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Chicago Blackhawks’ Nominees For Regular-Season Awards

By Mario Tirabassi
Mar 11, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) watches from the bench during the third period against the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center. The Stars defeat the Blackhawks 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 11, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) watches from the bench during the third period against the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center. The Stars defeat the Blackhawks 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports /
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Blackhawks for the Vezina Trophy: Best Goaltender

This award, like the Hart, was wrapped up early this year. Key word: Was. Braden Holtby was the runaway winner early this season, but the race has tightened up down the season’s last stretch.

While Holtby leads the league in wins and led the league at one point in both save percentage and goals-against average (GAA), his numbers have slipped a bit. Bishop now leads the league in GAA with a 2.02, and Brian Elliott leads the league in save percentage with a .931. All the while, Crawford leads the NHL in shutouts with seven so far this year, as well as being tied for third in wins (35), fourth in save percentage (.926), and a top-15 GAA (2.32). But looking at the way that Crawford has had to play in many games this season for the Blackhawks, one would see how much he is relied on on a regular basis. Numerous times, Crawford has bailed the Blackhawks out of a bad game and basically willed Chicago to a tight win.

It’s anyone’s race with most teams having 10 or 11 games to play. Holtby is still the favorite, but Crawford has a case, and to be in the conversation as much as he is almost makes up for Crawford’s bogus All-Star snub this year.

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