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Chicago Blackhawks’ Biggest Playoff Fears

By Mike Brennan
Mar 6, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) is congratulated by right wing Patrick Kane (88) following the third period against the Detroit Red Wings at the United Center. Chicago won 4-1. Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 6, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) is congratulated by right wing Patrick Kane (88) following the third period against the Detroit Red Wings at the United Center. Chicago won 4-1. Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports /
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No. 8: Minnesota Wild

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Mar 6, 2016; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba (24) celebrates his goal in the third period against the St. Louis Blues at Xcel Energy Center. The St. Louis Blues beat the Minnesota Wild 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports /

Ah, yes, the classic Blackhawks vs. Wild playoff matchup. If ‘Hawks fans have learned anything in the past couple years, it would be that seeing the Wild in a best of seven series in March or April does not strike much fear into anyone. Last season, the ‘Hawks swept the Wild in an extremely one-sided series. The Wild did not even lead for one second. In 2014, these two teams met in the second round, in which the ‘Hawks beat them 4-2 in the series. One year prior to that, the ‘Hawks met them in one of the most forgettable series for the ‘Hawks in recent memory. The Wild won one game in the series, but no one was scared even then.

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In the coming years, the Wild will get rid of the big-brother type relationship and knock the ‘Hawks from the postseason. At some point. With the new playoff format, these teams will continue to play each other, but this year is not the year the Wild get over the hump. This is just a very average hockey team with an aging core. The Wild did destroy the ‘Hawks in the Stadium Series game, but I credit that to the ‘Hawks knowing how to coast through a season. So overall, if the ‘Hawks happen to meet the Wild in the playoffs, no one will be losing sleep over that matchup.

Next: No. 7: San Jose Sharks

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