Hawks in 5. We finally found our stride towards the end of last round. Our goal scorers are doing their job and Crawford is playing well. The wild will take one in Minnesota and they MAY steal one in Chicago. But overall I can see this being 4-1 or 4-2 Chicago.
Hawks in 5 at most. My real prediction is a sweep to be honest.
lol, small kid got tripped by a tuba player
Going to be a fun series. However Minnesota honestly IMO, won the last 5 games against the Avalanche. They look really, really deadly. Minnesota in 5.
The Hawks in 6. If Crawford plays like he has been, it could be a sweep.
Lmao and my post gets deleted. I don't get it. All I said was he was the biggest hater ever.. His posts blatantly state how much he is biased against the hawks. Since day one of the seabrook hit, bran has been on a spree.
I really didn't mean to offend anyone. I apologize if iI did. I just think Minnesota is very, very good. IMO, they basically won 5 straight from the #2 seed. I think Minnesota got better and Chicago stayed the same/got worse from last year. Should be a fun match-up.
I don't have a biased opinion against Chicago. Not at all. Think they're a damn good team, and I'm a big fan of numerous players (Sharp, Hammer, Saad). If I did offend anyone, again, wasn't my intent.
The Hawks are the same team they were last year, if the NHL decided regular season games without a gimmick when they were tied beyond 65 minutes, they'd have been right there for the same President's Trophy they won last year. Minnesota squeaked in the same way they did last year with the same core players. So what's different? Well...
Instead of a first round meeting, the Hawks are coming in on a 4 game win streak against the team many analysts wanted to hand the West to all season, well rested to boot. The Wild are coming off an excruciating 7 game series that, as far as I'm concerned, was basically their Stanley Cup - at least for this year. Oh and they have no starting net minder for Game 1, less than 24 hours out.
They are too good to get swept, certainly. They won 1 game last year and they'll win at least that many this year. They may steal a second, because they're experienced now, but that's more than likely outweighed by the series they just endured with Colorado, the lack of rest, the road ice, and likely most pivotal - the fact that they have no true go-to goaltender right now.
No way Hawks win game 1.
A lot has changed since Minnesota played Chicago last year. Coyle has gotten better, Nino has exploded especially the last two games he has arguably been their best player. Moulson adds another element and same with Haula. Goaltending yes is again an issue but they made it work vs Col basically splitting the series I can see them making it work against Chicago as well. Duchene-Mack-O'Reilly-Landeskog looks a lot like Toews-Kane-Sharp-Hossa...Of course the edge goes to Chicago there but what I am trying to say is both teams have 4 top offensive players the wild shut down one set no reason to think they couldnt do it agian (and not shut down obviously but beat).
I think its a close series. Minnesota in 6 in an upset.
I have no idea what to expect and neither does anyone else. Puck luck plays such a huge roll in hockey.
I am glad I have never wagered a penny on the NHL
None of what you said is wrong. I think comparing those 4 Avs to those 4 Hawks is a bit of a stretch but everything else is accurate. It's the NHL, anything can happen - for me there's just not one aspect of the game the Wild do better than the Blackhawks. Beyond that, like you said they made it work with the two goaltenders in their first round series against an inexperienced Colorado team, but how often do you see teams go to conference finals when being forced to flip flop net minders every other night?
If ya just go by raw statistics, it's hard to argue that this isn't the Hawks series to lose.
The worst thing about this entire series is that I am entering it feeling confident. That sucks. As a Chicago fan, confidence in the playoffs usually is not promising. I have Hawks in 6 with lowered expectations after typing that. haha