The Chicago Blackhawks started the 2013 season with a mission to claim home-ice advantage once the playoffs roll around.
So far so good for the Blackhawks, who currently sit atop the Western Conference by a slim five points over the Anaheim Ducks.
Regardless of what they have done—24 games with at least one point to start the season—the Blackhawks will need a strong second half of the season in order to accomplish that goal. Goaltending, scoring, defense and special teams will all play a major role.
Will Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane continue to lead the way for the 'Hawks down the stretch? Can both Corey Crawford and Ray Emery remain among the NHL elite in net?
Here are the five questions facing the Blackhawks in the second half of the NHL season: