COYOTES (17-10-4) at BLACKHAWKS (12-12-5)
7 p.m. ET; ESPN+, NBCSCH, FA-S, FS-PLUS, NHL.TV
Nick Schmaltz will face the Chicago Blackhawks for the first time since being traded to the Arizona Coyotes when they play at United Center on Sunday.
The forward, who was selected by the Blackhawks No. 20 in the 2014 NHL Draft and played parts of three seasons with Chicago, was acquired by Arizona on Nov. 25, 2018, for forwards Brendan Perlini and Dylan Strome. Schmaltz leads the Coyotes in scoring with 20 points (five goals, 15 assists) in 31 games this season.
The Coyotes are coming off a 2-0 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday after two straight wins. Arizona is 3-1-0 in its past four games against Chicago.
The Blackhawks have won two in a row after going 1-5-1 in their previous seven games. Chicago is 1-4-0 in its past five at home.
Players to watch
Coyotes goalie Darcy Kuemper has won his past two starts. He's 2-3-1 in his career against Chicago.
Blackhawks forward Alex DeBrincat has scored in two straight games after going 12 games without a goal.
They said it
"I've been looking forward to it for awhile here now. I know it'll be fun, I'm just going to enjoy it and play as hard as I can." -- Coyotes forward Nick Schmaltz on returning to Chicago
"I think this time around just prove that I can play, I can stay, be an everyday kind of guy up here. There's times last year towards the end of the year where I was proving myself a little bit and I'm excited to get a fresh start and another chance here." -- Blackhawks forward Dylan Sikura, who was recalled from Rockford of the American Hockey League on Sunday
Coyotes projected lineup
Clayton Keller - - Derek Stepan - - Vinnie Hinostroza
Christian Dvorak - - Nick Schmaltz - - Conor Garland
Lawson Crouse - - Carl Soderberg - - Phil Kessel
Michael Grabner - - Brad Richardson - - Christian Fischer
Oliver Ekman-Larsson - - Jason Demers
Jakob Chychrun - - Alex Goligoski
Jordan Oesterle - - Ilya Lyubushkin
Scratched: Aaron Ness, Barrett Hayton, Michael Chaput
Injured: Niklas Hjalmarsson (lower body)
Blackhawks projected lineup
Brandon Saad - - Jonathan Toews - - Alex Nylander
Alex DeBrincat - - Dylan Strome - - Patrick Kane
Dylan Sikura - - David Kampf - - Dominik Kubalik
Ryan Carpenter - - Kirby Dach - - Zack Smith
Calvin de Haan - - Brent Seabrook
Erik Gustafsson - - Dennis Gilbert
Slater Koekkoek - - Connor Murphy
Injured: Drake Caggiula (concussion protocol), Duncan Keith (groin), Olli Maatta (illness), Andrew Shaw (concussion protocol)
The Blackhawks re-assigned forward Anton Wedin to the AHL. He did not score a point in four games. … Sikura has no goals and eight assists in 38 NHL games.
Saad will play his 400th game with Chicago. … Kane has 11 goals and 15 assists in his past 18 games. ... Dvorak has two goals and six points in his past six games.