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Khabibulin to start tonight versus Sens

Oct 29, 2013, 6:15 PM EDT

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Attention hockey fans and sports gamblers — Nikolai Khabibulin, not Corey Crawford, will start in goal for the Chicago Blackhawks tonight when they host the Ottawa Senators.

Khabibulin’s last start was a tough one for the 40-year-old backup, as he surrendered six goals on just 25 shots in a 6-5 overtime loss Thursday versus the Lightning.

Per the Sun-Times, that performance drew the following remarks from ‘Hawks coach Joel Quenneville: “We’re definitely not pleased, knowing that we’re expecting more than that. Let’s move forward in a positive way, but knowing that’s not good enough.”

In two starts, Khabibulin’s save percentage is just .818.

  1. pxland - Oct 29, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    People gamble on hockey?

    • alexbaymac - Oct 29, 2013 at 7:27 PM

      Less & less against the Hawks!

  2. hammerhead5573 - Oct 29, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    The Wall is more like a screen door on a rainy day.

  3. joeyg88 - Oct 29, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    Ottawa +140

  4. endusersolutions2013 - Oct 30, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    He had the same save % as the combined total for the last 2, and was replaced by Cory C in a game the Hawks won 6-5. (4 went past the sieve).

    The games he’s been in they are 1-1-1, with the lone W because he was yanked. Their next star goalie fresh outta Finland now has a rising .926 save % while he’s been adjusting to play in N. America and on our rink size.

    Likely waiver and call-up.

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