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Chasing the Blackhawks: Grading Atlantic teams in five key categories

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The Chicago Blackhawks have proved to be the blueprint on how to win a Stanley Cup, highlighted by five characteristics that make them great (explained in greater depth on Tuesday):

1. A franchise center

2. A strong top four on defense, anchored by a legit No. 1

3. A playoff-tested goalie

4. A playoff-proven coach

5. Players on entry-level contracts contributing significantly

Chicago is the gold standard, but the Atlantic Division features the team that best matches the Blackhawks in every category.