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Last season, all but one team (the Columbus Blue Jackets) were able to make it to the playoffs.
The Chicago Blackhawks, even being a team outfitted with all-star talent, finished in fourth spot and sixth in the Western Conference.
Next season, they do not want to be in that position. The goal is to win the division and gain crucial home ice advantage.
With a lockout still ongoing, we may never get to see if the team can accomplish that feat. However, good news seems to be in the future after the NHL offered the NHLPA a 50/50 split. Although it does not solve all the problems, it does present a solid starting point.
Hockey may be back sooner then we think and when it does return, expect the Blackhawks to give the Central Division teams a strong run for the title.