National Hockey League action on Saturday evening and a pair of teams from the Central Division will square off as the Chicago Blackhawks grapple with the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. The Avs won the first meeting between these teams by a score of 5-2. Chicago enters this game at 10-15 on the year while the Avs are 15-10.
Blackhawks Have Lost Their OffenseThe Chicago Blackhawks have not had a great season so far as they are just 10-15 through their first 25 games. They recently had a four-game winning streak going but have since gone just 1-4 over their last five games. Chicago scored 21 goals during their win streak, but the offense is now missing in action as they have totaled just 10 total goals in their last five games. That will not get it done, especially against a Colorado team that has averaged 4./10 gpg over their last 10 games. Speaking of Colorado, The Blackhawks took them on yesterday and lost that game by a score of 5-2. Scoring in the loss was Zack Smith, which was his 1st of the year and Patrick Kane, which was 13th of the year.
Absorbing the loss to the Avs was Corey Crawford, who allowed five goals on 23 shot attempts to fall to 5-7 with a 2.94 GAA on the year. Getting the nod in this one will be Robin Lehner and he has gone 5-7 with a 2.38 GAA on the year, including 2-3 with a 3.14 GAA on the road. In his career, he has gone 53-79 with a 2.70 GAA on the road 15-30 with a 2.73 GAA during the month of November, plus 4-4 with a 2.60 GAA against the Avs.The Blackhawks enter this game ranked 21st in the league in scoring at 2.84 gpg and 27th in power-play conversions at 13.5% while on the defensive end of the ice, they are 10th in the league in goals allowed at 2.84 gpg and 19th in penalty kill at 80.8%.
Avs Start Fast In Win Against The BlackhawksThe Colorado Avalanche continue to have a solid start to their year. The enter this game having beaten Chicago on Friday in game one of this home-and-home series to move to 15-10 on the year. Colorado is currently in 3rd place in the Central Division and just six points out of first. The Avs have been led by their offense this year and it has been on fire of late as they have averaged a solid 4.10 gpg over their last 10 games. Colorado has also averaged a solid 3.82 gpg here at home for the year. They have a big edge on offense in this game but will it be enough to get a sweep in this two-game set? We shall see. The Avs scored twice within the first 3:17 against Chicago and never looked back. Scoring in the win was Nathan MacKinnon (16th), Ryan Graves (3rd), Cale Makar (8th), Valeri Nichushkin (2nd), and J.T. Compher (3rd).
Grabbing the win was Pavel Francouz, who allowed just two goals on 34 shot attempts to move to 5-2 with a 2.48 GAA on the year. Philipp Grubauer will get the nod in this one and he has gone 8-7 with a 2.86 GAA on the year, including 4-3 with a 2.85 GAA here at home. In his career, he has gone 33-23 with a 2.22 GAA in his home games and 7-12 with a 2.93 GAA during the month of November, plus 1-2 with a 2.09 GAA against the Blackhawks.The Avs enter this game ranked 3rd in the league in scoring at 3.60 gpg and 13th in power-play conversions at 19.2% while on the defensive end of the ice, they are 12th in the league in goals allowed at 2.88 gpg and 21st in penalty kill at 78.0%.
- 16-5 in their last 21 games as a home favorite
- 15-7 in their last 22 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game
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- 10-26 in their last 36 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600
- 6-20 in their last 26 when their opponent scores 5 goals or more in their previous game