Anybody who counted the Blackhawks out after they went down 0-2 versus the St. Louis Blues in the opening round might be feeling a little silly right about now.
However, the Blackhawks still haven't played their best hockey. Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, after each missing the final couple of weeks of the regular season with injuries, are rounding into form. The team as a whole has more gears.
The Blues are playing the kind of hockey that kept them at or near the top of the Central all season. In particular, Vladimir Tarasenko has been marvelous so far in the playoffs, averaging a goal per game, to lead the league for playoff goals.
Any casual sports fan would think that Montreal's hockey team is named the Canadiens because they are Canada’s team, or that they have fans all across Canada. To be honest, only the last statement is true.
Les Habitants have always spelled Canadiens with an ‘E’ , so maybe that should give some the idea that the team itself doesn’t represent all of Canada. For now, the team represents all of Quebec, whether it be English or French, Catholic or Jewish. I say for now, because even the most die hard fan of the Habs cannot wait for the return of the Quebec Nordiques.
So understanding that the Montreal Canadiens are as ...
Last week, we started a five-part series, ranking, rating, and analyzing the members of the Montreal Canadiens. From the forwards, to the defense, to the goaltending and management, we’re going to look at it all before the start of training camp. We started with the top six forwards, and while some didn’t agree with some of my thoughts or rankings, that’s the nature of the beast, and exactly why the reason why we started TCL nearly two years ago.
Today, we move on to the “bottom six”, or as I like to call them, “the best of the rest”. Instead of rating all the forwards together, I thought it m...