Reason 4: Uncertainty with David Backes and Steve Ott
At the beginning of April, David Backes was announced to be out for the remainder of the season with a lower-body injury, much like Jake Allen. If Backes is out for a couple games as well, that will be a huge hole for the Blues at center. He is the captain of the team with 21 goals and 24 assists, and he is a huge body who creates havoc anywhere on the ice. The other big player who is out is Steve Ott. Now I am not saying that Ott is such a good player that it makes a huge difference, but it makes a difference in the “goon” department. The Blues consistently outhit the ‘Hawks and like to try and bully them. With Ott out, the Blues cannot get under the skin of the ‘Hawks as much as they can with Ott in. He is a dirty, pesky player, but he gets the job done.
Reason 3: The ‘Hawks have the best player and rookie in the league
Patrick Kane. Does anything else really need to be said? He is the best player on the planet right now, and is running away with the Hart Trophy, in my opinion. He has the ability to take over games and an entire series as well. On the year, he has 106 points with 46 goals, which is absolute insanity. If he plays well, the whole team plays well and the ‘Hawks take the series. If anything were to happen to him this series, the ‘Hawks would be dead in the water.
On the Kane line as well is Artemi Panarin. He is one of the best rookies in the league, if not the best. When you put these two players together, it is a lethal combination that takes a lot to stop. Panarin has 30 goals with 47 assists. Most of the assists go toward Kane goals as well.
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