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PREVIEW: Blackhawks at Canadiens 3/16

The Blackhawks face the Canadiens in Montreal on Saturday night

by Chris Wescott /

TIME: 6:00 p.m. CT


Chicago (31-30-9) is looking to record their fifth straight victory when they battle the Canadiens in Montreal on Saturday night. The Blackhawks found themselves back in the thick of the Western Conference Wild Card race after wins over Buffalo, Dallas, Arizona, and Toronto. But with a small margin for error, every two points count.

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This is the second and final game of this road trip, with Chicago returning home for a pair of games to start next week.

Patrick Kane is the Blackhawks leading scorer and is just one point shy of reaching 100 points in a season for just the second time in his career. He had 106 points in 2015-16.

This year, Kane has 41 goals and 58 assists for 99 points in 69 games.

Second on the roster in scoring is Jonathan Toews, who has 30 goals and 41 assists for a total of 71 points in 70 games this season. He's reached the 70-point mark only one other time in his career (2010-11).

Trailing Toews is Alex DeBrincat. The sophomore sniper has 38 goals (69 points) in 70 games.

In net, Corey Crawford is the number one with an 11-15-2 record to go along with a 3.18 GAA and .902 SV%. Cam Ward (knee) is now healthy, so the team sent down Collin Delia to Rockford. Ward is 14-11-4 this season with a 3.72 GAA and .893 SV%.

Montreal has won just one of their last four games and is coming off a 2-1 loss to the New York Islanders on Thursday.

Max Domi is the team leader in scoring with 62 points (24G, 38A) in 71 games this season. Tomas Tatar is tied with Jonathan Drouin with 50 points for second. Brendan Gallagher is the leading goal scorer with 30.

As for between the pipes, Carey Price leads the way with a 2.58 GAA and .915 SV%, as well as a record of 29-21-5. Antti Niemi has an 8-6-2 record with a 3.78 GAA and .887 SV%.


This is the second of two meetings this season between the clubs. Chicago lost 3-2 at the United Center in the first game back on Dec. 9.

Kane scored twice in that game, including the equalizer in the second period. However, Tatar's game-winner came with just 1:17 left in the third.


Slater Koekkoek will enter the lineup for Carl Dahlstrom. Crawford is the projected starter for Chicago.


Talented 23-year-old forward Drouin was originally the third-overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft by Tampa. While tied for second in scoring with 50 points, Drouin's production has dried up recently with no points in his last seven games.

Drouin is capable of exploding offensively, however. Each of the last four games in which he's got points have been multi-point outings.

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