The Blackhawks will also turn back to Corey Crawford in net after he surrendered six goals to the Blues in Wednesday’s loss. Even with that poor performance, Crawford is still having a solid season for the Blackhawks, sporting a 6-3-1 record with a .924 save percentage and a 2.20 goals against average on the season.
As for the Devils, they come into the game with a 6-5-1 record, but it’s been hard to get a read on their chances of making a playoff run. The team’s offense isn’t great, averaging just 2.3 goals per game, but their power play has been excellent, currently sitting in 8th place in the league. That success has not translated into the penalty kill however, as they’ve got one of the five worst PK units in the NHL.
In spite of their scoring struggles, the Devils do have several players worth keeping an eye on in the game. Center Adam Henrique has had an excellent start to the season, as he’s scored six goals in 12 games and is on pace for an excellent season. Travis Zajac is nipping at his heels with five goals on the campaign, and Mike Cammalleri has shown a predisposition for facilitating on the offensive end, racking up eight assists to help lead the team in points so far this year.
A group of seven New England Patriots fans have filed suit against the NFL, Commissioner Roger Goodell and Patriots owner Robert Kraft in an attempt to get the league to restore the first-round draft pick taken from the team as part of the punishment for last year’s “Deflategate” scandal.
The civil lawsuit, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Massachusetts on behalf of all Patriots fans, seeks an expedited temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction. It also seeks the return of the Patriots’ first-round pick in the April 28 draft and attorney’s fees.
In the first period, the Blackhawks had numerous opportunities on odd-man rushes, but they couldn’t capitalize. Artemi Panarin had a pass knocked away after he tried to feed the puck to Patrick Kane on a 2-on-1 rush, and Toews missed on a later odd-man break after he received a pass from Richard Panik.
Brian Elliott also got some help from his Blues teammates late in the first period, as Jay Bouwmeester made a spinning block on a Teuvo Teravainen opportunity to keep the game scoreless after 20 minutes of action.
The instruction comes from the team’s oldest and feistiest player, 102-year-old Ann Sellaro.
But she’s not satisfied with acting as batting coach. Putting aside her walker, the great-grandmother steps up to the imaginary plate with a blue, plastic bat in hand.
One, two, three swings at bright yellow wiffle balls and Sellaro strikes out. But for her family, the misses don’t detract from her baseball chops and a love of the game that helped inspire two of her great-grandsons to become Major League Baseball players.