It was very frustrating to have to sweat both of those games out on Saturday after having two 3-1 leads, but that will happen over the course of the long NHL season. We will accept the split and move on to the next day.
The streaking New York Rangers, winners of their last six, travel to the United Center to visit the Chicago Blackhawks, who just squandered a 4-1 lead to the New Jersey Devils, ultimately falling 7-5 as a -200 favorite. The usually steady Corey Crawford (7-7, 2.21 GAA, .932 SV%) was pulled at the start of the third period and suffered his third consecutive defeat following two straight shutouts.
Over the past two regular seasons, Corey Crawford has been dominant on home ice. Have a look at his numbers:
16-7-3, 2.24 GAA, .928 SV% in 2016-17
20-9-2, 1.85 GAA,.940 SV% in 2015-16
In his following start after being pulled last season, Crawford went 4-0, allowing just eight goals in the four starts. While the New York Rangers were road warriors last season (27-12-2), it remains to be seen if they will maintain the same pace this season with the departures of Derek Stepan and Dan Girardi. A closer look reveals that in the five games played away from Madison Square Garden, the Rangers’ xGA/60 (3.73) at 5-on-5 is the worst in the National Hockey League.
Henrik Lundqvist has been able to bail out the New York Rangers time and time again, but they could be overmatched here, on the road, against a Chicago team off a bitter loss.
Fair Odds: Blackhawks -140
Nothing else on the ice for Wednesday
YTD: 18-14-1 +3.05 units