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Hockey Thu Jan 17 2013

Your 2013 Blackhawks Schedule Breakdown & More

Thumbnail image for GB blackhawks icon.pngThe Chicago Blackhawks released their 2013 schedule this week. Here are some keys dates to pay attention to:

Jan. 19 - Season opener against the defending Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings.

Jan. 22 - Home opener vs. the St. Louis Blues.

Jan. 26 - vs. Columbus Blue Jackets. These games against Columbus makes Viktor Stalberg look like Wayne Gretzky.

Jan. 27 - vs. Detroit Red Wings. Yes, Pavel Datsyuk still plays for the Wings. Do Hawks fans still dislike this team? At this point in time, there is plenty of dislike for St. Louis and Vancouver to go around.

Kane Being KaneFeb. 1 - The Hawks travel to Vancouver, which is usually a fun time for Patrick Kane.

Feb. 7 - at Phoenix Coyotes. The Hawks head back to the desert to face Raffi Torres and the Coyotes, who they've had an ugly relationship with in years past. See: A tackle that Lance Briggs would be proud of. #ShawFacts

Check this footage of a brawl between the Lake Erie Monsters and the Rockford Ice Hogs, the minor league affiliate of the Hawks that took place Nov 3. Andrew Shaw continues to build on his cult following.

For the team to capture another Stanley Cup,Patrick Kane, Marian Hossa and Duncan Keith must have bounce-back seasons.

For the team to capture another Stanley Cup, Viktor Stalberg, Corey Crawford, Bryan Bickell, Michael Frolik and Nick Leddy need to put together a full season of consistency.

For the team to capture another Stanley Cup, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp, Brent Seabrook and Dave Bolland must keep doing what they usually do.

If all or most of these things fall into place, the Hawks should make some noise in the Western Conference.

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