Preview/Game Thread: Blackhawks at Canadiens


Montreal Canadiens (37–27–7) vs Chicago Blackhawks (31–30–9)

6:00pm CST

Centre Bell

TV/Radio: WGN


ChicagoCorey Crawford (11–15–2, SV%: .902, GAA: 3.18)

Montreal Carey Price (29–21–5, SV%: .915, GAA: 2.58)


Power Play

Chicago (20.9%, 12th)

Montreal (12.1%, 31st)

Penalty Kill

Chicago (73.0%, 31st)

Montreal (80.5%, 17th)

Shorts for/against

Chicago (32.5, 12th; 34.9, 30th)

Montreal (33.5, 4th; 31.0, 12th)

Shooting %

Chicago (10.4%, 8th)

Montreal (8.8%, 23rd)

Faceoff %

Chicago (49.3%, 20th)

Montreal (48.8%, T23rd)

Avg. height/weight

Chicago 6’1”, 195lbs

Montreal 6’0” 195lbs


Chicago Blackhawks

Brandon SaadJonathan ToewsDylan Sikura

Dominik KahunArtem AnisimovPatrick Kane

Alex DeBrincatDylan StromeBrendan Perlini

Chris KunitzDavid KampfMarcus Kruger

Duncan KeithErik Gustafsson

Carl DahlstromConnor Murphy

Gustav ForslingBrent Seabrook

Montreal Canadiens

Tomas TatarPhillip DanaultBrendan Gallagher

Artturi LehkonenMax DomiAndrew Shaw

Jonathan DrouinJesperi KotkaniemiJoel Armia

Paul ByronNate ThompsonJordan Weal

Victor MeteShea Weber

Brett KulakJeff Petry

Jordie BennChristian Folin



After nearly blowing a 5-0 lead in their last game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Blackhawks travel east to Montreal to face the Canadiens. The Blackhawks played very well early against the Maple Leafs on Wednesday, scoring four of their five goals in the first period. The star of the game was certainly Brendan Perlini, who continues to light the world on fire as he is fighting for a new contract next season. Perlini has five goals and two assists in his last five games, this also coming after his two goal performance against the Kings six games ago.

Every game down the stretch is important for the Blackhawks. Colorado’s loss last night would now allow the Blackhawks to jump the Avalanche in the standings with a win in Montreal. The Blackhawks would only be one point back of the Wild with a win, but still four points back of the red-hot Coyotes for the second wild card spot.

The Montreal Canadiens have been a pleasant surprise this year. After the trade of Alex Galchenyuk for Max Domi, many fans around the league wondered what the Canadiens were doing. The move paid off as Domi is currently the team’s leading scorer with 62 points. The Canadiens have been a very good team in every major statistic category and, with Carey Price returning to his old form, the team is in a position to make the playoffs in a deep Eastern Conference.

The Canadiens can move into a tie for the second wild card spot tonight with a win against the Blackhawks. Montreal currently sit two points back of the Columbus Blue Jackets, hoping for a chance to make the dance—when most people around the league wrote them off before the season ever began. A Canadiens win tonight would keep Montreal on the outside looking in due to Columbus having more regulation plus overtime wins.

One storyline to watch is Corey Crawford. Crawford has historically been dominant against his hometown team, so expect a solid game out of Crawford after he battled a 24-hour bug that saw him leave Wednesday’s game early.


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