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Stalberg sees some benefit to playing Preds in first round

Apr 7, 2012, 9:18 AM EDT

Viktor Stalberg

Most Blackhawks fans probably think Chicago’s better off losing to Detroit on Saturday (1:00 p.m ET, NBC) and thus finishing the season with the sixth seed. After all, the third seed will go against the Pacific Division winner, who will have an inferior record to Chicago. However, if Chicago does beat Detroit in regulation time, then the Blackhawks will finish in fifth place and be forced to play an arguably tougher Nashville Predators squad. That might not appeal to some, but Viktor Stalberg thinks playing the Predators instead of the Pacific Division winner in the first round might not be a bad thing.

“You guys talk about staying away from Nashville, but I don’t know if that would be that bad. I wouldn’t mind playing a team a little closer,” said Viktor Stalberg. “It takes a toll on your body, going out west. If you’re going to win, you’re going to have to go through some good teams, no matter what the round. I don’t think anyone just wants to get by the first round. From my own preference, it would be to play a team that’s closer.”

He’s of course right when he says that the team will eventually have to face some tough opponents if they want to win the Stanley Cup. Getting the fifth seed over the sixth might not look like the best option in the short term, but playing against a closer opponent and owning a higher seed might help them in the long run.

  1. Buffalo Grumblings - Apr 7, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    “You play to win the game.”

  2. hines86for6 - Apr 7, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    Aren’t the Preds 4 and 2 against The Jackhawks this season? Ownage

    • comeonnowguys - Apr 7, 2012 at 9:56 PM

      Hoo boy.

      Chicago is 4-2 vs. St. Louis and Detroit. Does that also mean the Hawks would automatically own both of them should they meet in the playoffs?

      Hell, for that matter, why even have the playoffs?

  3. babar61 - Apr 7, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    I’d take Chicago to beat Nashville.

  4. natlbnkilr - Apr 7, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    Preds have owned the Hawks all season… Even in the last loss to the Hawks the Preds came back from 4 goals down. “if” the Hawks get 5th & play the Preds, Preds in 6 w/ no doubt.

    • comeonnowguys - Apr 7, 2012 at 9:58 PM

      …And still lost the last one just the same. Of the last three recent games, only one was a decisive win for the Preds.

      Hawks have a had a strong past few weeks, at the right time.

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