It wouldn't be the postseason if Corey Crawford's ability to lead the Blackhawks through the playoffs wasn't questioned. It may be a bad rap considering Crawford has a Stanley Cup to his name.
He's also played pretty well since returning from an injury that kept him out of most of December. In 31 appearances since coming back in January, Crawford had a 2.00 goals-against average and a .926 save percentage.
Of course, he gave up four goals in his last appearance in Washington last Friday, so expect to hear the naysayers claiming that Crawford is not an elite goalie and cannot take the 'Hawks to the Cup.
In the other crease, Ryan Miller has not been at his best as the Blues slumped heavily in the final games. St. Louis traded a pretty solid netminder in Jaroslav Halak to get Miller, who anchored the Buffalo Sabres to the Eastern Conference Final in 2005-06 and 2006-07.
Miller hasn't won a playoff series since, though he had a magical run in the 2010 Olympics. The Blues are counting on Miller to find that game against the Blackhawks.
A hot goalie can swing the odds in his team's favor in the postseason. The play in net is going to figure heavily in the result of the series.