|61||CHICAGO||-120||Ov 5.5,+125||-120||Ov 5.5,+120|
|62||PHOENIX||+100||Un 5.5,-145||+100||Un 5.5,-140|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||20-24-0||-5.6||20-24||-5.6||20-23||2.7||32.1||3.0||29.4|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-2.4||2-3||-2.4||1-4||2.0||39.2||2.8||25.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||88||260||69||90||88||13||20||2824||9.2%||297||43||14.5%||441|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||44||118||35||39||38||6||5||1411||8.4%||145||23||15.9%||201|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||10||2||1||5||2||0||196||5.1%||15||1||6.7%||18|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||255||72||91||78||14||9||2502||10.2%||253||55||21.7%||433|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||132||36||53||37||6||3||1293||10.2%||132||29||22.0%||224|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||14||2||3||7||2||0||125||11.2%||17||4||23.5%||25|
|CORY CRAWFORD (All Games)||63||61||1666||1503||90.2%||3||32-29||-7.5||32-29-0||-6||29-31|
|CORY CRAWFORD (Road Games)||30||29||807||732||90.7%||3||15-14||+0.2||15-14-0||+1||13-15|
|CORY CRAWFORD (Last 4 Games)||4||4||92||81||88.0%||0||1-3||-3.4||1-3-0||-3||0-4|
|RAY EMERY (All Games)||34||27||834||751||90.0%||1||15-12||+0.6||15-12-0||+2||14-12|
|RAY EMERY (Road Games)||18||15||485||431||88.9%||1||5-10||-5.8||5-10-0||-5||7-8|
|RAY EMERY (Last 4 Games)||4||3||74||63||85.1%||0||1-2||-2.6||1-2-0||-2||2-0|
|ALEXANDER SALAK (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|ALEXANDER SALAK (Road Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||26-24-0||-3.8||26-24||-3.8||19-22||2.6||30.1||2.5||33.4|
|Last 5 Games||1-4-0||-2.3||1-4||-2.3||2-3||1.6||26.4||2.8||40.6|
|Team Stats (All Games)||98||253||69||95||76||13||13||2856||8.9%||303||41||13.5%||431|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||50||130||31||60||32||7||5||1504||8.6%||165||23||13.9%||230|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||8||3||5||0||0||0||132||6.1%||19||2||10.5%||12|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||239||74||82||67||16||16||3196||7.5%||314||42||13.4%||395|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||125||33||44||39||9||9||1672||7.5%||160||27||16.9%||206|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||14||3||6||4||1||1||203||6.9%||27||2||7.4%||28|
|JASON LABARBERA (All Games)||19||14||486||443||91.2%||0||3-11||-9.1||3-11-0||-9||6-5|
|JASON LABARBERA (Home Games)||8||6||189||171||90.5%||0||0-6||-7.4||0-6-0||-7||1-3|
|JASON LABARBERA (Last 4 Games)||4||3||100||92||92.0%||0||0-3||-4.3||0-3-0||-4||0-2|
|CURTIS MCELHINNEY (All Games)||2||1||36||34||94.4%||0||1-0||+1||1-0-0||+1||1-0|
|CURTIS MCELHINNEY (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|CURTIS MCELHINNEY (Last 4 Games)||2||1||36||34||94.4%||0||1-0||+1||1-0-0||+1||1-0|
|MIKE SMITH (All Games)||83||83||2668||2490||93.3%||9||47-36||+11||47-36-0||+13||28-44|
|MIKE SMITH (Home Games)||44||44||1478||1380||93.4%||6||26-18||+3.6||26-18-0||+5||18-19|
|MIKE SMITH (Last 4 Games)||4||4||155||145||93.5%||0||1-3||-1.3||1-3-0||-1||1-3|
|Average power rating of opponents played: CHICAGO 3.21, PHOENIX 3.27|
|1/19/2013||at LOS ANGELES||5-2||W||0, +105||W||5 ov||O|
|1/20/2013||at PHOENIX|| |
|1/22/2013||ST LOUIS|| |
|1/24/2013||at DALLAS|| |
|1/26/2013||at COLUMBUS|| |
|1/30/2013||at MINNESOTA|| |
|1/19/2013||at DALLAS||3-4||L||0, -105||L||5 ov||O|
|1/24/2013||at SAN JOSE|| |
|1/26/2013||LOS ANGELES|| |
LAST SEASON: 45-26-11, 101 points. Lost to Phoenix 4-2 in first round.
COACH: Joel Quenneville, 5th season with Blackhawks, 186-99-39; 16th overall, 624-382-157 in NHL.
ADDED: D Michal Rozsival, D Sheldon Brookbank.
LOST: F Andrew Brunette, F Brendan Morrison, D Sean O'Donnell
PLAYER TO WATCH: G Corey Crawford
OUTLOOK: Other than Rozsival and Brookbank, who each signed as free agents, there has been little turnover from last season. The Blackhawks have continuity going for them. Question is: Can they make a playoff run? It's been back-to-back first-round exits since they captured the Stanley Cup, and the Blackhawks are looking for more. Crawford's play will go a long way toward determining that, and he's coming off a shaky season in which he didn't post a shutout and let in two soft overtime goals in the playoffs.
LAST SEASON: 42-27-13, 97 points. Lost to Los Angeles Kings 4-1 in Western Conference Finals.
COACH: Dave Tippett, 4th season with Coyotes, 125-78-33; 9th overall, 406-234-98 in NHL.
ADDED: LW Steve Sullivan, D Zbynek Michalek, RW David Moss.
LOST: LW Ray Whitney, LW Taylor Pyatt, D Adrian Aucoin, C Daymond Langkow, D Michal Rozsival.
PLAYER TO WATCH: G Mike Smith. The shaggy-haired goalie known as Smitty proved to be a more-than-capable No. 1 goalie in his first full season on the job, winning 28 games with eight shutouts and a 2.21 goals-against average. With the confidence of last season's deep playoff run, he could be a Vezina Trophy candidate.
OUTLOOK: The Coyotes should be brimming with confidence after winning their first division title and reaching the conference finals for the first time in 33 years as an NHL franchise. With the core of last year's roster back, they should be position to get the lockout-shortened season off to a good start and be able to sustain it toward another possible deep run in the playoffs.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (CHICAGO-PHOENIX) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Blackhawks-Coyotes Preview* ============================
By ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
Chicago (0-0-0) at Phoenix (0-0-0), 10:00 p.m. EDT
Marian Hossa played a big role in the Chicago Blackhawks' splendid season-opening performance, which spoiled one team's highly anticipated celebration.
Hossa and the Blackhawks might look forward even more to their next chance to crash a home opener.
On Sunday night, Chicago will face the Phoenix Coyotes for the first time since a playoff series defeat that featured a vicious hit to its star forward.
After finishing with a team-best 77 points in 2011-12, Hossa was poised to lead the Blackhawks' drive toward a second Stanley Cup in three seasons but he didn't get much of a chance to help. The winger suffered a concussion when he was leveled by Phoenix's Raffi Torres in a Game 3 loss in Chicago.
Because of that hit, Torres will have to sit out another seven games after missing the final 13 in the playoffs and Saturday's season opener, a 4-3 loss in Dallas.
Hossa, meanwhile, was aided in his recovery by the lockout, and he appeared fresh in the season opener, registering two goals and an assist in Saturday's 5-2 win at Los Angeles.
"As the minutes went by, I started feeling more confident and comfortable on the ice," he said. "I tried to keep it simple, especially at the beginning. Nothing too fancy.
"Obviously my timing is not there yet, but it's going to come with the more games we play."
Jonathan Toews, who has been battling the flu, and Patrick Kane each had a goal and an assist after the Kings celebrated their first Stanley Cup title.
"It's the best start you can ask for, for a first game like that," said goaltender Corey Crawford, who had 19 saves. "I think all around our guys did a great job."
The Blackhawks (1-0-0) will try for another dominant performance against Phoenix, which won a competitive Pacific Division en route to appearing in the Western Conference finals. Mike Smith's breakout season played a big part in that run, but he gave up four goals on 26 shots in Saturday's defeat.
Radim Vrbata had two goals and an assist in the losing effort.
"Both teams give each other some gifts, and we end up giving one more," Phoenix coach Dave Tippett said. "That's a tough way to lose. That's uncharacteristic of our team, but I guess first game coming out, you've got to expect some mistakes."
Smith, who posted career bests of 38 wins and a 2.21 goals-against average in 2011-12, was usually at his best when facing Chicago last season. He had a 1.30 GAA while winning all three regular-season matchups and put up a 1.81 GAA in the six-game playoff triumph.
Antoine Vermette had four goals and an assist during that series and Keith Yandle had five assists. Vrbata scored a team-best three goals as the Coyotes (0-1-0) went 3-1-0 against Chicago in the regular season but had only one assist in the playoff matchup.
Toews has seven goals and four assists in his last 12 games against the Coyotes, including the playoffs, and Hossa has at least one point in seven of his last eight visits to Phoenix during the regular season.
The Blackhawks will likely have to play their next game there without top-line forward Daniel Carcillo, who suffered a lower-body injury Saturday.
The Coyotes lost their first two games last season but haven't suffered back-to-back regulation defeats to open a campaign since Oct. 5-6, 2005. Chicago hasn't won its first two games in a season since Oct. 5-6, 1996.
|Last Updated: 12/21/2014 8:49:44 AM EST|