1.What will the Blackhawks need to do to beat the Flames? The key to beating the Flames will be to win game one. There has been a lot of talk about the inexperience of the Hawks. This is a team that uses a little bit of confidence to go a long way, if they can get game one, that will be the confidence boost they need to get to the second round.
2.What will the Flames need to do to beat the Hawks? Why win four games, of course. No, no, I know what you mean but do you really think I am going to tell you. Sorry, a woman never admits her team’s weaknesses.
3.Fan Favorite: This one is easily hands down Adam Burish. A contender used to be James Wisniewski but since he has gone on to sunnier climates there is no doubt it is Burish. While he doesn’t have Ovechkin or Malkin shaking in their skates worrying about the scoring title, Burish is a character. His on-ice character is evident but the thing that makes him so endearing to fans is his character off the ice. The Blackhawks web crew has really out-done themselves this year, and Burish has been a main part in many of the videos on the website. Between the Prankster Parts 1, 2 and 3 and the Ladies Man video it is hard to miss Burish. He can always provide a laugh and his overall likeability is what make him so endearing to Hawks fans.
4.The Goat-to-Be: It has to be Dustin Byfuglien. Byfuglien (its pronounced buff-lynn) had an extremely successful rookie year, and when it came time for free agency the team resigned him to a quite generous $9 million contract over 3 years. Byfuglien has had a rough year add to that the pressure of the lucrative contract Blackhawks fans have been hard on Byfuglien and understandably so. While he has played better recently he still makes Hawks fans very nervous every time he is on the ice. Personally, Byfuglien and his untimely turnovers might give me a heart attack before the time I am 23.
5.Top Storyline: I am completely breaking the rules on this one. This won’t be the top storyline, because really, you will hear it enough from everything else that you don’t need to hear it from me. One thing you won’t hear about is the Hawks tendency to prove their doubters wrong. Who would have thought that these Hawks could go on a 9 game winning streak, beat Detroit both times in a home and home? The list goes on and on. Can the Blackhawks such as Toews, Kane and Versteeg who have 0 playoff games experience among them put their doubters in check and be a huge part of why the Hawks beat the Flames?