The Chicago Blackhawks are ready to take on the Western Conference.
With practices officially starting up this coming weekend, players and the organization are energized to finally take the ice after a lengthy NHL lockout.
The season will supposedly consist of 48 games that will start on January 19, but no official schedule has been released as of yet. Regardless, it will be a season consisting of many back-to-back games all within the Western Conference.
This season will have many ups and downs with the Blackhawks trying to play through the adversity and make it back to the playoffs. Injuries are expected, as well as the occasional losing streak when players remain sidelined.
But who knows what will happen in this shortened NHL season?
These are five bold predictions for the Chicago Blackhawks: