The first half of the 2013 season is over for the Chicago Blackhawks, and they haven’t lost a game in regulation.
Already this morning we graded the forwards and defensemen, so now let’s turn our attentions to the goaltenders.
14 games, 11-0-3, 1.53 GAA, .940 save percentage, 2 shutouts
Crawford has been ridiculously good, ranking second in the NHL in goals against average and also second in save percentage. He did miss some time with an upper-body injury, and left what became a combined shut-out (for which Crawford was given the victory).
10 games, 10-0-0, 2.02 GAA, .925 save percentage
How about this for a back-up: with his victory on Wednesday night, Emery became the first netminder in league history to win his first ten starts in a season. He’s tied for fifth in the league in save percentage and ranks fifth in the NHL in goals against average.
Coming into the season, this position as supposed to be the Blackhawks’ Achilles heel; most people saw these two as the biggest reasons Chicago couldn’t win big games. Of course, now we’re half way through the 2013 season and neither of them has allowed a regulation loss.
This year, the Blackhawks have allowed more than three goals in a game only once, and the team goals against average is more than a full goal per game better than it was last season. If Crawford and Emery continue sharing the workload – and dominating – the Blackhawks are in good shape in net.