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PREVIEW: Blackhawks vs. Islanders - Dec. 27, 2019

Chicago returns from holiday break to face the New York Islanders at the United Center

by Carter Baum @CarterBaum /

TIME: 7:30 p.m. CT

The Blackhawks are back in action on Friday night as the New York Islanders visit the United Center for the lone time this season (TICKETS).


CHI: 15-17-6, 36 PTS (7th in Central)
NYI: 23-9-3, 49 PTS (2nd in Metropolitan)


The Blackhawks struck early but fell to the New Jersey Devils just before the holiday break, 7-1. Zack Smith scored his second goal of the season, while Corey Crawford and Robin Lehner allowed four and three goals, respectively. 

The Islanders fell at home just before the holiday break to the Blue Jackets, 3-2. Matthew Barzel notched a goal and an assist, pushing his team-leading scoring total to 32 points (16G, 16A). 

A year ago, the road team prevailed in extra time in the two-game season series. New York scored in overtime to seal a 3-2 win on Jan. 3, while Chicago won in a shootout on Jan. 22, 3-2. Lehner started both games for his former team and stopped 57 of the 61 Blackhawks shots he faced.

Video: NYI vs. CHI game preview


Lehner will get the start against the Islanders, while Slater Koekkoek draws into the lineup for Adam Boqvist, who left Monday's game in the first period with a shoulder injury. 

"I don't want to let some of these guys score on me," Lehner said of his former teammates in blue and orange. "You know, I've been pretty good against former teams, so hopefully I'll keep that going today."

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