BLACKHAWKS (9-3-1) at BLUES (7-4-2)
8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHL.TV
Blackhawks team scope
The Chicago Blackhawks are after their seventh straight victory. They have points in eight straight games (7-0-1) and 10 of their past 11 (9-1-1). Center Artem Anisimov has eight goals and 17 points during a 12-game point streak. "It's nice to see guys like [Anisimov] get the start that he has," captain Jonathan Toews said. "We're all talking like we want him to keep it up, but I don't think it should even be looked at that way. I think he's playing good hockey and he's getting the chances that he deserves." Left wing Andrew Desjardins returns from a foot injury and will step in for Tyler Motte (lower body), who will miss the next 2-3 weeks. Desjardins will play his first game of the season. "It seems like it's been a long road to get into 100 percent," he said. "I'm just excited to get back out there. Obviously the team's playing well and I just want to do my part." Rookie Nick Schmaltz will get a shot at playing with Toews and Patrick Kane on the top line after having some shifts with them against the Dallas Stars on Sunday. "He's certainly got good offensive ability as far as play recognition, handling the puck," coach Joel Quenneville said of Schmaltz. "I think he's got some scoring ability. Playing with those two guys, I think that plays to his strengths."
Blues team scope
St. Louis Blues right wing Nail Yakupov will be a healthy scratch for a third straight game. Yakupov, who has two goals and two assists in six games after being acquired in a trade with the Edmonton Oilers on Oct. 7, did not have a point the past five games he played. "It's not my decision I'm not playing," Yakupov said. "Obviously I couldn't be happy about it. So, it's a coach's decision and nothing I can do about it. ... The four lines are playing good, winning the games and it's coach's decision to not put me in the lineup. So I can't say anything." Coach Ken Hitchcock said Yakupov doesn't need to change anything in his game. "He just needs to be ready when it's his turn," Hitchcock said. "Easy thing for a coach to say that we're a team of 14 forwards." Hitchcock won't change anything aside from defenseman Petteri Lindbohm replacing Joel Edmundson (upper body) in his season debut. The Blues have won two straight and trail the Blackhawks by three points in the Central Division standings.
Blackhawks projected lineup
Nick Schmaltz -- Jonathan Toews -- Patrick Kane
Artemi Panarin -- Artem Anisimov -- Marian Hossa
Ryan Hartman -- Marcus Kruger -- Richard Panik
Andrew Desjardins -- Dennis Rasmussen -- Jordin Tootoo
Duncan Keith -- Brian Campbell
Michal Kempny -- Brent Seabrook
Gustav Forsling -- Niklas Hjalmarsson
Scratched: Vinnie Hinostroza, Michal Rozsival
Injured: Trevor van Riemsdyk (upper body), Tyler Motte (lower body)
Blues projected lineup
Alexander Steen -- Patrik Berglund -- David Perron
Jaden Schwartz -- Jori Lehtera -- Vladimir Tarasenko
Robby Fabbri -- Paul Stastny -- Dmitrij Jaskin
Scottie Upshall -- Kyle Brodziak -- Ryan Reaves
Jay Bouwmeester -- Alex Pietrangelo
Carl Gunnarsson -- Kevin Shattenkirk
Petteri Lindbohm -- Colton Parayko
Scratched: Nail Yakupov
Injured: Robert Bortuzzo (lower body), Joel Edmundson (upper body)
Toews came up limping after a collision with Hartman in a morning skate drill but said everything's "all good."... Van Riemsdyk is skating on his own and Quenneville said the Blackhawks should know by the end of the week whether he'll be able to join them at some point on their annual circus trip. ... Hinostroza will be a healthy scratch for the fourth straight game and eighth time this season. ... Rozsival will be scratched for the fourth consecutive game after playing in the previous four. ... Hartman had been playing right wing on the third line before Motte's injury and Panik had been playing left wing on the top line. ... Lindbohm will play with Parayko in Edmundson's absence.
Kane has three goals and four assists during a four-game point streak. ... Hossa has five goals and two assists in his past six games. ... Toews has a three-game goal scoring streak and has five points in three games. ... Allen is 3-0-1 with a 0.98 goals-against average and .959 save percentage with one shutout at home this season. ... Steen has an assist in three straight games. ... Shattenkirk has four assists in his past two games.