The Blackhawks return home on Sunday evening to face the Buffalo Sabres for the first time this season (TICKETS). Chicago is riding a three-game winning streak and will look for their fourth straight win this year in the second half of a back-to-back.
Chicago returns home from a 7-2 win in Nashville on Saturday night as six different players found the back of the net and Robin Lehner made 36 saves in his fifth win of the season.
Buffalo took a 4-2 win over the Ottawa Sentators on Saturday, snapping a six-game winless streak. Jack Eichel scored all four goals for the Sabres and leads the team with 23 points (12G, 11A).
In two meetings last season, the Blackhawks topped the Sabres twice: a 7-3 win on Feb. 1 in upstate New York and a 5-4 shootout win on March 7 at the United Center. Patrick Kane paced Chicago with six points (2G, 4A) against his hometown team.
NEW VS. OLD
Alex Nylander is set to face his former team for the first time since being acquired in exchange for Henri Jokiharju this past offseason.
"It's going to be really fun," said Nylander, the Sabres eighth overall pick in 2016. "I've got a couple of teammates from there last year, so it's going to be a good game and hopefully come out with a win."
In 18 games this sesaon in Chicago, Nylander has nine points (4G, 5A), including a pair of goals on Saturday night in Nashville.
The Blackhawks did not hold a morning skate ahead of their second game in as many days, but head coach Jeremy Colliton confirmed the team would stick to its rotation in net on the back-to-backs, meaning Corey Crawford will start against the Sabres. Otherwise, the lineup remains the same from Saturday's win in Nashville.