Editorials

Chicago Blackhawks’ Biggest Playoff Threats In Western Conference

By Aaron Goldschmidt
Feb 11, 2017; Nashville, TN, USA; General view of the Stanley Cup on display outside Bridgestone Arena as a part of the NHL Centennial Truck Tour prior to the Nashville Predators game against the Florida Panthers.. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 11, 2017; Nashville, TN, USA; General view of the Stanley Cup on display outside Bridgestone Arena as a part of the NHL Centennial Truck Tour prior to the Nashville Predators game against the Florida Panthers.. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mar 6, 2017; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; San Jose Sharks center Joe Pavelski (8) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the first period against the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 6, 2017; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; San Jose Sharks center Joe Pavelski (8) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the first period against the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 2: San Jose Sharks

Returning mostly their whole roster that went to the Stanley Cup last year, the Sharks have picked up right where they left off. After making the switch from Joe Thornton to Joe Pavelski as captain, the Sharks have turned into Cup contenders. They have always been good and made the playoffs but could never get to that next level back in the Evgeni Nabokov days.

With Pittsburgh playing as well as it is, it wouldn’t shock me if it was a Stanley Cup rematch this year. San Jose is the real deal, and it has blue-chip players on the ice. The question will be if the Sharks have enough energy in them to get all the way back to the Cup final.

Brent Burns will likely win the Norris Trophy considering his production this year, and he will be pushing hard to finish what the Sharks started last year.

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