Chicago had a four-game winning streak snapped on Tuesday as the Carolina Hurricanes took a 4-2 victory from the UC. The Blackhawks attempted to climb out of a 3-0 hole with two goals in a 70-second span in the third period, but a late empty netter sealed the victory for the visitors. Patrick Kane pushed his point streak to 10 games (8G, 11A) and Kirby Dach pushed his own streak to five games (4G, 3A).
Tampa Bay dropped their second straight game on Tuesday night in St. Louis, 3-1. Anthony Cirelli scored the lone goal, his third of the season in the loss. Captain Steven Stamkos paces the Lightning with 20 points (7G, 13A) in 18 games this season.
In two meetings a season ago, Tampa Bay took a pair of wins: 6-3 on Oct. 21 in Chicago and 4-2 on Nov. 23 in Florida. Brayden Point (2G, 3A) and Nikita Kucherov (1G, 4A) led the series in scoring with five points apiece, while Duncan Keith (2A) led the Blackhawks.
Jeremy Colliton confirmed following an optional morning skate that Corey Crawford will start in net, but other lineup decisions will be made before the game. Crawford is 3-0-2 in his last five starts with a .937 save percentage in that span.
Andrew Shaw missed yesterday's practice with a right hip injury, but skated during the optional morning skate with the Blackhawks. With Drake Caggiula in concussion protocol, Slater Koekkoek is the only healthy player currently on the roster available for tonight's game should a change be made from Tuesday night. Acquired from the Lightning on Jan. 11, if Koekkoek draws into the lineup, it would be his first game against his former club.