Chicago Blackhawks Roundtable: First-Round Opponents And Fights

By Colin Likas
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Mar 4, 2017; Nashville, TN, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) after scoring during the second period against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports /

Brandon Newberry

Question 1: Personally, this is one of those questions that I have asked myself for a while now since it seems there’s a good chance the Blackhawks will play one of these two teams (unless they finish ahead of the Wild).

From a hockey fan standpoint, I would rather see the ‘Hawks play the Blues. Every playoff series between those two teams has been fantastic, win or lose, and I think this year would be even better than previous years. However, the Blues are seemingly the more threatening team this year and probably pose the biggest threat to the ‘Hawks compared to the Preds.

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I may look back and eat these words, but I really like the way the Blackhawks match up against Nashville. I think they would have the best chance against Nashville in the first round. The ’Hawks are 4-1-0 against Nashville on the year and it seems most likely that the success would transfer to the postseason as well.

Question 2: Thinking a little outside of the box, I would love to see Corey Crawford square off with another goalie in a fight. While I hate to see a star player on the Blackhawks fight due to the risk of injury, I love the idea of a Crawford fight at center ice with another goalie.

Crawford has always been one of those players who will stick up for his teammates at all costs, even if it means pushing and shoving around guys that get a little too comfortable.

In most situations, goalie fights can often be one of the most exciting fights because they’re so rare and they can get the whole crowd on their feet if they happen. If Crawford ever happened to drop the gloves in front of the home crowd at the United Center, I guarantee he would get a standing ovation from the crowd by the time the fight is over.

Keith Schultz

Question 1: I would rather face the Nashville Predators for one reason only, and that’s because I would be able to go see them play in Nashville. Both teams are playing better hockey lately.  The Blues would be a better storyline because of the revenge factor from last season, though.

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Question 2: I always like seeing Jonathan Toews in a fight because it means he’s hit his boiling point.  I’m pretty sure he was almost there this season until he started scoring goals, so I don’t know if we will see him fight this year.