Stanley Cup Playoffs

Let’s talk about the Chicago Blackhawks Playoff Chances

Chicago Blackhawks, Patrick Kane (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Chicago Blackhawks, Corey Crawford
Corey Crawford #50, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /

Fedrau – McDavid is the best player in the league and will be a huge threat, but if Corey Crawford can stand up to him, while the team as a whole slows him down, this series will be tight.

If the Oilers split up McDavid and Draisaitl, it’ll be easier to slow them down. If they’re on the ice at the same time, it’ll be harder to slow them down, but the team will need to take advantage of their time with both men off of the ice.

On defense, I could see them going with pairings they believe give them the best chance to win. I wouldn’t change much up until Game 2, as they’ll need to make adjustments then.

The big thing is this, Chicago can not play on the backfoot, hoping to stop McDavid. They have to stay aggressive and play their style of hockey. The second they slow down and play defensively, hoping to win games 2-1, the series will be over.