Pre-game Notes and Quotes
  • Three-time Stanley Cup winner (all with the Blackhawks), Bryan Bickell, was reassigned to the AHL today. Captian Jonathan Toews had this to say about his longtime teammate: “It’s tough, [it] hurts your confidence when you’ve kind of had a lot of success [and] a lot of opportunities over a number of years, and all of a sudden it’s taken away from you. That’s a tough thing to overcome and battle through, but he’s a professional. He’s doing his best to do that.”
  • Max Pacioretty on the Canadiens’ heartbreaking loss to the Blues last night: “We have to win that game. Just sitting here thinking what to say, there’s nothing other than we have to win that game. Up 3-2 with six minutes left, we cannot lose that game,”
  • Brendan Gallagher: “We did some good things, but the end result was that we lost. We lost the game. We’ve got to be better. We’ve got to find ways to win. That’s what it comes down to. Nobody likes losing. Nobody wants to lose in here. That was the result tonight. We’ve got to fix it [on Sunday against Chicago]. It’s as simple as that,”
  • The Chicago Blackhawks are currently riding a 10 game winning streak (franchise record is 11 straight wins) including a win versus the Canadiens on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016.
  • While the Canadiens have a 4-10-1 record versus teams in the Western Conference this season, the Blackhawks’ boast a 12-6-1 record against teams from the East.
  • The Canadiens have maintain their placing in the goals against category, they are currently in 11th in the league in goals against, with 113 in 45 games. The Blackhawks have allowed 108 goals in 47 games and find themselves in 7th in the league.
  • The Canadiens have surprisingly maintained their standing in the goals for category as they are currently in 7th place in the NHL, with 126 over their first 45 games. Unsurprisingly, the Blackhawks are 3rd in this category with 135 goals scored in 45 games.
Matchup 
United Center, Chicago, IL. | January 17, 7:00 PM ET | TV: SN, RDS, WGN

2015-16 statistics

BLACKHAWKS CANADIENS
64 (2nd) Points (League rank) 50 (13th)
30-13-4 Record 23-18-3
19-5-1 Home 12-8-2
11-8-3 Road 11-10-2
10-0-0 Last 10 3-6-1
2.85 G/G 2.76
2.30 GA/G 2.49
22.5 PP% 17.8
82.2 PK% 84.8
 52.4  CF%*  53.3
55.6 CF60*  56.3
50.5 CA60* 49.3
*Advanced statistics: Score adjusted, even strength. CF%: Corsi for percentage of total  CF60: Corsi For/60 minutes  CA60: Corsi Against/60 minutes (via War on Ice)
Projected forward lines, defense pairings and goaltenders
Forwards
Shaw – Toews- Hossa
Panarin – Anisimov – Kane
Desjardins – Danault – Teravainen
Panik- Rasmussen – Garbutt
Pacioretty – Plekanec – Gallagher
Galchenyuk – Desharnais – Weise
Fleischmann – Eller – Byron
De La Rose – Mitchell – Flynn
Expected scratches: Smith-Pelly
Defensemen
Keith – Hjalmarsson
Gustafsson – Seabrook
van Riemsdyk – Rozsival
Markov – Subban
Emelin – Petry
Beaulieu – Barberio
Expected scratches: Pateryn, Bartley
Goalies
Corey Crawford (Confirmed)  Ben Scrivens (Confirmed)
2015-’16 regular season:
Record: 25-10-2
GAA: 2.17
Sv%: .929
SO: 6
Alternate: Scott Darling
2015-’16 regular season:
Record: 0-2-0
GAA: 3.62
Sv%: .885
SO: 0
Alternate:Mike Condon
Fantasy Outlook
  • Top scorers for the Blackhawks at home this season are:
  1. Patrick Kane (with 35 points in 25 games).
  2. Jonathan Toews (with 22 points in 25 games)
  3. Artemi Panarin (with 20 points in 25 games)
  • Top scorers for the Canadiens on the road this season are:
  1. Max Pacioretty  (with 20 points in 23 games)
  2. Tomas Plekanec (with 18 points in 23 games)
  3. P. K. Subban (with 17 points in 23 games)

Player stats from War-on-Ice, NHL.com and Yahoo Sports.

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