CHI: 12-12-6, 30 PTS (7th in Central) VGK: 15-12-5, 35 PTS (4th in Pacific)
LAST TIME OUT
Chicago picked up a point in a third straight game, but fell to the Arizona Coyotes in a shootout on Sunday evening at the United Center, 4-3. Alex DeBrincat extended his scoring streak to three games and Patrick Kane picked up his team-leading 36th point (14G, 22A) of the season.
Vegas dropped a 5-0 game to the New York Rangers on Sunday at home, snapping a five-game point streak for the Golden Knights. Max Pacioretty leads Vegas with 26 points (10G, 16A) this season, but has been held off the scoresheet in two meetings with Chicago.
The two teams met on Oct. 22 in Chicago, a 2-1 shootout victory for the visitors, and again on Nov. 13 in Vegas, a 5-3 win for the Blackhawks on the road with three-point performances from Kane and Dylan Strome (1G, 2A each). It was the team's first-ever win over the Golden Knights.
Head coach Jeremy Colliton confirmed after morning skate that Corey Crawford will start in net and Adam Boqvist will replace Slater Koekkoek on defense. Olli Maatta (flu-like symptoms) remains out and Matthew Highmore will be a healthy scratch.