Lankinen kicked out 31 shots Thursday in a 3-2 overtime loss to Tampa Bay. Lankinen began the third period with a 2-0 lead, but goals by Anthony Cirelli and Steven Stamkos in the opening three minutes of the frame sent Tampa Bay on its way to an eventual victory. Despite a consistently heavy workload -- only Winnipeg's Connor Hellebuyck has faced more shots in 2020-21 -- the 25-year-old owns a solid 2.57 GAA and .924 save percentage to go with his 9-3-5 record.
Lankinen is slated to start between the pipes in Thursday's home game versus the Lightning, Scott Powers of The Athletic reports. Lankinen was fantastic in his last start Sunday against Detroit, stopping 44 of 46 shots en route to an easy 7-2 victory. The 25-year-old rookie will try to secure his 10th win of the season in a tough home matchup with a red-hot Tampa Bay team that's won five straight games.
Lankinen stopped 44 of 46 shots in Sunday's 7-2 win over the Red Wings. Lankinen was the difference through 40 minutes, as he protected a 2-1 lead. The Blackhawks' offense sparked to life with five goals in the third period, and Lankinen finished with a studly showing. The Finn improved to 9-3-3 with a 2.55 GAA and a .924 save percentage in 15 appearances. There's little reason to be concerned about Malcolm Subban getting two consecutive starts Thursday and Saturday -- Lankinen has established himself as the No. 1 this season. He'll get plenty of rest before the Blackhawks host the Lightning on Thursday.
Lankinen will defend the home net in Sunday's game versus the Red Wings, Charlie Roumeliotis of NBC Sports Chicago reports. Lankinen will get the starting nod for the Blackhawks' second game in as many days. The 25-year-old has been a welcomed surprise for the Hawks this year, recording a .921 save percentage and an 8-3-3 record in his rookie campaign. He stands a good chance to keep it rolling against a struggling Red Wings team that will be without Dylan Larkin (upper body).
Lankinen stopped 25 shots in regulation and overtime and all three shootout attempts he faced in Tuesday's 6-5 win over the Blue Jackets. The two teams combined for at least three goals in every period and five total power-play tallies, but Lankinen was able to shut the door on Columbus in the crunch. The 25-year-old rookie has coughed up four or more goals in three of his last five starts, but on the season he still sports a solid 2.59 GAA and .921 save percentage.
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