The Chicago Blackhawks have some big games on their schedule this season. Whether it’s celebrating milestones or clashing with old rivals, the 2021-22 NHL season is going to be a special one.
There’s a real chance for Chicago to find success, with new players in Seth Jones and Marc-Andre Fleury coming to town. And of course, captain Jonathan Toews is back for another run with the team after being out all of last season due to illness.
Blackhawks vs Islanders: October 19th, 2021
The Blackhawks’ home-opener is on October 19th against the New York Islanders. Last season, fans weren’t allowed to go to games at the United Center until late in the season. By then, the season was all but over and it was only 25-percent capacity. For those young players who saw time on the ice last year, without many fans in attendance, it’s going to be a different environment for them.
This game is not only a must-watch, as the Blackhawks invite their fans back, but it’s going to be exciting. There’s not a single player on Chicago that won’t leave everything they have on that ice that night. It’s going to be an exciting moment of unity for hockey fans who have waited over a year to see their beloved team play live.
Blackhawks vs Canucks: October 21st, 2021
Patrick Kane‘s 1,000th career game will be honored against the Vancouver Canucks on October 21st. Kane wanted to wait to be truly honored by the Blackhawks until fans were back in the stands. Ask and you shall receive, that’s exactly what’s going to happen.
Not only are the Canucks the perfect opponent, but it’s also the perfect time.
Why the perfect opponent? These two teams had classic matchups in the playoffs in 2009, 2010, and 2011. It was a mini-rivalry that was brewing but never turned into much after 2011, as they haven’t met in the playoffs since.
Why the perfect time? It saves the first game of the season to celebrate the people from Chicago who were the front-line heroes during the pandemic. The nurses and doctors. Those who went out of their way to help and make a change and save lives. They’re the ones who should be honored for the Blackhawks’ home opener.
Blackhawks vs Blues: November 26th, 2021
The Blackhawks and Blues will meet up once before this matchup, but it’s the first time they face off in Chicago since March 8th, 2020. It’s been a very long time since these two got to test each other out, as they didn’t play last year due to the shortened season.
Not only do these two teams hate each other, but it’s also going to be a faced-paced, physical game. There’s no love lost between the city of Chicago and St. Louis, along with their respective teams.
Defending the United Center has to be a point of emphasis this season. They didn’t have a chance to defend the home ice with fans last year, now they do. The Blackhawks cannot let the Blues come into Chicago and beat them.
Blackhawks vs Lightning: March 6th, 2022
The back-to-back defending Stanley Cup Champions will come to Chicago on March 6th, 2022 to face the Blackhawks. Last season, these two teams met eight times, where the Lightning walked through that season series. Now, it’s time to see how much Chicago has improved over the offseason. Can they stand up to the team that bullied them all last season?
Even though it’s late in the season, this game is must watch. There’s a chance the Blackhawks will be fighting for a playoff spot in March and into April. Every home game is important. If they can take care of business against a team that bullied them last season, it’ll show they’re for real.
Blackhawks vs Golden Knights: April 27th, 2022
The Blackhawks close out the regular season on April 27th, 2022 against the Golden Knights. These two teams last faced in the 2020 playoffs, where Vegas took the series in five games. This time around, Chicago has a different goalie, more depth on defense, and young stars going into their second and third seasons.
When it comes down to it, this matchup with the Golden Knights could decide if the Blackhawks are in the playoffs or not. It’ll be their second to last game on the season, and it’s expected for the wildcard race to be tight. In 2019 and 2020, the wildcard races were tight as the season started to wind down in the Western Conference. With a full 82-game schedule to abide by, expect the same thing this season.
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