AVALANCHE (14-8-2) at BLACKHAWKS (10-9-5)
4 p.m. ET; NBCSCH, ALT, NHL.TV
Patrick Kane will try to extend his point streak to 14 games when the Chicago Blackhawks host the Colorado Avalanche at the United Center on Friday.
It is the first of a home-and-home series for the Blackhawks and Avalanche that will conclude at Pepsi Center on Saturday.
Kane has 22 points (nine goals, 13 assists) during his 13-game streak for Chicago, which defeated the Dallas Stars 3-0 on Tuesday to end a three-game winless streak (0-2-1). The Blackhawks had been 5-0-1 in their previous six games.
Avalanche forward Andre Burakovsky is day to day with an upper-body injury and won't play. He was injured in the second period Wednesday in Colorado's 4-1 win against the Edmonton Oilers that ended a two-game losing streak.
Players to watch
Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon has 13 points (six goals, seven assists) in his past seven games.
Blackhawks forward Brandon Saad has nine points (four goals, five assists) in his past 11 games.
They said it
"I've never been on a team where it's like this (with injuries). That's kind of been what we've been dealing with for the last month or so. We're just finding ways to win, and everyone is finding ways to contribute." -- Avalanche forward Matt Nieto
"Obviously we didn't have the start we wanted, but we put together a good stretch in November and climbed back in the (Stanley Cup Playoff) race. The challenge now is, can we stick our nose above the pile and get on the right side of it? We don't want to be chasing." -- Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton
Avalanche projected lineup
Matt Nieto -- Nathan MacKinnon -- Joonas Donskoi
Tyson Jost -- Nazem Kadri -- J.T. Compher
Valeri Nichushkin -- Pierre-Edouard Bellemare - Logan O'Connor
Sheldon Dries -- Vladislav Kamenev -- T.J. Tynan
Nikita Zadorov -- Cale Makar
Calle Rosen -- Samuel Girard
Ryan Graves -- Ian Cole
Scratched: Mark Barberio, A.J. Greer
Injured: Andre Burakovsky (upper body), Matt Calvert (head), Erik Johnson (upper body), Gabriel Landeskog (lower body), Mikko Rantanen (lower body), Colin Wilson (lower body)
Blackhawks projected lineup
Brandon Saad -- Jonathan Toews -- Alex Nylander
Alex DeBrincat -- Kirby Dach -- Patrick Kane
Dominik Kubalik -- David Kampf -- Andrew Shaw
Zack Smith -- Ryan Carpenter -- Matthew Highmore
Duncan Keith -- Erik Gustafsson
Calvin de Haan -- Brent Seabrook
Olli Maatta -- Connor Murphy
Scratched: Slater Koekkoek, Anton Wedin
Injured: Drake Caggiula (concussion protocol), Dylan Strome (concussion protocol)
Rantanen is expected to play Saturday for the first time since he was injured Oct. 21 against the St. Louis Blues. The Avalanche recalled Dries and Greer from Colorado of the American Hockey League. … The Blackhawks transferred Caggiula to long-term injured reserve retroactive to Nov. 10 and recalled Wedin from Rockford of the AHL.
Donskoi has 10 points (four goals, six assists) in his past nine games. … Keith needs one goal for 100 in the NHL. … Dach has seven points (four goals, three assists) in his past eight games.