Mar 6, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Patrick Sharp (10) falls on the ice against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the third period at the United Center. Chicago defeats Columbus 6-1. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Blackhawks: Behind Enemy Lines

Uh, Chicago is the defending Stanley Cup champion.  That’s enough for this piece, isn’t it?  What – I have to hit 250 words minimum?  Can I just repeat the phrase, “Chicago is the defending Stanley Cup champion” over and over?  No?  Gotta be difficult, eh?  All right – here goes nothing.

Tonight’s Opponent: The Chicago Blackhawks

Record: 37-13-14, 88 pts.

Standings: Fourth in the Western Conference

Current Streak: Won one

The Chicago Blackhawks are the defending Stanley Cup champions.  Yes – it’s true!  They win a lot of games and will probably win this game tonight.  If you’re in a hurry, you can pretty much stop reading this post right now, because all I’m going to be doing from here on out is giving you reasons WHY Chicago is a far, far, FAR better team than the Buffalo Sabres, which we already know, anyway.

Seriously, I was really surprised when I discovered that the Blackhawks have suffered the most overtime losses in the NHL.  At first, I typed the number 4, because my brain couldn’t fathom how the ‘Hawks have lost 14 times in the extra period.  There’s two ways to look at that statistic: on the one hand, you can argue that the Chicago is in a position to win pretty much every game it plays (take a look at the standings – the Blackhawks have the fewest amount of regulation losses in the NHL).   Of course, the other way to look at it is that the Blackhawks have lost, one way or another, 27 games this season – worse than Anaheim, St. Louis, San Jose, Pittsburgh, Boston, and even Colorado.

Stanley Cup hangover?  Perhaps . . . but you and I know that this team is too experienced to be ignored once the playoffs start.

The big storyline tonight is the return of Buffalo native Patrick Kane, who has not played against the Sabres since 2010.  Kane was last season’s Conn Smythe Trophy Winner, and should receive much love from the First Niagara faithful tonight.  I just hope he doesn’t torch the team he grew up watching too badly.

And hey – did I mention that the Chicago Blackhawks are the defending Stanley Cup champions?   Just being thorough!

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