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Blackhawks at Maple Leafs preview

Chicago, Toronto share NHL lead with 15 goals through two games

by Dave McCarthy / Correspondent

BLACKHAWKS (2-0-0) at MAPLE LEAFS (2-0-0)



The Game

Two of the NHL's highest-scoring teams will face off when the Chicago Blackhawks visit the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre.

Each team has scored 15 goals through two games with the Blackhawks breaking their record of 13 achieved five times, most recently in 1984-85. The Maple Leafs have the second-highest number of goals in their history after two games behind the 20 they scored in 1917-18.

Fifteen different players have scored for the Blackhawks, led by six points from forwards Patrick Kane (two goals, four assists) and Ryan Hartman (goal, five assists).


Players to watch

Blackhawks forward Brandon Saad has five points (four goals, one assist). He had a hat trick in a 10-1 win against the Penguins on Oct. 5.

Maple Leafs forward Tyler Bozak has three points (one goal, two assists). He scored the tie-breaking goal at 7:17 of the third period to give Toronto a 6-5 lead en route to an 8-5 victory against the New York Rangers on Saturday.


They said it

"I don't expect we'll be scoring over five or six goals a game. At the end of the day we know we have the ability to score goals. We want to continue not giving too many up." -- Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews

"We don't want to be a team that's going to run and gun every night because it's not very sustainable. We want to get back to the way we were playing at the end of last year winning games 2-1, 3-2 and allowing 20 or less shots. You do that all year it's more sustainable than what we've been doing." -- Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly


Blackhawks projected lineup

Brandon Saad -- Jonathan Toews -- Richard Panik

Ryan Hartman -- Artem Anisimov -- Patrick Kane

Patrick Sharp -- Tanner Kero -- Alex DeBrincat

Lance Bouma -- Tommy Wingels -- John Hayden
Duncan Keith -- Brent Seabrook

Michal Kempny -- Connor Murphy

Gustav Forsling -- Jan Rutta
Anton Forsberg

Corey Crawford
Scratched: Cody Franson, Jordan Oesterle

Injured: Nick Schmaltz (upper body)


Maple Leafs projected lineup

Zach Hyman -- Auston Matthews -- William Nylander

James van Riemsdyk -- Tyler Bozak -- Mitchell Marner

Patrick Marleau -- Nazem Kadri -- Leo Komarov

Matt Martin -- Eric Fehr -- Connor Brown
Morgan Rielly -- Ron Hainsey

Jake Gardiner -- Nikita Zaitsev

Calle Rosen -- Connor Carrick
Frederik Andersen

Curtis McElhinney
Scratched: Dominic Moore, Josh Leivo, Andreas Borgman

Injured: None


Status report

Anisimov replaces Schmaltz on the Blackhawks' second line. … Carrick participated in the morning skate after missing practice Sunday. He is a game-time decision.


Stat pack

The Blackhawks lead the NHL in goal differential at plus-13. ... The Maple Leafs are 5-for-10 (50 percent) on the power play, second in the League to the New Jersey Devils (3-for-7, 75 percent).

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