Chicago definitely don't mind starting the Western Conference Finals on the road. "Starting on the raod might be a good thing," the Blackhawk's Troy Brouwer said. "We have confidence on the road. We play a good tight road game and try not to give up too many opportunities." The Blackhawks are pleased with their away game record but they must step up their game at home against the Sharks. "We like the way we play on the road but we're disappointed in the way we play at home," coach Quenneville said.
San Jose and Chicago played four times this season and two of the games went into overtime. The games could be just as narrow in the playoffs and the sportsbook odds will be tight. "They were a point behind us in the standings and were good all year," said the Shark's Rob Blake, "They were in the conference finals last year. They are a team with a lot of motion and a lot of good young scorers."
Chicago has plenty of balance as six players scored 20 or more goals this Internet sportsbook NHL season. The Blackhawks are definitely respected by San Jose. "They are a very good team, you don't get to the final four without having a very talented group of players," said Sharks Head Coach McLellan. "They are very will coached and are well prepared."