Chicago Blackhawks (12—12—5) vs. Arizona Coyotes (17—10—4)
6 p.m. CST
Projected starting goaltenders
Chicago (14.9%, 26th)
Arizona (19.6%, 11th)
Chicago (80.4%, 17th)
Arizona (81.8%, 14th)
Chicago (31.2, 17th; 35.7, 29th)
Arizona (29.6, 20th; 32.4, 22nd)
Arizona (8.8%, )
Face off percentage
Chicago (48.9%, 23rd)
Arizona (48.5%, 25th)
Projected lines and pairings
The roller coaster that is the Blackhawks season continues. After defeating the New Jersey Devils in a shootout, the Blackhawks are now ascending on a two-game winning streak. If the roller coaster ride continues how is high this hill for the team? Is another huge lift hill with a huge drop or is it a bunny hill with a small drop? We shall wait and see.
In their last contest, Corey Crawford made 29 of 30 saves and notched his 250th career win. Crawford joins only Glen Hall and Tony Esposito as the only goalies in franchise history with 250 wins. He was not the only player to reach a milestone in their last contest: Kirby Dach created history. He scored his first professional shootout goal in his first shootout opportunity against the Devils. Dach has continued to impress this season.
In addition to being busy on the ice, the Blackhawks were busy off the ice. The team has recalled Dylan Sikura for the first time this season. Sikura has been shining down in Rockford, with nine goals and 16 points with the IceHogs before his recall. He replaces Anton Wedin, who appeared in four games and had no points.
Sikura will make his NHL debut this season against the Arizona Coyotes. The Coyotes are coming into the United Center following a loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins in which they were shutout. The Yotes offense hopes to get going against Robin Lehner tonight. If Arizona wants to have any success against the Blackhawks, they need to continue to get points from their points leader Nick Schmaltz. He has five goals and 15 assists on the season. Schmaltz, along with many others, need to generate offensively for Arizona.
In the net for the Coyotes is Darcy Kuemper and not former Blackhawks goalie Annti Raanta. Kuemper gets the nod despite impressive numbers from Raanta at the United Center (16-0-3, .968 save percentage). Kuemper will be looking to build his last start, which was an impressive 3-1 win against Philadelphia.
With Chicago ties all over the ice, this game should be an energy-filled contest. Can the Blackhawks continue their ascent or will the Arizona Coyotes carve their way to a victory?