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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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Aaron Goldschmidt

Question 1: Good for Nashville for getting all the way to the Final. For me, their success makes me feel worse considering I believe the Blackhawks could’ve beaten St. Louis and Anaheim and gotten there as well.

I’m still not sure what happened or what the Blackhawks do going forward, but there is no doubt the team needs to try and get younger. The ’Hawks are still a championship team, they just need to find some new motivation to spark their game.

Question 2: Since I know virtually nothing about IndyCar racing, I’m going to go with Ryan Hartman. You need a guy out there who is a little reckless and aggressive but can still be productive.

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  • Gail Kauchak

    Question 1: I might simply be trying to justify it, but I do feel better about the Predators making it all the way to the Stanley Cup Final. This gives me more reason to say that the Blackhawks can’t be all that bad. Can they?

    I mean, they ran into a team that was peaking at just the right time. The Preds have this hot, young offense, a really solid defense and a goalie that has found his old magic again. The Preds were hungry to win, whereas the ’Hawks skated with a sense of entitlement.

    Although, based on the sweep, there won’t be any more entitlement. Which is a good thing.  The ’Hawks can’t be all that bad. Would the result have been the same if they matched up against the St. Louis Blues? Or the Calgary Flames? Work with me here, people.

    Oh, and by the way, Let’s go Preds!

    Question 2: I wonder if having great hands and puck-handling abilities could transfer over into the intricacies of driving a race car? If so, I would have to vote for Patrick Kane. His skills are some of the best in the NHL. He has to think fast and make split-second decisions, as I’m sure you do as a race car driver. Besides, Kaner could sport his mullet and fit right in!

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