Tag: Nashville Predators

Final Blackhawks Playoff Scenarios

For those wondering, here is the final “what if” postseason situation for the Hawks heading into their regular season finale on Sunday.  Let it be known first that the Hawks could technically finish anywhere between 5th and 9th place. That is remarkable with only one game to go. Missing the playoffs with 97 points would... Read more »

Second half outlook: Hawks' record is a statistical anomaly

Second half outlook: Hawks' record is a statistical anomaly
The great thing about an 82-game season is its large sample size.  While a 5 or 6 game stretch could bring out the worst in a team, there is always an opportunity to bounce back and prove that a certain portion of the season was the exception to the rule.  With 31 games yet to... Read more »

As Bolland goes, so go the Hawks?

Much has been made about the impact Brian Campbell’s absence has had on the Blackhawks during this young season. He eats big minutes, moves the puck, and skates through opponents’ neutral zone traps better than any other defenseman on the roster. While the Hawks certainly miss Campbell, are they missing production from somebody IN the... Read more »

Reality check: Sloppy, injured, out-of-sync Hawks are 3-2-1

There have been glaring weaknesses in this new Blackhawks team through six games.  The defense has been suspect, opponent shots on goal totals have been way too high, and too few players have developed any type of chemistry or consistency. Individually, there have been a few disappointing moments: New goaltender Marty Turco hasn’t been on... Read more »

Niemi may have saved the Hawks' season last night.

All season long, the biggest concern for Hawks fans has been whether or not the goaltending could come up with big saves, and avoid giving up momentum swinging goals in the playoffs.  On Sunday, Antti Niemi put those concerns at ease.  Niemi made a game changing, series changing, maybe season SAVING stop on the Predators... Read more »

Breaking down the Predators: An in-depth look at the Hawks' first round opponent

Heading into April, Nashville was not a team most Hawks fans were thinking about.  The consensus was that the Hawks would draw L.A., Detroit, or Colorado in the first round. Nashville was considered to be one of those “outside chance” teams that could slide into 7th or 8th place. Well, they did. So who are... Read more »

Blackhawks vs. Predators: 1st round playoff schedule

The schedule for the first round matchup between the Hawks and Preds has been released. The series will open up on Friday at the UC. The entire schedule is as follows:  Game                    Date                                      Time                      Venue                                  Game 1                 Friday, April 16                  7:30 P.M.             United Center                   Game 2      ... Read more »