Preview/Game Thread: Blackhawks vs Ducks

  

Chicago Blackhawks (9–14–5) at Anaheim Ducks (14–10–5)

9:30pm CST, 7:30pm PST
Honda Center
TV/Radio: NBCSN/WGN


PROJECTED STARTERS

ChicagoCorey Crawford (5–11–1, SV%: .903, GAA: 3.17)
Anaheim– John Gibson (10–8–4, SV%: .926, GAA: 2.58)

TEAM STATISTICS

Power Play
Chicago (12.5%, 31st)
Anaheim (17.1%, 23rd)

Penalty Kill
Chicago (73.5%, 29th)
Anaheim (80.0%, T-13th)

Shorts for/against
Chicago (31.9, 13th; 33.6, 26th)

Anaheim (26.5, 31st; 35.7, 30th)

Shooting %
Chicago (8.6%, 25th)
Anaheim (8.9%, 23rd)

Faceoff %
Chicago (49.7%,17th)
Anaheim (50.3%,13th)

Avg. height/weight
Chicago 6’1”, 197lbs
Anaheim 6’1” 201lbs

 

PROJECTED LINES/PAIRINGS

Chicago Blackhawks

Brandon SaadJonathan ToewsBrendan Perlini
Dominik KahunDavid KampfPatrick Kane
Alex DeBrincatDylan StromeAlexandre Fortin
John HaydenArtem AnisimovMarcus Kruger

Duncan KeithHenri Jokiharju
Brandon ManningBrent Seabrook
Gustav ForslingErik Gustafsson

Anaheim Ducks

Rickard RakellRyan GetzlafPontus Aberg
Nick RitchieAdam HenriqueDaniel Sprong
Andrew CoglianoRyan KeslerJakob Silfverberg
Kiefer SherwoodCarter RowneyOndrej Kase
Hampus LindholmBrandon Montour
Jacob LarssonJosh Manson
Andy WelinskiJake Dotchin

 

Analysis

Chicago travels to Anaheim having lost 15 of 18 games, for the first of a back-to-back on the road, against the Ducks. The Blackhawks look to bounce back after a 3–2 loss on Sunday to the Flames.

Anaheim relies heavily on their top-notch goaltender John Gibson. The 25-year old bails out the Ducks on a nightly basis with his .926 save percentage, as the Ducks give up the most shots per game (35.7) in the league.

Corey Crawford, riding a personal five-game losing streak, will be in net tonight. The Montreal, QC native stopped 38 of 41 shots in his last start against Calgary.

As fans continue to struggle with hope for this team, Chicago finds itself -27 in goal differential, last in the NHL, and nine points out of the last wild-card spot. With that being said, enjoy the game.

 

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    Ray Napientek
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    Chicago Blackhawks (9–14–5) at Anaheim Ducks (14–10–5) 9:30pm CST, 7:30pm PST Honda Center TV/Radio: NBCSN/WGN PROJECTED STARTERS Chicago – Corey Craw
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