One of Joel Quenneville's main goals this season was to regain home-ice dominance, which paid off in 2010 with the Stanley Cup when the Blackhawks chalked up a 29-8-4 record at the United Center. The mark was just one short of the all-time franchise record set in 1970-71, along with a new high of 23 road victories.
Last season the Hawks maintained a respectable road mark of 20 wins, which ranks sixth best in team history, but at the UC it dipped to 24-17-0. As they start a two-week road trip, the Hawks have garnered 16 out of 20 points with an impressive 7-1-2 record at home. On their way to the Cup in 2010, the Hawks finished November with a 16-6-3 mark, which included an eight-game win streak.Click here to read the full post >>
Halloween is a popular night in Blackhawks history:
- Rookie Dave Bolland earned his first NHL point with an assist on Oct. 31, 2007, in a game against the Stars in Dallas.
- In 1987, Denis Savard and Troy Murray tied a team record by scoring two shorthanded goals 12 seconds apart at Toronto.
- On Oct. 31, 1979, at the Stadium, Hall of Famer Tony Esposito registered the 66th shutout of his Hawks career as he and Buffalo's Bob Suave battled to a scoreless tie in the days before overtime and shutouts.
- It was on Halloween in 1991 that the Hawks picked up their 1,750th NHL regular season victory by edging the New York Islanders 4-3.
When the Blackhawks face off Oct. 7 in Dallas to begin the 2011-12 campaign, is the final score a barometer for the entire season?
The schedule marks Chicago's 85th season in the NHL, and the Hawks are 35-30-17-2 overall in opening games.
The Hawks have made the playoffs 55 times, which includes 28 straight times from 1970 to 1997, second only to Boston's 29 appearances.
Breaking down the difference between home and road openers over 84 seasons, the Blackhawks are
33-30-19-2 on home ice, which includes the 2009 opener on neutral ice in Finland against Florida. Chicago's road tally is 29-42-12-1.
The Hawks have been in 11 opening game shutouts with a 5-6 record. Glenn Hall registered three whitewashes in season-openers, including his first start in a Hawks uniform in 1957 when he blanked Toronto 1-0 at the Stadium. The eventual Hall of Famer did it again to begin the 1965 and 1966 seasons.
In 2006 at Nashville, the Hawks ran up their highest goal output to start the season with
an 8-6 decision over the Predators. Chicago's widest margin was back in 1938 with a 6-1 romp over the New York Americans.
On other side, in 1944, with many young players serving in the armed forces in World War II,
Toronto beat the Hawks at the Chicago Stadium 11-5.
Comparing the seasons when the Hawks won the Stanley Cup, their record is 0-1-2-1. Other Stanley Cup Final appearances saw the Hawks go 3-1-3 in their season openers.
After being admitted to the NHL on Sept. 25, 1926, the Hawks played their first game on Nov.17, 1926, at the Chicago Coliseum with a 4-1 victory over the Toronto St. Pats. The inaugural game at the Chicago Stadium came on Dec. 15, 1929, when the Hawks whipped the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-1.
The Hawks opened the United Center in grand fashion on Jan. 25, 1995, with a 5-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers.
At least statistically speaking, starting off the schedule with a victory usually leads to better results. But there will be 81 more opponents to battle in the regular campaign.
Coming off the 2010 Stanley Cup championship and the most successful season ever in terms of points by a Chicago team, the Blackhawks had a target on their sweaters during the 2010-11 season. Opponents wanted to use each game as a measuring stick against the champs, and this was especially true in the first two months when the Hawks lost seven games – five by one goal – on United Center ice. Considering the Blackhawks lost only eight home games the year before, there's no doubt that parity of the league and the salary cap has leveled the ice among the teams.
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|Grant Mulvey (Photo from Chicago Blackhawks Archives).
|Tommy Ivan (center) stands with Ted Lindsay (right) and Glen Skov (Chicago Blackhawks Archive).
Blackhawks owner James Norris lured Detroit coach Tommy Ivan away from the Red Wings to become Chicago's general manager on July 8, 1954. The Hall of Famer was the guiding hand in turning the Hawks' hockey fortunes.
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The Blackhawks scored a post-season high seven goals, including 2-of-4 on the power play, for a 7-4 decision over the Flyers, jumping to a 3-2 lead in the best of seven Stanley Cup Final series.
Pit Martin became the first Blackhawk to register a hat trick in a Stanley Cup Final on May 10, 1973 against Montreal. It was one month after he got his first career playoff hat trick in the quarterfinals against St. Louis.