Here comes the Undertaker.
Now this isn’t just about the Kyle and I turning all nostalgic on the latest episode of Silky N’ Filthy. We’re setting the stage for a cautionary tale, because one team is positioned to take on the role of the undertaker once hockey resumes.
We’re looking at you, Chicago Blackhawks.
The second-worst team in the tournament, and one of the worst defensive teams in hockey this season has no business being in this tournament. They were well out of the playoff picture at the time of the pause. They traded a 60-point defenceman from a year ago for a third-round pick, and they traded their best goalie to the Golden Knights.
However, if any team is positioned to be the Undertaker, it’s the Blackhawks.
Just click play on the Undertaker’s theme song and tell us you can’t picture the Blackhawks skating out to that in Edmonton. It’s a match made in heaven. You’re welcome, NHL.
Although Edmonton should easily take care of Chicago, it’s certainly plausible to envision a scenario where the Hawks and their veterans upset an Oilers team that hasn’t made noise in the playoffs for a long time.
Are we saying it will happen? No, but it’s certainly fun to think about.
Also on the latest episode of Silky N’ Filthy, we give our picks for the three most entertaining series of the 2020 Round Robin tournament. Tune in for Kyle’s picks since we only agreed on one series.
Here are my three, in no particular order.
Edmonton vs. Chicago: Two teams don’t defend particularly well, with some of the most creative offensive players in the game. Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl should obliterate one of the worst defensive teams in hockey, but will that actually come to fruition? I can’t wait to find out.
Carolina vs. New York Rangers: When I’m not watching the Canucks, I’ll often tune in to watch these two teams. They both play, fast, fun, up-tempo hockey. I’m also intrigued by the fact that Carolina should win this since they are the better, deeper team. However, New York swept them 4-0 in the regular season, and they should have the edge on offence and in goal (if Igor Shesterkin starts).
Vancouver vs. Minnesota: I’m not gonna beat around the bush on this one. I’m biased, and I can’t wait to see what Elias Pettersson, Quinn Hughes, J.T. Miller and Brock Boeser can do when the games are do or die. I also think this series will go down to the wire.
Remember when you used to see this guy in your nightmares?@kylebhawan & @TrevBeggs talk about which team could resemble The Undertaker when hockey returns. The boys also give their picks for the three most entertaining round-robin matchups.— silkynfilthy (@silkynfilthy) July 9, 2020
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Here’s the breakdown of the episode:
- An addition to the podcast family (2:00)
- Pumping the NHL’s tires & do people like Gary now? (4:00)
- The NHL could be in the spotlight this fall...for once (12:00)
- Kyle and I pick our top three round robin series to watch (16:00)
- The Undertaker of the 2020 NHL season (18:00)
- Who needs the Cup the most? (31:00)