Two of the best teams in the National Hockey League will take the ice outdoors at Soldier Field this weekend when the Chicago Blackhawks host the Pittsburgh Penguins in the final game of this season's Stadium Series.
The Penguins played in back-to-back Stanley Cup Final series in 2008 and 2009, winning the game's ultimate prize in 2009. Since then, the Blackhawks have won the coveted Cup twice, in 2010 and 2013.
But the recent Winter Olympics adds depth to the scouting reports each team has of the other.
In the gold medal game, three goals were scored - by Chicago's Jonathan Toews and Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz. And when medals were handed to the Canadian roster, those three were joined by Hawks forward Patrick Sharp and defenseman Duncan Keith in receiving the gold.
Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma was behind the bench for USA Hockey, leading his Pens defensemen Brooks Orpik and Paul Martin (who got hurt during the games). He also coached Hawks superstar Patrick Kane in Sochi.
Two of the most decorated rosters in the sport bring a lot of hardware to the ice at Soldier Field at what will be the national kickoff of the home stretch of the NHL season. Both teams are in position to win their respective divisions, and look good enough for a run at anothe Stanley Cup.
The game starts at 7 PM CT on Saturday.