The whole season—and even before the season started—all everybody has been talking about with Chicago was the goalie controversy.
Before the start of the season, worries were put on how the Blackhawks would deal without their number one goalie, Nikolai Khabibulin.
The Blackhawks were left with Antti Niemi and Cristobal Huet, wondering which would step up to claim the number one spot.
All throughout the season, both goalies have been somewhat sharing the top job.
Although Huet has had more playing time, with 48 games played, while Niemi only has had 35, Niemi has the better overall stats.
Yes, Huet has more wins with 26 compared to 23, but he also has more losses, with 14 compared to 7.
Niemi also has a better GAA with 2.16 and SV% with .915, while Huet has a 2.50 GAA and .895 SV%.
The key factor here is not specifically to improve the goaltending—although that wouldn't hurt—it is the question: Who is going to start for the Blackhawks in the Playoffs?
According to the stats, the obvious aswer is Antti Niemi, but the main concern with Niemi is that he has no playoff experience.
On the other hand, Huet has had playoff experience with the Canadiens, Capitals, and Blackhawks, though with each has been losing efforts.
If I had the power to choose who the Blackhawks started in the playoffs, my choice would be Antti Niemi.
Even with no NHL playoff experience, he has had the better regular season stats and play.
But I wouldn't be all too shocked to see Cristobal Huet as the starter for the Chicago Blackhawks either.
It all rests in Couch Q's hands now.