CHICAGO -- Less than two years after playing in the 2013 Stanley Cup Final, the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks again have their Cup hopes in mind for the finale of a two-game regular-season series.
When they play at United Center on Sunday (3:30 pm ET; NBC), however, each team hopes to shake off some recent struggles and spark a hot streak for the stretch run of the regular season. The Bruins are winless in their past six games (0-4-2) and clinging to the second wild card in the Eastern Conference. The Blackhawks are trying to hang onto third in the Central Division and are 2-1-3 in the first five of a season high eight-game homestand.
Boston is also without two-way center David Krejci, who was injured Friday at the St. Louis Blues.
“It’s a really high stress point,” Bruins forward Milan Lucic said after practice Saturday in Chicago. “It’s easy to get down and frustrated. It’s hard to keep things loose and keep things light and keep things confident in the room and in the game. But as individuals, we have to have each others’ backs, keep staying the course and moving things in the right direction. If we can keep competing hard and stick to the gameplan, ultimately we’ll start getting the results that we want.”