The Chicago Blackhawks are officially back in action.
The Blackhawks will be on the road 10 out of the first 12 games to kick off the 2013 season. It doesn't get any easier considering that over half of those teams made the playoffs last season.
A fast start will be necessary for the Blackhawks to keep up with the best in the Western Conference. But with a young core that includes Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, a Norris trophy-winning defenseman in Duncan Keith and a mix of good prospects, the Blackhawks have a chance.
This season is sure to have high points as well as low points, but what matters is how the team handles the grind.
These are the five can't-miss games of the 2013 season: