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Kane looks to extend point streak to 16 games; St. Louis 7-0-2 in past nine on road

by Louie Korac / Independent Correspondent

BLUES (17-5-6) at BLACKHAWKS (10-11-5)



The Game

Patrick Kane will try to extend his point streak to 16 games when the Chicago Blackhawks play the St. Louis Blues at United Center on Monday.

The forward is the 13th player in NHL history with a point streak of at least 15 games in consecutive seasons. He had a 20-game streak in 2018-19 and joined Stan Mikita (1966-67 and 1967-68) as the only players in Blackhawks history to do so. Kane scored in a 7-3 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday to give him 24 points (11 goals, 13 assists) during the streak, the longest in the NHL this season.

The Blackhawks will play one forward short because Andrew Shaw (undisclosed), Dylan Strome (concussion protocol) and Drake Caggiula (concussion protocol) are out of the lineup. Goalie Robin Lehner (illness) is also out and Kevin Lankinen was recalled from Rockford of the American Hockey League to back up Corey Crawford.

The Blues will try to win their fourth straight and stretch their road point streak to 10 games, one from tying their record of 11 when they were 10-0-1 from Jan. 21 to March 4, 2000. They are 7-0-2 in their past nine away from home since Oct. 27.


Players to watch

Blues forward Ivan Barbashev has six points (two goals, four assists) in a three-game point streak.

Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews will play in his 900th NHL game. He has 45 points (18 goals, 27 assists) in 58 games against St. Louis.


They said it

"It's unfortunate for them, but it doesn't change our mindset, or our game plan, because they're one short. We've got to be ready to go." -- Blues coach Craig Berube

"Guys will get to play more. We haven't played since Saturday and we don't play again until Thursday. So of course, there are guys missing we'd love to have, but it's no excuse." -- Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton on playing shorthanded 


Blues projected lineup

Jaden Schwartz -- Brayden Schenn -- Nathan Walker

Zach Sanford -- Ryan O'Reilly -- David Perron

Ivan Barbashev -- Tyler Bozak -- Robert Thomas

Mackenzie MacEachern -- Jacob de la Rose -- Troy Brouwer

Colton Parayko -- Alex Pietrangelo

Jay Bouwmeester -- Justin Faulk

Vince Dunn -- Robert Bortuzzo

Jake Allen

Jordan Binnington

Scratched: Austin Poganski

Injured: Vladimir Tarasenko (shoulder), Alexander Steen (ankle), Sammy Blais (wrist), Oskar Sundqvist (lower body), Carl Gunnarsson (illness)


Blackhawks projected lineup

Brandon Saad -- Jonathan Toews -- Alex Nylander

Alex DeBrincat -- Ryan Carpenter -- Patrick Kane

Zack Smith -- Kirby Dach -- Anton Wedin

Dominik Kubalik -- David Kampf

Olli Maatta -- Connor Murphy

Calvin de Haan -- Brent Seabrook

Erik Gustafsson -- Slater Koekkoek

Corey Crawford

Kevin Lankinen

Scratched: None

Injured: Duncan Keith (groin), Dylan Strome (concussion protocol), Drake Caggiula (concussion protocol), Robin Lehner (illness), Andrew Shaw (undisclosed)


Status report

Bortuzzo will play after serving a four-game suspension for cross-checking Nashville Predators forward Viktor Arvidsson on Nov. 23. ... Gunnarsson missed the past two games with an illness but will be a healthy scratch. ... Keith will miss his second consecutive game. ... Strome said he feels better but will miss his fourth straight game.


Stat pack

Perron has eight points (three goals, five assists) in a seven-game point streak. ... Crawford is one win from 250 in the NHL.

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