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Kane two from 1,000 NHL points for Chicago; Toronto starts Andersen in goal

by Dave McCarthy / Independent Correspondent

BLACKHAWKS (22-20-6) at MAPLE LEAFS (25-16-7)



The Game

Patrick Kane can become the youngest United States-born player to reach 1,000 points when the Chicago Blackhawks face the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday at Scotiabank Arena.

Kane has 998 points (380 goals, 618 assists) in 951 NHL games. He has 13 points (four goals, nine assists) during an eight-game point streak.

Corey Crawford will start for the Blackhawks, who will try to match a season-high four game winning streak.

Frederik Andersen will start for the Maple Leafs, who are 1-2-2 in their past five games.


Players to watch

Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews has eight points (two goals, six assists) during a four-game point streak.

Maple Leafs forward William Nylander has 19 points (10 goals, nine assists) in his past 14 games.


They said it

"I'm almost sick of hearing about it already, but in all seriousness, it is special and it's kind of crazy how fast he's gotten it too. Nothing really seems to faze him or take him away from that consistent production. I'll try and go out there and see if I can help him get it over with." -- Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews on Patrick Kane approaching 1,000 points

"For a guy who is as well-known and great as he is, he still finds a way to get lost out there, find open space and put you on your heels. It's an impressive trait of his, let alone his puck skills and his ability to beat you by finding an open man or being deceptive and being able to score with the great wrist shot that he has." -- Maple Leafs forward John Tavares on Kane 


Blackhawks projected lineup

Dominik Kubalik -- Jonathan Toews -- Brandon Saad

Alex Nylander -- Ryan Carpenter -- Patrick Kane

Alex DeBrincat -- David Kampf -- Kirby Dach

Drake Caggiula -- Zack Smith -- Matthew Highmore

Duncan Keith -- Adam Boqvist

Erik Gustafsson -- Connor Murphy

Olli Maatta -- Slater Koekkoek

Corey Crawford

Robin Lehner

Scratched: Dennis Gilbert, Dylan Sikura, Brandon Hagel

Injured: Brent Seabrook (right shoulder/both hips surgery), Calvin de Haan (right shoulder surgery), Andrew Shaw (concussion), Dylan Strome (ankle)


Maple Leafs projected lineup   

Zach Hyman -- Auston Matthews -- Mitchell Marner

Pierre Engvall -- John Tavares -- William Nylander 

Andreas Johnsson -- Alexander Kerfoot -- Kasperi Kapanen

Dmytro Timashov -- Jason Spezza -- Frederik Gauthier

Martin Marincin -- Tyson Barrie

Travis Dermott -- Justin Holl

Rasmus Sandin -- Cody Ceci 

Frederik Andersen

Michael Hutchinson

Scratched: Adam Brooks, Timothy Liljegren

Injured: Trevor Moore (concussion), Ilya Mikheyev (wrist laceration), Jake Muzzin (foot), Morgan Rielly (fractured foot)


Status report

Saad will return after missing the past 12 games with an ankle injury. ... Maple Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe said he could make some lineup changes after "seeing how some guys are after warmup."


Stat pack

Kubalik has 15 points (10 goals, five assists) in his past 13 games. ... Marner has 28 points (nine goals, 19 assists) in his past 18 games, recording at least one point in 16 of those games. ... Toronto has scored at least four goals in 12 of their past 15 games.

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