Colorado took a 5-2 win over Chicago on Friday afternoon in the first game of the back-to-back. Nathan MacKinnon's four-point night (1G, 3A) led the way, while Patrick Kane extended his 14-game point streak (10G, 13A) with a goal and Zack Smith netted his first as a member of the Blackhawks.
Chicago will put their perfect record in the second game of a back-to-back on the line on Saturday night in their fifth such game of the year. The Blackhawks have four wins to date in the back half, with victories over the Kings (5-1 at home), the Ducks (3-2 on the road), the Maple Leafs (5-4 at home) and the Sabres (4-1 at home) this season.
Duncan Keith (groin) left Friday's game in Chicago in the second period and afterwards head coach Jeremy Colliton told reporters the defenseman would not travel to Denver for Saturday's rematch. It will be the first game the Blackhawks play without Keith since April 6, 2017. He's appeared in 189 straight regular season games and another four playoff tilts.
On Friday evening, Chicago recalled defenseman Ian McCoshen from Rockford. The 24-year-old was acquired from the Florida Panthers on Oct. 22 and has four assists in 13 games for the IceHogs this season.
Colliton confirmed before the game that Slater Koekkoek would replace Keith in the lineup, Anton Wedin will make his NHL debut in place of the re-assigned Matthew Highmore and Robin Lehner will start in net.