This season has gone terribly for the Chicago Blackhawks and the bad news piled on Sunday when Corey Crawford suffered another concussion. Things have looked just a touch better this week though. With Friday’s 2-1 win over Colorado, the Blackhawks are now on their first three-game winning streak of the season.
Golaie Collin Delia made his NHL season debut and got the win with 35 saves. Alex DeBrincat reached the 30-point milestone, demonstrating once again that he’s one of the main sources of hope for the Blackhawks in the long-term, and Artem Anisimov sealed the deal.
Chicago is still just 13-19-6, which puts the Blackhawks seven points behind Edmonton in the Wild Card race despite the fact that Chicago has played in three more games. It could be argued that these wins are actually hurting the Blackhawks in the long run given that their best hope now is winning the draft lottery. Even still, it has to be good to get a reprieve from their struggles, even if it does end up only being a brief one.
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NEW JERSEY 5 OTTAWA 2
If there’s a silver lining for the Senators, it’s that Matt Duchene returned from a groin injury and was fantastic. He scored both of Ottawa’s goals, giving him 14 goals and 36 points in 30 contests this season.
Taylor Hall scored two goals, including the game-winner, and registered two assists. That brings him up to 11 goals and 37 points in 32 contests.
Kyle Palmieri found the back of the net and registered two assists. He has 18 goals and 33 points in 34 games.
Keith Kinkaid turned aside 25 of 27 Senators shots. He has a 12-9-6 record, 2.96 GAA, and .903 save percentage in 28 games.
WASHINGTON 2 BUFFALO 1
Johan Larsson accounted for the Sabres’ goal. It was his third goal and fifth point in 30 games this season.
Tom Wilson netted the game-winning goal. He has 10 goals and 17 points in 15 games.
Washington’s other goal was scored by Chandler Stephenson. That gives him three goals and seven points in 32 games.
Braden Holtby turned aside 36 of 37 Sabres shots. He improved to 14-8-2 with a 2.79 GAA and .914 save percentage in 25 games.
Carter Hutton stopped 22 of 24 shots in his third straight loss. He has a 13-10-2 record, 2.58 GAA, and .917 save percentage in 25 contests.
CHICAGO 2 COLORADO 1
Collin Delia made his season debut and stole the show by stopping 35 of 36 shots. He had a 2.34 GAA and .933 save percentage in 17 AHL games.
Artem Anisimov scored the game-winning goal. It was his seventh goal and 17th point in 34 games.
Alex DeBrincat also found the back of the net for Chicago. He has 16 goals and 30 points in 38 games.
J.T. Compher scored the Avalanche’s lone goal. He’s up to nine goals and 13 points in 20 contests.
Philipp Grubauer stopped 26 of 28 shots last night. He’s 8-3-3 with a 2.98 GAA and .905 save percentage in 15 games.