The Chicago Blackhawks and Anaheim Ducks have combined for just five regulation losses, a total that no other team has managed to stay below. They meet Wednesday night at the Honda Center, where the Ducks are 12-1-0. Anaheim is 21-3-4 overall, while Chicago is 24-2-3. The Blackhawks have gone 13-1-2 away from home.
It almost goes without saying, but both teams come in on fire as well. Chicago is 8-2-0 in its last 10 games while Anaheim is 7-0-3.
The Blackhawks have been led by the dynamic play of Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa. Kane has 15 goals and 19 assists through 28 games, while Toews has 13 goals and 13 assists. Hossa has scored 13 goals while dishing out 10 assists.
Chicago’s goaltending might be more impressive though. Corey Crawford has posted a 13-2-3 record with a 1.79 goals against average and a .929 save percentage, while Ray Emery has backed him up admirably with a 10-0-0 record, a 2.28 goals against average and a .917 save percentage.
Whereas the Blackhawks boast star power, it’s been depth that’s buoyed the Ducks despite the presence of Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry. In a normal season, six Ducks would be on pace for 20 or more goals: Getzlaf, Perry, Saku Koivu, Bobby Ryan, Andrew Cogliano and Kyle Palmieri.
Getzlaf and Perry are the top point getters, though. Getzlaf has 10 goals and 21 assists, while Perry has nine goals and 15 assists.
Jonas Hiller has been strong between the pipes with a 10-2-3 record, a 2.52 goals against average and a .911 save percentage. Viktor Fasth has gone 10-1-1 with a 1.92 goals against average and a .929 save percentage.
It’s sure to be a hotly contested game and a potential preview of the Western Conference Finals, so don’t miss out. Get your tickets today and be part of the Ducks’ home ice advantage in one of the biggest regular season games of the year in the NHL.
The first meeting between the two teams was a thriller, with the Ducks winning 3-2 in a shootout at the United Center in Chicago.