Chicago Blackhawks Morning Links- One More Day

By Keith Schultz

Good morning Chicago Blackhawks fans! Who’s ready for the weekend and by the weekend I mean who’s ready for some playoff hockey at the United Center?? The Chicago Blackhawks and Minnesota Wild have one more day of practice before they take to the ice Friday in what should be a great 2nd round matchup and the third straight year these two teams have met in the playoffs which is exactly what Gary Bettman and the NHL brass wanted when they changed up the playoff format.

Rivalries is what makes sports great, and this playoff format almost forces teams that want to succeed into a rivalry.  This isn’t going back 85 years with an original 6 team like the Detroit Red Wings, but just like the Vancouver Canucks 5 years ago, if you continue to see the same team in the playoffs a rivalry will be formed.  The Wild want to get past the Chicago Blackhawks this season while the Hawks want to get back to hoisting the Cup. It should be a fun series and here are some morning links to kick off your Gameday Eve.

It appears that Teuvo Teravainen will be back in the lineup while Kris Versteeg has been moved back to the bench (Blackhawks)

After a day or two of speculation, the Chicago Blackhawks signed KHL forward Artemi Panarin to a 2 year entry level deal yesterday (Committed Indians)

The Chicago Blackhawks could use Bryan Bickell’s touch against the Minnesota Wild this upcoming series (Sun-Times)

Stephen Johns scores 23 seconds into overtime to help the Rockford Ice Hogs sweep their first round matchup against the Texas Stars (Second City)

Now that the Nashville Predators have been eliminated, what do they do with their free agents that they picked up at the trade deadline (Predlines)

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A Minnesota Wild angle at the Numbers for their series against the Chicago Blackhawks (Gone Puck Wild)

Well at least Vladmir Tarasenko won’t be bored soon, he’s going to play for Russia at the World’s (Bleedin Blue)

Mike Babcock, possibly the best coach in the NHL, was mum about his future after the Detroit Red Wings were knocked out of the playoffs last night (Puck Daddy)

Hart Finalist were announced yesterday, what might have been for Patrick Kane if not for that clavicle (Sporting News)

Some predictions for the 2nd round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, who do you got? (Bleacher Report)

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