Blackwood stopped 30 of 34 shots in Friday's 5-3 loss to the Red Wings. New Jersey fought back from three separate one-goal deficits in the season finale, but Pius Suter broke a 3-3 tie with less than 10 minutes left and Tyler Bertuzzi sealed the win for the Red Wings with an empty-netter. Blackwood went winless in two starts after returning from a heel injury and finishes the season with a 9-10-4 record, 3.39 GAA and .892 save percentage.
Blackwood is the expected starter for Friday's season finale against the Red Wings. Blackwood will be making just his second appearance since Jan. 19. He allowed five goals on 34 shots in an overtime loss to Ottawa on Tuesday in his return from a heel injury, bringing his season record to 9-9-4 with a 3.36 GAA and .892 save percentage.
Blackwood (heel) allowed five goals on 34 shots in Tuesday's 5-4 overtime loss to Ottawa. Blackwood understandably looked a little rusty in his first action since Jan. 19. Thomas Chabot's power-play marker in the final minute of the first period opened the scoring, and Ottawa added two goals apiece from Tim Stutzle and Drake Batherson against Blackwood. Coach Lindy Ruff had previously announced that the plan was to play Blackwood on Tuesday and Friday this week, and with no sign of a physical setback in this one, the 25-year-old netminder should defend the cage for Friday's season finale against the Red Wings after yielding the crease for Thursday's penultimate game in Carolina.
Blackwood (heel) has been officially removed from injured reserve ahead of his start versus Ottawa on the road Tuesday, per the NHL media site. The team had already confirmed Blackwood would get the starting nod, so his activation off injured reserve was merely a formality. With a back-to-back versus the Hurricanes and Red Wings on Thursday and Friday, respectively, the 25-year-old netminder should get at least one more start to finish out the year.
Blackwood (heel) is expected to start Tuesday's game against the Senators, per coach Lindy Ruff. Ruff added that the plan is for Blackwood to play Friday against the Red Wings as well. Blackwood has been on injured reserve with a heel injury since Jan. 19 and will need to be removed from IR before he can suit up.
Last 7 Games
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