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PREVIEW: Blackhawks at Jets - Feb. 8, 2020

Chicago opens five-game road swing in Winnipeg on Sunday night

by Carter Baum @CarterBaum /

TIME: 6 p.m. CT

The Blackhawks embark on a crucial five-game Western Conference road swing on Sunday evening in Winnipeg with their fourth meeting of the season against the Jets. 


CHI: 25-21-8, 58 PTS
WPG: 28-23-5, 61 PTS


The Blackhawks dropped their second straight overtime game on Wednesday night at home, 2-1 to the Boston Bruins. Alex DeBrincat scored the lone Chicago goal and Robin Lehner stopped 38 shots in the loss.

Winnipeg earned a 5-2 win over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night as Patrik Laine scored three power play goals and Kyle Connor had a four-point night (1G, 3A). Laurent Brossoit made 25 saves in the win. 

Chicago holds a 2-0-1 record against the Jets this season has won the last two matchups between the clubs, most recently a 5-2 win at the Untied Center on Jan. 19. In their last trip to MTS Bell Place on Dec. 19, the Blackhawks earned a 4-1 win.


Corey Crawford will start in goal and Nick Seeler will make his Blackhawks debut on Sunday night in Winnipeg. Adam Boqvist (right shoulder) will be held out and Matthew Highmore will replace Alex Nylander in the forward grouping. 


The Jets hold a three-point advantage over the Blackhawks in the standings and hold a Wild Card spot entering Sunday while having played two more games to date than the visitors.

In all, six teams outside their divison's top three are separated by just four points and fighting for two Wild Card spots come early April. 


Kirby Dach recorded an assist on Wednesday to match a career-long five-game point streak (1G, 4A). His previous five-game point streak (4G, 3A) this season stretched from Nov. 10-19. Dach became the third player in franchise history to record two or more point streaks of at least five games as a teenager (Denis Savard 2x, Eddie Olczyk 5x).


After picking up a helper on Wednesday, Patrick Kane registerd his 623rd career assist, moving him into sole possession of fourth most assists by primary wingers within their first 13 seasons in league history. He passed Mark Recchi, and now trails Jari Kurri (712), Guy LaFleur (725) and Jaromir Jagr (729).

Kane became the 90th player in NHL history to reach 1,000 career points with an assist against Winnipeg in the last meeting on Jan. 19. 


DeBrincat scored his 28th career power-play goal on Wednesday, matching Jonathan Toews for third most power-play goals recorded by a Blackhawks player within their first three NHL seasons. Only Dennis Savard (33) and Patrick Kane (29) recorded more markers on the power play during their first three NHL seasons.


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