Chicago Blackhawks: Five Reasons They Still Can Eliminate Nashville
By Mario Tirabassi
Who Are You And What Have You Done With The Blackhawks?
The Chicago Blackhawks have pulled off quite the disappearing act over the last couple of days and have been replaced by doppelgängers of their real NHL counter-parts.
Or so it would seem.
Since clinching the NHL’s Central Division and the top spot in the Western Conference with a handful of games to spare in the regular season, the Blackhawks have not been exactly roaring into the Stanley Cup Playoffs. After dropping Game One to the Predators 1-0, the Blackhawks went out in Game Two and had literally no answer for Nashville’s five-goal onslaught or a plan to score at least one goal on Pekka Rinne.
With play reminiscent of the beginning of the season, it’s no wonder that the Blackhawks community feel a bit on edge as the series shifts to Nashville and Chicago trails two-games to none.
But fear not, the series is far from over if history has anything to tell us. While things may look bleak now, there is hope on the horizon and Game Three is a new day….yes it is! (Shout-out to my WWE fans there)
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It may be hard to wrap around your brain, but the Blackhawks are far from dead in the water and here are five reasons that the Blackhawks can not only get back into this series against the Predators, but eliminate them and advance to the next round.
Five Reasons Chicago Can Turn This Series Around
5, Been There, Done That
For as much success the Blackhawks have had in the Joel Quenneville era, this is not the first time they have looked down and out in a Stanley Cup Playoff series. In fact, Chicago has been on the verge of elimination or facing a two-game deficit on six occasions and have come back to either win the series or force a Game Seven.
2011 Conference Quarterfinals – Trailed Vancouver 3-0, Forced Game 7
2013 Conference Semi-Finals – Trailed Detroit 3-1, Won Series 4-3
2014 Conference Quarterfinals- Trailed St. Louis 2-0, Won Series 4-2
2014 Conference Finals – Trailed Los Angeles 3-1, Forced Game 7
2015 Conference Finals – Trailed Anaheim 3-2, Won Series 4-3
2016 Conference Quarterfinals- Trailed St. Louis 3-1, Forced Game 7
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While not a fun situation to be in, the Blackhawks have been able to muster up a comeback under Quenneville numerous times and the core group of players should be able to lead the younger group into battle knowing there is much, much more hockey to be played.’