After suffering a 3-2 overtime loss to the Wild in Game 3, the Blackhawks have been working to pick up their intensity as they prepare for tonight's upcoming matchup in Minnesota. Both teams believe they have quite the challenge ahead of them before heading back to the United Center for Game 5, but will the Blackhawks be able get past the Wild's strong defense and avoid another loss in Game 4?
Jeremy Roenick joined David Kaplan on SportsTalk Live on Tuesday, and the former Blackhawks All-Star believes the Chicago has what it takes to go up by two games tonight.
"I think Chicago wins tonight, but it's not going to be easy. I think Minnesota's a proud team, they're gonna come out and play as hard as they did in Game 3," Roenick said. "They have a lot to live up to, they're in the state of hockey in Minnesota, there's gonna be a lot of pressure on them. I think Chicago's done dealing with the pesky Wild, I think they're gonna get after them tonight and get a 3-1 lead."
During Sunday's loss, the Blackhawks didn't show the level of physicality as the 'pesky' Wild did and Chicago had a tough time getting past Minnesota's defense. But Roenick doesn't see that as an area of concern and believes the Blackhawks have the depth to get past physical teams as the playoffs progress.
"I think the Blackhawks have shown everyone they can play all sorts of games. Whether it's a physical game, a talent game, a grinding game, defensive-style game or even just (off) pure offense," Roenick said. "They're so deep. Their defense is great, their goaltending's great.
"To me, you knew the Minnesota Wild would come out and play as physical as they possibly can and the emotion in the building was driving them, the fact they were two games down," he continued. "And that's what happens when you play a team that's better than you, more talented than you; you have to get into the work aspect. Minnesota definitely came to work and got the job done in Game 3, but to me it's only a matter of time until Chicago comes in and takes over the series."