CHI: 22-20-6, 48 PTS (5th in Central) TOR: 25-16-7, 57 PTS (3rd in Atlantic)
LAST TIME OUT
Chicago took a 4-1 win on Wednesday night in Montreal, the third straight victory for the Blackhawks. Zack Smith scored his first multi-goal game in a Blackhawk sweater, while Alex DeBrincat and Drake Caggiula also found the net. Patrick Kane pulled within two points of 1,000 for his career with an assist on DeBrincat's power-play tally. Corey Crawford picked up his eighth win of the season in his hometown.
Toronto dropped a 2-1 shootout loss to the Calgary Flames on Thursday night, just the fourth point the Maple Leafs have taken from their last five outings. William Nylander, brother of Chicago's Alex Nylander, scored his 21st goal of the season in the loss.
The Blackhawks defeated the Maple Leafs 5- 4 on Nov. 10 as Patrick Kane (2G, 1A) and Alex DeBrincat (3A) paced the club with three points each in that victory. Robin Lehner matched a career high with 53 saves in the win. Chicago has claimed at least a point in 10 straight and 18 of their last 20 games (15-2-3) vs. the Maple Leafs.
With their victory Montreal, Chicago has won six of their last seven games away from the United Center. Since Nov. 8, the Blackhawks lead the National Hockey League with 22 points on the road and their 10 road victories since that date share the league lead.