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The Blackhawks are looking to bounce back following Tuesday’s 2-0 loss to Colorado. Chicago recorded a season-high 54 shots but was blanked by Semyon Varlamov in suffering its first shutout since Nov. 2. Corey Crawford allowed both goals in the opening 1:17. The Blackhawks have given up the first goal in five straight games. “It’s frustrating,” forward Patrick Sharp told the team’s official website. “I think we can do a better job of getting to the net. I think the most frustrating part is the way we started the game again. Being down 2-0 quick like that changes the whole way the game is going to be played from there on out. We did generate a lot of shots on net. source:–nhl.html

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The Blackhawks (27-12-2) tuned up for the trip north with Thursday’s 4-2 win in Minnesota with a pair of goals from Bryan Bickell and a goal and two assists from Patrick Kane . Brad Richards added three assists. They’ve reached the halfway point in the season with some work to do in the Central, where they trail Nashville by two points. They finished the first half 14-1-0 when leading after one period and 14-0-0 when leading after two, and those numbers improved against the Wild because of Corey Crawford . Crawford made 42 saves in easily his best of eight games since returning from a lower-body injury. Prior to the injury, he was 12-5-1 with a 1.87 goals-against average. Since, he’s 4-3-1 with a 2.98 GAA, so there’s still work to do, but his value was recognized against the Wild. “That was a goalie win,” Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said. “They were the better team tonight, for sure, and we dodged a bullet.” Crawford is 3-0-0 with a 1.59 GAA in his last four games against the Oilers. Chicago’s five straight wins in the series have come by a 26-10 total, including a 7-1 win in Edmonton on Nov. source:

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This will be the Blackhawks first visit to Minnesota since eliminating them in six games in last years conference semis. * Minnesota boasts the best penalty-kill percentage at home in the NHL this season at 91.8, while allowing just five goals with the man advantage on its home ice tied with the Blackhawks for the fewest in hockey. The Wild own a record of 1-1-4 over their last six home games. * The Blackhawks have dropped three of their last four road games after winning each of their previous six away from home. Despite the loss, Chicago had a season-high 54 shots on goal against Colorado on Tuesday and is averaging an NHL-leading 35.9 shots on goal overall. * Jason Zucker had a career-high three points (2g, 1a) against San Jose on Tuesday and has three goals in his last three home contests. Zucker, who is tied for the Wild lead with a career-high 14 goals this season, has one point (an assist) in five career regular-season meetings with Chicago. * Patrick Kane has four goals and three assists during his current five-game point streak on the road. Kane has at least one point in each of his last five regular-season games against Minnesota (4g, 4a), while lighting the lamp in two straight and four of those five contests. * Jonathan Toews had one goal and two assists in the first matchup between these clubs this season his only three-point game of 2014-15. Including the postseason, Toews has just one point (an assist) in his last nine road games against the Wild. source:

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The Blackhawks Will Make a Move Toward the NHL’s Top Spot Among 5-on-5 Teams Bill Smith/Getty Images The Chicago Blackhawks rank fifth this season in five-on-five scoring. They are scoring 1.25 goals for every goal they give up when both teams are playing at full strength. While that’s not bad, they are capable of climbing up the ladder. The Montreal Canadiens are slightly ahead of them with a 1.27-1.00 ratio, while the Nashville Predators are the best team in the league in that category. Peter Laviolette’s team is scoring 1.53 goals to every goal they give up, and that’s quite a bit ahead of the Tampa Bay Lightning (1.34) and New York Rangers (1.33). The Blackhawks were fourth in that category last year and first in 2013 when they ended up winning the Stanley Cup. The Blackhawks simply have too much talent and firepower to finish the season behind teams like the Predators, Rangers and Habs, all clubs that don’t have the same kind of scoring ability. Look for the Blackhawks to finish no worse than second in that category as they battle Steven Stamkos and the Lightning for the title of most prolific five-on-five team in the league this season. The Blackhawks Will Hoist the Stanley Cup in June Elise Amendola/Associated Press Last year’s loss to the Los Angeles Kings still hurts. The Blackhawks were one goal away from going back to the Stanley Cup Final and defending the title they earned in 2013 in a brutal and memorable confrontation with the Boston Bruins . But when Alec Martinez’s long wrist shot deflected past Corey Crawford and into the net, the Blackhawks were denied that opportunity. They had to watch the Kings instead, who dominated the Rangers in the Stanley Cup Final and won hockey’s ultimate prize in a five-game series. source:


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