BLACKHAWKS (45-20-5) at MAPLE LEAFS (32-23-14)
7 p.m. ET; CBC, CITY, CSN-CH, NHL.TV
Blackhawks team scope
The Chicago Blackhawks, on a three-game winning streak with a 15-3-0 record in their past 18 games, will be without forward Marian Hossa, who sustained a lower-body injury in a 2-1 win at the Ottawa Senators on Thursday. Hossa's injury is not serious, coach Joel Quenneville said. Forward Tomas Jurco, acquired from the Detroit Red Wings for a third-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft on Feb. 24, is expected to play after being a healthy scratch for the past three games. "We wanted him to get comfortable, get confidence, have the puck," Quenneville said. "He's got some skill and we want him to be comfortable out there with the puck. I think he's a little bit more comfortable with how we play, and we're looking forward to getting him in a spot where he can get some ice time and make a contribution.'' Jurco has no points in six games with Chicago. Goaltender Corey Crawford will start after backing up Scott Darling on Thursday. The Blackhawks lead the Minnesota Wild by three points for first place in the Central Division and Western Conference.
Maple Leafs team scope
Goaltender Frederik Andersen will make his sixth consecutive start for the Toronto Maple Leafs, who are 4-1-0 in their past five games following a five-game losing streak (0-2-3). The Maple Leafs enter the game even in points with the New York Islanders and one point ahead of the Tampa Bay Lightning for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference. The Boston Bruins are four points ahead of the Maple Leafs for third place in the Atlantic Division, but Toronto holds two games in hand. ''It's been good, I think we went through a little bit of a dry spell but it was good the way that we've rebounded,'' defenseman Morgan Rielly said. ''We had a little bit of a hiccup in Florida [a 7-2 loss on Tuesday] but we rebounded well in Tampa Bay [a 5-0 win on Thursday]. We have to go on a little bit of a run here. We know that, we know the importance of every game that we have coming up, so it's just a matter of being ready.'' Toronto has not faced Chicago since a 5-4 shootout loss on Oct. 22 at United Center. The Maple Leafs led 4-2 until the Blackhawks scored twice in the final 2:28 of third period to tie the game.
Blackhawks projected lineup
Artemi Panarin -- Nick Schmaltz -- Patrick Kane
Richard Panik -- Jonathan Toews -- John Hayden
Ryan Hartman -- Marcus Kruger -- Tomas Jurco
Andrew Desjardins -- Tanner Kero -- Jordin Tootoo
Duncan Keith -- Niklas Hjalmarsson
Johnny Oduya -- Brent Seabrook
Brian Campbell -- Trevor van Riemsdyk
Scratched: Michal Kempny, Dennis Rasmussen, Michal Rozsival
Injured: Artem Anisimov (lower body), Marian Hossa (lower body)
Maple Leafs projected lineup
James van Riemsdyk -- Tyler Bozak -- Mitchell Marner
Leo Komarov -- Nazem Kadri -- Connor Brown
Zach Hyman -- Auston Matthews -- William Nylander
Matt Martin -- Brian Boyle -- Nikita Soshnikov
Morgan Rielly -- Alexey Marchenko
Jake Gardiner -- Nikita Zaitsev
Matt Hunwick -- Roman Polak
Scratched: Martin Marincin, Eric Fehr, Josh Leivo, Ben Smith
Injured: Connor Carrick (upper body)
Van Riemsdyk was not at the morning skate but Babcock confirmed he will play. Carrick, who has missed 10 games, skated with the main group for the fourth time since sustaining an upper-body injury on Feb. 21, but remains day-to-day.
Kane has 17 points (11 goals, six assists) in his past 10 games. Panarin has 10 points (four goals, six assists) in his past 10 games. … Bozak has eight points (two goals, six assists) in his past seven games. Marner has seven points (two goals, five assists) in his past seven games. Nylander has six points (one goal, five assists) in a six-game point streak.