The Blackhawks head back on the road for a night as they face the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night at PPG Paints Arena at 6 p.m.
Chicago played their first home game in nearly two weeks on Thursday night, a 5-2 win over Vancouver. It was the first of just two home games in an 18-day, nine game stretch, with the second coming on Sunday against Toronto.
Chicago took a 5-2 win over Vancouver on Thursday night at the United Center, with Patrick Kane (1G, 2A) and Dylan Strome (3A) leading the way with three-point nights. Kane is now riding a season-high four-game point streak since Nov. 2 (2G, 5A).
Pittsburgh defeated the New York Islanders on the road Thursday night, 4-3 in overtime. Bryan Rust found the net twice - including the game-winner - and Jared McCann had a goal and two assists in the win. Rust now has points in all five games he's played this season.
In two meetings last season, the Blackhawks swept the series with a 6-3 win on Dec. 12 in Chicago and a 5-3 win in Pittsburgh on Jan. 6. Jonathan Toews (2G, 3A) and Kane (4A) led the way for the Blackhawks, while Rust (3G, 1A) led the Penguins, including a hat trick on Dec. 12.
Saturday's game marks the return to Pittsburgh for two-time Stanley Cup champion Olli Maatta, who was acquired by Chicago on June 15 in exchange for Dominik Kahun.
The 25-year-old Maata registered 107 points (25G, 82A) in 362 games for the Penguins and another 21 points (2G, 19A) in 62 playoff games. He's played in 15 games for the Blackhawks this season with four assists to his name, including two on Thursday night.
Following morning skate in Pittsburgh, head coach Jeremy Colliton told reporters that Corey Crawford will get his second straight start in goal, while rookies Kirby Dach and Adam Boqvist will be healthy scratched and replaced in the lineup by Dominik Kubalik and Slater Koekkoek, respectively.
For both players, Colliton said it's a planned chance to give them a rest and some feedback.
"With Kirby, it was kind of the plan in advance that he would come out this game," he said. "Obviously circumstances could've happened that he would've played but it's an opportunity to give him a rest on a back-to-back and he can watch from up top. I've got no problem with him, he's going to keep getting better.
"Boqy, it's a bit similar but more like he's played a few games in a row now. I thought he started really well and we want to give him some feedback and get him to his top level again."