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Sport There goes the season: Blackhawks at Hurricanes Preview

21:41  04 may  2021
21:41  04 may  2021 Source:   sbnation.com

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Monday night’s game against Carolina made Chicago’s fears official as the Blackhawks were eliminated from a chance at the playoffs with their 5-2 loss. Chicago (sixth place in the division) not only fell prey to the Central Division leaders but they did so with fewer than half as many shots on goal (38-17). The two teams meet again on Tuesday night in Carolina.

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Following Monday’s defeat, the Blackhawks (22-24-6) have lost five straight games (0-4-1) and are now 2-3-1 in six games with the Hurricanes this season.

Malcolm Subban (6-8-1 for the season, 3.20 GAA and a .900 save percentage) started in goal on Monday, but after allowing 4 goals out of 18 shot in during the first two periods, Colin Delia (.891 save percentage) made a cameo, stopping all 19 shots against him. Delia will start Tuesday night’s game.

Chicago’s first goal was netted by Ian Mitchell (3 goals, 6 points this season) and Alex DeBrincat (26 goals, 49 points this season) also scored with a gorgeous shot that temporarily gave the desperate fans hopes for a win.

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Monday’s game marked the fourth consecutive win for the Hurricanes (35-10-7). Sebastian Aho (24 goals and 55 points this season) banked a hat trick sealed with the late empty-netter, Martin Necas (12 goals and 38 points) recorded a goal, while Dougie Hamilton (10 goals and 42 points) sealed the game with a goal and an assist.

Alex Nedeljkovic (15-4-3 with a .932 save percentage) minded the net during Monday’s game making 15 saves. But Petr Mrazek (5-1-2, .939 save percentage) is set to return Tuesday after missing six games with an injury.

The probability of a Hawks win tonight at the PNC arena is again at a paltry 27 percent, according to NBC’s Steve Kornacki, who shared some math during NBC Sports Chicago’s pregame show on Monday:

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Hopes aren’t high for a Hawks redemption during Tuesday’s game. But playing with the knowledge that a winning effort is almost all for naught is a psychological nightmare, and ensuring that you stay injury free until next season is certainly more of a motivating factor that will most likely govern the game.

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Nevertheless, let’s go Hawks!

Blackhawks — Statistic — Hurricanes

46.43% (29th) — Corsi For — 48.68% (3rd)

44.63% (31st) — Expected goals for — 54.40% (3th)

2.81 (17th) — Goals per game — 3.21 (10th)

3.27 (25th) — Goals against per game — 2.33 (3rd)

46.6% (28th) — Faceoffs — 53.8% (2nd)

22.4% (10th) — Power play — 27.1% (1st)

76.4% (27th) — Penalty kill — 84.8% (3th)

Projected lineups (subject to change)

Blackhawks

DeBrincat — Kurashev — Kane

Hinostroza — Dach — Hagel

Kubalik — Strome — Gaudette

Hardman — Kampf — Connolly

Zadorov — Murphy

Keith — Kalynuk

Stillman — Mitchell

Delia

Subban

Hurricanes

Svechnikov — Aho — Teravainen

Lorentz — Trocheck — Necas

Niederreiter — Staal — Foegele

McCormick — Shore — Geekie

Slavin — Hamilton

Bean — Pesce

Skjei — Hakanpaa

Mrazek

Nedeljkovic

Reimer

How to watch

When: 6 p.m.

Where: PNC Arena, Raleigh

TV: NBC Sports Chicago

Live stream: NBC Sports app, NHL.TV

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