Blackhawks are up against history

Champions on Ice: The Blackhawks begin their Stanley Cup defense tonight as they look to become the first repeat Stanley Cup Champions since the Red Wings in 1996-97 and 1997-98. From Elias: Over the previous seven seasons, the defending champion has fared poorly in season openers, going 1-4-2 with the lone victory being the Penguins over the Rangers in 2009-10.