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Preview: Blackhawks at Canucks

Backup Scott Darling to play for Chicago; Jacob Markstrom starts again for Vancouver

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Correspondent

BLACKHAWKS (12-4-2) at CANUCKS (7-10-1)

10 p.m. ET; CBC, SN, CSN-CH, NHL.TV

 

Blackhawks team scope

Backup goalie Scott Darling will start for the Chicago Blackhawks, who will try to win their second game in as many nights. Chicago's streak of 11 consecutive games with at least a point ended in a 4-0 loss at the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday to start their seven-game "Circus Trip," but the Blackhawks bounced back with a 3-2 win at the Calgary Flames on Friday. Corey Crawford started Chicago's past five games, including the win in Calgary, but Darling will get his fourth start of the season and second in the past four weeks against the Canucks. "It's definitely not ideal. But at this point it's what my job is and I am obviously thrilled anytime I get to start so I've been looking forward to this road trip knowing hopefully I will get two games with two back-to-backs," said Darling, who is 3-0-0 with a .907 save percentage this season. "When we play the right way, we are really good team and definitely help the goalies defensively." Chicago might make other lineup changes, but only a couple of players were on the ice with Darling at the morning skate and coach Joel Quenneville did not speak to the media. Quenneville said before the game in Calgary that forwards Vinnie Hinostroza and Tyler Motte might return against the Canucks. Hinostroza left the game against Winnipeg in the first period but has been cleared to return. Motte has missed four games with a lower-body injury and seems less likely to play. "I would say a small chance," Quenneville said Friday.

 

Canucks team scope

Goaltender Jacob Markstrom get his third straight start for the Vancouver Canucks. No. 1 goalie Ryan Miller, who missed a scheduled start and sat out Thursday because the flu, is healthy enough to dress as his backup. Forward Derek Dorsett won't play after leaving in the first period against the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday with a shoulder injury, but right wing Jayson Megna, who grew up in the Chicago area, will return after missing 10 games with a shoulder injury. "I remember going to the games as a 10-year-old kid, so it's definitely cool anytime you get to play these guys," Megna said. "It's important for me to keep it simple tonight, not think too much, just kind of react, put pucks in and use my speed."

The Canucks are looking to build some momentum by winning consecutive games for the first time since they opened the season with four straight victories. Vancouver lost nine in a row after its hot start and has alternated wins and losses in the past five games, including a 3-2 comeback win against the Coyotes on Thursday. "We know one win, one loss is not going to make it for us," captain Henrik Sedin said. "We need to get some wins and get a good feeling around this dressing room again."

 

Blackhawks projected lineup

Richard Panik -- Jonathan Toews -- Patrick Kane

Artemi Panarin -- Artem Anisimov -- Marian Hossa

Dennis Rasmussen -- Marcus Kruger -- Ryan Hartman

Andrew Desjardins -- Nick Schmaltz -- Jordin Tootoo

Duncan Keith -- Brian Campbell

Gustav Forsling -- Niklas Hjalmarsson

Michal Kempny -- Brent Seabrook

Scott Darling

Corey Crawford

Scratched: Michal Rozsival, Vinnie Hinostroza

Injured: Trevor van Riemsdyk (upper body), Tyler Motte (lower body)

 

Canucks projected lineup

Daniel Sedin -- Henrik Sedin -- Brandon Sutter

Sven Baertschi -- Bo Horvat -- Alexandre Burrows

Markus Granlund -- Michael Chaput -- Loui Eriksson

Jack Skille -- Brendan Gaunce -- Jayson Megna

Alexander Edler -- Troy Stecher

Ben Hutton -- Erik Gudbranson

Luca Sbisa -- Nikita Tryamkin

Jacob Markstrom

Ryan Miller

Scratched: Alex Biega

Injured: Derek Dorsett (shoulder) , Philip Larsen (illness), Jannik Hansen (fractured rib), Anton Rodin (knee), Christopher Tanev (lower body)

 

Status report

Vancouver had to shake up its lines without Dorsett, who had been playing on a second line with Eriksson and Granlund. Michael Chaput, who has one assist in six games after starting the season with Utica of the American Hockey League, takes Granlund's spot as the center, while Granlund moves to left wing and Eriksson moves across to play right wing. ... The Canucks sent goalie Michael Garteig back to Alaska of the ECHL after he was called up to back up Markstrom with Miller sick on Thursday.

 

Who's hot

Hossa scored the winning goal with 2:23 left in the third period against Calgary and has seven goals and two assists in his past eight games. … Sutter has scored in three straight games since being moved to the top line with Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin, who has a seven-game point streak.

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