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Chicago Blackhawks Roundtable: Nashville’s Push And IndyCar Driving

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May 29, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Nashville Predators center Frederick Gaudreau (32) celebrates his goal with the Predators bench against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period in game one of the 2017 Stanley Cup Final at PPG PAINTS Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
May 29, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Nashville Predators center Frederick Gaudreau (32) celebrates his goal with the Predators bench against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period in game one of the 2017 Stanley Cup Final at PPG PAINTS Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /
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Greg Bradshaw

Question 1: Nashville sweeping Chicago should be both positive and negative because of how badly the Blackhawks were exposed.

Chicago came into the matchup as the heavy favorite and left looking like a bunch of washed-up old guys. The positive is that the Blackhawks now know they can’t continue with the team assembled as it is today. The negative, however, is that going about fixing these issues will not be easily done.

Question 2: I’m going to go with Artemi Panarin. I know absolutely nothing about IndyCar, but it seems to me that racers are smaller guys. Therefore, Panarin, with his size and grit, should be given the go.

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Sean Fitzgerald

Question 1: I do not feel better that the Blackhawks lost to Nashville. It only means the Blackhawks are falling further back in their own division. It also means that after this salary cap purge, the ’Hawks might be a middle-of-the-road team in their own division.

I also do not like it because of the Preds’ fan base. We have seen more jabs and digs at the ’Hawks because of how far Nashville has advanced in this year’s playoffs. I also do not like the fact that if the Preds win the Stanley Cup, they will believe it is equal to the Blackhawks’ most recent three championships

The organization also has it out for the Blackhawks. The organization does not like Blackhawks fans and imposes restrictions to keep us out of their building, so I will never feel better about losing to them.

Question 2: The best IndyCar driver would be Marian Hossa. The guy is a freak of nature. He has fast hands, can make tough decisions and does not buckle in the moment. He is an older guy, which makes him have perspective and race to win but not be reckless.

The 2017 Indianapolis 500 winner was Takuma Sato, and he is 40 years old. Hossa is the closest Blackhawks player to his age.

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