In this edition of Hawks Headlines, we put a bow on the Chicago Blackhawks’ series against the Nashville Predators, preview their series with the Minnesota Wild, and take a look at how the Rockford IceHogs have fared thus far in the Calder Cup Playoffs.
-We start off with John Dietz, and he checks in with his six reasons why the Blackhawks were able to overcome the Predators in the first round. [Daily Herald]
-The Blackhawks may have beaten the Predators, but they’re going to have to step up their games if they’re going to continue moving forward in the postseason, according to Mark Potash. [Chicago Sun-Times]
-So how can the Blackhawks beat the Wild? Our pal Scott Powers weighs in with his five keys to the series. [ESPN Chicago]
-Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane looked like his old self during the first round, and that’s not all that surprising considering his track record in the postseason. [Chicago Tribune]
-The Rockford IceHogs drew a tough first round matchup in the Calder Cup Playoffs as they had to tangle with the defending champion Texas Stars, but the IceHogs drew first blood as they won the first two games on the road and gave themselves a great chance to advance. [Second City Hockey]
-Finally, we check in with a Minnesota beat writer, as Patrick Reusse expresses his opinion that the Wild are the best team in the Western Conference, and that beating the Blackhawks wouldn’t be an upset. [St. Paul Star Tribune]