#1: The Blackhawks’ Psychological Advantage
May 13, 2014; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane (88) celebrates his game winning goal in overtime of game six of the second round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Xcel Energy Center. The Blackhawks clinch the second round with a 2-1 victory over the Wild in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Marilyn Indahl-USA TODAY Sports
The Chicago Blackhawks certainly have one of the most stacked rosters in the entire league, but their advantage extends far beyond the paper, also.
Sportsnet’s Steve Dangle breaks down just how the Blackhawks took care of the Nashville Predators on a psychological level in round one (side note: VERY funny.)
He has a point, too.
The Blackhawks never seem to make it easy on themselves, and their first-round results show it, with all of their games against the Predators staying relatively close.
Where the Blackhawks have the advantage, however, is the experience of battling back, especially in the 2013 Playoffs, where the second round turned out to be their hardest, after the Blackhawks battled back from a 1-3 series deficit to beat the Detroit Red Wings in Game Seven overtime.
The Wild will have to find a way to break down the Blackhawks, and if they don’t, they will be in serious trouble. On the flip-side, the Wild better have thick skin, especially if they get up 2-1 or 3-2 in the series, as the Blackhawks will unload everything in their (fairly large) arsenal on their opponents.
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