The Chicago Blackhawks began last season in Los Angeles, where they watched the Kings celebrate their Stanley Cup title, and then cruised to an emphatic 5-2 victory that set the tone for their own championship run.
Now they are looking for another strong start, while Washington is hoping to do what the Blackhawks did last season when the Capitals visit Chicago on Tuesday.
''It's something we were talking about today is that I felt the start of our season last year put us in the perfect spot for the whole season,'' Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said after the Blackhawks practiced on Monday. ''It was that first period or the first win, but that seemed to just start it off on the right foot.
''I think it's something we're trying to prioritize going into this season is there's a lot of things you can achieve, hey, let's worry about getting off to a great start, and that's our focus.''
It's hard to imagine the Blackhawks putting together a better start than they did last season, whe...