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Lehner in goal again for Chicago; Vancouver going for sixth straight win

by Kevin Woodley / Independent Correspondent

BLACKHAWKS (18-17-6) at CANUCKS (21-15-4)


The Game

The Vancouver Canucks will try to extend their season-long winning streak to six games when they play the Chicago Blackhawks at Rogers Arena on Thursday.

The Canucks have outscored their opponents 21-11 during their five-game win streak, which came after losing three straight games and four of the previous five (1-4-0).

Chicago is trying to win its fourth straight game. Goalie Robin Lehner will make his first fourth straight start, his longest stretch of the season.

Players to watch

Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane has 15 points (eight goals, seven assists) in his past nine games.

Canucks forward Brock Boeser has six points (one goal, five assists) during a five-game point streak and 14 points (three goals, 11 assists) in his past 13 games.

They said it

"We absolutely laid an egg in our own building, in front of our own fans, before the [Christmas] break, so I don't think any of us were too happy about that. But we're definitely happy with the way we've rebounded." -- Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews on a 7-1 loss against the New Jersey Devils on Dec. 23, their only loss in the past six games

"We can't get comfortable is the biggest thing for us. Now that we're in the [Stanley Cup] Playoffs in the standings and doing well, we can't just assume it's going to be easy from here on out." -- Canucks forward Bo Horvat

Blackhawks projected lineup

Dominik Kubalik -- Jonathan Toews -- John Quenneville

Dylan Sikura -- Ryan Carpenter -- Patrick Kane

Alex DeBrincat -- Kirby Dach -- Dylan Strome

Zack Smith -- David Kampf -- Matthew Highmore

Duncan Keith -- Adam Boqvist

Erik Gustafsson -- Connor Murphy

Olli Maatta -- Dennis Gilbert

Robin Lehner

Corey Crawford

Scratched: Alex Nylander, Slater Koekkoek

Injured: Drake Caggiula (concussion protocol), Calvin de Haan (right shoulder), Brandon Saad (right ankle), Brent Seabrook (right shoulder/left and right hip), Andrew Shaw (concussion protocol)

Canucks projected lineup

J.T. Miller -- Elias Pettersson -- Brock Boeser

Tanner Pearson -- Bo Horvat -- Loui Eriksson

Antoine Roussel -- Adam Gaudette -- Jake Virtanen

Tyler Motte -- Jay Beagle -- Tim Schaller

Quinn Hughes -- Christopher Tanev

Alexander Edler -- Troy Stecher

Oscar Fantenberg -- Tyler Myers

Jacob Markstrom

Thatcher Demko

Scratched: Zack MacEwen, Jordie Benn

Injured: Josh Leivo (fractured kneecap), Brandon Sutter (upper body), Micheal Ferland (upper body), Tyler Graovac (lower body)

Status report

Nylander will be scratched for the second straight game and third time this season. … Benn, who signed a two-year, $4-million contract as a free agent July 1, will be scratched for the fourth straight game.

Stat pack

DeBrincat has four points (two goals, two assists) during a three-game point streak. … Pearson has five points (two goals, three assists) in his past three games. … Pettersson has six points (four goals, two assists) in his past five games.

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