Chicago Blackhawks

Deep Blackhawks hoping for 2nd straight title

Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Dylan Olsen (34) celebrates his goal with teammate Nick Leddy (8) during the first period an NHL preseason hockey game against the Washington Capitals, Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Dylan Olsen (34) celebrates his goal with teammate Nick Leddy (8) during the first period an NHL preseason hockey game against the Washington Capitals, Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

CHICAGO (AP) — The last time Chicago won the Stanley Cup, the team was dismantled during the offseason and the title defense ended in the first round of the playoffs.

Not so much this time. When the Blackhawks hit the ice next week for their opener against Washington, it will be a very familiar group.

Jonathan Toews and company are all set to go for their second consecutive NHL. There was no salary-cap purge this summer, leaving the Blackhawks largely intact as they try to become the first team to repeat since Detroit won it all in 1998.

The defending champs open the season at home Oct. 1 against Washington.

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