The Chicago Blackhawks had a very tough schedule to start the season. They took on some really good teams in the early going. So far, they have played five games and all five have been on the road. That is never easy for a young team in a developmental year.
It is the Connor Bedard show in Chicago this season as he is looking every bit like the player that he is expected to be in year one. By the time he reaches his prime, he could be one of the best players in the National Hockey League.
Now, he finally gets to take the show home to Chicago. He played a few preseason games but there is nothing like the regular season home opener. This will take place on Saturday night with the defending Stanley Cup champion Vegas Golden Knights in town.
Of course, Vegas is one of the best teams in the NHL. They are also off to one of the best starts that a defending champion has ever had as they enter this game 5-0-0. With all of their top players playing as well as they possibly can, they are very hard to beat.
The Chicago Blackhawks are going to have an up-and-down season all year.
Chicago just had a tough game against the Colorado Avalanche. The Avs won the Stanley Cup in 2022 and are still very much a contender. It wasn’t a surprise to see them beat the Hawks as they are much faster and supremely skilled right now.
That was also the fifth of five straight road games and it took place in the high elevation of Denver, Colorado. Playing at home after a few days off is something that can really help them.
Vegas plays a bit of a different style of game but they suffocate you and take advantage of your mistakes as well as anyone in the league. With some of the young forwards and defensemen in the lineup right now, this could be interesting to see.
Bedard is going to have a little bit of extra jump in this one. That could be dangerous for Vegas as he plays in his first game in front of a crowd rooting for him to succeed. There is a lot of pressure on this kid but he is handling it well.
Now, Chicago will be there for him in the first home game of his career. Expect a big night from him against a very good team. If there was ever a time to beat Vegas, it is now.