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Blackhawks vs Avalanche, Numerology

Blackhawks start a tough stretch of games to close out 2013 with a visit from the Colorado Avalanche on Friday night.

Jonathan Daniel

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Chicago Blackhawks (58 pts 26-7-6) vs Colorado Avalanche (49 pts 23-10-3)

7 pm CDT, United Center - Chicago, IL

TV : CSN Chicago

Radio : 720 AM WGN

Blackhawks' last game : 5-2 W vs Devils

Avalanche's last game : 4-5 L (SO) @ Sharks

Season Series/Schedule

DATE SCORE W. GOAL
Mar 12 '14
Mar 04 '14
Jan 14 '14
Dec 27 '13
Nov 19 '13 CHI 1 at COL 5 G. Landeskog

39-0-3 : The combined record of the Avalanche and Blackhawks when leading after two periods.

29 : The number of 3rd period goals scored by the Avalanche, ranked 26th in the NHL.

26.8 : The Blackhawks' average shots allowed per game, the 3rd lowest in the NHL.

15 : The number of goals the Avalanche of scored 5 on 4, the 3rd lowest in the NHL.

13-9-3 : The Avalanche's record since going 10-1-0 in October.

12.0 : The Avalanche's penalty minute per game average, ranked 20th in the NHL.

10 : The number of points (2 G, 8 A) scored by Matt Duchene during his current five game point streak.

5-9-1 : The Avalanche's record when their opponent scores first. The Blackahwks are 20-0-4 when they score first.

5 : The number of consecutive games in which an Avalanche defenseman has scored at least one goal.

3.62 : The Blackhawks goals per game average, the best in the NHL.

Probable Blackhawks Lineup

Forwards

Patrick Sharp - Jonathan Toews - Marian Hossa
Kris Versteeg - Michal Handzus - Patrick Kane
Bryan Bickell - Andrew Shaw - Brandon Saad
Brandon Bollig - Marcus Kruger - Ben Smith

Defensive Pairings

Duncan Keith - Brent Seabrook
Niklas Hjalmarsson - Johnny Oduya
Nick Leddy - Michal Rozsival

Goaltender

Antti Raanta (8-1-2, 2.20 GAA, .916 save %, 0 SO)

Injuries

Corey Crawford (lower body) out, Nikolai Khabibulin (lower body) out

Leading Scorers

PLAYER GP G A P +/- PIM PP GW
P. Kane 39 22 27 49 +8 12 9 6
P. Sharp 39 18 18 36 +12 20 6 1
J. Toews 39 13 21 34 +12 14 2 0
D. Keith 39 3 30 33 +16 6 2 1
M. Hossa 34 14 18 32 +16 8 2 2

Probable Avalanche Lineup

Forwards

Ryan O'Reilly - Matt Duchene - Nathan Mackinnon 
Gabriel Landeskog - Paul Stastny - P.A. Parenteau
Jamie McGinn - John Mitchell - Max Talbot 
Patrick Bordeleau - Marc-Andre Cliche - Cody McLeod

Defensive Pairings

Jan Hejda - Erik Johnson
Cory Sarich - Andre Benoit
Tyson Barrie - Nate Guenin

Goaltender

Semyon Varlamov (16-8-3, 2.40 GAA, .925 save %, 1 SO)

Injuries

Alex Tanguay (knee) out

Leading Scorers

PLAYER GP G A P +/- PIM PP GW
M. Duchene 33 16 18 34 +9 11 4 3
R. O'Reilly 36 12 13 25 +3 0 3 2
G. Landeskog 35 10 14 24 +6 25 1 2
P. Stastny 34 10 13 23 +5 14 2 2
P. Parenteau 36 9 13 22 -2 18 0 1