The Chicago Blackhawks have shut out their last two opponents, and tonight they faceoff against an Original 6 team at the United Center when the Montreal Canadiens come to town.
The Chicago Blackhawks will be playing back to back nights for the 2nd straight weekend, but their defense has been steadily improving the past few games so this will be a good test to see if they continue to lock down opponents.
Some will say they haven’t been locking down opponent, but that Corey Crawford has been playing superbly and bailing out his defense when giving up odd man chances and breakaways.
Some of that is true, but Crawford only faced 24 shots last night so he may get the start tonight on back to back nights. He’s been great all season and with the two shutouts has improved his Goals Against Average to 1.75 and his Save Percentage to .945 both of which are at the top of the NHL Stats leaders right now.
The offense hasn’t been clicking just yet, but I expect to see it start going a little bit better sooner than later. The Hawks have had some unlucky puck luck like Alex DeBrincat hitting numerous posts the past few games. The other thing that will help is if they shoot more and stop trying to set up highlight reel goals. Yes, those are exciting but volume shots is a much better option especially when you have opportunities on the doorstep.
It is good to see Artem Anisimov start to score on a regular basis, and that Joel Quenneville has put him out on the powerplay because he does get to the front of the net. The Hawks will need more net front presence tonight and every other game if they expect to see more pucks get into the back of the net. They have outshot or tied the shot chart in the last 3 games which very encouraging!
Here are the listings for tonight’s game
TV Listings– NHL Network, NBCSCH
Radio Listings– WGN Radio
Live Stream– NBCSCH Live Stream
Radio LIve Stream– WGN Radio App
I had the Hawks scoring two goals last night, and Corey Crawford being one of the three stars so I’m starting to dial in my predictions so I’m looking for a better showing tonight!
Final Score Prediction
The Hawks look like they are about to break out of their scoring drought, so I’m predicting a 4-1 Chicago Blackhawks victory with a big game from the 2nd Line with a Alex DeBrincat empty netter just for fun!
Three Stars Prediction
#3 Star- Nick Schmaltz-1 Goals 2 Assists
#2 Star- Duncan Keith-3 Assists
#1 Star- Patrick Kane-2 Goals 1 Assist
What are your predictions for tonight’s game from the United Center?