Preview/Game Thread: Blackhawks vs. Capitals

  

Chicago Blackhawks (8–8–5) at Washington Capitals (10–7–3)

6 p.m. CST/7 p.m. EST
Capital One Arena
TV/Radio: WGN/WGN


PROJECTED STARTERS

Chicago – Corey Crawford (5–6–1, SV%: 0.922 GAA: 2.44)
Washington – Braden Holtby (6–5–2, SV%: 0.906 GAA: 3.07)


TEAM STATISTICS

Power Play
Chicago (14.1%, 29th)
Washington (26.7%, 4th)

Penalty Kill
Chicago (74.6%, T-26th)

Washington (73.3%, 29th)

Shorts for/against
Chicago (32.4, 12th; 33.4, 28th)
Washington (30.8, 20th; 32.3, 20th)

Shooting %
Chicago (8.2%, 26th)
Washington (10.9%, T-5th)

Faceoff %
Chicago (49.8%, 17th)

Washington (48.9%, 20th)

Avg. height/weight
Chicago 6’1”, 195lbs
Washington 6’1” 204lbs

 

PROJECTED LINEUPS/PAIRINGS

Chicago Blackhawks

Brandon SaadJonathan ToewsPatrick Kane
Alex DeBrincatArtem AnisimovNick Schmaltz
Alexandre FortinDavid KampfDominik Kahun
John HaydenMarcus KrugerAndreas Martinsen
Duncan KeithBrent Seabrook
Erik GustafssonHenri Jokiharju
Brandon ManningJan Rutta

Washington Capitals

Alex OvechkinLars EllerTom Wilson
Jakub VranaNicklas BackstromAndre Burakovsky
Chandler StephensonTravis BoydDevante Smith-Pelly
Dmitrij JaskinNic DowdBrett Connolly
Dmitry OrlovJohn Carlson
Michal KempnyMatt Niskanen
Christian DjoosMadison Bowey

Analysis

Having earned a point in four straight games (2–0–2), the Chicago Blackhawks take on the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals. Tonight’s game starts a stretch of five road games in the Hawks’ next six contests.

Corey Crawford, having turned aside 39 shots against the Wild on Sunday, will be opposite Braden Holtby in net. Both goalies have had their ups and downs in their playoff runs—Crawford having been pulled in round one in 2015 and Holtby starting last year’s playoffs on the bench—however, both are directly responsible for their team’s Stanley Cup success.

Chicago tallied a power play goal on Sunday, giving them two straight games scoring on the man advantage. Jonathan Toews, who tallied the goal, is on a four-game point streak (two goals, three assists).

Forward Alex Ovechkin leads the Capitals with 15 goals this season. The captain is tied in points with forward Nicklas Backstrom with 23 points each, respectively.

Tonight’s contest will be a good matchup for the Blackhawks’ defense. The Capitals can score in waves and can turn a power play into an easy goal. However, the Hawks have surrendered just two goals in the past three games.


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  • #10241
    Ray Napientek
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    Chicago Blackhawks (8–8–5) at Washington Capitals (10–7–3) 6 p.m. CST/7 p.m. EST Capital One Arena TV/Radio: WGN/WGN PROJECTED STARTERS Chicago – Core
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    #10245
    hawkeytalk
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    Thanks for the preview Ray! Always like the Caps/Hawks matchup, but especially when one of them is coming off of a Cup run. Interesting to see what this new-look defensive system handles a more potent offense – looking forward to it!

    #10249
    Alan Parsons
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    Looking forward to it?  Hawks havent won in DC in like a decade or more.   Ugh.  And so far, nothing has changed.  Hawks blow.  But FUCK Tom Wilson running over Crawford.  What a fucking douche.

    #10253
    Alan Parsons
    Participant

    And freaking Kempny scores.  I swear to god.  This team isnt worth watching any more.

    #10256
    Alan Parsons
    Participant

    The Colliton Era is going to also be known as The Era That Killed Corey Crawford.  How many times can they hang Crow out to dry in a game?

    #10259
    Ray Napientek
    Keymaster

    Thanks for the preview Ray! Always like the Caps/Hawks matchup, but especially when one of them is coming off of a Cup run. Interesting to see what this new-look defensive system handles a more potent offense – looking forward to it!

    Thanks hawkeytalk, I appreciate it! We see the Capitals were a little too much to handle tonight.

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