The Chicago Blackhawks and Nashville Predators will once again meet in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in what will be another display of the ever-growing rivalry between the two teams and cities
May I have your attention, Chicago Blackhawks fans? Please run to your closets and immediately put on something red. Particularly something that may have an Indian head on it! This is not a drill, Blackhawks fans! The Stanley Cup Playoffs are here, and that means its crunch time for the boys in red to work to establish Chicago’s “One Goal”.
In what has the making of another exciting opener to the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Chicago Blackhawks will find themselves in familiar territory as they face the Nashville Predators.
Although Nashville was given the nod around the hockey world to be one of the stronger teams in the NHL prior to the 2016-17 season, these Predators managed to fall short of expectations.
However, it’s playoff time and here we see the Predators stuck around to clinch a playoff berth with our Chicago Blackhawks.
Hockey has been referred to as the game of “puck luck,” meaning that almost anything can happen. Throughout the course of watching an entire NHL season, nearly any fan could tell you they have seen their fair share of bad bounces or even lucky bounces leading to goals or other golden opportunities. Hence the phrase, “puck luck.”
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While this little devil and/or saving grace has been known to dictate games, fate ultimately comes down to the players.
This situation is nothing the Chicago Blackhawks’ core players haven’t seen before. The hardware speaks for itself. Now is the time to start all of your pregame rituals because the Blackhawks will be battling for the franchise’s seventh Stanley Cup.
There is plenty of firepower on both teams in this first-round meeting, and both will have to be at their best if they hope to continue their run. Let’s all take a closer look at three keys players who will have to bring it for their respective team.