Reason 2: The Blues do not match up with the ’Hawks very well
On the season, the Blues are 15th in the league with goals for with 224. That averages out to 2.73 goals per game. If the Blues want to win this series, they will have to score more goals than their season average. With the way the Blackhawks’ game has been going, the offense will put up goals and numbers that the Blues will just not be able to keep up with. Their leading scorer is Vladimir Tarasenko, and he is one of the best scorers in the league. But once you get past him, the next leading scorer is Alex Steen with 52 points. If the ‘Hawks can shut down Tarasenko, they will be well on their way to a series win.
Reason 1: The ’Hawks are the ’Hawks
With all this taken into account, everything comes down to one thing: It is the ‘Hawks. I may sound like a cocky ‘Hawks fan, but there is a lot of truth to this. The ‘Hawks have a core that is the most experienced this time of year, and they are hungry for a repeat Cup championship. They gave fans a huge scare with almost losing a division spot, but fans learned one important thing: The ‘Hawks can decide to turn it on whenever they want. They have a crazy ability to look like a completely different team on certain nights, which is an asset that is key in the playoffs. Another key that the ‘Hawks have for the postseason is their core. Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Brent Seabrook and Duncan Keith all have experience, and that is a decisive factor in the postseason.
All in all, Blackhawks in 6.