Anaheim (14-9-3) at Chicago (10-6-6) 8:30 p.m. EST
CHICAGO (Ticker) — With Jean-Sebastien Giguere in and out of
action because of personal problems and a sore groin, the
Anaheim Ducks have not missed a beat.
Backup goaltender Jonas Hiller has a lot to do with the recent
success for the Ducks, who hope to continue a recent run of
success (4-1-0) when they take on the Chicago Blackhawks
Giguere made his first start in three games against Detroit on
Monday, stopping 37 shots before leaving the game after two
periods with cramping. Hiller came on to give up the
game-winner in third, suffering his first loss since October 31.
Hiller is 6-2-1 with a 1.99 goals against average in 11
appearances this season, giving the Ducks two reliable options
The Blackhawks return home from a two-week road trip on a sour
note, going 0-2-1 in the second half of the trip. Chicago is
experiencing goalie problems with Nikolai Khabibulin day-to-day
after suffering an undisclosed injury at San Jose on November
Backup netminder Cristobal Huet has lost four straight games,
but goal scoring has been the problem lately for the Blackhawks,
who managed just four goals in the last three contests of the
Nonetheless, led by 12 goals and 16 assists from Patrick Sharp
and 13 and eight from Patrick Kane, Chicago ranks fourth in the
NHL with 3.32 goals per game.