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Chicago Blackhawks: 3 Keys to Game 1 Against The Oilers

Dominik Kubalik #8, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images)
Dominik Kubalik #8, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images) /
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Dominik Kubalik, Chicago Blackhawks
Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images) /

Fast Tempo On Offense

As fans saw Wednesday night, the Blackhawks can play at a fast tempo on offense, as they scored four goals on the defending Stanley Cup Champions in their exhibition game. The first period was a feeling out process, with the next two periods being very successful for Chicago.

Still, they should have scored more goals on the Blues, they had too many chances that they missed. The Blackhawks won’t be gifted as many chances against the Oilers, so they have to make their chances count.

Their fast tempo has to start with winning puck battles in the offensive zone and being there to get rebounds and tuck those in the net.

The Blackhawks’ Power Play has to start strong. There will be penalties in today’s game, it’s just not clear how many, Whether there’s one Power Play or five, all of them need to count. There’s no reason why a Power Play line with Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews cannot find the net at least once a game. They cannot play with the puck and have to fire it on net and make things happen on special teams.

Lastly, these younger players have to step up from the opening puck drop. We saw a lot out of these younger players in their first game on Wednesday, even if it was an exhibition. They beat up on the defending Stanley Cup Champions for the first time in over a year, with the youngest roster in the playoffs.

There is still a lot for this team to learn, with almost half of them never playing in a playoff series. It comes to their young players, just like fans saw in 2009. They’re in a similar situation, with not much to lose and the world to gain.

The series will be decided by the young players for Chicago, if they win, it’s because they played well. If they lose, it’s because the young players didn’t step up enough.

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