BLACKHAWKS (48-21-6) at LIGHTNING (36-29-9)
7:30 p.m.: NBCSN, TVA Sports, CSN-CH
Blackhawks team scope
The Chicago Blackhawks are seven points ahead of the Minnesota Wild for first place in the Central Division and Western Conference but coach Joel Quenneville is making a lineup change by scratching forward Ryan Hartman after he struggled in a 7-0 loss to the Florida Panthers on Saturday. "[Sending a] message or whatever, I think sometimes you have to learn how to handle certain situations," Quenneville said. "And I think we have different options as well. That's where we're at." The Blackhawks are 6-2-0 in their past eight road games and second in the NHL behind the New York Rangers with 23 road wins. "I think the key for us is just simplifying things on the road," forward Andrew Desjardins said. "Especially in the first 5-10 minutes when the opponent is really trying to get off to a good start at home." Goalie Scott Darling will start for the Blackhawks. He's 18-5-3 with a 2.23 goals-against average and .927 save percentage this season.
Lightning team scope
The Tampa Bay Lightning begin a crucial four-game homestand trailing the Boston Bruins by three points for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference. Tampa Bay has a game in hand but Boston has a 37-32 edge in regulation plus overtime wins. The Lightning have lost their past three home games (0-3-0) but coach Jon Cooper said they remain confident at Amalie Arena. "We've made a pretty good run on home ice, unfortunately the last three here didn't go the way we wanted," Cooper said. "But if you're given this team a choice we're definitely picking to play at home." Forward Jonathan Drouin said even though the Lightning recovered from a 5-3 loss to the Arizona Coyotes on March 21 with back-to-back wins on the road they learned a lesson about protecting home ice. "We feel like we gave away points, especially in the Arizona game," Drouin said. "But we have gotten back to our style and we know we have to be strong defensively against this Chicago team." Centers Tyler Johnson and Cedric Paquette, and defenseman Jason Garrison, did not participate in the morning skate and remain out indefinitely. Center Steven Stamkos continues to skate with the Lightning but will not play. There is no update on a return to the lineup.
Blackhawks projected lines
Nick Schmaltz -- Jonathan Toews -- Richard Panik
Artemi Panarin -- Tanner Kero -- Patrick Kane
Tomas Jurco -- Marcus Kruger -- Marian Hossa
John Hayden -- Andrew Desjardins -- Jordin Tootoo
Duncan Keith -- Niklas Hjalmarsson
Johnny Oduya -- Brent Seabrook
Brian Campbell -- Trevor van Riemsdyk
Scratched: Ryan Hartman, Michal Kempny, Michal Rozsival, Dennis Rasmussen
Injured: Artem Anisimov (lower body)
Lightning projected lines
Ondrej Palat -- Brayden Point -- Nikita Kucherov
Alex Killorn -- Vladislav Namestnikov -- Jonathan Drouin
Adam Erne -- Yanni Gourde -- Joel Vermin
Gabriel Dumont -- Greg McKegg -- J.T. Brown
Victor Hedman -- Jake Dotchin
Anton Stralman -- Andrej Sustr
Braydon Coburn -- Luke Witkowski
Injured: Steven Stamkos (knee surgery), Jason Garrison (lower body), Ryan Callahan (hip), Tyler Johnson (lower body), Cedric Paquette (lower body)
Jurco is replacing Hartman in the lineup. .... ... Quenneville said the timetable for Anisimov's return to the lineup remain the same. ... Witkowski will remain on defense with Garrison out indefinitely.
Kucherov has nine points (seven goals, two assists) in his past four games. ....Kane has 21 points (13 goals, eight assists) in his past 15 games. ... Point has eight points (four goals, four assists) in his past seven games. ... Darling has a .951 save percentage in his past six starts (6-0-0).