Matthew Rooney

Blackhawks' Alex Nylander and brother William providing meals for essential workers

Blackhawks' Alex Nylander and brother William providing meals for essential workers

During this time of a global pandemic where healthcare workers risk their well-being to keep us safe, and essential works do the same to keep business operating, many teams and athletes have stepped up to do their part and assist their local heroes. Count the Nylander brothers, Alex of the Blackhawks and William of the Maple Leafs, as the latest to chip in for the cause.

Alex and William have partnered up with local restaurants of Stockholm and Toronto to help feed frontline workers and those in need.



“We have partnered with some of our favorite restaurants so that healthy meals can be prepared and delivered to frontline heroes and others in need,” said William. “In Chicago, we are supporting local food banks," added Alex.

As Alex and William both prepare for the NHL’s postseason, the brothers hope to continue to provide and deliver meals to frontline workers and those in need while bringing awareness to COVID-19 in the process.

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NHL Odds: Blackhawks are long-shots to win Stanley Cup, but could upset Oilers

NHL Odds: Blackhawks are long-shots to win Stanley Cup, but could upset Oilers

While it might be on a technicality, the Blackhawks return to the postseason for the first time since the 2016-17 season. This time around, however, the Blackhawks find themselves in the unfamiliar role of playing the underdog.

The return to play plan extends the playoffs to 24 teams, starting with a qualifying round. Under this format, the Blackhawks are the 12th seed and will play the fifth seed, the Edmonton Oilers.

After years of being perennial Cup favorites, the Blackhawks have some of the longest odds currently to win the franchise’s seventh Stanley Cup title. As of May 27, the Blackhawks odds have some variation. You can find them at anywhere from +5000 to +10000 to win the Cup, the latter being tied with the Montreal Canadiens for the lowest of the 24 teams remaining. The +5000 number still places the Blackhawks in the lower third of the 24-team field.

At +800, the Colorado Avalanche possess the Central Division’s best odds to win it all. Last year’s champions, the Blues, are at +1000 to repeat.

While the Blackhawks aren’t favorites in their first round matchup with the Oilers, the odds say they won’t exactly be a pushover either. The Blackhawks are +130 to advance past the Oilers in the play-in round. For context, the 12-seed Canadiens in the East sit at +170 to upset the Penguins in their matchup.      

Though it’s been an up and down campaign for Chicago in 2019-20, Hawks fans know come playoff time it’s never wise to count out the likes of Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith and Corey Crawford.

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Duncan Keith supports front line workers through Keith Relief charity

Duncan Keith supports front line workers through Keith Relief charity

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a time for reflection for many, and Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith is no different. Keith took to Instagram on Thursday saying, "Thank you to everyone for doing their part. We are exploring ways through Keith Relief to support line workers. This life pause has given me time to reflect on my career, life, and family. I've used some of this time to re-connect with nature and spend some quality time with my son Colton. Stay safe everyone."

The Hawks alternate captain also posted on his Instagram story about the help his charity, Keith Relief, provided for the first responders during the pandemic.Thanks to Gibsons Italia, Keith Relief delivered food to first responders at the Ronald McDonald House at 211 E. Grand Ave.

During this time of uncertainty, Keith is doing his part for the community like he has for so many years as a member of the Blackhawks.

 

 

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