The Canes have won both of the first two games of the trip in overtime, over Buffalo and Minnesota, and carry a three-game winning streak into the United Center Tuesday. Andrei Svechnikov has scored in the last two for the Canes, while Teuvo Teravainen and Dougie Hamilton both bring in five-game point streaks.
With Erik Haula out for the foreseeable future with a knee injury, it looks like Eetu Luostarinen will be back in the lineup for the Canes. Here’s how Rod Brind’Amour’s team should line up Tuesday, with Petr Mrazek starting in net:
Ryan Dzingel - Jordan Staal - Warren Foegele
Andrei Svechnikov - Sebastian Aho - Teuvo Teravainen
Nino Niederreiter - Lucas Wallmark - Martin Necas
Brock McGinn - Eetu Luostarinen - Jordan Martinook
Jaccob Slavin - Dougie Hamilton
Joel Edmundson - Brett Pesce
Jake Gardiner - Trevor van Riemsdyk
Injuries and Scratches: Haydn Fleury (healthy), Erik Haula (knee)
Chicago has hit its stride in the past week, as the Blackhawks enter Tuesday night’s contest on a four-game winning streak. Chicago has out-scored opponents 21-10 over those four games, as the Blackhawks are averaging over five goals per game in that stretch.
Patrick Kane has been the hottest hand for the Hawks, as the perennial All-Star is working on a six-game goal streak. Kane is already at 26 points on the season, good for ninth most in the NHL. Rookie center Kirby Dach has also caught fire for the Blackhawks as of late. Dach scored twice in Chicago’s 4-1 win over Buffalo Sunday, and has four goals in his last four games.
Here’s how the Blackhawks are expected to lineup, with Robin Lehner in net:
Alex Nylander - Jonathan Toews - Brandon Saad
Alex DeBrincat - Dylan Strome - Patrick Kane
Dominik Kubalik - David Kampf - Andrew Shaw
Zack Smith - Kirby Dach - Ryan Carpenter
Duncan Keith - Erik Gustafsson
Calvin de Haan - Brent Seabrook
Olli Maatta - Connor Murphy
Injuries and Scratches: Slater Koekkoek (healthy), Drake Caggiula (concussion protocol)