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Vancouver seeking nine-game point streak; Crawford starts in goal for Chicago

by Scott King / Independent Correspondent

CANUCKS (9-3-3) at BLACKHAWKS (4-7-3)

8:30 p.m. ET; NBCSCH, SNP, NHL.TV


The Game

The Vancouver Canucks will look to extend their point streak to nine games when they visit the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center on Thursday.

The Canucks, who are 5-0-3 in their past eight games, could match their longest point streak since a 13-game streak from Jan. 17-Feb. 19, 2012 (10-0-3). Vancouver has won nine of its past 13 games overall (9-1-3)

Corey Crawford will start for the Blackhawks, who are 2-5-2 in their past nine games.


Players to watch

Canucks center Elias Pettersson has 14 points (four goals, 10 assists) in his past eight games.

Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews has four points (one goal, three assists) in his past three games after failing to score in the previous six.


They said it

"They're fast, they're skilled and they work for each other. So we expect a good team coming in here and we got to match that intensity and give it a little bit more." -- Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw

"This is an incredible building to play in, right from when that anthem starts it's awesome. I've had my fair share of games here over the years and when that anthem hits it's always kind of... chills going. If you can't get up for that then you shouldn't be playing." -- Canucks forward Tanner Pearson on playing at the United Center


Canucks projected lineup

Tanner Pearson -- Bo Horvat -- Adam Gaudette

J.T. Miller -- Elias Pettersson -- Brock Boeser

Josh Leivo -- Brandon Sutter -- Jake Virtanen

Tim Schaller -- Jay Beagle -- Loui Eriksson

Alexander Edler -- Tyler Myers

Quinn Hughes -- Christopher Tanev

Jordie Benn -- Troy Stecher

Jacob Markstrom

Thatcher Demko

Scratched: Sven Baertschi, Oscar Fantenberg

Injured: Tyler Motte (foot), Antoine Roussel (knee), Micheal Ferland (concussion protocol)


Blackhawks projected lineup

Alex Nylander -- Jonathan Toews -- Brandon Saad

Alex DeBrincat -- Dylan Strome -- Patrick Kane

Andrew Shaw -- David Kampf -- Kirby Dach

Drake Caggiula -- Ryan Carpenter -- Zack Smith

Adam Boqvist -- Duncan Keith

Calvin de Haan -- Brent Seabrook

Olli Maatta -- Erik Gustafsson

Corey Crawford

Robin Lehner

Scratched: Dominik Kubalik, Dennis Gilbert, Slater Koekkoek

Injured: Connor Murphy (groin)


Status report

The Canucks assigned defenseman Ashton Sautner to Utica of the American Hockey League on Wednesday.


Stat pack

Keith needs one goal for 100 in the NHL. He would become the fourth Blackhawks defenseman to score 100, joining Doug Wilson (225), Bob Murray (132) and Seabrook (101). ... Kane has four points (one goal, three assists) in a three-game point streak. ... Markstrom is 5-0-3 with a 2.42 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage in his past eight starts. ... Horvat has 11 points (five goals, six assists) in his past eight games. ... Boeser has nine points (five goals, four assists) in his past six games.

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