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Emery hoping to continue home win streak

by Brian Hedger

CHICAGO -- Ray Emery has his own streak going at United Center at the same time the Chicago Blackhawks are in position to tie the 2006-07 Anaheim Ducks for the NHL record of 16 consecutive games to start a season without a regulation loss.

Since coming to Chicago in 2011-12, Emery has yet to lose a game in regulation at United Center – he's 11-0-3 in the building as a Blackhawks goalie after backstopping a 3-2 win Sunday against the Los Angeles Kings.

What's his secret?

"The team that's in front of [me]," said Emery, who will face the Vancouver Canucks at home Tuesday after stopping 25 of 27 shots on against the Kings on Sunday. "It's a pretty good squad. You always want to play well at home. It's probably a bit of luck that it's turned out that way, but with a team like this … some nights it's hard to lose with a group like that."

Emery will be making his third straight start for injured Corey Crawford (upper body, day-to-day), and has allowed a combined three goals in his past two games, lowering his goals-against average to 2.17, to go along with a .929 save percentage.

Those starts came after a game at the Calgary Flames on Feb. 2, when he stopped 45 of 47 shots in a 3-2 shootout win.

"Ray's played excellent to date, nothing better than that performance in Calgary," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "I think you wait for that chance. He's proven he's a No. 1 goalie in our League and he's done a very good job throughout his career. He's capable of getting the net and playing well, but no matter who's been in the net this year gives us a chance game in, game out. Our goaltending's been very important to our team."

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