The Blackhawks barely edged into the playoffs this season, but the fact of the matter is, they're in.
It may not have been an easy road getting into the playoffs, but it's not going to get any easier. They meet this year's NHL President Trophy winners-the Vancouver Canucks.
A lot of things have to fall into place for the 'Hawks to win this opening series, but it is possible.
Here are the Blackhawks' five keys to winning their opening series.