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Chicago Blackhawks Roundtable: Central Division And Cameos

By Colin Likas
Jan 24, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brian Campbell (51) takes a shot during the first period against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 24, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brian Campbell (51) takes a shot during the first period against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports /
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Feb 4, 2017; Dallas, TX, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa (81) and center Jonathan Toews (19) celebrate a goal against the Dallas Stars during the third period at the American Airlines Center. The Blackhawks defeat the Stars 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports /

Greg Bradshaw

Question 1: I think more than likely the Blackhawks will finish the year right where they are now. Minnesota is playing very well. Possibly better than the previous couple of seasons where we’ve seen streaks of brilliant hockey from the Wild.

I think Minnesota will hold the Central Division and the ‘Hawks will keep right on their tail. Also keep in mind that Minnesota has a few games in hand on the Chicago Blackhawks, which may be a huge factor come crunch time.

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Question 2: I’m going to go with the Jonathan Toews here. It’s time to break Captain Serious here as he becomes the honorary taste tester, or “Toews tester.” Well, that sounded a lot better when I first came up with it.

George Clifford

Question 1: Second place. The Blackhawks would have to generate an epic run down the stretch to overtake the Minnesota Wild, who are playing championship-caliber hockey with three games in hand. Looking down, Nashville, St. Louis and Winnipeg will be fighting for third place and a wild-card slot.

The Predators seem to be finding their game, but are too inconsistent to make up much ground on the ‘Hawks and will likely finish in third. The Jets have problems in net and a weak blueline, while the Blues are still in turmoil after last week’s coaching change and the loss for the rest of the season of center Robby Fabbri.

Question 2: I would like to see Michal Kempny make a cameo appearance on “Soup And A Sandwich.” His deadpan, penetrating gaze and marginal English would be a nice fit with the dark, indie vibe of the show.

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Sean Fitzgerald

Question 1: The Blackhawks are going to finish second in the Central Division. The Wild are playing well under Bruce Boudreau and are 7-3 in their last 10 games.

The ’Hawks during that time are 5-5. With three games in hand and a four-point lead on the ’Hawks, the Wild seemed to be poised to win the division. The ’Hawks do have an 11-point lead on Nashville, so unless a collapse happens, second place is sealed up.

Question 2: I think Artem Anisimov would be a great guest on “Soup And A Sandwich.” Anisimov could speak in Russian to Panarin while Campbell just sits there in awkward silence waiting for them to answer in English.

He and Panarin can talk about the Russian soups that would go with Panera Bread. After a long Russian conversation, Panarin would say hot soups go with Panera Bread. Campbell would be shocked and say that’s all we have for this week’s “Soup And A Sandwich.”

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