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CSN's Luke Stuckmeyer and Tracey Myers preview the Blackhawks' playoff matchup against the Nashville Predators in the Blackhawks Road Ahead, presented by Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana Honda dealers.

The Blackhawks wrapped up the NHL regular season and are setting their sights on a deep playoff run with a first-round matchup against the Nashville Predators.

With the first game of the series slated for Wednesday night, much of the talk has surrounded the return of Patrick Kane, who was cleared for contact and returned to practice following the Feb. 25 surgery he received on his fractured left clavicle.

"It is a big boost for this Blackhawks team," Myers said. "You look at what Patrick Kane was doing before he got hurt, he had 64 points on Feb. 24 where he was leading the league at that time. He was the most consistent player in terms of goals and points.

"He adds so much to so many dimensions to this team. The boost is going to be incredible."

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Meanwhile, Joel Quenneville's team will be looking to overcome their four-game skid leading into the playoffs, with the Predators eager to put their own struggles behind them as well.

"You can look at it both ways," Myers said. "The Blackhawks weren't scoring any goals and the Predators couldn't stop any goals from being scored on them. 

"At this point, you look at the experience card. The Blackhawks have been through this before and they know what to do this time of year." 

 

See what else Stuckmeyer and Myers had to say in the video above.