Blackhawks face off the Avalanche again

The Colorado Avalanche (28-12-5) are coming to Chicago on Tuesday night for their 3rd match up against the Blackhawks (30-8-10). The Hawks are in a 4 game homestand and will be looking to keep going after earning a W against the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday, a win which snapped a 3-game losing streak. The teams have split the last two decisions, with Colorado taking the first win 5-1 and Chicago winning the 2nd match-up 7-2.

 

Goaltending for both teams has been solid, although Blackhawks main netminder Corey Crawford (2.47 GAA, .911 SV%) has been shaky since coming back from injury; he has not won in his past 6 starts, even if he is the main reason the Blackhawks have gained a point against Montréal on Saturday. He is probable to start against the Avs on Tuesday.

 

Semyon Varlamov (2.35 GAA, .926 SV%), the Colorado main goaltender, has strong numbers and both he and Jean-Sebastien Giguere (2.65 GAA, .911 SV%) have been solid under the coaching of Patrick Roy. The whole team has benefited from the staff change and had an amazing beginning to the season.

 

The Avalanche offense has been dangerous, very active and very fast. Matt Duchene (16G, 23A) is leading the team, and 2013 1st overall draft pick Nathan MacKinnon (15G, 14A) is leading the Calder trophy race. Gabriel Landeskog (13G, 22A) and Paul Stastny (13G, 21A) are just behind Duchene in points.

 

However, the Avs’ lead scorer would still be 5th in points in the Blackhawks lineup, with Patrick Kane (23G, 33A), Patrick Sharp (25G, 24A), Jonathan Toews (17G, 30A), and Duncan Keith (3G, 41A) ahead of Duchene in points, and Marian Hossa (17G, 21A) just behind.

 

Recently though, the Blackhawks seem to have hit a bit of a snatch, losing three games in a row and being unable to find the back of the net. They only scored 5 goals in their most recent 3 losses, and then scored 5 in one game on Sunday, against the Edmonton Oilers. The Avalanche tend to be a high-scoring team as well, with 16 goals scored in their past 5 games (15 for the Blackhawks).

 

The past games between these two teams were fun and fast-paced, and we can expect this one to be as well. These Central division rivals will see each other 2 more times after Tuesday’s match-up.

 

Game time is 8.00 p.m. ET and can be seen live on CSN-CH and ALT.

 

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