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Blackhawks: Konroyd's keys to a Game 3 win over Nashville

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Blackhawks: Konroyd's keys to a Game 3 win over Nashville

1. Protect the puck in your end.

I think the Chicago Blackhawks have underestimated the speed with which the Nashville Predators forecheck. They come fast and hard, and usually in twos, and they really try to force you into bad passes and turnovers. Colin Wilson, Filip Forsberg, James Neal, Craig Smith and Viktor Stalberg have better than average speed and they hunt the puck very well in the offensive zone. As a result, the Hawks are spending too much time in their own zone, and playing D inside your own blue line is a lot more taxing than playing offense in the other teams end. Get back with speed and make sure that first pass is tape to tape.

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2. Support for Darling.

The Blackhawks have had two first periods in the playoffs so far that they’d like to forget. They have been outscored 5-1 in this frame, and have had to chase the game as a result. This isn’t the kind of pressure you want to put on a rookie goalie who is getting his first ever NHL postseason start. I know Scott Darling had a “game for the ages” in relief of Corey Crawford last Wednesday night, but it’s a different animal altogether when you’ve had 24 hours notice on knowing that you’re the starter. Limit shots and chances on the big guy, and let him ease his way into the game.

[MORE: Blackhawks: Scott Darling gets the start in Game 3]

3. Take advantage of a hole in their D.

The Predators will be without their captain and all around best player with Shea Weber out of the lineup today and maybe beyond. Always among the top-5 in the NHL for time on ice, Weber is the kind of player that can hurt you in a lot of different ways. The Preds played well without Weber when he was lost half way through the game on Friday, but playing without him for a full game should be a little different. Their power play will have a different feel without the threat of one of the hardest and heaviest shots in the NHL.

2020 NHL Draft: Winner of No. 1 pick revealed at Phase 2 of NHL Draft Lottery

2020 NHL Draft: Winner of No. 1 pick revealed at Phase 2 of NHL Draft Lottery

After the No. 1 pick went to a placeholder team — that would be eliminated in the Stanley Cup Qualifiers in the NHL's 24-team postseason under the Return to Play program — in Phase 1 of the 2020 NHL Draft Lottery in June, the top pick for the 2020 NHL Draft was awarded to an actual team in Phase 2 of the lottery on Monday. 

The New York Rangers won the No. 1 overall pick for the 2020 NHL Draft on Monday during Phase 2 of the lottery.

The Edmonton Oilers, Florida Panthers, Minnesota Wild, Nashville Predators, Pittsburgh Penguins, Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets were also in the running and all had a 12.5% chance of winning the No. 1 overall pick along with the Rangers in Phase 2 of the Draft Lottery.

The No. 1 pick of this year's draft is expected to be forward Alexis Lafrenière, who registered 35 goals and 77 assists for a league-leading 112 points in 52 games this season with the Rimouski Océanic of the QMJHL, where he also served as the team captain. 

No team has held the No. 1 pick finishing better than 26th in the standings since the 1995 NHL Draft, and no team made the top pick after playing in a postseason series since the Minnesota North Stars in the 1983 NHL Draft.

The 2020 NHL Draft is scheduled for Oct. 9 and 10. It was originally scheduled for June 26-27 in Montreal but postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which paused the NHL on March 12.

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How to watch Blackhawks vs. Golden Knights Stanley Cup Playoffs: Time, TV schedule and streaming info

How to watch Blackhawks vs. Golden Knights Stanley Cup Playoffs: Time, TV schedule and streaming info

There's nothing like playoff hockey. 

After defeating the Edmonton Oilers in the qualifying round, the Blackhawks are back in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since the 2016-17 season. 

In the first round, the Hawks will go up against the top-seeded Vegas Golden Knights. 

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We have all the details on how to watch and stream the games. 

Game 1
When:
Tuesday, Aug. 11
Where: Rogers Place
Puck drop: 9:30 p.m. CT
TV Channel: NBC Sports Chicago
Live Stream: MyTeams App (stream)

Game 2
When:
 Thursday, Aug. 13
Where: Rogers Place
Puck drop: 4:30 p.m. CT
TV Channel: NBC Sports Chicago
Live Stream: MyTeams App (stream)

Game 3
When:
 Saturday, Aug. 15
Where: Rogers Place
Puck drop: 7 p.m. CT
TV Channel: NBC 
Note: NBC Sports Chicago will have Blackhawks Pregame at 6:30 p.m. CT before puck drop, and Blackhawks Postgame Live immediately following the game. 

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Game 4
When:
 Sunday, Aug. 16
Where: Rogers Place
Puck drop: 5:30 p.m.
TV Channel: NBC Sports Chicago
Live Stream: MyTeams App (stream)

*if necessary*
Game 5
When:
 Tuesday, Aug. 18
Where: Rogers Place
Puck drop: TBD
TV Channel: NBC Sports Chicago
Live Stream: MyTeams App (stream)

*if necessary*
Game 6
When:
 Thursday, Aug. 20
Where: Rogers Place
Puck drop: TBD
TV Channel: NBC Sports Chicago
Live Stream: MyTeams App (stream)

*if necessary*
Game 7
When:
 Saturday, Aug. 22
Where: Rogers Place
Puck drop: TBD
TV Channel: NBC Sports Chicago
Live Stream: MyTeams App (stream)

Throughout the entire series, Blackhawks Pregame Live will air 30 minutes before puck drop on NBC Sports Chicago and streaming on the MyTeams app. Blackhawks Postgame Live will air immediately after each game. 

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