Chicago Blackhawks' Most Important Games Remaining in 2013

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Chicago Blackhawks' Most Important Games Remaining in 2013
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The Chicago Blackhawks are bidding to become the first NHL team to win back-to-back Stanley Cup championships since the Detroit Red Wings accomplished the feat in 1997 and again in late spring of '98.

Joel Quenneville's team has already avoided the dreaded Stanley Cup hangover that has impacted several recent Stanley Cup champions, including the 2010-11 Blackhawks, who struggled mightily after winning the Stanley Cup in 2010.

The Blackhawks are going to have many tests along the way, but Quenneville will have a better feel for his team after seven crucial games between now and the end of the calendar year.

Here's a look at their opponents in those games and what makes those games major challenges.

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