The Chicago Blackhawks head into Wednesday night’s Game 6 trying to make their way to Game 7 of the Western Conference finals for the second consecutive year. In order to win, though, Chicago will need to improve on their performances from earlier in the series and these five things will be key. More
Anton Stralman is 6-0 in his career in Game 7s, with all of those wins coming with the New York Rangers. Stralman and his teammates are going to have to be better than they were in Game 6 against the Rangers if they want to extend that undefeated streak.
The Chicago Blackhawks appear to be winding down and will lose many key pieces in the off-season. Are they about to become a top-heavy also ran like Pittsburgh?
Derick Brassard’s hat trick in Game 6 couldn’t have come at a more opportune time, and it could have been seen coming. Brassard’s growth since coming to New York from the Columbus Blue Jackets is incredibly promising, as he could be turning into the next Rangers star.
The hiring of coach Mike Babcock by the Toronto Maple Leafs could mean that both Phil Kessel and Dion Phaneuf will remain with the club next season, while the team may also look at bringing defenseman Cody Franson back into the fold. Meanwhile, the Pittsburgh Penguins are looking to land a first-round pick before the draft.
Seattle arena investor Chris Hansen said Tuesday that he hasn’t been approached with a single formal offer or proposal regarding an NHL team in the city. Hansen and the city of Seattle came to a deal saying the arena needed an NBA team to get the green light, but Seattle’s mayor said an NHL team would make him reconsider.
Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk could be in the lineup for Game 6 of the Western Conference final. Coach Joel Quenneville said van Riemsdyk skated Monday and Tuesday in the Windy City and Quenneville wouldn’t rule out dressing the rookie blueline.
New Philadelphia Flyers coach Dave Hakstol owes the University of North Dakota $100,000 after signing an NHL coaching contract in the middle of his deal with the NCAA club. Hakstol is one of only four coaches to ever make the jump directly from the NCAA to NHL, but North Dakota prepared for that with a clause in his 2012 contract.
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