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You're a Blackhawks fan, act like it

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You're a Blackhawks fan, act like it

Ever since the Blackhawks gained a point in the shootout loss and Detroit lost in regulation Thursday night, all Ive been hearing from Blackhawk fans is that they hope the team loses their season finale. IF they lose, that would leave them in sixth place facing either San Jose, L.A., or Phoenix.

If they win in regulation, they would clinch the fifth seed and face the Predators, with the first two games being played in the music city.

So now the debate begins, who do you want the Blackhawks to face in the first round of the playoffs?
Why fans are afraid of Nashville-
The Preds won the season series 4-1-1, which included back-to-back games before the all-star break and a 6-1 blowout on March 25.

Pekka Rinne saved 90 percent of the shots he faced against the hawks this season while giving up less than three goals per game.

Why fans should want to play Nashville-

The Blackhawks put up five goals on Rinne March 31.

They have also recorded at least a point in 15 of their last 17 games. That means they are playing well, and they have momentum on their side heading into the postseason.

And, its a nice short 90 minute flight to Nashville.

You really want to head West in the first round? Do you think L.A., San Jose or Phoenix are going to lie down for the Hawks?

Goaltender Jonathan Quick of the Kings has played VERY well against the Hawks this season - 3-1 record, giving up LESS than a goal per game with two shutouts.

This is only the second trip to the playoffs for the Kings in the last nine seasons, and you dont think their fans would be hyped up to host the first two games of the series?

And by the way, its a nice four-hour and 20-minute plane ride to L.A. That wont be fun for the Blackhawks if this series goes seven games resulting in three trips out west.
San Jose?
Did you see the Sharks-Kings game on Thursday night? That was intense. Even though the Blackhawks had the Sharks number in 2010, you cant assume the Hawks would skate into the Shark tank again and take the first two games, and Niemi has looked good of late, winning six of his last eight.
Phoenix?

Mike Smith had a 54-save shutout earlier this week, his third straight. So its safe to say hes trending up as the postseason nears.

Against the Coyotes this season, the Blackhawks have one win in four games.

Be careful what you wish for, Blackhawk fans. The bottom line is you should be rooting for your team to win every game.

You want the Blackhawks to reach the 100 point plateau, you want them to beat a rival and make the Red Wings head West for the first round.

It all makes sense, but if you really are cheering for them to lose tomorrow, turn in your Blackhawks fan card and your jersey because there are plenty of people who will be happy to take that from you and jump on board with the real fans.

Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Nick Schmaltz isn’t the only one returning; guess who is back in the booth?!

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Nick Schmaltz isn’t the only one returning; guess who is back in the booth?!

On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Tracey Myers and Pat Boyle discuss Nick Schmaltz returning to the Blackhawks line-up on Wednesday night and which player is looking forward most to his return?

They also weigh in on Corey Crawford’s incredible start to the season and why he’s the major reason why the Hawks begin the week in first place in the Central.

They also discuss who is the biggest Hawks rivalry right now, which new defenseman has impressed the most and how is Connor Murphy dealing with being a healthy scratch at times this season?

Plus, they discuss someone other than Nick Schmaltz returning to work on Wednesday night.

Listen to the full episode in the embedded player below:

Eddie Olczyk expected to return to the booth this week

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Eddie Olczyk expected to return to the booth this week

Eddie Olczyk will return to the broadcast booth for Wednesday's Blackhawks-Blues game, according to USA Today's Kevin Allen

The news comes six weeks after the Chicago legend began chemotherapy for colon cancer. And although he made a brief, emotional return on Oct. 7 -- putting on the headset to join Pat Foley for a moment during intermission -- he will provide color commentary for the entire game on Wednesday. He'll call the rivalry matchup alongside Doc Emrick on NBCSN. 

Olczyk, who grew up in Palos Heights and attended Brother Rice, will take the mic again the following night as the Blackhawks welcome the Edmonton Oilers to the United Center. As for the rest of the season, he plans to work when his health allows. 

“We have some dates that we have highlighted and hopefully I will be strong to do the job,” Olczyk told USA Today. “If I am not feeling good, I just have to be honest with everyone and tell them I can’t do it.”

It'll be nice to see Edzo back at work, providing dynamite analysis and passing along tips to all those young hockey players out there.