The Chicago Blackhawks did not start the last week of the NHL off right, losing to the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-0. Adding to the problem was Dallas and Calgary's wins, moving them to just points away from grabbing the eighth seed from the 'Hawks.
Plagued by mediocre defense and lack of depth in the regular season, repeating has looked like an almost impossible task for the returning Stanley Cup champions.
While there may be some forces working against the 'Hawks, there are some that are in their favor.
Here are five reasons the 'Hawks have a chance to repeat their 2010 playoff run.