Preview/Game Thread: Blackhawks at Ducks

  

Anaheim Ducks (24–30–9) vs Chicago Blackhawks (26–28–9)

9:00pm CST
Honda Center
TV/Radio: NBCSN/WGN

PROJECTED STARTERS

ChicagoCorey Crawford (6-14-2, SV%: .902, GAA: 3.28)
Anaheim Ryan Miller (6–3–1, SV%: .929, GAA: 2.36)

TEAM STATISTICS

Power Play
Chicago (22.3%, 7th)
Anaheim (15.1%, 28th)

Penalty Kill
Chicago (73.3%, 31st)
Anaheim (80.5%, 14th)

Shorts for/against
Chicago (32.1, 14th; 35.2, 30th)
Anaheim (27.7, 31st; 33.7, 28th)

Shooting %
Chicago (10.4%, 8th)
Anaheim (7.8%, 31st)

Faceoff %
Chicago (49.6%, T18th)
Anaheim (52.0%, 4th)

Avg. height/weight
Chicago 6’1”, 195lbs
Anaheim 6’2” 203lbs

PROJECTED LINES/PAIRINGS

Chicago Blackhawks

Drake CaggiulaJonathan ToewsPatrick Kane

Alex DeBrincatDylan StromeDominik Kahun

Brandon SaadArtem AnisimovDylan Sikura

Chris KunitzMarcus KrugerJohn Hayden

Duncan KeithBrent Seabrook

Carl DahlstromConnor Murphy

Slater KoekkoekErik Gustafsson

Anaheim Ducks

Rickard RakellDerek GrantCorey Perry

Max JonesAdam HenriqueTroy Terry

Devin ShoreSam SteelJakob Silfverberg

Nick RitchieRyan KeslerCarter Rowney

Hampus LindholmJosh Manson

Cam FowlerBrendan Guhle

Jaycob MegnaKorbinian Holzer

 

Analysis

After a quiet trade deadline, the Chicago Blackhawks bring back a nearly identical roster from last game to take on the Ducks in Anaheim. The Blackhawks left four very big points on the table over the weekend after losses to the Colorado Avalanche and Dallas Stars. The Blackhawks’ playoff hopes have dwindled substantially over the last two games.

With no significant moves made at the deadline, the Blackhawks made one addition to the roster, and no, not Spencer Watson. The Blackhawks activated Corey Crawford from the IR on Monday, subsequently sending goaltender Collin Delia down to the Rockford IceHogs. Head Coach Jeremy Colliton said Crawford will play at some point in the road trip, but did not explicitly say which game. It’s safe to say that Cam Ward sees the game vs the Ducks and Crawford may draw on Saturday against the Kings.

The Ducks had a very active deadline, however as sellers. The Ducks traded defenseman Brandon Montour to the Buffalo Sabres, returning a first-round pick in 2019 and defenseman Brendan Guhle. The Ducks also dealt Michael Del Zotto to the St. Louis Blues for a sixth-round pick.

The Ducks are a very depleted team. Injuries to Ryan Getzlaf, John Gibson and Ondrej Kase have certainly hurt the Ducks chances at having a successful season. However, after the firing of Randy Carlyle, the historic skid where the Ducks lost 20 of 22 games, and an aging core, the Ducks were due for a rebuild. The Ducks have a shot to land either Kaapo Kakko or Jack Hughes and hopefully make a difference for the team next season. The Ducks have numerous quality young players on the way, including Sam Steel, Max Jones and Troy Terry, all of which are seeing NHL time after the all of the injuries the Ducks’ roster has sustained.

Despite the Blackhawks opponent being a bunch of wounded Ducks (pun fully intended), this is a game the Blackhawks cannot afford to lose if they want any chance at making the playoffs as we approach the month of March.

 

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