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Blackhawks at Wild preview

Kane trying to extend point streak to 13 for Chicago; Stalock starting in goal for Minnesota

by Jessi Pierce / Independent Correspondent

BLACKHAWKS (25-21-6) at WILD (23-22-6)

8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHL.TV


The Game

Patrick Kane will look to extend his point streak to 13 games when the Chicago Blackhawks play the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center on Tuesday.

Kane has 18 points (five goals, 13 assists) during his 12-game point streak.

Chicago has won six of its past seven games (6-1-0) and is 12-5-0 in its past 17.

Goalie Alex Stalock will start for Minnesota. It will be his 24th start, an NHL career-high.


Players to watch

Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews has 13 points (four goals, nine assists) in his past eight games and is one point from 800 in the NHL.

Wild forward Zach Parise has six points (five goals, one assist) in his past six games.


They said it

"It's important we're not caught by surprise (by Minnesota). There's going to be an urgency and desperation. Obviously they don't want to fall off the pace, and we're a team that's ahead of them, so they'll be ready to go and it's important we are too." -- Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton

"I think (Stalock has) played pretty well for us. Why not go back to him? His record, he's got (11) wins. We're hoping to find lightning in a bottle from somebody. Al can give a spark." -- Wild coach Bruce Boudreau


Blackhawks projected lineup

Dominik Kubalik -- Jonathan Toews -- Drake Caggiula

Brandon Saad -- Kirby Dach -- Patrick Kane

Alex DeBrincat -- David Kampf -- Dylan Strome

Zack Smith -- Ryan Carpenter -- Alex Nylander

Duncan Keith -- Adam Boqvist

Erik Gustafsson -- Connor Murphy

Olli Maatta -- Slater Koekkoek

Corey Crawford

Robin Lehner

Scratched: Matthew Highmore, Nick Seeler

Injured: Calvin de Haan (right shoulder), Brent Seabrook (right shoulder/left and right hip), Andrew Shaw (concussion protocol)


Wild projected lineup

Zach Parise -- Eric Staal -- Mats Zuccarello

Jason Zucker -- Luke Kunin -- Kevin Fiala

Marcus Foligno -- Joel Eriksson Ek -- Jordan Greenway

Ryan Donato -- Mikko Koivu -- Ryan Hartman

Ryan Suter -- Jared Spurgeon

Jonas Brodin -- Matt Dumba

Brad Hunt -- Carson Soucy

Alex Stalock

Devan Dubnyk

Scratched: Victor Rask, Greg Pateryn

Injured: None


Status report

The Blackhawks claimed Seeler, a defenseman, off waivers from The Wild on Monday. …The Blackhawks assigned defenseman Dennis Gilbert to Rockford of the American Hockey League on Monday. … Hunt will play his first game since Jan. 9.


Stat pack

Kane leads the Blackhawks in goals (25), assists (40) and points (65). … Staal has six points (one goal, five assists) in a five-game point streak. … Zuccarello has five points (three goals, two assists) in his past four games.

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