The Chicago Blackhawks haven’t won a Stanley Cup title since 1961. No team in the NHL has a current streak longer than that. On the eve of their first game in the Stanley Cup Finals since 1992, the Blackhawks are preparing for their next feat, win just four more games to bring the coveted Stanley Cup home to Chicago.
The only team that stands in their way is the Philadelphia Flyers, a team that despite being an underdog, will probably offer the Blackhawks their toughest competition of the post season.
The Philadelphia Flyers have had their backs against the wall since even before the playoffs began. Edging their way into the playoffs, and then becoming only the second team in professional sports in the last half decade to come from a 3-0 deficit and win a playoff series.
With nearly every analyst in the hockey community saying that the Flyers can’t do it, Philadelphia, like they have all throughout this year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs, will put up a fight like no other.
Whether the Blackhawks will be able to beat the Flyers will depend on whether Philadelphia can snap their current power play drought, where they have been scoreless in their last 12 opportunities. Whether or not the Flyers snap out of their power play struggles, these two teams will be well rested and ready for game one on Saturday evening in the Windy City.