In short, no. But the general buzz seems to be rather drunk on Cub-like panic, so I'd like to share my thoughts to see what others out there think. The Blackhawks are down two games to one now, but I still think they will win this series. Fear not Blackhawk nation, keep the faith!
The passing has been sloppy at best and scoring seems to be harder than at any point during the regular season (go figure). But the key to my current lack of panic is that I do not believe the Predators can beat the Hawks two games in a row.
However, with another comeback game by the defense and Niemi, the offense can likely gain the advantage in shots on goal again, which they claimed in game two (game one was even). So, say the Hawks even the series up at 2-2 on Thursday; do you then believe the Hawks will come back home to choke again in game five?
I do not. I will not let my Cubs pessimism soak into my hockey world. After the Hawks take game four in Nashville, no one will care about game three anymore. At that point I see the Hawks taking game five in Chicago, and then wrapping up the series with momentum in Nashville for game six. If not, then game seven would be in Chicago, and I'll take the Hawks in that game as well.
All in all, I'll take the Hawks in six. Anyone with me?