Avalanche or Wild: Who's the tougher test for the Blackhawks?

Avalanche or Wild: Who's the tougher test for the Blackhawks?
April 28, 2014, 9:30 pm
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CSN Staff

Blackhawks fans were able to breathe a sign of relief on Sunday afternoon after the Hawks defeated the St. Louis Blues, 5-1, to advance to the second-round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Next up for the Hawks is the winner of the first-round series between the Colorado Avalanche and Minnesota Wild.

The Avalanche had the Blackhawks' number throughout the regular season with a 3-1-1 record. But Chicago hasn't fared all that well against Minnesota either, who hold a 3-2 regular season record against the Hawks.

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The SportsTalk Live panel on Monday night debated who they thought would be a tougher opponent for the Blackhawks in the second-round.

"I wouldn't want to run into a Colorado team with confidence," Seth Gruen of the Sun-Times said. "Winning a first-round for that team would do that."

However, ESPN Chicago's Nick Friedell had a complete different mindset regarding the reigning Stanley Cup champions.

"It's not so much who the Hawks are playing against," Friedell said. "It's what are they going to do within their own locker room because if they believe they can win and they go and execute what they've been doing all along, then nobody is going to beat this team."

Check out the video above for the complete debate.