Stanley Cup Playoffs

Chicago Blackhawks: 3 Keys to Game 1 Against The Oilers

Dominik Kubalik #8, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images)
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Corey Crawford, Chicago Blackhawks
Corey Crawford #50, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /

Corey Crawford

The Blackhawks NEED Corey Crawford to stay healthy and play at his best if they want any chance to win this series. Hey, we could have an elite goalie in Malcolm Subban and not know, but right now, Crawford needs to be their guy, as Subban and even Collin Delia have limited NHL regular-season experience.

The rumor is, Jeremy Colliton will announce the starter at game-time, but we all know it needs to be Crawford!

Crawford is the keeper of two Stanley Cups, along with a deep playoff run in 2014, where he played very well. He’s been the backbone of the Blackhawks and has been there to bail them out in tough situations. He’ll need to be there from here on out, at a healthy pace.

Chicago traded away their insurance policy in Robin Lehner, who had the better season than Crawford. So, it’s really up to Crawford, as their other options aren’t great!

The way for the Blackhawks to win is for Crawford to play above average and let the team play their game. They don’t need Crawford to stand on his head, but that would help. If he can just get hot and play above average, there’s a chance for more than just one series.

They’re not asking a lot out of him, just an above-average playoff will keep them in every game. As long as he doesn’t have bad games where he’s giving up 4-5 games, he’s done his job. There’s no excuse for this team not to put up at least 3 goals a game once they get into the swing of things.

The city believes in Crawford!

Good luck to the Blackhawks, as they need to embrace the underdog role for the first time since 2009. As I said earlier, this will be an exciting playoff series, where anything can happen. It’s important to start by winning Game 1!