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PREVIEW: Blackhawks at Canadiens - Jan. 15, 2020

Chicago meets Montreal for the first time this season in second half of midweek back-to-back

by Carter Baum @CarterBaum /

TIME: 6:30 p.m. CT

The Blackhawks complete their ninth back-to-back in Montreal on Wednesday night in their first meeting of the season against the Canadiens. In eight previous back-to-backs so far this season, Chicago has posted a 7-1-0 record in the back half. 


CHI: 21-20-6, 48 PTS (6th in Central)
MTL: 20-20-7, 47 PTS (6th in Atlantic)


Chicago completed a come-from-behind, overtime win in Ottawa on Tuesday night as Dominik Kubalik scored twice for a second straight outing and Jonathan Toews capped the comeback in OT with his 12th goal of the season. 

Montreal beat the Calgary Flames on Monday night at home and brings a two-game win streak into the midweek contest. Jordan Weal scored his fifth of the year and Ryan Poehling added his first of the season in the win as Carey Price stopped all 31 shots he faced. 

The two teams split the season series a year ago with the road team prevailing in each, Montreal taking a 3-2 result at the United Center on Dec. 9 and Chicago taking a 2-0 win in Quebec on March 16. Corey Crawford picked up his second career shutout against his hometown team and Connor Murphy scored the game-winner in the March win.


Kubalik picked up his second consecutive multi-goal game on Tuesday night and has now recorded a marker in five straight games after tallying two goals against the Senators. The two goals also extended his career-long point streak to six games (7G, 3A). Of the last 11 Chicago goals scored, the rookie has seven of them. 

The last Blackhawks rookie to score in five consecutive games was Jeremy Roenick (Jan. 27-Feb. 10, 1990). His five straight contests with a goal shares the second-longest rookie goal scoring streak in franchise history.


Toews scored his team-leading third overtime goal of the season on Tuesday and added two assists in the Blackhawks win. The captain has recorded at least one point in five of his last six games and has recorded three multi-point games in a row for the first time since Dec. 31-Jan. 5 during the 2017-18 campaign.

His 12 overtime markers are the most in the league since the NHL introduced the 3-on-3 overtime format ahead of the 2015-16 season.


With their victory last night in Ottawa, Chicago has won five of their last six games away from the United Center. Since Nov. 8, the Blackhawks share second in the league with 20 points on the road and the nine road victories since that date share third in the league.

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