In one of the most evenly contested series to this point in time, we look to the United Center for one of the Blackhawks or Coyotes to take a visible edge.
- Mike Smith, whether he was faking it or not, has been one of the stories of this postseason and season at-large. He has been stellar between the pipes and has, in many ways, overshadowed the work of his predecessor Ilya Bryzgalov. Expect more of the same tonight.
- Corey Crawford continues to erase any doubt that he is a capable number one goaltender in the playoffs. He has put together his second consecutive solid playoff campaign and has gone toe-to-toe with a tough competitor in Smith.
Mike Smith this series: 1-1-0; 2.57 GAA; .937 SV%
Corey Crawford this series: 1-1-0; 2.63 GAA; .910 SV%
- Martin Hanzal and Lauri Korpikoski are both questionable for the Coyotes tonight. If you haven’t watched a lot of Coyotes hockey this year your Coles Notes on these injuries read: This is a big deal, two impact guys for this team. No new injuries for Chicago. Steve Montador stays out and Andrew Shaw has been suspended for the next three games.
Ray Whitney – Martin Hanzal – Radim Vrbata
Mikkel Boedker – Antoine Vermette – Shane Doan
Taylor Pyatt – Boyd Gordon – Lauri Korpikoski
Raffi Torres – Daymond Langkow – Kyle Chipchura
Keith Yandle – Derek Morris
Adrian Aucoin – Oliver Ekman-Larsson
Rostislav Klesla – Michal Roszival
Andrew Brunette – Patrick Kane – Marian Hossa
Patrick Sharp – Jonathan Toews – Viktor Stalberg
Bryan Bickell – Dave Bolland – Andrew Shaw
Marcus Kruger – Jamal Mayers – Brandon Bollig
Duncan Keith – Brent Seabrook
Nick Leddy – Johnny Oduya
Sami Lepisto – Niklas Hjalmarsson
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