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PREVIEW: Blackhawks at Bruins - Dec. 5, 2019

Chicago begins East Coast back-to-back in Boston on Thursday night

by Carter Baum @CarterBaum /

TIME: 6 p.m. CT

The Blackhawks, and their moms, are in Boston for the first meeting of the season against the Bruins to open up a back-to-back on the Eastern Seaboard on Thursday night. 


  • CHI: 10-12-5, 25 PTS (7th in Central)
  • BOS: 20-3-5, 45 PTS (1st in Atlantic)


Chicago fell 4-0 at home on Monday night to the St. Louis Blues, the third loss in the last four games for the Blackhawks. Patrick Kane saw his 15-game point streak (11G, 13A) come to an end in the defeat. 

Boston won its eighth straight game on Tuesday night, 2-0 over the Carolina Hurricanes. Brad Marchand notched an assist on the game-winner, his team-leading 44th point on the year (18G, 26A). The Bruins are unbeaten in their last 12 games (9-0-3) and are the only team in the league to have not lost on home ice with a 12-0-4 record at TD Garden. 

In two meetings last season, Boston took a pair of wins from Chicago: a 4-2 win in the 2019 Winter Classic at Notre Dame and a 6-3 win on Feb. 12 in Massachusetts. Alex DeBrincat (3A) and Jonathan Toews (1G, 2A) led the Blackhawks in scoring while Marchand (2G, 3A) led the Bruins. 

Video: Colliton on lineup vs. BOS


It was an optional morning skate for the Blackhawks, but head coach Jeremy Colliton told reporters after that Robin Lehner will return to the net after missing Monday's game with flu-like symptoms, Dylan Strome will draw back into the lineup after missing four games in concussion protocol and that Olli Maatta, dealing with flu-like symptoms of his own, will be a game-time decision. 

Tweet from @NHLBlackhawks: Lineup updates from Coach Colliton: ���Lehner starts���Strome is in ���Maatta is a game-time decision#Blackhawks

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