Corey Crawford turned away 25 of 26 shots Thursday, but was saddled with a loss in a 2-0 defeat at the hands of the Red Wings.
This result was far from being Crawford's fault, but given the three-game slide the Blackhawks are currently suffering through there's a chance we could see Ray Emery between the pipes for Game Five Saturday.
Corey Crawford will start in goal for the Blackhawks in Game 4 Thursday night.
He has lost his past two appearances while surrendering seven goals, but Chicago is sticking with him. Prior to Ray Emery's injury there was some talk of the Hawks using two goaltenders in the playoffs, but Emery's ailment and Crawford's solid play had stopped those conversations.
Chicago teammate Viktor Stalberg is confident that Jonathan Toews will snap out of his scoring funk in Game 4.
"I've got a feeling he'll probably score here tonight," Stalberg said prior to Game 4 against Detroit. "He's usually that guy that when we need him the most he's going to find a way to get it done. So I wouldn't be surprised to see him have a big game here tonight." Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin predicted that James Neal would break out of his slump "soon," going into Wednesday's contest and Neal responded with two goals and one assist. The Blackhawks would be more than thankful if Toews had a night like that.
Patrick Sharp practiced on the Blackhawks' top line on Wednesday.
Sharp skated alongside Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa. "That's up to Joel. He has a good feel for the team, mixing and matching players," Sharp said. "You've seen that in the past. I'll play wherever he puts me and I trust he knows the right combination." Toews has struggled offensively in the 2013 playoffs, so maybe this change will help spark him.
The Chicago Blackhawks are putting a lot of emphasis on getting off to a great start in Game 4 on Thursday.
"It's going to be huge," Marian Hossa said. "It's going to be a big difference after Game 4: it's either going to be 2-2 or 3-1. We know the stakes and we have to prepare. We did a lot of good things in Game 3, but they still found a way to be better than us. In Game 4 we have to be better than them." Chicago is 3-1 in the postseason when leading after 20 minutes and they haven't lost a 2013 playoff game when they held the lead going into the third period.
Andrew Shaw has accumulated 18 penalty minutes over the first three games of the second round.
Shaw will be looking to play a more disciplined game on Thursday. "I've gotta keep going to the net and keep my hands down, also," Shaw said. "It's a physical battle in front of the net and I can't take stupid penalties. I have to move forward and move past the last game. We have to stay disciplined." The Blackhawks have been perfect when it comes to killing penalties in the playoffs, but allowing the other team to have a power-play opportunity still kills Chicago's momentum.
Jaromir Jagr, Jonathan Toews and Tyler Seguin remain frustratingly planted in the "no-goal club."
Seguin must be the most agitated with a whopping 39 SOG and zero tallies in 10 games, failing to find the net despite firing almost four shots on opposing goalies per contest. It's stunning that the Bruins are one win away from the Eastern Conference finals despite the fact that Jagr and Seguin have gone without a goal on 68 combined SOG.