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Hawks close out preseason at Washington

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:48 AM

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Hawks close out preseason at Washington
Chicago Blackhawks vs. Washington Capitals

Throughout the 2011 preseason, will preview each game with players to watch, notes and more.

The Blackhawks close out the 2011 preseason schedule with a game against the Washington Capitals.


TIME: 4 p.m. CT

Verizon Center

WGN-TV / WGN Radio

Last time: The Blackhawks netted three third-period goals to post their first win of the preseason, a 3-2 victory over the Washington Capitals on Friday night at the United Center in Chicago’s preseason home opener. Viktor Stalberg notched a pair of markers and Brandon Saad potted the game-winner. Jonathan Toews collected a pair of primary assists. Corey Crawford, in his 2011 preseason debut, turned aside 24-of-26 shots in the win. Tomas Vokoun made 23 saves for Washington.

Three Stars (Players to watch):

Patrick Kane: Patrick Kane won 6-of-9 faceoffs on Friday night against Pittsburgh, including 2-of-2 in the defensive zone and 4-of-6 against Penguins pivot Jordan Staal. Kane was one of just 15 point-per-game players in the NHL last season, notching a team-high 46 assists and ranking second on the club with 73 points in 73 tilts in 2010-11. Kane will play the third consecutive game of the preseason, where he has been centering a line with Andrew Brunette and Marian Hossa.

Brandon Pirri: Pirri netted both of Chicago’s goals in Friday’s loss to Pittsburgh and entered this weekend’s action tied for the NHL lead with four goals in the 2011 preseason. The 20-year old rookie leads the Blackhawks with five points (4G, A) in three games during the preseason.

Marcus Kruger: With Jonathan Toews (day off) and Dave Bolland (upper body injury) out of the lineup today, Kruger could see top-six minutes at center today against Washington. The 21-year-old Swede played in seven regular-season and 5 playoff games with the Blackhawks last season, and may make the opening night roster.

Know the enemy (Opponent Report): The Capitals enter today's game with a 2-3-1 record this preseason. Washington has not released its roster for the game, but it is expected that goaltender Michael Neuvirth will get the start.

Fun Fact: Joel Quenneville's regular-season points percentage of .640 is the best in Chicago franchise history, while his .609 postseason winning percentage (28-18) is the highest for a Blackhawks coach since 1940.


29 Bickell
15 Brunette
13 Carcillo
67 Frolik
39 Hayes
81 Hossa
88 Kane
16 Kruger
72 LeBlanc
22 Mayers
85 Olesz
37 Pirri
4 Hjalmarsson
8 Leddy
20 Lepisto
5 Montador
6 O'Donnell
34 Olsen
32 Scott
50 Crawford
30 Emery
53 Salak
2011-2012 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Oct 02 '11 CHI 1 at WSH 4
Sep 23 '11 WSH 2 at CHI 3
J. Toews80324476+2526108
P. Kane73274673+72852
P. Sharp74343771-138126
M. Hossa65253257+93282
B. Seabrook8293948+04751
D. Keith8273845-12231
T. Kopecky81152742-136032
M. Frolik80112738+23011
B. Bickell78172037+64022
D. Bolland61152237+113441
T. Brouwer79171936-23875
B. Campbell6552227+28621
V. Stalberg77121224+24303
J. Dowell7961521+56300
C. Campoli7741721+03611
F. Pisani607916+01011
N. Hjalmarsson803710+133900
J. Cullimore36088+4800
N. Leddy46437-3400
R. Johnson34156-2801
J. Morin9213+2900
J. Hendry37101-2400
B. Smith6101+1000
J. Scott40011+07200
J. Taffe1000+0000
B. Pirri1000-1000
R. Klinkhammer1000+1000
E. Brophey1000+0000
M. Kruger7000-4400
C. Crawford5733-18-612815452.30.917
M. Turco2911-11-3827993.02.897
A. Ovechkin79325385+2441711
N. Backstrom77184765+244042
A. Semin65282654+227164
B. Laich82163248+144643
M. Knuble79241640+103671
D. Wideman75103040-193991
J. Carlson8273037+214413
J. Arnott73171431-64041
M. Johansson69131427+21022
J. Chimera81101626-106421
M. Hendricks7791625-211013
M. Green4981624+64851
E. Fehr52101020+01631
M. Sturm3551116+62311
M. Perreault357714-32011
K. Alzner8221012+142400
M. Bradley614711-36800
J. Erskine734711+19401
S. Hannan7811011+43400
J. Schultz721910+61201
B. Gordon60369-51601
T. Poti21257-4800
T. Sloan33156-61400
J. Beagle31213-2802
A. Gordon9112-2000
D. King16022-33000
S. Collins4101+2001
B. Fahey7011-1200
B. Willsie1011+0000
K. Aucoin1000+0000
M. Neuvirth4827-12-411012832.45.914
S. Varlamov2711-9-5587592.23.924
B. Holtby1410-2-2223321.79.934