The Blackhawks are nowhere near the dynastic club they were at winning three Stanley Cups this past decade, but they’re entertaining to see a potent offence and incredibly shaky goaltending. No staff has had more games go over the total this year than Chicago, and it is not even close.
When the Hawks were a better team, Patrick Kane would be an actual competitor to acquire another Hart Trophy. He won’t win it but may be a finalist. Young Alex DeBrincat, 21, is a rising celebrity. This club just needs help on the blueline at the worst way. Chicago has had two losing streaks of eight games this year.
Canucks vs Blackhawks Betting Diagnosis Vancouver and Chicago have split two meetings, the Canucks prevailing 4-2 at home on Halloween and the Blackhawks winning 4-3 in overtime at home on Feb. 7. Jake Virtanen (2G, 1A) directs the Canucks with three in the series. Jacob Markstrom began both and contains a 2.93 goals-against average and .902 save percent. DeBrincat has two goals vs. the Canucks and Kane an assist. Collin Delia began the win in net and usual No. 1 Corey Crawford the reduction.
The home team has won four of the past five in the series. The total has gone in just one of the past 11.
Vancouver played 3-2 shootout matches over the weekend, dropping at home Friday to New Jersey and winning Sunday in Dallas. Markstrom was fantastic vs. the Stars with 46 saves plus all five at the shootout. Josh Leivo scored at the fourth round of the shootout for the Canucks.
The two Canucks law goals were in the first period and by Tim Schaller — his first two of the year. He was the No. 1 celebrity. Jay Beagle sat Friday because of illness but had been back in there Sunday and had an assist. But, blueliner Chris Tanev was dropped to the season after blocking a shot against the Devils. The Canucks have won only three of their past 16 at the moment of a back-to-back.
Chicago is making one last playoff push on a five-game winning series, although it could be too late. The Hawks were 2-0 winners in Montreal on Saturday. Crawford, a Montreal native, stopped 48 shots (career full of regular season) for his second shutout of the year, and he was the straightforward No. 1 star. Connor Murphy (fourth of season) and Brendan Perlini (13th) scored for the Blackhawks. DeBrincat had two assists. He is now tied for second on the team with 71 points (38G, 33A), together with Kane top at 99 (41G, 58A). Kane’s four-game points streak ended in the victory. The Hawks have won eight of their past 11 in the home.
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