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Next step for Predators: Getting beyond second round

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Frederick Owens | 29 April, 2017, 21:43

As for the Predators, they now have an unexpected week or more off before they move on to the second round for the second straight season. "Being down, three-nothing, it seems like all the pressure is on them to win that next game".

If the Hawks move Crawford, they'd look to re-sign goalie Scott Darling, who feels he is ready to become a full-time No.1 goaltender in the National Hockey League. Bowman and most of the players agreed, though everyone was at a loss to explain the lack of intensity against Nashville.

Chicago Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman voiced his anger and frustration with his team's early playoff exit this season, and suggested some changes could be coming. They've been a terrific team for a long time.

The Chicago Blackhawks have faced some unenviable positions en route to winning three Stanley Cup titles in a six-year span (2010-15).

Chicago scored just three goals in the series. The Flames were eliminated after a brutal series for them on Wednesday Night.

Once the first round started however, things started to crash and burn.

Chicago avoided the shutout when Toews scored at 14:42 of the third for his first postseason goal since Game 4 of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final.

"If we can keep this up I feel really confident facing anybody", Predators goalie Pekka Rinne said.

This marks the fourth time in the last seven seasons that the Predators have reached the second round of the playoffs.

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The Blackhawks captain wasn't pleased with the way his body held up during the season, and though he wouldn't admit it, he was likely hampered by an injury during the first round of the playoffs. Every sign pointed to the Blackhawks having the upper hand. Nashville, both on paper and to the naked eye, hasn't shown a reason to doubt them. At the same time, Chicago looked very separated. He said Quenneville will be back, but he stopped short of guaranteeing pretty much anything else for next season.

"Not good enough", Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. Aaron Judge, who is only 24-years-old, has played lights out so far.

So, what remains for the Blackhawks to do this summer?

Bowman declined to go into specifics on what changes he would make. It started out poorly and though it eventually started to even itself out, it never quite got to the level it needed to be at.

The Blackhawks will lose a roster player to the Vegas Golden Knights in the June 21 expansion draft, which could help create cap space. Toews was assisted by Artemi Panarin and Patrick Kane.

Coaching advantage: Midseason replacements don't usually get much Jack Adams Award love (see Mike Sullivan of the Pittsburgh Penguins a year ago), but Yeo's work in transforming a sluggish Blues team into a cohesive unit that is among the most hard to play against deserves admiration, if not hardware. They know what is expected of them from their staff and management, as well as from their many fans. In his new home, Subban had 10 goals and 30 assists, which was four more goals but 15 fewer assists than he had the season before in Montreal.

The Predators will now wait to play the victor of the St. Louis Blues and Minnesota Wild series.

The Edmonton Oilers have grabbed a 3-1 series lead over the San Jose Sharks.

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