieces together, then the Chicago Blackhawks are in for a banner year and should make a formidable run for the NHL Stanley Cup in 2008-09.

Chicago Blackhawks: Lineup

Chicago Blackhawks tickets feature a dangerous Chicago Blackhawks roster, including LEFT WINGS Troy Brouwer, Ben Eager, Andrew Ladd, and Kris Versteeg; CENTERS Jonathan Toews, Dave Bolland, Patrick Sharp, and Colin Fraser; RIGHT WINGS Patrick Kane, Dustin Byfuglien, Martin Havlat, Adam Burish, and Craig Adams; DEFENSEMEN Brian Campbell, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, Cam Barker, Aaron Johnson, Matt Walker, Brent Sopel, and James Wisniewski; and GOALIES Cristobal Huet and Nikolai Khabibulin. 

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