Chicago Blackhawks: Can Ray Emery Carry Them to a Stanley Cup Championship?

March 10th, 2012 by Michael Gibbons Leave a reply »
Unless something changes over the final 13 games, it looks like Ray Emery, not Corey Crawford, will be the starting goaltender come playoff time.

This is about the time every season where Joel Quenneville decides on who his playoff goaltender will be and he rides him to the end.

Last season, we saw it with Crawford getting every start in March and April. During the Stanley Cup season in 2010, Antti Niemi made 12 of the final 13 starts. The same in 2009, when Nikolai Khabibulin made 11 of the final 13 starts.

So unless the wheels fall off, it is looking like Emery might be the guy, considering he has started the last six games.

So the question is: Can Emery do the job and help the Hawks reach their ultimate goal?

I have no idea and think coach Quenneville and general manager Stan Bowman are wondering the same thing.

Emery has played in 30 games this season with 24 of them starts. He has a record of 15-9-2 with a goals allowed average of 2.69 and a save percentage of .905. By the way, none of these numbers are much better than Crawford's record of 22-16-5 with a GAA of 2.94 and a save percentage of .900.

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