The Chicago Blackhawks will need to come out fast if they want to beat the Edmonton Oilers in Game 3. Here’s how they will win Game 3.
You better believe that the Chicago Blackhawks will be giving the Edmonton Oilers everything they have when the puck drops tonight at 9:30 PM. Tonight, the Blackhawks will have their best game of the year, as their backs are against the wall again.
Before the season ended, the Blackhawks had their backs against the wall. They played well, for the most part, finishing the year with a big win against the San Jose Sharks. The Oilers are way better than the Sharks, but the Blackhawks have beaten the Oilers 3-times this season.
After Connor McDavid‘s big game in Game 2, Chicago will hopefully match Jonathan Toews up with him. I have full confidence in Toews’ ability to shut down McDavid for most of the game. Chances are, McDavid will score tonight, but if they can limit it to one goal, this team will have a real shot at winning.
Chicago has a huge advantage with them having the last change on every faceoff. Toews will be on the ice for the majority of the time McDavid is. Chicago’s best 5 players will see the ice every time McDavid sees playing time.
If Jeremy Colliton is smart, they’ll put Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews together on the same line with Dominik Kubalik. I truly believe that is a great line and gives them the best chance to add goals. They might not have the best depth at forward, but that’s a line that could give them multiple goals against the Oilers defense.
Either way, whether we see a nuclear line of Kane and Toews or not, the veterans will step up from the second the puck drops. If the Oilers score first, as they did in Game 1 and 2, it’s not time to panic. The Blackhawks, when on their A-game, can score goals in bunches. I expect to see that.
Corey Crawford will have a bounce-back game tonight. He was embarrassed, even if all the goals weren’t his fault. Chicago has much more depth than Edmonton. It’ll truly come down to who turns the puck over less, which goalie plays better, and those third and fourth lines for both teams.
Lastly, stay out of the box! If the Oilers are on the Power Play, the Blackhawks are wasting two minutes of time where they could have scored a goal, to a point where the Oilers might and will score.
If the Blackhawks are on the Power Play, don’t waste most of it passing the puck and chasing it down on their end. Push the puck to the net and score!
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I have Chicago taking Game 3. I cannot wait.