Apr 7, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Minnesota Wild defenseman Marco Scandella (6) and defenseman Jared Spurgeon (46) steal the puck from Chicago Blackhawks center Joakim Nordstrom (42) during the third period at the United Center. The Minnesota Wild defeat the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
#1: It’s Getting To That Point…
The Blackhawks have been dominant over the past seven years, and the stats prove it: four Western Conference Finals, seven playoff appearances, and two Stanley Cups.
However, the Blackhawks never seem to take the easy way there, and it’s come close to burning them a few times. They’ve gone down 1-3 in a series more than once; in 2013 they battled back to beat the Detroit Red Wings in Game Seven overtime, but it was the Los Angeles Kings that scored the final goal of the 2014 Western Conference final, sending the Blackhawks home empty-handed after being a goal away from a decent shot at their third Stanley Cup.
The Blackhawks haven’t really hit a road block since their two consecutive first-round exits in 2011 and 2012, and even then, they were only one goal away from becoming the fourth (at the time) team to erase a 0-3 series deficit and move on. However, with the Wild taking the last two meetings between the two teams, and the Blackhawks about to run straight into the hottest goaltender they’ve faced in the playoffs in years, this could be the time the Blackhawks falter.
It’s a disturbing thought, but if there was one team that could take down the Blackhawks this season, the Wild might just be the ones to do it.
Speculate all you want, the results will unfold when the puck drops on Friday night. Buckle up, and go Blackhawks!
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