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PREVIEW: Blackhawks at Canucks - Jan. 2, 2020

Chicago carries three-game win streak into Vancouver

by Carter Baum @CarterBaum /

TIME: 9 p.m. CT

The Blackhawks kick off the second half of their season on Thursday night in Vancouver with the second meeting of the season against the Canucks. 


CHI: 18-17-6, 42 PTS (7th in Central)
VAN: 21-15-4. 46 PTS (3rd in Pacific)


Chicago closed out 2019 with a 5-3 win in Calgary on Tuesday night behind a four-point night from Patrick Kane and two-point performances from Alex DeBrincat and Dylan Strome. The win was the third straight for the Blackhawks and the sixth in the last eight outings. 

Vancouver won its fifth stright game on Sunday night with a 5-2 win over the Flames in Alberta. Tyler Myers and Tanner Pearson each scored twice and added an assist in the win. 

The Blackhawks took a 5-2 win over the Canucks on Nov. 7 at the United Center with three-point nights from Kane (1G, 2A) and Strome (3A) and a 36-save performance from Corey Crawford. 


Jeremy Colliton told reporters that Robin Lehner will start for the fourth straight game and there are no changes to the lineup from Tuesday's win in Calgary.

"They played well," Colliton said. "Obviously the big start was great, we built ourself a lead. Second period we let off the gas a little bit but third period I thought we were really good until the shorthanded goal and we'll give that group another chance."

Lehner has won each of his last six starts and has a .946 SV% against the Canucks, his highest of any NHL opponent, including two shutouts in five appearances. 

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