CHICAGO — Chicago’s Marcus Kruger was 0-for-11 on faceoffs in Game 1.
“Guys want to make sure that they are effective and efficient in that area,” Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said. “They’ve got some guys who have a lot of experience. They’ve got some strength and the intelligence where they know how to position themselves and whether there is an advantage to be taken before it hits the ice. Those are all things that I would expect him to be progressing with and he’ll be winning his share of faceoffs, particularly key ones on the kill.”
Kruger, who won just three of 15 faceoffs in Game 5 against Minnesota, is a key component of the Blackhawks’ penalty kill, which has not allowed a goal this postseason.
“That’s definitely something I need to improve on,” Kruger said. “That’s something I need to work on to get better and that’s something I will do as well.”