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Kane out for Chicago with illness; Gaunce replacing injured Sutter in Vancouver lineup

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Correspondent

BLACKHAWKS (6-3-3) at CANUCKS (7-6-0)

10 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN, SN360, SN1, WGN, NHL.TV

 

The Game

Patrick Kane will not play for the Chicago Blackhawks against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena on Wednesday because of an illness.

The forward is tied with David Pastrnak of the Boston Bruins for the NHL lead with 11 goals, and he leads the Blackhawks with 18 points in 12 games. He has 10 points (six goals, four assists) during a six-game point streak.

The Blackhawks have lost two straight games (0-1-1) after going 4-2-0 in their previous six.

Vancouver will be without center Brandon Sutter, who is out indefinitely because of a separated shoulder sustained during a 5-2 win against the Minnesota Wild on Monday. Brendan Gaunce will take Sutter's spot after being called up from Utica of the American Hockey League on Tuesday.

 

Players to watch

Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews has one goal in his past six games after he had 10 points (five goals, five assists) during a season-opening six-game point streak.

Canucks forward Elias Pettersson leads NHL rookies with seven goals and 10 points in seven games this season.

 

They said it

"I am feeling pretty good, feel like I am skating well, handling the puck well, and even if they are not going in, creating a lot of chances and playing pretty good." -- Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews

"We're waiting on his MRI result. It's going to be awhile." -- Canucks coach Travis Green on injured forward Brandon Sutter

 

Blackhawks projected lineup

Alex DeBrincat -- Jonathan Toews -- Dominik Kahun

Brandon Saad -- Artem Anisimov -- Andreas Martinsen

Alexandre Fortin -- Luke Johnson -- Nick Schmaltz

Chris Kunitz -- Marcus Kruger -- John Hayden

Duncan Keith -- Henri Jokiharju

Erik Gustafsson -- Brent Seabrook

Brandon Manning -- Jan Rutta

Corey Crawford

Cam Ward

Scratched: David Kampf, Brandon Davidson

Injured: Connor Murphy (back), Patrick Kane (illness)

 

Canucks projected lineup

Nikolay Goldobin -- Elias Pettersson -- Brock Boeser

Tim Schaller -- Bo Horvat -- Markus Granlund

Antoine Roussel -- Brendan Gaunce -- Loui Eriksson

Tyler Motte -- Adam Gaudette -- Jake Virtanen

Derrick Pouliot -- Troy Stecher

Ben Hutton -- Erik Gudbranson

Michael Del Zotto -- Alex Biega

Jacob Markstrom

Richard Bachman

Scratched: Darren Archibald, Brendan Leipsic, Guillaume Brisebois

Injured: Brandon Sutter (shoulder), Christopher Tanev (hip), Sven Baertschi (concussion), Alexander Edler (knee), Jay Beagle (arm), Anders Nilsson (finger)

 

Status report

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville had a long talk with Kruger at the end of the morning skate amid speculation he could be a healthy scratch. "We'll see about tonight," he said. "[Kruger] could play." Kampf would replace Kruger in the lineup if he is scratched. … Tanev skated on his own Tuesday, but Green doesn't expect him to play against the Colorado Avalanche on Friday.

 

Stat pack

DeBrincat has three points (one goal, two assists) in his past five games after he had 11 points (seven goals, four assists) during a season-opening seven-game point streak. … In 11 games against the Blackhawks, Horvat has 11 points (five goals, six assists), the most he has against any NHL team.

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