Lankinen allowed three goals on 27 shots in Thursday's 4-1 loss to the Red Wings. The fourth goal was an empty-netter. Lankinen was unable to hold off the Red Wings' surge over the final two periods of the game. The Finn is 4-4-0 in his last eight starts. He dropped to 16-12-4 with a 2.79 GAA and a .914 save percentage through 32 appearances. The 25-year-old could get a shot at redemption Saturday versus the Red Wings if he makes a ninth straight start.
Lankinen will defend the blue paint during Thursday's road game versus the Red Wings, Carter Baum of the Blackhawks' official site reports. Lankinen has been a little shaky recently, registering a 2.99 GAA and an .898 save percentage through his last two starts, but he picked up wins in both of those contests thanks to solid goal support from his teammates. The 25-year-old netminder will attempt to earn his 17th victory of the season in a road matchup with a surging Detroit club that just picked up back-to-back wins over the Hurricanes.
Lankinen turned aside 30 shots in Monday's 4-3 overtime win over the Blue Jackets. The two teams traded goals through three periods before Brandon Hagel found a winner 85 seconds into OT. It's the third win in the last four starts for Lankinen, although he gave up at least three goals in three of those outings. On the season, the rookie has a 2.79 GAA and .915 save percentage.
Lankinen will guard the road goal in Monday's game versus the Blue Jackets, Mark Scheig of The Hockey Writers reports. Lankinen has registered an .895 save percentage and a 3-3-0 record over his past six appearances, and he'll make a seventh straight start Monday. The Blue Jackets' offense was already a bit suspect with 2.5 goals per game over their last five appearances, and now they've traded away a few key players before the deadline, providing Lankinen and the Blackhawks a slight edge Monday.
Lankinen made 23 saves Saturday in a 4-3 win over Columbus. The Blackhawks weren't ready to start the game and by the 3:13 mark of the first, the Jackets were up 2-0. A timeout was called and the Hawks pulled their game together -- the Jackets had just one shot on Lankinen in the next 25:27. Lankinen is 2-1 in his last three starts with 10 goals allowed and he's scuffled in his last five. His save percentage is just .891 in that span. Use caution until he rebounds.
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