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Chicago, Carolina each out to end three-game losing streak

by Kurt Dusterberg / Independent Correspondent

BLACKHAWKS (2-4-2) at HURRICANES (6-3-1)



The Game

The Chicago Blackhawks and Carolina Hurricanes each will try to end a three-game losing streak when they play at PNC Arena on Saturday.

The Blackhawks lost to the Philadelphia Flyers 4-1 on Thursday, finishing 2-3-2 on a seven-game homestand. It will be their first road game since they were the away team in a 4-3 loss to the Flyers in the 2019 Global Series in Prague on Oct. 4.

Defenseman Calvin de Haan will face the Hurricanes for the first time since he was traded to the Blackhawks on June 25 with forward prospect Aleksi Saarela for goalie Anton Forsberg and defenseman Gustav Forsling.

The Hurricanes, who lost 4-3 in overtime to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday, are 1-3-1 after beginning the season 5-0-0. This is the first of a four-game homestand.


Players to watch

Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane leads them with eight points (three goals, five assists) in eight games.

Hurricanes defenseman Dougie Hamilton has nine points (six goals, three assists) in his past eight games.


They said it

"There was good pace (at practice Friday). Guys were going hard. But it's pretty cut and dried as far as I'm concerned. The whole team has got another level. I'm excited to see their response." -- Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton

"We know what they're all about. They're as high-end a team as you're going to see. If we get caught up playing that game, it's not going to be good for us. At the end of the day, you have to play your style regardless of who you're playing. If you don't do that, it makes it tough." -- Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour


Blackhawks projected lineup

Alex DeBrincat -- Jonathan Toews -- Andrew Shaw

Dylan Strome -- Kirby Dach -- Patrick Kane

Brandon Saad -- David Kampf -- Dominik Kubalik

Alexander Nylander -- Ryan Carpenter -- Drake Caggiula

Duncan Keith -- Calvin de Haan

Olli Maatta -- Brent Seabrook

Slater Koekkoek -- Erik Gustafsson

Robin Lehner

Corey Crawford

Scratched: Brendan Perlini, Zack Smith, Dennis Gilbert

Injured: Connor Murphy (groin)


Hurricanes projected lineup

Andrei Svechnikov -- Sebastian Aho -- Teuvo Teravainen

Nino Niederreiter -- Jordan Staal -- Warren Foegele

Ryan Dzingel -- Erik Haula -- Martin Necas

Brian Gibbons -- Brock McGinn -- Lucas Wallmark

Jaccob Slavin -- Dougie Hamilton

Joel Edmundson -- Brett Pesce

Jake Gardiner -- Trevor van Riemsdyk

Petr Mrazek

James Reimer

Scratched: Haydn Fleury

Injured: Jordan Martinook (core muscle surgery)


Status report

Keith did not practice Friday but is expected to play. … The Hurricanes swapped centers on the top two lines at practice Friday. ... Gibbons was recalled from Charlotte of the American Hockey League on Friday and will play with Fleury being a scratch. Carolina had been using 11 forwards and seven defensemen.


Stat pack

The Blackhawks are 3-for-26 (11.5 percent) on the power play. ... Chicago had a season-low 24 shots on goal against the Flyers on Thursday. … Haula (seven goals, one assist) and Teravainen (two goals, seven assists) each has at least one point in eight of Carolina's 10 games. ... Dzingel (three goals, five assists) has points in seven of 10 games.

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