Preview/Game Thread: Blackhawks vs Avalanche


Colorado Avalanche (34–29–12) vs Chicago Blackhawks (32–32–10)

7:00pm CST
United Center


ChicagoCam Ward (14–11–4, SV%: .893, GAA: 3.72)
Colorado Semyon Varlamov (19–18–9, SV%: .910, GAA: 2.86)


Power Play
Chicago (20.4%, 14th)
Colorado (21.7%, 8th)

Penalty Kill
Chicago (73.4%, 31st)
Colorado (77.9%, 27th)

Shorts for/against
Chicago (32.5, 11th; 34.9, 30th)
Colorado (33.0, 5th; 31.7, T18th)

Shooting %
Chicago (10.2%, 8th)
Colorado (9.6%, 13th)

Faceoff %
Chicago (49.4%, 21st)
Colorado (48.4%, 26th)

Avg. height/weight
Chicago 6’1”, 195lbs
Colorado 6’1” 201lbs


Chicago Blackhawks

Dylan SikuraJonathan ToewsPatrick Kane

Alex DeBrincatDylan StromeBrendan Perlini

Brandon SaadArtem AnisimovDominik Kahun

Chris KunitzDavid KampfMarcus Kruger

Duncan KeithErik Gustafsson

Gustav ForslingBrent Seabrook

Carl DahlstromConnor Murphy

Colorado Avalanche

Derick BrassardNathan MacKinnonJ.T. Compher

Colin WilsonCarl SoderbergMikko Rantanen

Alexander KerfootTyson JostMatt Calvert

Sven AndrighettoGabriel BourqueRyan Graves

Samuel GirardErik Johnson

Ian ColeTyson Barrie

Patrik NemethNikita Zadorov


After yesterday’s disappointing loss, the Blackhawks now sit six points out of the final wild card spot after Colorado gained two points, now sitting at 80. Not only did Colorado better their position in the race, but Arizona and Minnesota both improved over the last two days and currently sit at 79 points in the standings. The gap that the Blackhawks need to make up has now grown larger.

Today’s game will show a lot about this Blackhawks team. If they are a playoff team, they will respond today and go into Arizona looking to take two points as well. Every game now down the stretch is truly the most important game of the season.

The Avalanche were able to capture two points yesterday despite missing both Gabriel Landeskog and Mikko Rantanen. It’s uncertain if Rantanen will play today, but whether he does or not, the Avalanche certainly have the edge going into this evening’s contest.

The Blackhawks will show who they truly are in this playoff race. Are they a contender or a pretender?


Comment below in our live game thread tonight!

And look for the internet’s most robust recap of the game tomorrow morning on

Center Ice Forums Preview/Game Thread: Blackhawks vs Avalanche

Viewing 2 posts - 1 through 2 (of 2 total)
  • Author
  • #12433
    Ron Luce

    Colorado Avalanche (34–29–12) vs Chicago Blackhawks (32–32–10) 7:00pm CST United Center TV/Radio: NBCSN/WGN PROJECTED STARTERS Chicago – Cam Ward (14–
    [To continue reading full article, click here: Preview/Game Thread: Blackhawks vs Avalanche]

    Under Qs moustache


    Keith was outstanding in the 3rd period and OT. Maybe his best game this year. He willed the victory like he did in the cup clinching goal. No dis to Kane, Toews, Seabs, Cory and the rest of the Hawks, but this was veteran play and leadership on full display. The kids had better take notes, their turn to play, lead and carry the team to victory is starting now.

    Sadly this might be the only “playoff” game we’ll see this year. Those in attendance got their money’s worth.

Viewing 2 posts - 1 through 2 (of 2 total)
  • You must be logged in to reply to this topic.