Preview/Game Thread: Blackhawks vs Ducks

  

 

Anaheim Ducks (5-3-1) at Chicago Blackhawks (4-2-2)

7:30pm Central/5:30pm Pacific

United Center

TV/Radio: NBCSCH/WGN

 

PROJECTED GOALIES:

Chicago:

Corey Crawford (1-1-0, .941 SV%, 2.05 GAA)

Anaheim:

John Gibson (4-2-1, .949 SV%, 1.91 GAA)

 

Team statistics:

Power Play

Chicago (11.1%, T-26)

Anaheim (22.7%, T-14)

Penalty Kill

Chicago (70.8%, 28)

Anaheim (77.4%, 18)

Shots for/against per game

Chicago (35.0, 4 – 37.1, 30)

Anaheim (23.8, 31 – 37.9, 31)

Shooting%

Chicago (10.7%, T-12)

Anaheim (10.7%, T-12)

Faceoff%

Chicago (49.6%, 19)

Anaheim (46.9%, 27)

Avg. height/weight

Chicago

6’1” 195 lbs

Anaheim

6’1” 201 lbs

 

PROJECTED LINES/PAIRINGS:

Chicago

DeBrincat-Toews-Kahun

Schmaltz-Anisimov-Kane

Kunitz-Kampf-Saad

Fortin-Kruger-Martinsen

Keith-Jokiharju

Gustafsson-Seabrook

Davidson-Rutta

 

Anaheim

Street-Getzlaf-Aberg

Comtois-Henrique-Sherwood

Cogliano-Kesler-Gibbons

Lundestrom-Steel-Rakell

Fowler-Manson

Lindholm-Montour

Pettersson-Sustr

 

Analysis:

The league’s bottom two teams in shots against face off tonight as the Chicago Blackhawks host the Anaheim Ducks.

Chicago is coming off a 6-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning, in which, the Lightning generated 55 shots on goal. This past Sunday, the Ducks lost at home to Buffalo 4-2 while surrendering 45 shots.

With that being said, you may be in for a goaltender’s duel.

Corey Crawford comes off a “goalie win” in Columbus sporting a .941 save percentage, however, Ducks’ goaltender John Gibson has bested Crawford thus far with a .945 percentage.

Defensive commitment needs to be a priority for the Blackhawks. However, it does not all fall on the defenseman.  Better back checking by the forwards, as well as trusting others are taking care of their responsibilities in the defensive zone must improve.

Will the goaltenders stay on top of their games or will the barrage of shots finally catch up to them? Either way, the Blackhawks need to bounce back after a horrendous effort Sunday versus Tampa.

Comment below in our live game thread tonight!

And look for the internet’s most robust recap of the game later tonight or early tomorrow on the-rink.com. 

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    Ray Napientek
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