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PREVIEW: Blackhawks at Golden Knights 12/6

Chicago closes out their road back-to-back in Las Vegas on Thursday night

by Chris Wescott / chicagoblackhawks.com

TIME: 9:00 p.m. CT

TV: NBCSCH RADIO: WGN 720 ONLINE: NHL.TV

The Blackhawks look to snap a five-game losing streak when they take on the Golden Knights in Las Vegas on Thursday night. Chicago played well but couldn't finish on several opportunities in a 4-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday night.

Another slow start meant they had to battle back, and they did with goals from Erik Gustafsson and Alex DeBrincat. However, the Ducks scored the lone goals of the third period.

Video: Jeremy Colliton's pregame presser

Chicago is led in scoring by Patrick Kane, who now has 31 points after a one-assist performance on Wednesday. Jonathan Toews and DeBrincat each have 23 points. DeBrincat had a goal and Toews had an assist against the Ducks.

Gustafsson's goal was his fifth of the season, and with 12 points he leads all Blackhawks blueliners.

The Golden Knights have won six of their last seven games. They're coming off a 5-3 victory over the Washington Capitals at home on Tuesday.

Jonathan Marchessault and William Karlsson share the team lead in points with 21 each. Cody Eakin is their leading goal scorer, however, with 11 this season. Both Marchessault and Max Pacioretty have 10 goals.

Between the pipes, Marc-Andre Fleury has 15 wins in 25 starts this season, posting a 2.40 GAA and .912 save percentage.

SEASON SERIES:

The Blackhawks and Golden Knights have met just once already this season. Vegas beat Chicago 8-3 at the United Center on Nov. 27.

They will meet again in Chicago on Jan. 12.

LINEUP NOTES:

Corey Crawford will start in net. Gustav Forsling is day-to-day with a shoulder injury.

OPPONENT TO WATCH:

Nate Schmidt has played just nine games so far this season, but he broke through for a big offensive performance on Tuesday. Schmidt had two goals and an assist in the win over the Capitals.

The defenseman had a breakthrough 2017-18, recording 36 points in 76 games for the Knights.

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