Will it be heaven in seven for the Blackhawks?

May 29, 2013|By Riley Blevins @Riley_Blevins | RedEye

Not so fast, all you pessimistic Blackhawks fans.

There’s still life.  

A tip of the cap to those of you who maintained hope during this teeth-gnashing ride. 

But whichever side you fall on, you’ll surely be biting your nails come puck drop  Wednesday night during a pivotal, winner-take-all Game 7 against those pesky Detroit Red Wings.  

Hopefully your heart can handle one more game. But it’s understandable if it can’t. This series has been filled with heart-stopping moments. 

Your head sank last night as Corey Crawford watched a fluttering puck get past his glove.

“Pack it in -- done.” 

You, like every manly sports fan, paraded around your living room after the Hawks reeled off three consecutive goals in the third period.

“I had faith all along!” 

But the largest ups-and-downs of the Hawks’ postseason roller coaster are yet to come. Wednesday will be jam-packed with them.

So, prepare yourself properly. 

Will you be pulling fist-fulls of hair and shedding buckets of tears on Wednesday? Or will it be a late night of once unexpected celebration?

Dream comeback or nightmare collapse … hmm?

Here are some predictions from Chicago sports figures.

Blackhawks 4, Red Wings 2

Marc Silverman @WaddleandSilvy, ESPN 1000.

Nothing is over just because the Hawks have won the last two. One bounce of the puck can change everything. It's going to be a battle. 

Blackhawks 4, Red Wings 2

Alex Quigley @alexquigley, WGN assistant program director.  

Home-ice advantage means the Red Wings can’t play the matchup game on Captain Serious, and No. 19 seriously goes off for two goals and a helper. Henrik Zetterberg’s beard gets forcibly shorn off at center ice. 

 

Blackhawks 3, Red Wings 2

Brian Sandalow @BrianSandalow, ChicagoSide senior editor.

This series has been exhausting mentally, almost too tiring to give a prediction. But not quite. Hawks jump out to a big lead and hold on to win 3-2. Then everybody breathes again.

 

Blackhawks 3, Red Wings 0

Guts McTavish @gutsmctavish24, Vancouver 24 hrs.

As long as Detroit doesn't figure out a way to get the Canucks’ Alex Burrows in the lineup, this is one Game 7 that will be ALL Blackhawks. 

 

Blackhawks 5, Red Wings 2

Brian Moore @BriTheWebGuy, RedEye website editor.

There’s no way the Blackhawks blow Game 7 at home after Jim Cornelison blows the roof off the United Center with his anthem and 20,000 fans scream till their vocal cords snap, right? RIGHT?

 


 

Blackhawks 4, Red Wings 1

Evan F. Moore @evanFmoore, ChicagoSide writer, RedEye contributor.

I think coach Quenneville will continue to keep Toews away from the Zetterberg line since they have the home advantage of making the last line change. The Blackhawks are a deeper team than the Red Wings. Their strengths are beginning to show. Also expect the Handzus-Bickell-Hossa line to provide positive results.

 

Blackhawks 4, Red Wings 2

Scott Bolohan @scottbolohan, RedEye contributor.

The Kraken has been released.

 

Blackhawks 4, Red Wings 1

Julie DiCaro @Julie DiCaro, ChicagoNow community manager and Aerys Sports founder.  

Jimmy Howard finally comes back down to Earth. Patrick Sharp finally realizes there's a playoff afoot. Marian Hossa does Marian Hossa things.

 

Blackhawks 4, Redwings 2

Elliott Serrano @ElliottSerrano, RedEye contributor.

Crawford will stand on his head. Toews will crack a smile. And all of Chicago will exhale as we advance into the next round.


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