Blackhawks: Play-in Schedule is going to be a challenge
By Jimmy Lynch
The Chicago Blackhawks are going to need to be well-conditioned if they are going to make a run on the playoffs this spring.
The Chicago Blackhawks are going to get things started against the Oilers in Edmonton August 1st, they will then have a day to rest before getting things going again in game two on August 3rd. This one day on one day off will go all the way until game five if it is necessary. Game five will be the day after game four. Maybe that can work to our advantage in 20 days when the Blackhawks and Oilers faceoff.
With the play-in series being played out in the course of a week getting started on the right foot is very important. When it comes to any series in the playoffs, it is necessary to get the first win, however, now it is more important than ever in a best of five. That is why conditioning is going to be vital. Having fresh legs and being ready to go will be key, and it starts now with training camp.
We have seen a number of Blackhawks on the ice this past week as they gear up for the play-in round. It is great seeing players like Brent Seabrook skate for the first time in a long time. Having these guys on the ice and ready to go is going to be huge to finding success, especially with how much time has been between games in March till now.
If you want to see every matchup drawn-out check out Mark Lazerus’s tweet with the complete schedule. With every series having one set of games being back to back things are going to be very interesting!
I do not know about you, but I am just excited to see things get started. Even if the Blackhawks were not in the play-in series just to have sports again would be amazing. We have five days of at least five games a day, that is great. I am going to be glued to my couch personally.
This is going to be great if the NHL finds a way to pull it off. I know that this is a crazy year, but I hope the Blackhawks embrace it. They might not be the highest seed in the play-in round, but at the end of the day, everyone is on the same page in this new season. Every team is going to be playing not only their opponent but their schedule. This will be a fun month!