A month ago we were trying to figure out what to do with struggling Blackhawks goalie Cristobal Huet - bench him, send him to the minors, whatever.
Now there's only one thing to do with Huet. Keep playing him.
Huet appears to have turned things around after his horrendous start.
Since that ugly loss to Dallas on Oct. 17, Huet has gone 5-2, allowing only 11 goals. And in those two losses, the Hawks were shutout 2-0 at Nashville and lost 3-1 at Phoenix.
Huet has improved his goals-against average to 2.21 and brought his save percentage back over .900 at .901 from a low of .844.
“I feel loose, ready to compete every night and help play the best we can and win some games,” Huet said following Wednesday’s 3-2 win over the Avalanche in a shootout.
Huet was beaten only once in the shootout by Marek Svatos. He did get lucky when Wojtek Wolski hit the post after a sweet move.
The Hawks and Avs have met three times this season with every game decided in a shootut – nine rounds, eight rounds and three rounds.
“We prefer just to keep it at three shooters,” Jonathan Toews said.
“We've seen pretty much the whole (Colorado) team in shootouts in the last three games,” Huet joked.
Here is the breakdown of the Hawks in shootouts this season:
Huet has allowed 6 goals on 14 attempts
Niemi has allowed 2 goals on 8 attempts