The Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues faceoff for the 12th time in their history, and this time it should be a very exciting series with two teams that both have the talent to go all the way to the Stanley Cup Final yet both teams have some question marks as the playoffs start.
The Chicago Blackhawks biggest question mark has to be their blue line, and to make matter worse their best defender Duncan Keith still has one game left on his 6 game suspension which means the Hawks though looking completely healthy entering Game #1 are still a man down, and not just any man but last seasons Conn Smythe Trophy Winner.
The defense has been an issue all season long with Joel Quenneville mixing and matching all of his defenseman trying to find the right pairings, but let’s be honest, the Hawks never could find a replacement for Johnny Oduya. The defense has been a crapshoot all season long, but during the playoffs Coach Q usually knows how to push all the right buttons so hopefully he’s able to find the defense button.
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The other question mark has been the Chicago Blackhawks penalty kill, but this special teams unit has been on the up tick with the return of Marcus Kruger to the lineup. Kruger wins face-offs and kills penalties and he’s a real valuable piece to the puzzle.
The one thing that was working for the Chicago Blackhawks heading into the playoffs was the offense which had been dormant for most of the month of March so hopefully they can carry that part of their game into the St. Louis Blues series.
Of course the last bright spot is that Corey Crawford looks to be back for Game #1 after missing every game from March 14th until the season finale. The Chicago Blackhawks goalie may never be considered elite, but he’s a rock for the Chicago Blackhawks.
The Blues have quite a few question marks as well, but the biggest one has to be can they beat the Chicago Blackhawks in a best of 7 series. The Blues have the talent to win, but they never have been able to put it together. As a Hawks fans let’s hope they don’t figure it out this season. Here are the listings for tonight’s Game #1.
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TV Listings– CSN-Chicago, NBCSN
Radio Listings– WGN Radio
Live Streaming– NBC Live Extra
Radio Live Streaming– WGN Radio App
How will you be watching Game #1 tonight?