Chicago Blackhawks: 12 Bold Statistical Predictions for the 2011-12 Season

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Chicago Blackhawks: 12 Bold Statistical Predictions for the 2011-12 Season

Last year, the Chicago Blackhawks came back from winning the Stanley Cup and were eliminated in a thrilling seven-game series in the first round of the playoffs by the Vancouver Canucks.

In each of the last two summers, the Hawks have turned over a pretty significant part of the roster. After winning the Cup, Chicago was forced to shed salary to get under the cap and lost a lot of quality depth players that went on to become good players elsewhere, including now-captain Andrew Ladd and now-All-Star Dustin Byfuglien.

This summer, though, the Hawks actually had cap space to work with and were able to add quality veterans. But while the rest of the league was throwing ridiculous money at players, Chicago GM Stan Bowman almost exclusively stuck with one-year deals for veterans to fill specific needs.

The Hawks will look a little different this year, but the postseason is within reach again. Is the Cup in the cards? We'll see!

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