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THE BLACKHAWKS will televise all 82 of their games for the first time this season, and despite only one playoff appearance in 10 years, they'll have something to show their fans. "There is a buzz throughout the city [about us]," says defenseman James Wisniewski. "A couple of years ago people didn't know there was a hockey team here."
The future is not only bright—it has arrived. Twenty-year-old center Jonathan Toews (above, 24 goals, 30 assists) and 19-year-old right wing Patrick Kane (21, 51) had stellar rookie seasons, and the addition of mobile defenseman Brian Campbell strengthens Chicago's attack at even strength and on the power play. The Blackhawks even brought in legendary hockey mind Scotty Bowman, whose son Stan is the team's assistant G.M., as an adviser. "From the start of last year to now seems like a total 180," says Kane.
Some pieces are in place for a Stanley Cup run down the road—Chicago last won it in 1961—and a visit to next spring's playoffs would be an important first step.
AFTER REACHING the postseason for four straight seasons, the Predators have vital concerns that jeopardize their streak.