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Chicago already lived out its best-case scenario last season.
If the 'Hawks can do everything in 2013-14 the way they did last year, it'll just be the carbon copy of what boiled down to a perfect campaign. Chicago will need to adjust to a few new opponents due to realignment, but the Central isn't stronger than it was a year ago.
While winning the division would be a plus, and another Presidents' Trophy certainly isn't out of the question, the absolute best-case scenario for this team would be a repeat.
When you're the defending champions, there's only way direction to go, and that's down. You can stay static. You can stay on top, but you can't go any higher. Any movement means that there was regression.
That's a lot of pressure, and that's why repeating is so, so difficult.
The scenarios that could spell disaster for Chicago are numerous, but that's the case for every team in the NHL. Would it be awful if Corey Crawford missed all but 20 games of the season due to injury? Sure.
Could Jonathan Toews suddenly forget how to play hockey and see his worst season yet? Possibly, but all those impossible-to-predict ringers aside, the worst-case scenario for this team would be complacency. They just won the Cup a few months ago and have barely had time to contemplate the accomplishment.
Now they're back out on the ice, gearing up to do it all again. It'd be easy for a few players to take a few nights off. That kind of attitude is contagious, and while we don't expect it out of this highly competitive and well-coached group, it's the worst thing that could happen over the course of a season.