Corey Crawford’s Brilliant Play at Home Continues

Photo Credit: Bill Smith/ Getty Images

Photo Credit: Bill Smith/ Getty Images

On a night when Patrick Kane surpassed Sidney Crosby on the all time point steak list recording his 26th consecutive game with at least one point, Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford continued his success at the United Center picking up his second consecutive shutout, beating the Vancouver Canucks 4-0.

Crawford and the Blackhawks look completely different when they play at home and when they are on the road.

On the season, Chicago is 5-7-3 away from the United Center and 12-3-1 at home, according to ESPN.com. Looking at Crawford’s stat splits for home and away games, Crawford has played in 14 home games and 10 road games. At home, Crawford is 10-3-1 with a save percentage of .943 and giving up less than two goals per game, according to hockey-reference.com

However, on the road Crawford is a different goaltender. He has a winning road record of 5-4-1, but he has a lower save percentage, .895, and is giving up three goals a game, according to hockey-reference.com.

But speaking on his play at home, Crawford put up another shutout, his second consecutive and fourth on the season, Sunday night against the Vancouver Canucks. Crawford was the number one star Sunday night because of his brilliant play in the net stopping all 30 shots that came his way. Going into the third period, the Blackhawks were up 1-0 behind the fantastic play by Crawford, but finally broke away from the Canucks scoring three goals in the final period.

The game before that, Chicago won 2-0 against the Winnipeg Jets. Crawford had 25 shots come his way and he stopped each and everyone of those pucks.

Prior to that game, Crawford played against the Nashville Predators on December 8 and the Jets on December 6. Both those games were at home and Crawford picked up a win in both games. He stopped 36 of 37 shots against the Predators and 30 of 31 shots against the Jets.

Like I said earlier, Crawford has put together four shutouts this season. However, none of those were on the road. All four of his shutouts have been at home at the United Center. Back in October Crawford was lights out against the Tampa Bay Lightning winning 1-0 and stopping 21 shots. Two days later, Crawford won another game 1-0, but this time against the Anaheim Ducks stopping 39 shots, according to NHL.com

Just like the Blackhawks team as a whole, they seem to play better at home instead of on the road. If the Blackhawks want to be a successful team on the road, it all starts with Corey Crawford. It is hard to win games consistently on the road when you are giving up three goals a game. Don’t get me wrong, the Blackhawks have the power to score in bunches with their high-scoring offense of Kane, Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa, Artemi Panarin and Brent Seabrook. But asking your players to score four goals a game can be difficult.

Corey Crawford’s play thus far at home has been phenomenal. When the Blackhawks play at home and Crawford is in the net, I feel like the Blackhawks can win every game. He feeds off the energy of the crowd at the United Center after each great play he makes. He just needs to be more consistent when he is playing on the road. If he can pick up his play when the Blackhawks are on the road, I think he will be in the pack among goaltenders that have a shot at making the all-star game.

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