Wednesday evening pucks and the Central Division will square off with te Pacific Division as the Chicago Blackhawks grapple with the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. The Blackhawks enter this game off a 3-2 home loss to the Flames, while the Ducks are off a 6-5 road win over the Capitals.
Blackhawks Fall In Tight One To The Flames
The long season continues for the Chicago Blackhawks as they come in having lost their last four games in a row after falling at home to the Calgary Flames by a score of 3-2. The Blackhawks were outshot 41-24 in the game, but they fought hard, only to come up a bit short. This proud franchise is now 9-19 on the year, and their 23 points are tied with the Devils for 2nd fewest in the league. Scoring in the loss was Jonathan Toews, which was his 12th of the year and Dylan Strome, which was his 5th of the year.
Taking the loss was Corey Crawford, who allowed three goals on 41 shot attempts to fall to 5-12 with a 3.17 GAA and a .903 save percentage on the year, while out on the road he has gone 1-7 with a 4.13 GAA and a .875 save percentage. In his career, he has gone 14-8 with a 1.92 GAA against the Ducks. Chicago enters this game ranked 23th in the league in scoring at 2.75 gpg and 30th in goals allowed at 3.68 gpg.
Ducks Had A Nice Road Trip
The Anaheim Ducks had a bad start to the year, but they have completely turned things around of late. Anaheim comes home off a five-game road trip, and after losing the first game of the trip, they have come back to win the final four games. Their last win was in the Nation’s Capital as they beat the Capitals by a score of 6-5. The Ducks trailed that game 5-1 in the 2nd period, but they scored the final five goals with Pontus Aberg notching the game-winner with 4:05 left in the game. It was his 2nd of the game and 9th of the year. Ryan Getzlaf (8th), Andrew Cogliano (2nd), Rickard Rakell (5th), and Hampus Lindholm (3rd) also scored in the win. Anaheim is now one point out of first in the Pacific Division after winning six of their last seven games.
Grabbing the win was Ryan Miller (4-3, 2.47 GAA), who stopped 19 of the 21 shots that he faced after relieving John Gibson, who allowed three goals over the first 13:19 of the game. Gibson will be back in the crease, and he has gone 8-5 with a 2.58 GAA, and a 2.58 GAA and a .927 save percentage on the year, including 6-5 with a 2.19 GAA and a .931 save percentage here at home. In his career, he has gone 4-4 with a 2.23 GAA against the Blackhawks. The Ducks enter this game ranked 30th in the league in scoring at 2.34 gpg and 10th in goals allowed at 2.79 gpg.
- 13-3 in their last 16 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400
- 40-19 in their last 59 games playing on 2 days rest
- 6-16 in their last 22 vs. a team with a losing record
- 5-22 in their last 27 vs. the Pacifi