Well they made it to the playoffs Blackhawks fans. Somewhat unconventionally, but they made it. Now they have to square off with their old playoff rival and President's trophy winners, the Vancouver Canucks.
Unlike the previous two seasons, the Canucks are the undisputed favorites and the Blackhawks are the underdogs. Neither team is quite like it has been the past two seasons. The Canucks got better, while the Blackhawks got a bit worse.
Does that mean the Blackhawks can't beat the Canucks? Heck no. In fact this series is one of the most likely to result in a first round upset because of the enormous skill level of both teams and the intense rivalry between them.
But that doesn't mean the Blackhawks will have an easy road through the Canucks, a luxury they enjoyed the past two seasons. If they want to pull an upset, they will have to be a much better team than they were in the regular season.
Aside from the whole "score more goals and allow fewer" reasons, here's 10 things the Blackhawks need in order to beat the Vancouver Canucks.