The Blackhawks are not the only Central team with experience anymore
When teams like the Blues, Wild and Predators keep losing in the first and second rounds of the playoffs, they are not really gaining anything. They have not gotten deep enough to start to handle the grind of the Stanley Cup Playoffs and have not really gained any of the coveted experience that comes with the deep rounds of the postseason. The only team in the Central Division to have such experience is the Blackhawks.
Not anymore. Now that the Blues are making a deep run, they are realizing what it takes to make it to deep May and early June. That is experience that is so valuable in today’s NHL. For example, look at the Eastern Conference. The Lightning and the Penguins are two teams who have done all of this before. Even the core players of the Sharks have done this song and dance before. This is the Blues’ first time making it this deep, but it will not be their last.
The Blackhawks need to unpause the dynasty
The Central Division is not getting any easier next season. So that means in the first two rounds of the playoffs next year, the ‘Hawks will most likely meet up with St. Louis again. This deep run for the Blues shows that they are currently the team to beat in the division — a title that is usually held by the ‘Hawks.
Patrick Kane and Jonathon Toews are 27 and 28 years old, respectively. That means there is about seven years left before the Blackhawks’ window is officially closed and locked. If this deep run shows the Blues are the squad that is standing in the way of these two players hoisting the Cup again, then the ‘Hawks will be motivated to put the Blues back in their place.
Since the Blackhawks and their fans are both on their couches watching the playoffs, the only thing left to do is cheer for the Sharks. Go Sharks go.