Today is the final game of the Blackhawks‘ regular season. I for one can’t believe playoffs are just around the corner. I’m ready and I hope the Hawks are too. I do have one question though, nurse does anyone have a good idea for the female version of the playoff beard? I’ve been thinking about this since last playoffs and I still haven’t come up with anything. Suggestions welcome!
Now, onto the task at hand-what you need to know for this final game. This is the 4th meeting between Chicago and Nashville. Nashville topped Chicago in 3 of those 4 meetings. Despite that, the Predators couldn’t earn themselves a spot in the playoffs this year so I believe they’ll come out swinging yet again.
Who to Watch–Nashville Predators: First up, Shea Weber. The 28-year-old defenseman has 53 points, 21 goals, 32 assists. Weber leads the Preds in points and is a name you should expect to hear often during tonight’s game. Second in points for Nashville, with 50, is Patric Hornqvist. This Swede also has 21 goals and 29 assists. He even scored the game winning goal last Saturday against San Jose. Lastly, I’m pretty sure Monica Murphy Vargas would kill me if I didn’t mention Viktor Stalberg, so of course we’ll keep an eye on him.
Who to Watch-Chicago Blackhawks: Jeremy Morin. I don’t think I really need to say too much more about him, but I will. This isn’t the first Hawks’ fans have seen of Morin but his name may still be unfamiliar. The way he’s played as of late leads me to believe we’ll get to see him quite a bit in the playoffs. He has points in his last four games and manages to make some big plays for Chicago. I’d also like to talk about Peter Regin. A late season addition to the roster, Regin has also proven his worth on the ice. He’s a +5 in the 16 games he’s played as a Blackhawk.
Your Take Away Piece: “The Blackhawks have earned themselves a spot in the playoffs while the Predators haven’t, but that shouldn’t mean they don’t play their best hockey. The Predators will want to end their season with a bang and they know they can beat the Hawks (seeing as they’ve done it three times already). The Blackhawks should look at this final regular season game as good preparation for the playoffs.”
What’s Next: Catch the Blackhawks and Predators tonight at 7pm on WGN. Then get ready for the playoffs, which begin on Wednesday April 16. And send me whatever suggestions you have for the “female playoff beard”!