1: Time for the big guns to shine: The Blackhawks have a wealth of top end talent. Their top 2 lines reads like an NHL All Star Team. But from the top 7 goal scorers for the Blackhawks during the regular season this year, only 2 have scored - Marian Hossa and Bryan Bickell. Your offensive threats have to be offensive threats, and that will help keep down this upstart Wild team.
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2: Power Play needs to show some life: A natural tendency for any power play is to relax a little bit. You’ve got the extra man and 2 minutes to work with, so don’t be over anxious. I think they need to show a little more desperation. Outwork the 4 penalty killers and put the pedal to the mettle. A couple of passes, some rotation, and then it’s got to be a shot on net with people crashing the cage and arriving in ill humor. Minnesota won’t be as physical if the power play is going.
3: This time of year it’s hard work and will over finesse and skill: Talk to any of the Blackhawks after their first loss of this series and they will tell you that they got outworked. Whether it was in the face off dots, along the boards, or behind the nets, Minnesota just wanted it more. Skill is great to have and a big advantage, but only if you back it up with a will and desire to do whatever it takes to win. That means outworking and outthinking the opposition.