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Anaheim looking to avoid fourth straight loss; Chicago trying to extend point streak to five

by Charlie Roumeliotis / Correspondent

DUCKS (10-9-4) at BLACKHAWKS (11-8-3)

8:30 p.m. ET; FS-W, NBCSCH,NHL.TV


The Game

The Blackhawks will look to extend their point streak to five games when they play the Anaheim Ducks at United Center on Monday.

It will be the first of five games in seven days for the Blackhawks, who are 3-0-1 in their past four games.

The Ducks, who have lost three in a row (0-2-1), aim to avoid matching a season-long four-game losing streak (0-2-2) from Nov. 1-7.

Goaltender John Gibson is expected to start for the Ducks after Ryan Miller played in a 2-1 shootout loss against the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday.


Players to watch

Ducks forward Corey Perry has seven points (one goal, six assists) in his past six games.

Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane has eight points (four goals, four assists) in a six-game point streak.


They said it

"They're quick, they're going to swarm you. We've played them many times. We know who's on that team, who's their go-to guys. You have to limit their time and space." -- Ducks forward Corey Perry on playing the Blackhawks

"They have a team that's going to be tough to play against. Always seem to be entertaining games, whether there's a lot of penalties, some power plays. Seems to be back and forth as well, so always fun playing against these guys, especially from what happened in the playoffs a few years back [Blackhawks seven-game series win in 2015 Western Conference Final]." -- Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane on playing against the Ducks 


Ducks projected lineup

Nick Ritchie -- Derek Grant -- Corey Perry

Andrew Cogliano -- Chris Wagner -- Jakob Silfverberg

Logan Shaw -- Antoine Vermette -- Kevin Roy

Mike Liambas -- Kalle Kossila -- Dennis Rasmussen

Hampus Lindholm -- Josh Manson

Cam Fowler -- Sami Vatanen

Kevin Bieksa -- Brandon Montour

John Gibson

Ryan Miller

Scratched: Francois Beauchemin, Korbinian Holzer, Jaycob Megna

Injured: Jared Boll (lower body), Patrick Eaves (illness), Ryan Getzlaf (face), Ondrej Kase (upper body), Ryan Kesler (hip surgery), Rickard Rakell (upper body)


Blackhawks projected lineup

Brandon Saad -- Jonathan Toews -- Richard Panik

Nick Schmaltz -- Artem Anisimov -- Patrick Kane

Patrick Sharp -- Ryan Hartman -- Alex DeBrincat

Lance Bouma -- Tommy Wingels -- John Hayden

Duncan Keith -- Cody Franson

Connor Murphy -- Brent Seabrook

Gustav Forsling -- Jan Rutta

Corey Crawford

Anton Forsberg

Scratched: Michal Kempny, Tanner Kero, Jordan Oesterle

Injured: Michal Rozsival (concussion), Jordin Tootoo (upper body)


Status report

Rakell (upper body) did not make the trip to Chicago, and is listed as day to day. ... The Blackhawks had every healthy player on the ice for their morning skate.


Stat pack

Gibson has held opponents to three goals or fewer in four of his past five starts. ... Anisimov has six points (five goals, one assist) in his past five games. Toews has five points (two goals, three assists) in his past four games after he had five points (one goal, four assists) in his previous 13.

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