By Michael Calvert
This matchup between two Western conference Cup hopefuls didn’t really provide much scoring opportunities, fireworks or even a lot of chippyness, but it still was a fairly exciting game.
The Hawks had their usual top line of Patrick Sharp and Hossa centered by Toews. Line two had Versteeg in place of Saad with Brandon Pirri in the middle, joined of course by Patrick Kane. The 3rd line benefited from the addition of Saad. Along for the ride was 3rd line stalwart Andrew Shaw and old man Zus at center.
In goal was current cup hero Corey Crawford vs former cup hero Antii Niemi. Crawford and Niemi are both beneficiaries of solid teams in front of them as they both sport a sub .920 save percentage to go along with excellent win loss percentages.