Versteeg (lower-body) will travel to Minnesota for Game 3 on Wednesday.
Versteeg has missed the first two gamers of the series wither a lower-body injury, but he is in Minnesota with the team and is expected to take part in the morning skate. He has been replaced by Teuvo Tervainen, who has one goal and one assist in the first two games against Minnesota.
Crawford turned aside 30 of 31 shots in the Blackhawks 4-1 win over the Wild in Game 2. Crawford has posted a 2.00 GAA and .938 SV% in the first two games of the series and heads to Minnesota with a 2-0 series lead. He has struggled in his two starts on the road in the postseason—he has allowed nine goals on 47 shots in the four road periods he has made it through.
Crawford surrendered three goals on 33 shots in the Blackhawks 4-3 win over the Wild in Game 1. Crawford has gone 2-1-0 with a 3.81 GAA and .871 SV% in the playoffs, but will look to improve again tonight with a win at home. A win tonight sends the series to Minnesota with a 2-0 lead intact.
Teravainen is expected to play in in Game 1 of the second round.
Teravainen had one assist in two games in the first round but it looks like he will be in the lineup for Game 1 on Friday. With Teravainen likely back in, look for Kris Versteeg to be a healthy scratch.
Versteeg is expected to be a healthy scratch in Game 1 of the second round.
Versteeg had one goal in six games during the first round and it looks like he will be a healthy scratch in Game 1 on Friday. With Versteeg likely out, Teuvo Teravainen is expected to get back into the lineup.
The Blackhawks will go back to Crawford in Game 1 of the second round.
Crawford struggled mightily in round 1, he was pulled in Game 1, allowed six goals in Game 2 and didn’t play until he replaced Scott Darling in the Blackhawks 4-3 win in Game 6. He stopped all 13 shots that he faced in that game which was enough for coach Joel Quenneville to give him the Game 1 start vs. Minnesota. Crawford was 2-2-0 with a 2.02 GAA and .948 SV% vs. the Wild this season.
Darling allowed four goals on 28 shots in the Blackhawks 5-2 loss to the Predators in Game 5. Darling has a 1.68 GAA and .950 SV% in the series so far. He will look to finish the Predators off tonight, back in Chiacgo. He stopped 85 of 89 shots (.955 SV%) in the two home games.
Darling stopped 50 of 52 shots that he faced in the Blackhawks 3-2, triple overtime win over Nashville in Game 3. After coming into the playoffs as the backup, Darling has gone 3-0 with a 1.05 GAA and .969 SV%. He has outplayed Pekka Rinne and has a chance to knock off the Predators tonight in Nashville.
Darling made 35 saves on 37 shots in the Blackhawks 4-2 win over the Predators in Game 3. The win gave the Blackhawks a 2-1 lead in the series and a chance for Darling to give Chicago a stranglehold on the series tonight.
Corey Crawford was shelled for six goals on 35 shots in the Blackhawks 6-2 loss to the Predators in game 2. That is nine goals in just four periods for Crawford, so the Blackhawks will turn to Darling in game 3. Darling stopped all 42 shots that he faced after relieving Crawford in Game 1.
Crawford was yanked after allowing three goals on 12 shots in the first period of Game 1. Despite Scott Darling coming in and stopping all 42 shots that he faced in the 4-3 double overtime win, the Blackhawks will go back to Crawford in Game 2. He will need a better showing tonight if he doesn’t want to lose his starting spot to Darling.
Crawford was 32-20-5 with a 2.27 GAA and .924 SV% in 57 starts with the Blackhawks this season. He comes into game 1 with loads of playoff experience. He has gone 32-23 with a 2.21 GAA and .920 SV% in 55 career playoff starts. He was also 2-0 against the Predators this season.
Kane has been out with broken collarbone since February 24th, but he will be back for game 1 vs. the Predators. This is a massive boost for the Blackhawks lineup and should make them clear-cut favourites in this series. He had 27 goals and 37 assists (64 points) in 61 games before getting injured.