CHICAGO -- It's playoff time, Chicago. Do you know where your superstars are?
Why, there they are at Johnny's IceHouse West, the newish practice facility hard by a railroad line, due west of the United Center and the sprawl of the West Side renovation.
For the people who fetishize "Chicago toughness," Johnny's sits in such a stretch of Madison St., a veritable hockey factory in factory country.
Their playoffs begin Thursday in St. Louis. The Blues are a reeling team meeting a first-round underdog, if only by seed, that just happens to be the defending Stanley Cup champions.
Two rivals that have provided plenty of regular-season intrigue, it should be a doozy of a first-round series.