The Chicago Blackhawks are 5-1 on the circus trip with a chance to go 6-1. The last opponent standing in their way on the circus trip is the Phoenix Coyotes. The Blackhawks are currently first in the Central Division with a record of 19-4-4. The Coyotes are 2-4 in their last six games. They are coming off an impressive win against the Minnesota Wild. They are 15-6-4 which is good for 4th in the Pacific division. This is the second meeting between the Blackhawks and Coyotes.
Here are three things the Blackhawks took from their first meeting with the Coyotes:
- The Coyotes can score on the Blackhawks: The Blackhawks have given up four or more goals five times this season. One of those five was in the first game against Phoenix. The Coyotes got 4 goals by Corey Crawford in 30 shots. Phoenix can score on anyone this season. They have lit the map 83 times which is good for 5th in the NHL this season. The Blackhawks meanwhile have allowed 74 goals on the season which is good for 19th in the NHL.
- The Blackhawks can score on the Coyotes: The Blackhawks put four shots past Mike Smith for four goals. The Blackhawks put 52 shots on Mike Smith. To Smith’s credit, he made 48 saves for the game. Smith on the season is 12-5-4 with 3.02 goals against. They are ranked 23rd in the league with 79 goals allowed. To the Blackhawks credit, they can score on anyone. They lead the NHL with 97 goals scored on the season. Patrick Kane has 15 goals and 13 assists on the season.
- The Coyotes defense is very active on offense: Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Keith Yandle are top point getters for the Coyotes. Ekman-Larsson on the season has 4 goals and 13 assists on the season. Yandle has 1 goal and 16 assists. In their first meeting, Ekman-Larsson has 1 assist for 1 point, while Yandle had 2 assists for 2 points. The defense being active on offense can be a weakness for the Coyotes because they yield too many odd man rushes.
The Blackhawks and Coyotes will square off in Phoenix at 6:30pm central time tonight. For all your original Blackhawks news and notes pplease visit Blackhawkup.com or follow us on twitter at Blackhawk_up.