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Emery looks to improve already stellar home record


Emery looks to improve already stellar home record

Ray Emery doesnt have an explanation for his record at home. It is, as the old saying goes, what it is. And right now, the Blackhawks goaltenders home record is very, very good.

Emery is 10-0-2 at the United Center this season, and hell look to better that mark tonight when they faces the St. Louis Blues. For a goalie whos preseason numbers were not very good, Emery has been stellar this regular season. Hes lowered his season goals-against average to 2.66 and in his home games this season that number is a slick 1.70.

Considering his current play, Emerys arguably been the teams most-valuable player recently. But if theres some explanation to his home prowess, Emery doesnt know what it is. And hes not going to dwell on the numbers, either.

Each nights a new night, Emery said. And as soon as you start looking at that stuff, thats when you slip up.

Whatever the reason, the Blackhawks are grateful. For a team thats had its ups and downs the last month or so, Emerys been a relative constant. He deserved a better fate on Sunday, too, when he stopped five straight shootout attempts by the Los Angeles Kings.

Hes been consistent for us, coach Joel Quenneville said. Its unfortunate he stops five in a row in a shootout and we couldnt get him a win, but hes doing what he can. Hes big, hes square, he anticipates well and he has some confidence.

Emery has been what the Blackhawks have needed him to be this season, especially at home. Nobody knows why the home numbers are what they are. They just like the results.

Im a part of the team and its definitely a boost to play at home, but I dont know if you can read too much into it, he said. Each nights a different night. You just have to stay sharp and not get ahead of yourself.

High School Lites Football Roundup Week 9

High School Lites Football Roundup Week 9

High School Lites is back with an exciting Week 9 full of thrilling matchups. NBC Sports Chicago has the highlights of some of the top matchups from Friday's games.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter @NBCSPREPS for all of the latest IHSA football scores and highlights.

DRIVE: Batavia (episode 9)

TEAM OF THE WEEK: Oak Forest football

VIEWERS' CHOICE GAMES OF THE WEEK: Fremd runs past Schaumburg

WINTRUST ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Notre Dame running back Ty Gavin


(1) Lincoln-Way East 31, (16) Bolingbrook 0

(2) Batavia 24, Wheaton North 13

(3) Brother Rice 31, (17) Montini 0

(4) Marist 24, Benet 7

(6) Homewood-Flossmoor 56, Sandburg 0

(7) Cary-Grove 55, (15) Naperville Central 41

(9) Nazareth Academy 42, Marian Catholic 6

(10) Maine South 48, Niles West 6

(11) Oswego 22, Plainfield South 15

(12) Richards 41, Eisenhower 6

(13) Phillips 41, Raby 0

(14) Willowbrook 42, Downers South 20

(18) Oak Park-River Forest 48, Lyons 0

(19) Warren 43, Mundelein 7

(20) Glenbard West 35, Proviso West 6

(21) Hillcrest 43, Bremen 6

Joliet Catholic 33, (22) Notre Dame 17

(23) Hinsdale Central 21, Hinsdale South 12

(24) Rolling Meadows 34, Buffalo Grove 7

Wheaton Warrenville South 13, (25) St. Charles North 11


Payton 43, Kenwood 42

Coal City 43, Lisle 14

Huntley 55, Dundee-Crown 12

Perspectives 32, Solorio 16


Fenwick vs. (5) Mount Carmel 

(8) Simeon vs. Curie

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Can the Bears pull off an upset at home against Tom Brady and the Patriots?


SportsTalk Live Podcast: Can the Bears pull off an upset at home against Tom Brady and the Patriots?

Chris Emma, Matt Zahn and Gabe Ramirez join David Kaplan on the panel.

0:00- NBC Sports National NBA Insider Tom Haberstroh joins the panel to discuss the Bulls’ terrible defensive performance as well as Zach LaVine’s impressive season debut.

11:35- Khalil Mack is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Patriots. Can the Bears pull off the upset against Tom Brady?

23:50- NBC Sports Boston Patriots insider Tom E. Curran joins Kap to talk about how New England views the Bears and discuss how Matt Nagy’s team can exploit the Patriots’ weaknesses.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below.