This upcoming season, there are five key matchups that will present the Chicago Blackhawks with the most problems.
These teams were the same ones that prevented the 'Hawks from improving the 45-26-11 record they finished with last year.
Throughout the 2012/13 season, it will be imperative for the 'Hawks to pick up points against these specific teams. If they are able to do that, then home-ice advantage could be up for grabs—something the 'Hawks desperately need if they want a return to NHL supremacy.
Without any further wait, here are the five toughest matchups the Chicago Blackhawks will have to endure next season (if there is one, that is).