The day we have waited since the puck took an unfortunate bounce off Nick Leddy last June has finally arrived! It’s playoff time and the Chicago Blackhawks will be in Nashville to take on the Predators at Bridgestone Arena for Game #1 of the Stanley Cup playoff marathon.
For the Chicago Blackhawks this season was supposed to be a final Stanley Cup championship dance before they have to rebuild once again because of the Jonathan Toews/Patrick Kane extensions that kick in next season with a salary cap that’s not going up at the same rate due to the sagging Canadian dollar. Of course we as Blackhawks fans are pretty spoiled and are a bit disappointed by the regular season which was all over the place from a great December to struggling to the finish line.
The best part of the finish line is that there was a huge present waiting for the Chicago Blackhawks and the presents name is none other than Patrick Kane which should put an extra jump in all the Chicago Blackhawks players skates when they hit the ice in Smashville. The Blackhawks faced the Nashville Predators 4 times this season and the Hawks went 3-1, and well of course I was in the stands for the only defeat back in October when James Neal recorded his first Predators hat trick in a 3-2 Predators victory. After that defeat the Chicago Blackhawks went 3-0 against the Predators yet all the games were before the calendar turned to 2015.
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The Predators had a fantastic season under new coach Peter Laviolette after only having Barry Trotz as their coach since the franchises beginnings. The Predators held down the 1st place spot in the Central Division for most of the season until they really sputtered down the stretch and finished in 2nd place which was still good enough for a 1st round playoff series with home ice advantage. The two teams have some history with very few players left on the roster in Nashville with the exception of goalie Pekka Rinne who was huge in 2010.
Rinne will be the biggest obstacle in between the Chicago Blackhawks and a 2nd round spot. He’s had the Blackhawks number in the past and he’s been great for most of the season after being hurt for most of the 2013-2014 season. If the Blackhawks can solve Rinne and find their offense tonight should have all the red in the building cheering at the end of the night!
Here is the viewing information for tonight’s game
Game Time: 7:30pm
TV Listings– CSN-Chicago, NBCSN, SN360, TVA 3
Radio Listing– WGN Radio
Live Streaming– NBC Live Extra
Radio Streaming– WGN Radio App
How will you be watching Game #1 tonight?
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