Chicago Blackhawks Morning Links- Predators Aren’t The Best Franchise

LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 24: Patrick Kane
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 24: Patrick Kane /

Good morning Chicago Blackhawks fans! The Chicago Blackhawks don’t play again until Friday night when the Nashville Predators arrive in town for the 2nd time in October.  Funny thing about the Predators is they were named by ESPN as the best franchise in the NHL. 

There are a lot of things I would say about the Nashville Predators, but as the best franchise in the NHL is not one of them.

For starters the Nashville Predators have never won the Stanley Cup, so by yelling out scoreboard it should automatically eliminate them as the best franchise in the NHL.

They made their first Stanley Cup Final this past season, and don’t get me wrong, the city really rallied around the Predators.  Even living 2 and half hours from Nashville in Knoxville, it was pretty cool seeing all the Predators t-shirts and jerseys out and about in town, and people walking around with them on where I work at my day job.

The Predators have done a great job promoting local hockey with their Practice facility something that the Blackhawks will soon have next month when their facilities open up.

This isn’t a proven fact but one of the reasons why the World Wide Leader in Sports called the Predators the best franchise is because they could just make another dig at the Blackhawks.  You could say the Red Wings or Penguins are the best franchises in the NHL besides the Blackhawks, but the upstart Predators are doing great work to build up hockey in Middle Tennessee yet are not the best franchise in the NHL.

What do you think about this besides chatter on an off day in the NHL?  In the meantime here are some morning links to start your Thursday morning.

What did Jonathan Toews have to say after the Blackhawks loss in Vegas (Blackhawks)

Could there by line changes coming for the Chicago Blackhawks (Tribune)

Ryan Hartman‘s slash got him a fine today (Madhouse Enforcer)

Joel Quenneville seems to be continually searching for the right defensive mix (FanRag)

The Chicago Blackhawks like every other team in the NHL have flaws (Hockey Buzz)

Why are the Golden Knights winning on a regular basis (ESPN)

Under the radar plays are helping out the Predators (On The Forecheck)

The Wild have barely played and now are losing to the Canucks (Times)

Dallas stars leadership is leading the way (Blackout Dallas)

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Mitch Marner is trying to break the sophomore slump (Puck Prose)