There were rumors earlier in the week of Artemi Panarin joining the Blackhawks, and on Friday, the team made the signing official.
Not that long ago, when the Blackhawks’ penalty kill took the ice, confidence always followed.
The Blackhawks have known they’ll face the Minnesota Wild in their second-round playoff series since Sunday afternoon. Now they know when, too.
The Wild have been down this road before; for the past two postseasons, to be exact.
When the Blackhawks faced the Minnesota Wild in the 2013 Western Conference quarterfinals, most had a pretty good idea of how the series would go.