After winning two Stanley Cup titles in the previous four seasons, there is no doubting the Blackhawks' championship pedigree.
You may be able to knock them down, but it's difficult to knock them out—and it's almost impossible to kill them.
The veteran Blackhawks have known too much success to go down easily. They are confident they will make plays when the series is on the line. They certainly did in Game 4, when Bickell tied the game late in the third and Kane won it in overtime.
On the other hand, the Blues have known a lot of heartbreak in recent years. In 2012, they were swept out of the playoffs in the conference semifinal by the soon-to-be champion Los Anglees Kings.
Last year, the Blues won the first two games of their opening-round series against Los Angeles before dropping the final four.
It's difficult for St. Louis to win in the playoffs. Head coach Ken Hitchcock would never admit it, but his team may lack the confidence to win the biggest games and make a deep playoff run.
Chicago appears to have a snoot full of confidence, while the Blues are still searching for theirs. That means that the Blackhawks could ultimately steal this series away form the hard-luck, woebegone Blues.