Colorado Avalanche (34–29–12) vs Chicago Blackhawks (32–32–10)
Chicago – Cam Ward (14–11–4, SV%: .893, GAA: 3.72)
Colorado – Semyon Varlamov (19–18–9, SV%: .910, GAA: 2.86)
Chicago (20.4%, 14th)
Colorado (21.7%, 8th)
Chicago (73.4%, 31st)
Colorado (77.9%, 27th)
Chicago (32.5, 11th; 34.9, 30th)
Colorado (33.0, 5th; 31.7, T18th)
Chicago (10.2%, 8th)
Colorado (9.6%, 13th)
Chicago (49.4%, 21st)
Colorado (48.4%, 26th)
Chicago 6’1”, 195lbs
Colorado 6’1” 201lbs
Dylan Sikura–Jonathan Toews–Patrick Kane
Alex DeBrincat–Dylan Strome–Brendan Perlini
Brandon Saad–Artem Anisimov–Dominik Kahun
Chris Kunitz–David Kampf–Marcus Kruger
Gustav Forsling–Brent Seabrook
Derick Brassard–Nathan MacKinnon–J.T. Compher
Colin Wilson–Carl Soderberg–Mikko Rantanen
Alexander Kerfoot–Tyson Jost–Matt Calvert
Sven Andrighetto–Gabriel Bourque–Ryan Graves
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?
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