Here are Three Things to Watch when the Blackhawks take on the Montreal Canadiens tonight on NBC Sports Chicago and streaming live on the NBC Sports app. Coverage begins at 5:30 p.m. with Blackhawks Pregame Live.
1. Which goalie matchup will we see?
Before Wednesday, Corey Crawford went nearly a year without recording a shutout. Now he's got two in as many games. The 32-year-old Blackhawks netminder turned in a 35-save performance in a 3-0 win over Philadelphia on Wednesday Night Rivalry, then followed that up by blanking Minnesota 2-0 with 24 saves.
To make the decision more difficult, Crawford owns an 8-0-2 record with a 1.49 goals against average and .954. save percentage in 10 career starts against the Canadiens. Will Joel Quenneville ride the hot hand on the second of a back-to-back and play Crawford against his hometown team or will he give the nod to Anton Forsberg, who's still looking for his first win of the season?
On Montreal's side, Carey Price traveled to Chicago but is still listed as day to day with a lower body injury. Claude Julien told reporters Saturday night he's unsure whether he'll roll with Chicago native Al Montoya for the second straight night or 23-year-old Charlie Lindgren.
2. Can Artem Anisimov keep his goal streak going?
After scoring one goal in his first 10 games to start the season, Anisimov has found the back of the net in each of his last four. Most importantly, two of those goals have come on the power play, which is 2-for-22 in its last five contests.
Getting that net-front presence is crucial for the Blackhawks offense both at even strength and the man advantage, and Anisimov providing that helps take pressure off the top six.
3. Andrew Shaw coming in hot.
The former Blackhawks forward is coming back to a familiar place, and he's bringing a hot stick with him.
Shaw went goalless in his first 12 games to start the campaign, but he's scored three goals in his last two and you know he'll be even hungrier to keep that streak going against his old club.
He registered four shots on goal and had a minor penalty in the team's first meeting against Chicago, a 3-1 loss in Montreal on Oct. 10.