Preview/Game thread Chicago Blackhawks at Anaheim Ducks

  

Anaheim Ducks (9–6–0) vs. Chicago Blackhawks (3–6–3)

7:00 p.m. CST
Homda Center
TV/Radio: NBCSN/WGN

Projected starting goaltenders

ChicagoRobin Lehner (2–2–2, .938 save percentage, 2.26 goals-against average)
AnaheimJohn Gibson (6–6–0, .926 save percentage, 2.51 goals-against average)

Team statistics

Power play
Chicago (11.8%, 28th)
Anaheim (8.3%, 30th)

Penalty kill
Chicago (79.5%, 21st)
Anaheim (81.5%, 16th)

Shots for/against
Chicago
-30.3, 21st
-35.8, 30th
Anaheim
-27.7, 30th
-32.7, 22nd

Shooting percentage
Chicago (7.71%, 30th)
Anaheim (9.88%, 17th)

Face-off percentage
Chicago (48.9%, 20th)
Anaheim (52.3%, fifth)

Average height and weight
Chicago — 6-foot-1, 196 pounds
Anaheim — 6-foot-2, 203 pounds

Projected lines and pairings

Chicago Blackhawks

Brandon SaadJonathan ToewsAlexander Nylander
Alex DeBrincat — Dylan StromePatrick Kane
Dominik KubalikDavid KampfKirby Dach
Drake CaggiulaRyan CarpenterAndrew Shaw

Duncan KeithAdam Boqvist
Calvin de HaanBrent Seabrook
Olli Maatta Erik Gustafsson

Anaheim Ducks

Nick RitchieRyan GetzlafMax Comtois
Rickard RakellAdam HenriqueJakob Silfverberg
Max JonesSam SteelTroy Terry
Nicolas DeslauriersDerek GrantCarter Rowney

Hampus LindholmCam Fowler
Michael Del ZottoErik Gudbranson
Josh MahuraKorbinian Holzer

Analysis

The Blackhawks carry on their west coast road trip with the back end of a back-to-back against the Anaheim Ducks.  Last night, the Blackhawks played one of their more strange games as they switched goalies twice and eventually lost in overtime.  Considering the concern over the shot Corey Crawford took to the dome last night, the back-to-back nature of the game, and just the overall stats, Robin Lehner is a no brainer to face the Ducks.

Blackhawks rookie Adam Boqvist made his NHL debut at the Staples Center against the Kings last night and didn’t look completely lost on the ice with Duncan Keith.  He had a chance to win the game in overtime but wasn’t able to sneak the puck through Jack Campbell.  He will have many more of these chances in the years to come, though, which is promising for Blackhawks fans.

There isn’t much to paise in the Blackhawks gameplay.  They fall in the bottom third of the league in most statistical categories and are winless on the road this year.  The Ducks, on the other hand, are 6–1–0 at home on the season and are coming off a big 2–1 overtime win against the division rival Vancouver Canucks, on Friday night.

The Ducks will be without both Ondrej Kase and Josh Manson, due to injuries.  Kase is a day-to-day decision, while Manson will be out much more long term.

Can the Blackhawks muster up enough of an effort to salvage some of this road trip and get their first road won of the season or will the slide continue?

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