If any team can understand the early struggles the Boston Bruins have endured, it's the Chicago Blackhawks.
The Bruins look to avoid a third consecutive loss Saturday night when they visit the Blackhawks in a matchup of the last two Stanley Cup champions.
Suffering from a Stanley Cup hangover while trying to find the right chemistry with a revamped roster, Chicago went 8-9-2 to open last season. The Blackhawks never fully recovered, as they barely made the Western Conference playoffs and lost to top-seeded Vancouver in the first round.
They can certainly empathize with the reigning Stanley Cup champion Bruins (1-3-0), who have had trouble finding their own footing through the first week of the season.
"We felt our start last year put us in a rough spot all year long," coach Joel Quenneville told the Blackhawks' official website. "We know the value of where they are. Teams are ready for you coming off that type of season.
"They've been busy but they are still a dangerous team."