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Looking Back at the 2014-2015 Chicago Blackhawks Anaheim Ducks Matchups

By Brian Kinkade
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January 30, 2015; Anaheim, CA, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) moves the puck against the defense of Anaheim Ducks right wing Jakob Silfverberg (33) and defenseman Francois Beauchemin (23) during the second period at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Second matchup: November 28th, 2014

The goaltender that the Hawks will see in this series, Frederik Andersen, played great in this matchup against the “Circus Tripping” Hawks.  Andersen made 37 saves but gave up 3 goals as the Hawks defeated the Ducks by a 4-1 score(one goal was an empty-netter).

Brad Richards recorded a goal and an assist in this one as did Patrick Kaneso are we really supposed to be worried about the Ducks bullying the Hawks 2nd line in Anaheim?  On paper, the Ducks out-weigh Kane and Richards and can really put a hurt on them possession wise.  Bryan Bickellthe most physical player in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs will be alongside Kane and Richards, so this line should be fine as long as they can find a way to keep the puck in the offensive zone.

Once again, the Hawks outshot the Ducks big-time.  This time, the visiting Hawks outshot the hosting Ducks 38-24.  Customizing matchups isn’t a primary concern for Anaheim head coach  Bruce Boudreau, which as you can see makes being on the road less of a disadvantage for the Hawks.

Corey Crawford stopped 23 of 24 shots in this game.

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