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Chicago starts long road trip; Winnipeg looks to extend point streak to five

by Darrin Bauming / Independent Correspondent

BLACKHAWKS (25-21-8) at JETS (28-23-5)



The Game

The Winnipeg Jets look to extend their point streak to five games when they host the Chicago Blackhawks at Bell MTS Place on Sunday.

Following a five-game losing streak, the Jets are 3-0-1 in their past four games, including a 5-2 win against the Ottawa Senators on Saturday.

Goalie Connor Hellebuyck will start for Winnipeg. He is 2-0-1 in his past three starts, allowing two goals in each game.

Corey Crawford will start for the Blackhawks, who are 6-1-2 in their past nine games and 12-5-2 in their past 19.

Chicago begins a five-game road trip that both starts and ends with games against their Central Division rivals in Winnipeg. The Blackhawks are 2-0-1 against the Jets this season.


Players to watch

Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews needs one point to reach 800 in the NHL. Toews has been held pointless in his past four games after recording five points (two goals, three assists) in his previous two.

Jets forward Patrik Laine has eight goals in his past eight games after recording his eighth-career NHL hat trick against the Senators on Saturday.


They said it

"They're going. They're playing well. They've had a really good stretch here and so that's more what we expect them to continue… We expect a test. They're playing well and everyone knows it's going to be a big game, so I'm not sure energy is going to be a big problem for them." -- Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton on playing the Jets

"Any Central Division game is going to be big. We've had some big games lately and this is nothing new. We've got a tough matchup against Chicago and we've got to be ready." -- Jets center Mark Scheifele


Blackhawks projected lineup

Dominik Kubalik -- Jonathan Toews -- Drake Caggiula

Brandon Saad -- Kirby Dach -- Patrick Kane

Alex DeBrincat -- David Kampf -- Dylan Strome

Zack Smith -- Ryan Carpenter -- Matthew Highmore

Duncan Keith -- Erik Gustafsson

Nick Seeler -- Connor Murphy

Olli Maatta -- Slater Koekkoek

Corey Crawford

Robin Lehner

Scratched: Alex Nylander

Injured: Adam Boqvist (right shoulder), Calvin de Haan (right shoulder), Brent Seabrook (right shoulder/left and right hip), Andrew Shaw (concussion protocol)


Jets projected lineup

Kyle Connor -- Mark Scheifele -- Patrik Laine

Nikolaj Ehlers -- Blake Wheeler -- Mason Appleton

Jansen Harkins -- Andrew Copp -- Jack Roslovic

Gabriel Bourque -- Nicholas Shore -- Logan Shaw

Josh Morrissey -- Neal Pionk

Dmitry Kulikov -- Sami Niku

Nathan Beaulieu -- Anthony Bitetto

Connor Hellebuyck

Laurent Brossoit

Scratched: Cameron Schilling, Andrei Chibisov

Injured: Bryan Little (head), Tucker Poolman (lower body), Mathieu Perreault (upper body), Adam Lowry (upper body), Carl Dahlstrom (broken hand), Mark Letestu (heart virus), Luca Sbisa (right knee)


Status report

Highmore replaces Nylander at forward. … Boqvist, a defenseman, skated in Winnipeg but will not play after suffering a shoulder injury in a 2-1 overtime loss to the Boston Bruins on Wednesday. … Seeler will make his Blackhawks debut.


Stat pack

Connor has five points (one goal, four assists) in his past 2 games. … Kane has 19 points (five goals, 14 assists) in his past 14 games. … Winnipeg has scored the opening goal in six straight games and is 19-0-0 when leading after two periods this season.

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