The Rockford IceHogs, the Chicago Blackhawks’ AHL affiliate, will face the Manitoba Moose in the second round of the Calder Cup Playoffs
After a quick series with the Chicago Wolves, the Rockford IceHogs — the Chicago Blackhawks’ AHL affiliate — finally know who they will be playing in the second round of the Calder Cup Playoffs. Defeating the Grand Rapids Griffins 5-1 Monday night, the Manitoba Moose have advanced to the second round and will play Rockford starting this Friday in Manitoba.
The IceHogs are 2-2 against the Moose this season, having lost a pair of games at home in the beginning of the season and winning a pair on the road. When the IceHogs beat Manitoba on the road in late March, they were a much different team than earlier in the season. Rockford won nine of its final 13 games and has since come together to become much more consistent.
In Blackhawks prospects news, The Athletic’s Scott Powers reported that Blackhawks’ 2017 first-round pick, Henri Jokiharju, will not represent Finland in the World Championship. Some say after a great season with the Portland Winterhawks that Jokiharju could be ready for the NHL, but that’s to be determined.
And finally, a new Blackhawks Talk podcast with Pat Boyle and Jamal Mayers came out Monday that discuses the NHL playoffs, the NHL draft and most interestingly Dustin Byfuglien.
The former Blackhawk Byfuglien has been a very impactful player in the playoffs for the Winnipeg Jets this season, and the guys debate whether he was one player that got away from the ‘Hawks. Make sure you take some time to listen to the podcast, they always have great content.
Have a great Tuesday!