|53||CHICAGO||-120||Ov 5.5,+100||-135||Ov 5.5,+120|
|54||MINNESOTA||+100||Un 5.5,-120||+115||Un 5.5,-140|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||4-0-0||+4||4-0||+4||2-2||4.2||29.5||2.5||24.7|
|Last 5 Games||5-0-0||+5||5-0||+5||1-4||3.4||30.0||2.2||28.4|
|Team Stats (All Games)||6||22||7||7||6||2||0||172||12.8%||27||7||25.9%||38|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||4||17||5||6||5||1||0||118||14.4%||21||5||23.8%||28|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||17||4||6||5||2||0||150||11.3%||22||6||27.3%||31|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||13||3||3||7||0||0||163||8.0%||23||1||4.3%||23|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||10||3||3||4||0||0||99||10.1%||15||0||0.0%||17|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||11||3||2||6||0||0||142||7.7%||18||1||5.6%||19|
|CORY CRAWFORD (All Games)||5||5||134||125||93.3%||0||5-0||+5||5-0-0||+5||1-4|
|CORY CRAWFORD (Road Games)||3||3||70||64||91.4%||0||3-0||+3||3-0-0||+3||1-2|
|CORY CRAWFORD (Last 4 Games)||4||4||113||106||93.8%||0||4-0||+4||4-0-0||+4||0-4|
|RAY EMERY (All Games)||1||1||29||25||86.2%||0||1-0||+1||1-0-0||+1||1-0|
|RAY EMERY (Road Games)||1||1||29||25||86.2%||0||1-0||+1||1-0-0||+1||1-0|
|RAY EMERY (Last 4 Games)||1||1||29||25||86.2%||0||1-0||+1||1-0-0||+1||1-0|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||3-1-0||+1.4||3-1||+1.4||1-3||2.2||30.7||1.7||24.0|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-1.5||2-3||-1.5||2-3||2.4||26.0||3.0||26.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||6||16||4||8||4||0||0||165||9.7%||26||5||19.2%||32|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||4||9||4||3||2||0||0||123||7.3%||15||2||13.3%||18|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||12||4||5||3||0||0||130||9.2%||19||3||15.8%||24|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||17||3||6||7||1||0||157||10.8%||24||4||16.7%||30|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||7||2||1||4||0||0||96||7.3%||14||2||14.3%||10|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||15||2||6||6||1||0||130||11.5%||21||4||19.0%||26|
|NIKLAS BACKSTROM (All Games)||4||4||106||94||88.7%||0||2-2||-0.6||2-2-0||-1||2-2|
|NIKLAS BACKSTROM (Home Games)||3||3||72||65||90.3%||0||2-1||+0.4||2-1-0||0||1-2|
|NIKLAS BACKSTROM (Last 4 Games)||4||4||106||94||88.7%||0||2-2||-0.6||2-2-0||-1||2-2|
|JOSH HARDING (All Games)||2||2||51||46||90.2%||1||1-1||0||1-1-0||0||1-1|
|JOSH HARDING (Home Games)||1||1||24||24||100.0%||1||1-0||+1||1-0-0||+1||0-1|
|JOSH HARDING (Last 4 Games)||2||2||51||46||90.2%||1||1-1||0||1-1-0||0||1-1|
|Average power rating of opponents played: CHICAGO 3.35, MINNESOTA 2.96|
|1/19/2013||at LOS ANGELES||5-2||W||0, +105||W||5 ov||O|
|1/20/2013||at PHOENIX||6-4||W||0, -110||W||5.5 un||O|
|1/22/2013||ST LOUIS||3-2||W||0, -125||W||5.5 un||U|
|1/24/2013||at DALLAS||3-2||W||0, -125||W||5.5 un||U|
|1/26/2013||at COLUMBUS||3-2||W||0, -165||W||5.5 ov||U|
|1/27/2013||DETROIT||2-1||W||0, -145||W||5.5 ov||U|
|1/30/2013||at MINNESOTA|| |
|2/1/2013||at VANCOUVER|| |
|2/2/2013||at CALGARY|| |
|2/5/2013||at SAN JOSE|| |
|2/7/2013||at PHOENIX|| |
|2/10/2013||at NASHVILLE|| |
|1/19/2013||COLORADO||4-2||W||0, -145||W||5 ov||O|
|1/20/2013||DALLAS||1-0||W||0, -160||W||5 ov||U|
|1/22/2013||NASHVILLE||1-3||L||0, -155||L||5 ov||U|
|1/25/2013||at DETROIT||3-5||L||0, +100||L||5 ov||O|
|1/27/2013||at ST LOUIS||4-5||L||0, +145||L||5 ov||O|
|1/29/2013||COLUMBUS||3-2||W||0, -200||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/1/2013||at ANAHEIM|| |
|2/4/2013||at PHOENIX|| |
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: 35-36-11, 81 points.
COACH: Mike Yeo, 2nd season, 35-36-11.
ADDED: LW Zach Parise, D Ryan Suter, C Mikael Granlund, LW Torrey Mitchell, C Zenon Konopka, C Jake Dowell.
LOST: LW Guillaume Latendresse, RW Nick Johnson, LW Warren Peters, RW Jed Ortmeyer, D Mike Lundin, C Erik Christensen, D Kurtis Foster.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Parise and Suter are the headliners, their identical 13-year, $98 million contracts serving as July 4 fireworks over the NHL free agent market, but the Finnish sensation Granlund is being given a spot on the second line before his 21st birthday. The ninth overall pick in the 2010 draft is so popular in his home country that paparazzi follow him around town. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound, slick-with-the-stick scorer spent the lockout playing for the Wild's AHL affiliate. He had 20 goals and 31 assists in 45 games last season for his club in Helsinki.
OUTLOOK: The Wild had the league's best record at 20-7-3 at the 30-game mark but nosedived down the stretch under the weight of myriad injuries. After signing Parise, bringing Granlund over and getting Pierre-Marc Bouchard back from another lengthy concussion absence, the Wild have unquestionably the deepest and most talented group of forwards in the franchise's 13-year history. Staying healthy in a fast-paced condensed season will be critical, of course, but the key to making the playoffs for the first time in five years is on the blue line, where veterans Suter and Tom Gilbert will need help from young players like Jared Spurgeon, Clayton Stoner and Marco Scandella.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (CHICAGO-MINNESOTA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Blackhawks-Wild Preview* =========================
By JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
Chicago (6-0-0) at Minnesota (3-2-1), 8:00 p.m. EDT
The Chicago Blackhawks are off to the best start in the 86-year history of the franchise, led by a balanced offense, a strong penalty kill and reliable goaltending.
They'll look to continue their well-rounded play when they open a six-game road trip Wednesday night against the Minnesota Wild, who just put a stop to a three-game losing streak.
The Blackhawks (6-0-0) are one of two remaining unbeatens in the NHL, and they already have four road victories under their belt as they begin their longest trip of the season. Sixteen skaters have registered at least one point, including 10 with at least three.
Patrick Kane leads the way with nine, while Marian Hossa's five goals are a team best.
"I think everybody deserves credit," coach Joel Quenneville said. "Everybody's contributing. Everybody was where we wanted them to be. Everybody had good conditioning to start with. Special teams, Crow (Corey Crawford) in net, the team game. I'm pleased."
Their perfect record was in jeopardy Sunday against Detroit, but Nick Leddy scored in overtime for a 2-1 win. Chicago killed off all six of the Red Wings' power plays, improving to 22 of 23 this season.
"We could have been better, but at the same time six (games) in nine (days) could have been a factor," Quenneville said.
Crawford will make his sixth start of the season Wednesday, and he's been one of the best goalies in the league in the early going. His 1.78 goals-against average is nearly a full goal below his 2.72 GAA from 57 games last season.
"I like his approach to the season," Quenneville told the team's official website. "He seems prepared and he's shown that he wants to play and he's determined to be the best he can be. He's taken charge of games at critical times and made big saves."
Minnesota (3-2-1) stepped up at a big moment Tuesday in a 3-2 home win against Columbus. The Wild squandered a 2-0 lead and were in danger of their fourth straight defeat, but Pierre-Marc Bouchard came through with the winning score with less than six minutes left.
Of the Wild's 16 goals this season, it was only the fifth not generated by the top forward line of Zach Parise, Mikko Koivu and Dany Heatley.
"Take pressure off the top guys, it's key," said Torrey Mitchell, who assisted on Bouchard's goal. "Secondary scoring is big. Guys are doing the right things and it's going to come around. There's no doubt in the locker room about that. But it's nice to get one, at least tonight."
Bouchard has two goals and is feeling good after playing only 97 games over the last three seasons because of concussions.
"It's pretty fun. The last few years have been pretty tough," Bouchard said. "It's good to be back and play those kinds of games and win some hockey games."
Chicago defenseman Michal Rozsival, who has two assists in three games, missed the last two contests with a lower-body injury, but Quenneville said he expects him to skate Wednesday morning.
Jonathan Toews has six points over his last three games against Minnesota.
The Blackhawks are 8-1-3 in the past 12 meetings - getting at least a point in each of their last seven trips to St. Paul - though the Wild took the final two matchups last season in shootouts while Toews was sidelined.
|Last Updated: 12/20/2014 2:40:37 PM EST|