Stanley Cup Playoffs

Chicago Blackhawks: 3 Keys to Game 2 Against the Edmonton Oilers

Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images)
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Chicago Blackhawks, Corey Crawford
Chicago Blackhawks, Corey Crawford (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images) /

2. Corey Crawford needs to be at his best

There was one goal last game I think Corey Crawford would have liked back. In my opinion, Crawford did show some signs of rust last game, and he did give up four goals. We are going to need him to be better if we are going to win again.

I would expect Edmonton to come out flying. There is no doubt in my mind there is a fire underneath them and they are itching at an opportunity to make us look bad. Our defense is going to need to not give Edmonton too many opportunities in a row otherwise Crawford might lose his net and Edmonton will get an easy goal.

If there is one thing that I have noticed from Crawford in game one, it is that he lost his net too easily. He kept pushing out of the net to get across the ice, and while he did make some big saves, he needs to do a better job keeping control.

We need Crawford in this entire series if he falters, it could cost the Blackhawks this entire qualifying round. Let’s hope he does not give up any weak goals, otherwise, our best bet is Malcolm Subban.