We’re officially a week into the 2013/14 NHL playoffs and we’ve already seen our share of overtime dramatics, borderline hits, curious officiating, and Pierre McGuire. While every series has seen at least 3 games played, now is a good time to check in on what we’ve learned through week 1 of the dance and what we should expect over the next week.
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, th...
After their dominating performance during their Stadium Series outdoor game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Blackhawks (36-12-14) are back indoors, in the United Center at home, to face the Colorado Avalanche (39-17-5). The Avs sit just behind the Hawks in the Central division, 3 points behind Chicago, with one game in hand.
These teams have faced one another three times already this season, the Hawks winning one, and losing one in regulation, and one in OT. The Avalanche, led by new coach Patrick Roy, have been extremely dangero...
Sometimes, you need your goalie to steal a win for you, and that's what the Colorado Avalanche got out of Semyon Varlamov tonight at the United Center versus the Blackhawks.
Varlamov made 46 of 48 saves (.958 sv%) on a night where the Avs started a player short, and lost a defenseman early in the third. Colorado has a handful of players on IR, including PA Parenteau and Alex Tanguay, but despite that, they've been 5-1-1 in the new year. Their goalie has been a big part of that.
In that same stretch, the Blackhawks have gone just 2-1-4; so their silver lining is that they continue to eke out points in losses and remain in the top three of the Central division....
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%)...
It was Patrick Sharp's birthday on Friday, and he celebrated by notching a hat trick plus an assist in Chicago's 7-2 win over the Avalanche.
Coming off the league-wide three-day Christmas break, Colorado looked like a team that was still on vacation as they were constantly out-skated and out-played by the Blackhawks.
First-year Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said prior to the game that he expected the Blackhawks to win the division by a good margin. But Colorado had a strong start to the season and can still be expected to be in playoff position in the spring - so long as they don't play too many games as bad as last night's.
Monday night, the Blackhawks had one of those games where they looked like they were playing an AHL team. However, their opponents were the New Jersey Devils, who have struggled most of the season.
After having a rough start to the season, the Devils have only 37 points (15-16-7) after losing to the Blackhawks. In the Eastern Conference, they have barely enough points to keep them bouncing in and out of the third spot in the Metropolitan division, which has turned into the NHL's worst division this season. Heading into the game versus Chicago, they sat in third in their division; after the night's games, they had fallen back to 10th in the East.
The Blackhawks (14-3-4) kick off their annual two-week "circus trip" today as they head out on a road trip that will take them to all four Canadian Western conference teams. They will also visit Colorado, Phoenix, and Dallas instead of their usual Thanksgiving weekend swing through California.
First up on the trip is Tuesday night's match at the Colorado Avalanche. The Avs held one of the top spots in the West for most of the early season, but have since lost their past three games and are now 14-5-0 with 28 points, which puts them 4th in the Central, and 2nd in the Western wild card race.
Matt Duchene was injured in Saturday night's game vs Florida, and...