Another home opener, another banner-raising ceremony for the Blackhawks. That's what has become normal at the United Center.
Video montages will be played, players - both new and old to the organization - will be introduced before the 2014-15 championship banner is raised to the rafters. It's a production for the Hawks to dazzle its fans and the hockey world.
But after the celebration, it's time to get back to work. And on this night the odds are against them.
Four of the last five Stanley Cup champions have lost their home opener the following season. The lone victory was in 2013 at the United Center with a 6-4 decision over the Capitals. In all, the Hawks are 2-3 in home openers coming a championship season.
In 1934, they beat the St. Louis Eagles, 3-1, in their season opener, but were shutout in their home opener, 5-0, by the Toronto Maple Leafs. Four years later it was the same result with a 3-0 loss to the New York Americans. They snapped the trend in 1961 with a 5-3 win over the Boston Bruins. Fast forward to 2010, and they dropped a 4-3 game in overtime at Colorado before losing to the Red Wings at home, 3-2.
Wednesday night, they get one of their toughest opponents to open against with the New York Rangers, who won the President's Trophy last season with 113 points.