How can the Chicago Blackhawks defeat the Edmonton Oilers in a five-game series?
Sneaking into the NHL’s return-to-play 24-team playoff, the Chicago Blackhawks face an uphill battle against the number five seed Edmonton Oilers. Once bottom feeders in the early 2010s, the Oilers are an up and coming team loaded with offensive firepower. And taken with the first overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, Connor McDavid has lived up to the hype, recognized as one of the best players in the league.
Along with Leon Draisaitl, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, and Zack Kassian, the Oilers have so much talent on the offensive side of the puck. The Blackhawks have the playoff experience, and while the supporting cast has changed, the core that won three Stanley Cups cannot be ignored. Still, under normal circumstances, the Blackhawks would not have made the playoffs as they enter into this next chapter of the storied franchise.