It seems every time I am pursing some sort of academic degree and am too busy to fully enjoy the playoffs, the Chicago Blackhawks make it to the Stanley Cup Finals. That was the case in 2010 and that is the case now.
Fortunately, school’s out…for…summer. So, I’m gonna blog my blog all day, and watch hockey every (other) night.
My plan was to write some long, drawn out, stats-laden comparison between the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins.
Instead, I decided to sum it up in five short paragraphs.
Here is how the Blackhawks can win: The ‘Hawks need to capitalize on mistakes made by the Bruins. Chicago takes advantage of quick transitions, going from defense to offense in the blink of an eye. They also need team scoring from all their top guys: Patrick Kane, Jonathan Towes, Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa.
Blackhawks player to watch: Bryan Bickell surprisingly leads the team with eight goals in the playoffs.
Here is how the Bruins can win: While the Blackhawks have a few tough players, the Bruins are “team tough” and need to intimidate the Blackhawks. Hit them hard and don’t give guys like Patrick Kane much room on the ice. Goalie Tuukka Rask needs to continue his outstanding play, as these games will probably be decided by one goal, and their defense needs to continue to help pinch in on offense.
Bruins player to watch: David Krecji leads the Bruins with 21 points (9G, 12A)
Prediction: Every game will be close and hard-fought. Both teams deserve to be where they are, so don’t expect any lopsided blow-outs. Home ice will definitely be an advantage for each team, but the Blackhawks will win in 7 games.
Of course, I’m sure at least two bloggers will disagree with my prediction. Feel free to sound off and let me know what you think.