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PREVIEW: Blackhawks vs. Ducks - Jan. 11, 2020

Chicago closes out four-game homestand with second meeting of the season against Anaheim

by Carter Baum @CarterBaum / Blackhawks.com

TIME: 7:30 p.m. CT
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The Blackhawks look to close out their four-game homestand in the win column as the Anaheim Ducks visit the United Center for the first time this season (TICKETS).


TEAM RECORDS

CHI: 19-20-6, 44 PTS (7th in Central)
ANA: 17-22-5, 39 PTS (8th in Pacific)


LAST TIME OUT

Chicago dropped a 5-2 game to the Nashville Predators on Thursday night as Dominik Kubalik scored for the third straight game and Patrick Kane assisted on an Alex DeBrincat power-play goal for the 994th point of his illustrious career. 

Anaheim fell 3-0 to the Dallas Stars on Thursday night, the fifth defeat in the last six games (1-4-1). Ryan Getzlaf paces the Ducks with 30 points (11G, 19A) in 42 games this season. 

The Blackhawks took an overtime win in the only meeting of the season between the Western Conference opponents, 3-2 on Nov. 3. Adam Boqvist scored his first NHL goal and Kane put home the game-winner just 24 seconds into overtime as Robin Lehner stopped 36 of the 38 shots he faced in the win. Chicago and Anaheim meet for the final time on March 3 at the United Center.

Video: ANA vs. CHI game preview


LINEUP NOTES

Lehner will return to the net tonight for the Blackhawks after a three-game absence following a knee injury suffered on Jan. 2 in Vancouver.

Head coach Jeremy Colliton said the 18 skaters will remain the same from Thursday's loss to Calgary, with Dennis Gilbert and Dylan Sikura serving as the healthy scratches. Dylan Strome (right ankle) will miss a second straight game.


GUSTAFSSON HITS 200

Defenseman Erik Gustafsson is set to play in his 200th NHL game tonight against the Ducks.

The 2012 fourth-round pick of the Edmonton Oilers is in his fourth season in Chicago and has scored 108 points (27G, 81A) in his first 199 appearances, including a breakout 2018-19 with 60 points (17G, 43A) in 79 games. 

Video: Inside the Locker Room: Patrick Kane


DOMINANT DOMINIK

Kubalik is on a career-long four-game point streak (3G, 3A) after his tally against the Predators on Thursday and is the first Blackhawks rookie to score goals in three straight games since Alex DeBrincat from Nov. 11-15, 2017. The forward is second among rookie scorers with 14 goals this season, two off Buffalo's Victor Olofsson and ranks first in goals scored by a first-year player since Dec. 8. Kubalik also shares fifth in points (24) among NHL rookies.


ON THE DOT

Since Dec. 1, Jonathan Toews leads the league with 243 faceoff wins and ranks fifth in faceoff win percentage, winning 59.4 percent of his draws (min. 200 faceoffs). Over his last 12 games, David Kampf has won 62 percent or more of his draws nine times and is seventh in the NHL, winning 59.8 percent of his draws (min. 100 faceoffs).


DOWN A MAN

The Blackhawks killed off both penalties against Nashville on Thursday and have killed off their last six penalty kill chances, including two 5-on-3 power plays against the Flames, the first time Chicago has killed off two 5-on-3 disadvantages in a single game since Oct. 21, 2017 at Arizona.

Since Dec. 5, the Blackhawks penalty kill ranks third in the National Hockey League (86.3%), trailing only Tampa Bay (90.4%) and Arizona (88.6%). For the season, Chicago ranks ninth (82.2%), which would be their highest PK percentage since the 2014-15 season (83.4%).

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