Plenty of pressure rests on a team following a championship victory, especially when a majority of the roster is returning to defend their title.
As the Blackhawks near the start of the 2013-14 campaign, players have fielded a number of questions about avoiding a Stanley-Cup hangover, the potential of building a dynasty in the cap-era and the chances of repeating this upcoming season.
Fan expectations are high. Team expectations are even higher. As difficult as repeating is — especially in this day and age — the Blackhawks' No. 1 goal is to keep the Stanley Cup in Chicago.
According to Bovada, the odds are in the Blackhawks' favor. Here's a look at the betting website's latest odds for the 2013-14 Stanley Cup champions:
Kings, Blues: 12/1