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Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Raanta to start vs. Avalanche

By Scott Powers

CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Antti Raanta will start against the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday and play in his first game since Jan. 28, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said Tuesday.

“Well, we haven’t played him in a while, and he beat these guys,” Quenneville said after practice Tuesday. “That’s part of it.”

Raanta is 12-2-3 with a 2.40 goals-against average and .904 save percentage in 19 games this season. He stopped 16-of-18 shots in a 7-2 win against the Avalanche on Dec. 27.

Raanta has a 2.75 goals-against average and .864 save percentage in his last four games. He was pulled in the second period after giving up four goals on 15 shots in his last start Jan. 28.

Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford has started the team’s last 10 games. He is 25-11-10 with a 2.27 goals-against average and .918 save percentage this season.