Chicago Blackhawks Need Stars to Make an Impact vs. Anaheim Ducks, and Quickly

May 22nd, 2015 by Steve Macfarlane Leave a reply »

Star power in numbers.

It’s the one area that looked like a clear advantage for the Chicago Blackhawks heading into their Western Conference Final against the Anaheim Ducks.

After canceling out Patrick Kane with Corey Perry, Jonathan Toews with Ryan Getzlaf and Ryan Kesler with Brad Richards, the Blackhawks still have Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp up front.

Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook are unmatched in clout on the back end, even with Anaheim boasting a more well-rounded defensive six.

Yes, it’s a team sport and not about who has more stars. But what do you get when the stars aren’t shining?

A 2-1 series deficit.

After a 2-1 loss to the Ducks in Game 3 at the United Center on Thursday night, the Blackhawks are looking at a high-pressure situation for Game 4.

Although Chicago has come back from a 3-1 series deficit itself, it’s historically difficult to accomplish—a success rate of less than 10 percent before 2011—especially when the other team has two home games to close it out.

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