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Kubalik goes for goal in sixth straight for Chicago; Montreal can win third in row

by Sean Farrell / Independent Correspondent

BLACKHAWKS (21-20-6) at CANADIENS (20-20-7)

7:30 p.m. ET; SN, RDS, NBCSCH, NHL.TV


The Game

Dominik Kubalik will try to become the second Chicago Blackhawks rookie to score in six consecutive games when they face the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre on Wednesday.

Kubalik has 10 points (seven goals, three assists) during a six-game point streak and has scored at least one goal in each of his past five games. He is tied with four others for the second-longest goal streak by a Chicago rookie; Darryl Sutter scored in seven consecutive games from Feb. 4-17, 1981.

The Blackhawks, who defeated the Ottawa Senators 3-2 in overtime on Tuesday, will look for their third straight win. They are 6-3-0 in their past nine games.

Charlie Lindgren will start for the Canadiens, who have won consecutive games following an 0-7-1 stretch.


Players to watch

Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane needs three points for 1,000 in the NHL, all with the Blackhawks. Kane has 12 points (four goals, eight assists) during a seven-game point streak.

Canadiens defenseman Jeff Petry has assists in three consecutive games.


They said it

"He's got confidence. He's skating the puck, he's been really clean with it, that's a big factor. There's times in the game where you have a chance to make a play and give yourself an opportunity, your linemates an opportunity, just the guys that you're on the ice with. If you have the other team in a bad spot and if you're clean with it, then you're going to get a chance." -- Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton on Dominik Kubalik

"A couple of wins gives you confidence so I also hope it gives you wings and we can be skating like we did the other night and put pressure on the other team, come back hard, kill plays." -- Canadiens coach Claude Julien


Blackhawks projected lineup

Dominik Kubalik -- Jonathan Toews -- Drake Caggiula

Alex DeBrincat -- Kirby Dach -- David Kampf

Alex Nylander -- Ryan Carpenter -- Patrick Kane

Matthew Highmore -- Zack Smith -- Dylan Sikura

Duncan Keith -- Adam Boqvist

Erik Gustafsson -- Connor Murphy

Olli Maatta -- Slater Koekkoek

Corey Crawford

Robin Lehner

Scratched: Dennis Gilbert

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


Canadiens projected lineup

Tomas Tatar -- Phillip Danault -- Ilya Kovalchuk

Artturi Lehkonen -- Max Domi -- Nick Suzuki

Ryan Poehling -- Jesperi Kotkaniemi -- Nick Cousins

Jordan Weal -- Nate Thompson -- Dale Weise

Ben Chiarot -- Shea Weber

Marco Scandella -- Jeff Petry

Victor Mete -- Cale Fleury

Charlie Lindgren

Carey Price

Scratched: Brett Kulak, Matthew Peca

Injured: Brendan Gallagher (upper body), Paul Byron (upper body), Joel Armia (hand), Jonathan Drouin (wrist)


Status report

Gallagher is resting and the forward will miss his third straight game since playing one game after missing the previous four because of a concussion. "They don't think it has anything to do with the first concussion, but is it a bit of a setback? We don't know that," Canadiens coach Claude Julien said. … The Blackhawks traveled by train from Ottawa and did not hold a morning skate.

Stat pack

Toews has seven points (two goals, five assists) in three straight multipoint games. … Tatar has 10 points (eight goals, two assists) in 14 games against the Blackhawks.

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