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Chicago Blackhawks’ First-Half Report Card

By Mike Brennan
Jan 6, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; The Chicago Blackhawks celebrate their victory following the third period against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the United Center. Chicago won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 6, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; The Chicago Blackhawks celebrate their victory following the third period against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the United Center. Chicago won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jan 14, 2016; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) makes a save against Montreal Canadiens left wing Tomas Fleischmann (15) during the third period at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports /

Goaltending: A

At 31 years old, Corey Crawford is having a career year. He has the best save percentage in the league with .931, fifth best goals against per game average with 2.14, and he leads the league in shutouts with seven. Crawford also has a record of 28-12-2. He has just been amazing but did not get the nod for the All-Star Game, surprisingly.

During the season, Crow has taken over games when they really need to be taken over. Countless times, especially during his seven shutouts, he has stood on his head and made some crazy saves. In the past I have admittedly been a Crawford hater, but I cannot say anything bad about him. He had a couple bad outings as of late, but that can be expected from any goalie who has been playing the way he has.

Scott Darling is the backup behind Crow, and he has been having a mediocre season, but it has not really shown because he has only come in sporadically through the season. Darling has a 5-4-2 record through 13 games played. He also has a .911 save percentage and is letting up about 2.61 goals per game.

So bottom line, Crawford has been phenomenal this season and should be in talks for his first-ever Vezina Trophy. He has even been good enough to pick up the slack of his D+ defense in front of him.

Next: Next Grade: Special Teams

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