You may have noticed that we generally alternate days of who writes the playoff thread. I've lucked out: I get to write about what could be the best series of the postseason.
Chicago Blackhawks at Anaheim Ducks, Game 1
3:00 Eastern, NBC, CBC
To quote the great Canadian poet, ohhhhh, baby!!!!
After playing multiple overtime games to dispatch Nashville, Chicago hilariously swept Minnesota in the second round, giving them a postseason record of 8-2 so far. Anaheim was responsible for our other sweep, 4-0'ing Winnipeg, and then took care of Calgary in five games. They come in to the third round 8-1. In a playoffs full of 6 game series, the two have played a total of 19 in two series.
These two have taken care of business. Anaheim has looked excellent along the way, with admittedly a softer path, while Chicago had to get through a goaltending speedbump before they found their groove. (Their groove, incidentally, is named Patrick Kane.) And I shouldn't need to tell you about the dominance of Corey Perry but I'm going to anyway: Corey Perry has been equally dominant for the Ducks.
We should expect some really good hockey out of this series. I'm excited as hell.