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The  defending champion Chicago Blackhawks are aiming to become the first team 
since  the  1997-98 Red Wings to  claim back-to-back Stanley Cup titles, while 
the  path  back to the Finals  for the defending Eastern Conference champions, 
the  Boston Bruins,  was made easier after  winding up with the best record in 
the NHL for the first time since 1990. 

The  Blackhawks are  expected to have captain Jonathan Toews and reigning Conn 
Smythe Trophy winner Patrick Kane back from injury when they open their series 
against the reeling St. Louis Blues on Thursday. 

St.  Louis is trending the wrong way into the playoffs, as a late-season swoon 
cost  them the Central Division title. The Blues lost six straight to conclude 
the regular season, totaling only five goals and being shut out three times.

The 'Hawks will face the Blues starting Thursday in St. Louis.  Game Two is Saturday, with Game Three set for next Monday.  

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