Hurricanes Blown Away, a Possible Hawks Head Coach, Travel Issues, and Other Blackhawks Bullets

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Hurricanes Blown Away, a Possible Hawks Head Coach, Travel Issues, and Other Blackhawks Bullets

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Here’s hoping you had a great Memorial Day. The NHL provided us with a single game on the calendar: Game 7 in Carolina. The Canes hadn’t lost on home ice in the entire playoffs; the Rangers were trying to come back from the brink for a second consecutive series. Something had to give…

•   The Rangers ended the Canes’ home win streak and season with a resounding win. Unfortunately for Carolina, their should-be back-up goaltender, former Blackhawk Antti Raanta, was lost to an injury in the second period. The game was already out of reach, but going to their third netminder wasn’t an ideal way to finish the season.

•   The Canes also lost rookie forward Seth Jarvis to a big, high hit from Jacob Trouba — who also knocked Sidney Crosby out of a couple key games in the first round of the playoffs — early in the first period. Trouba’s been known for big (questionable) hits and he’s made an impact with concussion-causing hits in two series already in this postseason.

•   The Rangers will now play the two-time defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference Final. Blackhawks fans should keep an eye on one of Tampa’s coaches, Derek Lalonde, who should be on Chicago’s radar for their next head coach.

•   Sometimes fans can forget that COVID is still a very real thing. And for the Oilers — the only team left from Canada — that impacts their travel plans when playing a team in the United States. They didn’t just hop on a charter and fly straight to Denver this weekend.

•   As Blackhawks fans get ready for the 2022 NHL Draft, one writer to follow is Corey Pronman at The Athletic. He published his final prospect rankings before the draft on Tuesday morning.

•   Speaking of youth movements, the Cubs had three more youngsters make their big league arrivals count during Monday’s double-header against Milwaukee.

Author: Tab Bamford

Tab is the Lead Blackhawks voice for BN. He is the author of two books about the Blackhawks, most recently "Chicago Blackhawks: An Illustrated Timeline" (Reedy Press, 2021). Find him on Twitter at @The1Tab