Party like it’s 2013? The Chicago Blackhawks will look to stage a 3-0 series deficit starting tonight against the Predators. In 2013, the Blackhawks were down 3-1 to the Red Wings and came back to win the series and go on to win the Stanley Cup.
The Blackhawks will have to push the envelope just a little harder here, as they will have to achieve four wins in a row to win their first-round series vs the pesky Predators. An overtime loss in Game 3 sets the scene tonight, where the Predators could join the Penguins tonight as the first teams to advance to round-two.
Will there be one, two, or no teams moving on tonight? The Penguins had a chance at a sweep in Game 4, but the Blue Jackets delayed the series for at least another game.
The Predators with a win tonight will be the only team to achieve a sweep in the first-round of the 2017 NHL Playoffs. It’s probably the most unlikely series to result in a sweep, as the Blackhawks and Predators were probably expecting a long, drawn out affair.
It could be more than an to a series for the Blackhawks tonight, it could be the end of an era. In what has been years of success under a dominant core, spearheaded by head coach Joel Quenneville, the Blackhawks are showing chinks in the armour.
It’s very difficult in the age of the salary cap to maintain strong depth on a roster. Yeah, you can keep the core intact, because usually big money contracts are going their way.
However, when it comes time to share the wealth, there isn’t as much room to allow that to happen when the cash is going to Patrick Kane and Patrick Toews. Who knows, it takes four games to win a series, though. We’ll see if the Hawks have anything left tonight. Get our Blackhawks vs. Predators pick below.
Chicago Blackhawks vs. Nashville Predators Game 4 Pick
The Blackhawks blew what would have been a 2-1 series, but coughed a 2-0 lead 3rd period away. And with that, the series has just about blown up in the Blackhawks’ faces. Chicago have now lost seven straight games, dating back to the regular season. Their last win came on March 31st against the Blue Jackets. Could you say that they’re running out of gas?
It feels apparent that it’s the case. One game at a time, though, for the Blackhawks. They could win tonight, get the series back to Chicago and make it 3-2, then who knows where it goes from there?
Personally, I believe that this series belongs to the Predators, although they might be able to delay it an extra game or two. Quenneville is not going to sit down and go out without swinging. The Hawks should snap out of their seven-game losing streak tonight and find a way to take this to a Game 5. There are some prideful guys on the Blackhawks, and I just can’t see them going down like this.
PICK: BLACKHAWKS (+110)