With the hour drawing near to the puck drop of the new 2010-11 season, it is time for the celebration to come to an end, and for work to be done.
Yes, the preseason has come and gone, with the due respect given to the happenings and results of NHL preseason games. But now, the lights will shine bright, and the happenings and results will count.
All the teams, at least on the surface, express and feel that they have a shot at winning the Stanley Cup at season's end. But, for many teams, it will be more difficult than others.
The Blackhawks will be a team looking to prove an assortment of things this season.
This season most of the attention has been drawn to other aspects of the team from both local and national coverage of the league.
It will be quite interesting to see if the Blackhawks can overcome the odds that face defending Stanley Cup champions, and bring the parade back to Chicago.