The Ducks will visit Chicago for the last time this season. The Hawks have taken 2 of 3, but the Ducks have the most recent win. This is a huge game because both teams need the win to keep a playoff spot.
Last 10 — Anaheim 7-3-0; Chicago 6-2-2
Matchup: The Hawks currently have a game in hand which is big when it comes down to the last few games, which it will. The Ducks need this one, plain and simple.
-Ducks: Hiller recently returned, but was pulled shortly after allowing 3 goals on 9 shots. Hiller clearly still needs some practice. Given that there were some bounces, but a healthy Hiller would have been all over those. Ellis had to be brought in to salvage the game. Emery on the other hand has allowed only 5 goals in his last 3 starts. Corey Perry, who has 11 goals and 15 points in the past eight games, became the first player in Ducks history to score overtime goals in consecutive games when he did it against LA on Saturday and Calgary on Sunday. Selanne also became the first player to ever score four game-tying goals in the final 3:00 minutes of the third period.
-Blackhawks: Crawford recorded his 4th shutout this season against the Panthers on Wednesday. Toews and Keith both had2 assists on the night. Their offense has been dominating all season, compiling 3.19 goals per game and registering 31.9 shots a game. Solid goaltending is a must if anyone plans to beat them. The Hawks are looking to make another Stanley Cup run and won’t go down easily.
Blackhawks: Sharp (knee), Bolland (concussion) and Hendry (torn ACL).