Five Reasons Blackhawks Fans Should Be Rooting For The Wild Tonight

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The Blackhawks were down 0-2 and somehow became the first Western Conference team to advance to the Western Conference Semi-Finals. The Blackhawks as we all know are still waiting for their next opponent with is to be determined tonight when the Minnesota Wild visit the Colorado Avalanche in a winner take all Game #7.  Either team will be a tough test in the next round but here are 5 reasons Hawks fans should be rooting for the Wild to upset the Avalanche on home ice tonight.

Oct 28, 2013; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Chicago Blackhawks forward Brandon Saad (20) celebrates a goal scored by defenseman Nick Leddy (not pictured) on Minnesota Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom (32) during the second period at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

5. Last year’s playoffs series- The Hawks have been there done that with the Wild.  The Hawks dispatched the Wild in five games last season, and though both teams have made subtle changes they are very similar rosters so there’s no reason to believe the Stanley Cup Champs would lose to the Wild in a 7 game series.

4. Darcy Kuemper Vs Semyon Varlamov- No matter what the numbers say for Kuemper  in the first round, he doesn’t scare an offensive team like the Blackhawks even though his stats say 3-1 1.53 Goals Against Average and .934 Save Percentage. The Fact is Varlamov owned the Blackhawks during the regular season and is one of the few goalies in the league that could possibly have put question marks in the Blackhawks head.  Kuemper won’t be able to keep these numbers up in the long run, but Varlamov has already proved he can beat and shut down the Blackhawks offense.

3. Team Speed of the AVs- The way to beat the Blackhawks isn’t to play physical hockey, witness the St. Louis Blues or the LA Kings.  Although physical games are exciting for the fans and it the hits margin looks impressive on the NBCSN stat line during intermissions, all it does is get you a one way ticket to the offseason. The way to beat the Hawks is team speed and possession and while the AV’s aren’t a strong possession team they are one of the few teams in the league that can skate with the Hawks.  The Wild though not slugs are nowhere near the skating team that the Av’s and their youth are night in and night out.

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  • Lloyd A Brodnax

    The Blackhawks are a different type of Beast during the playoffs so I would prefer they play the Avs and I believe the players feel the same way. Conversely, I would love for our Hawks to have home ice advantage so naturally that would mean that the Wild would have 2beat the Avs. Now back to my preference regarding the Hawks v. Avs… The Blackhawks would probably want to really play their brand of hockey to show the Avs that regular season is one thing and the playoffs are totally different animal especially in a best of 7. Whichever team we end up playing, I hope that Coach Q will insert Morin, for his game, the will, grit, & resolve are infectious plus he (Morin) would be a huge plus for our shaky 4th line, which is a total mess presently, as Versteeg & Bollig have all but disappeared during the 1st round, considering how effective they were during the latter stages of the regular season, but then Coach had to tweak with one of the most productive lines when the playoffs started and poof! What happened to that line? Go Hawks!

    • Blackhawk Up

      I like the fact that Morin gets thrown in every time!!! #FreeMorin

      • Lloyd A Brodnax

        Keith, yes #freemorin.