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Boston goes for seventh straight win; Chicago tries to split home-and-home

by Charlie Roumeliotis / Correspondent

BRUINS (43-15-8) at BLACKHAWKS (29-32-8)

12:30 p.m. ET; NBC, TVAS, NHL.TV


The Game

The Boston Bruins will try for their seventh straight win when they play the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center on Sunday.

The Bruins are coming off a 7-4 home victory against the Blackhawks on Saturday, when they tied a season high with four power-play goals (they did it in a 6-3 win against the Vancouver Canucks on Oct. 19). The six straight wins are also a season high, and they became the seventh team in NHL history to sweep a six-game homestand. Boston is second in the Atlantic Division and trails the Tampa Bay Lightning for first by six points with three games in hand.

Forward Tommy Wingels will play in Chicago for the first time since being traded to Boston on Feb. 26. He has three points (one goal, two assists) in five games with the Bruins.

The Blackhawks will look to avoid their third consecutive loss. They are 14 points behind the Colorado Avalanche for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference.


Players to watch

Bruins forward Brad Marchand has 11 points (five goals, six assists) in a five-game point streak.

Blackhawks defenseman Erik Gustafsson had an NHL career-high three points (one goal, two assists) Saturday and has two goals in his past three games.


They said it

"We're trying to catch Tampa Bay and they keep winning so we need to keep winning. When you're at home you want to make sure you're playing your best hockey." -- Bruins defenseman Nick Holden

"Obviously, the [win], that's the standard and we expect to win every game. But we've got to keep continuing to build as a group and start putting it together. We do it from time to time, we just [need] a full 60 minutes." -- Blackhawks forward Matthew Highmore


Bruins projected lineup

Brad Marchand -- Riley Nash -- David Pastrnak

Jake DeBrusk -- David Krejci -- Rick Nash

Danton Heinen -- Tommy Wingels -- Brian Gionta

Tim Schaller -- Sean Kuraly -- Noel Acciari

Zdeno Chara -- Brandon Carlo

Torey Krug -- Adam McQuaid

Matt Grzelcyk -- Kevan Miller

Anton Khudobin

Tuukka Rask

Scratched: Nick Holden

Injured: Patrice Bergeron (fractured foot), Charlie McAvoy (sprained MCL)

Suspended: David Backes


Blackhawks projected lineup

Brandon Saad -- Jonathan Toews -- Patrick Kane

Alex DeBrincat -- Nick Schmaltz -- Vinnie Hinostroza

Matthew Highmore -- Artem Anisimov -- John Hayden

Patrick Sharp -- David Kampf -- Tomas Jurco

Duncan Keith -- Connor Murphy

Erik Gustafsson -- Brent Seabrook

Jordan Oesterle -- Jan Rutta

Anton Forsberg

J-F Berube

Scratched: None

Injured: Corey Crawford (upper body), Anthony Duclair (lower body)


Status report

Hinostroza returns to the lineup after missing the game Saturday because of a personal matter. … Hayden was recalled from Rockford of the American Hockey League on an emergency basis and played 12:22 on Saturday. … Duclair is out 1-2 weeks after being injured in a collision with Marchand during the first period Saturday. 


Stat pack

Gionta has six points (two goals, four assists) in five games since signing with the Bruins on Feb. 25. ... The Blackhawks have allowed at least one power-play goal in each of their past four games and six in 13 opportunities during that span.

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