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PREVIEW: Blackhawks vs Hurricanes 11/8

Jeremy Colliton will coach his first game behind the Blackhawks bench when the Carolina Hurricanes come to the United Center

by Chris Wescott / chicagoblackhawks.com

 TIME: 7:30 p.m. CT

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

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The Blackhawks host the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday both teams attempt to stop their five-game losing streaks. It will also be Chicago's first game under new leadership, as the franchise named Jeremy Colliton its 38th head coach in history, on Tuesday.

Video: Blackhawks vs. Hurricanes game preview

After losing 4-1 in St. Louis on Tuesday night, the Hurricanes come to town having gone 0-4-1 in their last five games. Their visit to Chicago will conclude a five-game road trip for the Canes.

Carolina is led in scoring by Sebastian Aho, who has four goals and 13 assists for 17 points in 15 games. In terms of goals, Michael Ferlund paces the team with seven.

As for the Blackhawks, they too have gone 0-4-1 in their last five games. They are 3-2-2 at home this season, and look to build on that record against the Hurricanes.

Chicago is led in scoring by Patrick Kane, who has 19 points, including 11 goals. Alex DeBrincat and Jonathan Toews each have eight goals this season.

Chicago has had four days without games, as their last action came in Calgary on Saturday - a 5-3 loss to the Flames.

SEASON SERIES:

This is the first time the two teams have met this season. Last year, they met twice and split.

One more meeting will take place this season in just a few days on Monday, Nov. 12 in Carolina.

Video: Inside the Locker Room: Dominik Kahun

LINEUP NOTES:

Artem Anisimov missed the morning skate due to the birth of his son last night. He is expected to be in the lineup.

Brandon Saad, who took a puck to the face at Wednesday's practice, will also be in the lineup against the Canes. He will, however, wear a face shield.

Video: Brandon Saad on dental work

The Blackhawks did not run lines during the morning skate. The forward lineup from Wednesday's practice was as follows:

DeBrincat-Toews-Kahun

Schmaltz-Anisimov-Kane

Saad-Kampf-Fortin

Martinsen-Kruger-Kunitz

We'll have coverage of any more lineup news on chicagoblackhawks.com following warmups.

OPPONENT TO WATCH:

The 21-year-old Aho was taken in the second round, 35th overall, of the 2015 NHL Draft. He has played two full seasons in the NHL, scoring 24 and 29 goals. While he leads the team in scoring this season, he is searching for his first goal since Oct. 13 agains the Minnesota Wild. 

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