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Chicago looks to end four-game winless skid; Vancouver can stretch lead in Pacific Division

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

BLACKHAWKS (25-23-8) at CANUCKS (31-21-5)

10:30 p.m. ET; ESPN+, SN, SN360, NBCSCH, NHL.TV

 

The Game 

The Vancouver Canucks will try to extend their Pacific Division lead when they play the Chicago Blackhawks at Rogers Arena on Wednesday.

Goalie Jacob Markstrom will make his fifth straight start for the Canucks, who ended a four-game winless streak (0-3-1) with a 6-2 win against the Nashville Predators on Monday. Vancouver leads the Edmonton Oilers by one point for first place in the division.

The Canucks will play their second game without forward Brock Boeser, whose upper-body injury will be reassessed before Vancouver's next game, against the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday.

The Blackhawks will try to avoid a five-game winless streak, which would be their longest this season; Chicago is 0-2-2 in its past four games and 1-3-2 in its past six following a five-game winning streak.

The Blackhawks are six points behind the Arizona Coyotes for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference.

 

Players to watch 

Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane has 22 points (five goals, 17 assists) in his past 16 games.

Canucks defenseman Quinn Hughes has 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in his past seven games and leads NHL rookies with 44 points (eight goals, 36 assists).

 

They said it

"I believe in the guys we have that we're good enough to string results together, but we've got to find a way to be more consistent within the game and within periods and shift to shift." -- Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton

"It's a big game tonight for sure. We've got to bring it like we did last game, because last game we skated, we worked hard and that was what brought us success." -- Canucks center Elias Pettersson

 

Blackhawks projected lineup

Dominik Kubalik -- Jonathan Toews -- Drake Caggiula

Brandon Saad -- Kirby Dach -- Patrick Kane

Alex DeBrincat -- David Kampf -- Alex Nylander

Zack Smith -- Ryan Carpenter -- Matthew Highmore

Duncan Keith -- Erik Gustafsson

Adam Boqvist -- Connor Murphy

Slater Koekkoek -- Olli Maatta

Corey Crawford

Robin Lehner

Scratched: Dylan Strome, Nick Seeler

Injured: Brent Seabrook (shoulder), Calvin de Haan (shoulder), Andrew Shaw (concussion)

 

Canucks projected lineup 

J.T. Miller -- Bo Horvat -- Zack MacEwen

Tanner Pearson -- Elias Pettersson -- Jake Virtanen

Antoine Roussel -- Adam Gaudette -- Brandon Sutter

Justin Bailey -- Jay Beagle -- Loui Eriksson

Quinn Hughes -- Christopher Tanev

Alexander Edler -- Troy Stecher

Jordie Benn -- Tyler Myers

Jacob Markstrom

Thatcher Demko

Scratched: Guillaume Brisebois, Tim Schaller

Injured: Brock Boeser (upper body), Oscar Fantenberg (concussion), Tyler Motte (upper body), Josh Leivo (kneecap), Micheal Ferland (concussion symptoms), Tyler Graovac (lower body)

 

Status report

The Blackhawks did not hold a morning skate but could dress Strome, a forward, who was a healthy scratch for the first time this season in a 5-3 loss at the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday. … Ferland, a forward who has missed 42 of the past 44 games, was sent to Utica of the American Hockey League for conditioning Tuesday. 

 

Stat pack

Saad has eight points (six goals, two assists) in eight games since returning from an ankle injury. … Miller has 16 points (seven goals, nine assists) in his past 13 games.

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