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DeBrincat will play 200th NHL game for Chicago; Hellebuyck expected in goal for Winnipeg

by Darrin Bauming / Independent Correspondent

BLACKHAWKS (13-16-6) at JETS (20-12-2)



The Game

Alex DeBrincat will play his 200th game in the NHL when the Chicago Blackhawks complete the second of a back to back against the Winnipeg Jets at Bell MTS Place on Thursday.

The Blackhawks are 6-1-0 in the second of back to backs this season. Chicago lost 4-1 to the Colorado Avalanche at United Center on Wednesday and is 1-4-1 in its past six games.

The Jets are 8-2-1 in their past 11 games on home ice. Their five-game home winning streak ended with a 6-3 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday.

Goalie Connor Hellebuyck is expected to start for the Jets. He made 27 saves in a 3-2 overtime win in Chicago on Oct. 12.


Players to watch

Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews has nine points (two goals, seven assists) in his past six games.

Jets center Mark Scheifele has 12 points (seven goals, five assists) during a seven-game point streak, the longest by a Winnipeg player this season.


They said it

"We're not happy where we are. You'd be crazy to be satisfied. That's a grind, but the only way we're going to improve is if we stick together … and maybe we can set the table for ourselves going forward." -- Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton

"We want to have a good start, obviously. We want to come out hard and fast, get pucks deep and make them skate a little more than they want to." -- Jets forward Nikolaj Ehlers


Blackhawks projected lineup

Dominik Kubalik -- Jonathan Toews -- Brandon Saad

Alex Nylander -- Dylan Strome -- Patrick Kane

Alex DeBrincat -- Kirby Dach -- Ryan Carpenter

Zack Smith -- David Kampf -- Matthew Highmore

Duncan Keith -- Connor Murphy

Dennis Gilbert -- Erik Gustafsson

Olli Maatta -- Adam Boqvist

Robin Lehner

Corey Crawford

Scratched: Slater Koekkoek, Dylan Sikura

Injured: Drake Caggiula (concussion protocol), Calvin de Haan (right shoulder), Andrew Shaw (concussion protocol), Brent Seabrook (medical evaluation)


Jets projected lineup

Kyle Connor -- Mark Scheifele -- Patrik Laine

Nikolaj Ehlers -- Blake Wheeler -- Jack Roslovic

Gabriel Bourque -- Adam Lowry -- Mason Appleton

Joona Luoto -- Nicholas Shore -- Logan Shaw

Josh Morrissey -- Tucker Poolman

Luca Sbisa -- Neal Pionk

Anthony Bitetto -- Nathan Beaulieu

Connor Hellebuyck

Laurent Brossoit

Scratched: Carl Dahlstrom, Jansen Harkins, Eric Comrie

Injured: Dmitry Kulikov (upper body), Bryan Little (ear), Mathieu Perreault (concussion protocol), Andrew Copp (upper body)

Suspended: Dustin Byfuglien


Status report

Seabrook did not travel to Winnipeg. He's in Chicago getting further medical evaluation. ... The Jets placed Copp and Perreault on injured reserve and recalled Appleton and Harkins from Manitoba of the American Hockey League on Wednesday. Copp will be out at least four weeks… Winnipeg claimed Comrie off waivers from the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday.


Stat pack

Keith needs one goal for 100 in the NHL. … Laine has four points (three goals, one assist) in a four-game point streak… Connor leads the Jets in scoring against the Western Conference with 22 points (nine goals, 13 assists) in 20 games.

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