Any time a team has won two Stanley Cups in the last four years, it may have a hard time taking the rigors of the regular season seriously. That appeared to be the case for the Chicago Blackhawks this season, as they finished in third place in the Central Division.
Last year, the Blackhawks had a record-setting regular season and finished off a grueling playoff run in dramatic fashion last June against the Boston Bruins.
They go into the 2014 postseason with an eye towards making it two titles in a row and three in five years. While it will be quite challenging for them to get through the Western Conference and back to the Stanley Cup Final, here's the blueprint they need to follow to make a deep postseason run.