Chicago Blackhawks: Five must see games in 2019-20

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The 2019-20 NHL schedule is out and there are some extra special dates if you are a Chicago Blackhawks fan. These are the games we are the most excited for.

The Chicago Blackhawks are in for an interesting season in 2019-20. They are looking like they might be good enough to return to the postseason after a two-year absence. They have some new players that you already know about that they hope to make the team better going into the season. There is still a usual trade window and free agency looming so even more moves could still be made. It is an exciting time to be a hockey fan before we get into the dry part of the offseason.

The NHL and it’s teams have all released their schedules and there are some dates on there that should really excite all Blackhawks fans. There are five, in particular, that stick out as the most exciting games on the calendar for the Blackhawks:

October 4th vs Philadelphia Flyers in Prague

The Chicago Blackhawks will open the season in Prague, Czech Republic against the Philadelphia Flyers as part of the NHL Global Series. This comes after playing their last preseason game in Berlin, Germany against a local German team. These kinds of things are always fun to watch and see the NHL grow the game globally. This is also the game that kicks off the season which is always fun to see and get us going into what promises to be a fun year.

October 10th vs San Jose Sharks

Almost a week later the Blackhawks will be back at the United Center for the first time this season against the San Jose Sharks. San Jose is one of the Western Conference powers so the Hawks will have a big test early. These two teams always play each other well no matter what but the fun in this game is the fact that the UC will be bumpin’ for the first time in 2019-20. It will also be the debut of the brand new center ice scoreboard for hockey. The home opener is always one of the marquee games of the season and if you have never been, it is highly recommended.

December 2nd vs the St. Louis Blues

For the first time in history, the St. Louis Blues are Stanley Cup champions. This is the first time the Blackhawks will take them on when they are the defending champions and this should spice up the rivalry even more. The Blackhawks have been the “big brother” organization to them for a while but now the Blackhawks are going to see them as a measuring stick. This game is their first look at each other in 2019-20 and it should be an awesome game.

January 5th vs the Detroit Red Wings

Ever since the NHL realigned the Detroit Red Wings have been playing in the Eastern Conference. That translates into only one visit to the United Center for them. Although that rivalry has been watered down, as a result, it is still an awesome time when the two do get together. Not only is this the first and only game at the United Center between these two rivals, but it is also the first of two meetings. No matter what conference they are in, when they do get together it is always a dandy.

January 21st vs the Florida Panthers

The Blackhawks knew this day would eventually come at some point. This game marks the first-ever return to the United Center for former Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville since being fired. Coach Q is beloved in Chicago by his former players and fans alike. He led them to the Stanley Cup three times and is by far the best coach in franchise history.

It should be an emotional game and the tribute they will inevitably give to him will bring back some awesome memories. This might even be the most anticipated game of the season based on those facts. Florida is also looking like they are going to be a really good team in 2019-20 as well. The on-ice game should be great as well.

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Those are the big ones for the Blackhawks in 2019-20 and all fans should be extremely excited. These games are going to be so fun and we are so excited. Is it October yet?