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BLOG: Season Openers a Season Barometer?

History shows two sides to Chicago's opening day success

by Harvey Wittenberg /

Are season openers significant to a successful Campaign?

It is interesting to note that when the Hawks won their first three Cups- 1934, 1938 and 1961 - they opened the season at home. However, the Hawks' last three Cups - 2010, 2013 and 2015 - saw the team begin their schedule on the road.

As most of you remember, the Hawks ended their 49 year cup drought in 2010 after opening the season in Europe for the first time and away from regular home ice too. Can this past barometer be a favorable sign?

Naturally, there is a ton of hockey to play with an 82-game schedule that will be decided before the regular campaign ends on April 4th in New York. Getting out of the tough Central Division to make the playoffs will be the first step

All-time, the Hawks regular season openers record is 39-33-17-3.

The 1934 and 1961 Hawk Cup teams both tied in their openers. The 1938 Cinderella team, which won the Cup despite a losing record for the regular season, lost its opener 3-0 and even finished the season with a three-game losing streak before recording one of the biggest upsets in NHL history.

While winning the opener is no guarantee making the playoffs or capturing the Cup, Blackhawk fans hope the team can return to the playoffs. It all starts Friday in Prague. 

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