Hawks to try and get revenge on the Avs
The Blackhawks (38-13-14) are visiting the Colorado Avalanche (42-18-5) for the last time in this regular season, hoping to even the score with a win, even if the Avs still win their matchup series. The Blackhawks are fresh off 2 consecutive wins and have had 2 days off, while the Avs have had one, and are hoping for their win streak to start again after their loss to the St Louis Blues last Saturday.
The Blackhawks are still going strong, 2nd in Central with the Avalanche 1 point behind them. Despite losing Marian Hossa to injury, the Blackhawks rallied and with the play of Brandon Saad and Andrew Shaw on the top line alongside Captain Jonathan Toews, the team has brought in points and goals - they scored 8 in their last two games.
The Blackhawks are one of the best teams in the league in terms of puck possession, outshooting their opponents on a regular basis, but the Avalanche are a highly skilled team, with young players like captain Gabriel Landeskog, Matt Duchene, Ryan O’Reilly and 1st pick of the 2014 Draft Nathan MacKinnon driven by their coach Patrick Roy. They had an impressive start to the season and they are now in playoffs contention.
The goaltending for the Avalanche has been solid, thanks to Semyon Varlamov (2.45 GAA, .925 SV%), while the Blackhawks have counted on Corey Crawford (2.27 GAA, .918 SV%) since he came back from injury at the end of 2013. However, Coach Joel Quenneville said that backup goalie, rookie Antti Raanta (2.40 GAA, .904 SV%) could see some time in the net this week.
This is their last match up during the regular season, but these teams could see each other during the playoffs. The games are usually fast and intense between these two division rivals.
Game time is 9.30 p.m. ET and can be seen live on CSN-CH and ALT.