5 Bold Predictions For Chicago Blackhawks vs. Minnesota Wild In 2015 NHL Playoffs

By Nick Villano

5 Predictions For Blackhawks vs. Wild

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The Chicago Blackhawks and Minnesota Wild are on a collision course, with the winner heading to the Western Conference Finals. These two teams are built very similarly, as they both have star power. This should be a fun series to watch, and here are five things you can expect from this matchup.

5. Patrick Kane Will Score A Goal Per Game

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5. Patrick Kane Will Score A Goal Per Game

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Patrick Kane is finally getting his legs under him after missing close to two months. Now that he is back to full strength, he will show his dominance. Kane will end up averaging a goal per game, as the Wild defense will have no answer for this American superstar.

4. There Will Not Be An Overtime Game

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4. There Will Not Be An Overtime Game

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The Blackhawks played in two OT games against the Nashville Predators, winning them both (one in two, the other in three overtimes). This will not be that kind of series. This series will be fast-paced with a lot of goals, which usually doesn't result in overtime.

3. We Will See Four Goalies

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3. We Will See Four Goalies

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The Blackhawks come into this series with some questions over who is their starting goaltender. While Corey Crawford was named the Game 1 starter, Scott Darling will see time in at least one game that Crawford plays terribly. On the other side, Devan Dubnyk will not be able to handle the pure volume of shots the Hawks offense will bring to the table. He will be pulled in at least one game, possibly more, in exchange for Darcy Kuemper.

2. The Series Will Average Seven Goals Per Game

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2. The Series Will Average Seven Goals Per Game

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These two teams can score a ton. While they didn't average a lot of goals during the season, we all know how easily Kane, Zach Parise, Jonathan Toews and Jason Pominville can score at any time. This will not be considered a defensive series. Both goalies were shaky at times during their last series, so there will be some high-scoring games.

1. Chicago Will Win In Short Order

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1. Chicago Will Win In Short Order

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The Blackhawks are just plain better than the Wild. This isn't even a question. Crazier things have happened, but expect the Blackhawks to win this series in five games. Crawford will get it together for the most part and the offense will lead them to the series win.

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