A trio of Chicago Blackhawks prospects are on the verge of the Western Hockey League Final should they take care of business tonight. Forward Colton Dach, defensemen Kevin Korchinski, and Nolan Allen have all played respective roles in the Thunderbirds 11-1 run so far. Dach is fifth among Thunderbirds forwards with 12 points (3-9) while Korchinski is second among Thunderbirds defensemen with 11 (1-10) which included his first goal of the playoffs in Seattle’s 8-4 win Thursday night. Allen has chipped in seven points (2-5).
Seattle and Kamloops finished one-two respectively in the regular season. It remains to be seen if that trend continues tonight with a Seattle victory, which will provide more valuable postseason experience for Chicago’s prospects.
Playoffs: Panthers Rest While Devils Are Back in a Tough Spot
The Florida Panthers took a break Friday as they host Toronto tomorrow night in game three of their playoff tilt. The Panthers lead the series 2-0 and have flustered the Maple Leafs, no more than rallying from a two-goal deficit in game 2.
Meanwhile, the New Jersey Devils are in a familiar spot. But can they pull out of the tailspin this time? The Carolina Hurricanes are rolling right now, dispatching the Devils 6-1 to take a 2-0 series lead.
Speaking of 2006 … most goals for the Hurricanes in a playoff game since Game 1 vs. the Devils that year (6-0).
— Luke DeCock (@LukeDeCock) May 6, 2023
Finally, can Edmonton get back into with Vegas tonight? The top heavy Oilers will need to rely more on than just Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl to get back into the series.
Blackhawks In Case You Missed It
- Colton Dach is the most recent Blackhawks of Tomorrow prospect CHN analyzed
- Teammate Kevin Korchinski was the first in the series of Blackhawks of Tomorrow
- Many Blackhawks fans shook their heads and wondered “what if” when Gustav Forsling buried Florida’s game winner against Toronto. Did Chicago give up on him too quickly?
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