Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010
By Tracey Myers
LOS ANGELES -- Corey Crawford's strong outing against the Anaheim Ducks on Friday has earned him another start.
Crawford will be the Blackhawks' starting goaltender tonight when they take on the Los Angeles Kings, the team's last opponent on their long, six-game road trip. For Crawford, it's another opportunity after stopping 26 of 27 in a 4-1 victory over the Ducks. It's the second time in his career he's started on back-to-back days.
"I'll take as any starts as I can get," said Crawford, who's facing the Kings for the first time in his career. "I felt petty good last game and I'm lucky to get another one."
Crawford has won his last three starts entering tonight's game. Coach Joel Quenneville said Crawford's earned another chance.
"We talked about it after yesterday's game; he deserved a chance to get right back in there and that's good for him," he said. "It shows we think he can be a top goalie in our league and hopefully he can take advantage of it."
Fernando Pisani is out of tonight's game with an upper body injury, Quenneville said. ... John Scott will play tonight vs. the Kings after being a healthy scratch the past seven games.
Tracey Myers is CSNChicago.com's Blackhawks Insider. Follow Tracey on Twitter @TramyersCSN for up-to-the-minute Hawks information.
Patrick Kane is among the Hart Trophy candidates for the 2017-18 season, but what are his early odds to reclaim the title?
The 28-year-old Blackhawks star followed up an 106-point campaign in which he became the first American-born player to win the Art Ross and Hart Trophy by finishing tied for second in the NHL with 89 points last season.
But he's facing some tougher odds going into this year.
Bovada revelead Wednesday that Connor McDavid is the front-runner to repeat at 3/2 odds, followed by Sidney Crosby (5/2), Auston Matthews (17/2) and Alex Ovechkin (9/1). Kane ranks fifth at 14/1.
Here's the rest of the list:
- Vladimir Tarasenko: 15/1
- Evgeni Malkin: 16/1
- Carey Price, John Tavares: 20/1
- Jamie Benn, Steven Stamkos: 25/1
- Erik Karlsson, Nikita Kucherov: 33/1
- Jack Eichel, Ryan Getzlaf, Patrik Laine, Brad Marchand, Tyler Seguin: 50/1
- Nicklas Backstrom, Brent Burns, Braden Holtby, Phil Kessel, Artemi Panarin, Joe Pavelski: 60/1
A couple solid value picks would be Karlsson at 33/1 and Burns at 60/1, both of whom made strong cases to be in that conversation last year as defensemen.
You'll also notice Panarin as a darkhorse candidate. It will be interesting to see how Kane and Panarin fare without each other in the prime of their careers. Who knows, maybe they'll be sharing the stage together as finalists in Las Vegas next June.
On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Bryan Bickell sits down with Pat Boyle and they discuss the retired player's journey to the NHL, which included being an Ottawa clubhouse assistant where he met future teammate, Marian Hossa.
Bickell admits when he finally knew he was a regular in the NHL, his incredible 2013 postseason performance and the historic 17 seconds in Boston.
Finally, Bryan gets emotional when discussing his MS diagnosis, his shootout goal in his final NHL game, and how his wife Amanda has been at his side throughout his entire hockey career.
Listen to the Hawks Talk Podcast below: