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Chicago looks to extend season-long winning streak to five; Carolina seeks fourth straight victory

by Scott King / Independent Correspondent

HURRICANES (12-7-1) at BLACKHAWKS (9-7-4)

8:30 p.m. ET; NBCSCH, FS-CR, NHL.TV


The Game

The Chicago Blackhawks can extend their season-long winning streak to five games when they host the Carolina Hurricanes at United Center on Tuesday. 

The Blackhawks, who have outscored opponents 21-10 in four consecutive victories, are 6-1-1 in their past eight games after going 1-4-2 in their previous seven. 

Forward Patrick Kane has 17 points (eight goals, nine assists) in a nine-game point streak and is three assists shy of 600 in the NHL.

The Hurricanes seek their fourth win in a row following a four-game losing streak. Carolina has scored 17 goals in their three straight victories.


Players to watch

Blackhawks rookie center Kirby Dach has six points (four goals, two assists) in a four-game point streak.

Hurricanes forward Andrei Svechnikov has seven points (three goals, four assists) in a four-game point streak.


They said it

"There's a lot of things that he does. … It's very impressive how he can win races and dart through holes and create space for himself. And then obviously he thinks the game at such a high level. He can pull people to him and use the space that he creates. Fun coaching him." -- Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton on forward Patrick Kane

"They've had some ups and downs [for] a couple years now, so they're a pretty hungry team, they want in [for] the playoffs. It's going to be a battle, it's always a tough building to play [in] here. We've just got to make sure we keep grinding, keep playing our way." -- Hurricanes forward Teuvo Teravainen on facing Chicago


Hurricanes projected lineup

Andrei Svechnikov -- Sebastian Aho -- Teuvo Teravainen

Ryan Dzingel -- Jordan Staal -- Warren Foegele

Nino Niederreiter -- Lucas Wallmark -- Martin Necas

Brock McGinn -- Eetu Luostarinen -- Jordan Martinook

Jaccob Slavin -- Dougie Hamilton

Joel Edmundson -- Brett Pesce

Jake Gardiner -- Trevor van Riemsdyk

Petr Mrazek

James Reimer

Scratched: Haydn Fleury

Injured: Erik Haula (knee)


Blackhawks projected lineup

Alex Nylander -- Jonathan Toews -- Brandon Saad

Alex DeBrincat -- Dylan Strome -- Patrick Kane

Ryan Carpenter -- David Kampf -- Dominik Kubalik

Zack Smith -- Kirby Dach -- Andrew Shaw

Duncan Keith -- Connor Murphy

Calvin de Haan -- Brent Seabrook

Olli Maatta -- Erik Gustafsson

Robin Lehner

Corey Crawford

Scratched: Slater Koekkoek

Injured: Drake Caggiula (concussion protocol)


Status report

Haula didn't practice on Monday and Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour expects him out of the lineup "for a while." ... Carolina recalled Luostarinen from Charlotte of the American Hockey League on Sunday.


Stat pack

Necas has eight points (two goals, six assists) in his past eight games. ... Teravainen has seven points (one goal, six assists) in a five-game point streak. ... Hamilton has six points (three goals, three assists) in a five-game point streak. ... Toews has five points (two goals, three assists) in his past four games. ... Strome has six points (one goal, five assists) in his past four games. ... DeBrincat has six assists in his past four games.

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