After three home games this season, the ChicagoáBlackhawks have made a powerful statement to the rest of the league: they're for real, and a force to be reckoned with in the coming months. The 2009-10 NHL season is set up so that the first few months of the season will go a long way in determining playoff positioning at the end of April. Because of the Olympics in February, the schedule is front-loaded with significant games against conference and divisional rivals because, with a two week break in the middle of the season, there just isn't enough time to spread the games out. The front-loaded schedule brings this season into focus now especially because of the injuries hitting the rest of the Western Conference. Detroit lost Johan Franzenálast week, Columbus announced they'll be without ...
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