The season is winding down in the NHL and teams are starting to think playoffs. The Chicago Blackhawks have been in playoff position the entire season. During their streak of games with no losses, they were proving to the rest of the league that they had the offense to score with the game on the line.
Recently, Chicago has been playing the type of defense to go with that potent offense that can take a team on a deep postseason run.
On Saturday afternoon in the music city, the Blackhawks are taking on a Nashville Predators squad with a pretty solid defensive back line of their own. They would need something special to come away with a victory. That came in the form of a shutout by goalie Ray Emery.
Emery, who has mostly served in the backup role for the Blackhawks, snubbed 20 shots on goal en route to his second shutout of the season. With Chicago unable to get the puck in the net, the performance by the 13-year veteran in goal was huge. Adding to the drama was the fact that the Blackhawks’ only goal came halfway through the first period leaving their goalie and defensive line to handle the brunt of the pressure the rest of the way.
Chicago is in position to wrap-up not only the Central Division championship, but they can earn home ice advantage throughout the playoffs by securing the number one seed in the entire Western Conference. Outstanding timely efforts from veterans like Emery in tough division games are invaluable. The Blackhawk’s, already looking ahead to the playoffs, must feel pretty confident they have a second goalie capable of such a dominating performance.