Chicago Blackhawks Roundtable: NHL Stars And Resting Key Players

By Colin Likas
Mar 31, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) moves the puck against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the third period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 31, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) moves the puck against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the third period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Chicago Blackhawks have little to play for in the regular season’s final week, but we still have plenty to talk about

A hot topic in the NBA right now is star players being rested ahead of the playoffs. That league has so little parity, it’s not surprising it’s a key discussion. But it’s one the Chicago Blackhawks are likely having as well.

The Blackhawks are the first and only NHL team at this moment to have clinched their division, and they’ve also clinched the Western Conference’s top spot ahead of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs. So now, coach Joel Quenneville has to decide if he wants to rest some key players in their final three regular-season tilts.

Of course, this could frustrate Blackhawks fans who may have made the trip to Colorado or California for one of the final three games (yours truly among them; I’ll be at Honda Center on Thursday). But no doubt they’ll be happier to see rested stars chasing toward another Stanley Cup.

Well, we decided to see what our Blackhawk Up panel thought of that idea in this week’s Chicago Blackhawks roundtable. The official questions:

Question 1: Six NHL players have 80 or more points this season: Connor McDavid, Patrick Kane, Brad Marchand, Sidney Crosby, Nicklas Backstrom and Nikita Kucherov. Which guy would you be most concerned/scared to play against and why?

Question 2: Do you think the Blackhawks should rest any players in the regular season’s last week, and why or why not?

Let’s see what our group of experts had to say about these two queries.

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