March 19, 2017
Greg Boysen

Chicago Blackhawks 97 pts (46-20-5)

vs

Colorado Avalanche 43 pts (20-47-3)

6 pm CT

United Center – Chicago, IL

TV: WGN, NHLN-US

Radio: 720 AM WGN

Season Series/Schedule

Date

Winning Goal

3-Nov

CHI 4 @ COL 0

Jonathan Toews

23-Dec

COL 2 @ CHI 1 OT

Nathan MacKinnon

17-Jan

CHI 6 @ COL 4

Vinnie Hinostroza

19-Mar

COL @ CHI

4-Apr

CHI @ COL

Team Leaders

Blackhawks

Avalanche

Goals

Goals

Patrick Kane, 31

Matt Duchene, 17

Assists

Assists

Patrick Kane, 46

Nathan MacKinnnon, 30

Points

Points

Patrick Kane, 77

Nathan MacKinnnon, 45

According to NHL public relations, the Chicago Blackhawks can become the first team in the Western Conference to clinch a Stanley Cup playoff spot. 

The Blackhawks will clinch a spot if they win in regulation or overtime and the Los Angeles Kings lose to the Calgary Flames or win in a shootout.  They can also get in with a shootout win and a Kings loss or if they collect one point and Los Angeles loses in regulation.

If the Blackhawks punch their ticket to the playoffs tonight, it will be the earliest point in an 82-game season they have clinched in the Joel Quenneville era.

Coach Q just met with the media and said that Marian Hossa is likely to play tonight after missing last night’s win in Toronto with a lower-body injury.  Tomas Jurco or Andrew Desjardins are the likely candidates to be scratched. The Avs to possess a lot of speed so Jurco may stay in the lineup.   

The Blackhawks head coach also said that either Niklas Hjalmarsson or Johnny Oduya will get the night off tonight. Oduya is probably the one who will sit.

Quenneville also confirmed that Scott Darling will start in goal.

Probable Blackhawks Lineup

Forwards

Richard Panik - Jonathan Toews - John Hayden

Artemi Panarin - Nick Schmaltz - Patrick Kane

Ryan Hartman - Tanner Kero - Marian Hossa

Tomas Jurco - Marcus Kruger - Jordin Tootoo

Defensive Pairings

Duncan Keith - Niklas Hjalmarsson

Brian Campbell - Trevor van Riemsdyk

Michal Kempny - Brent Seabrook

Goaltender

Scott Darling (17-5-2, 2.08 GAA, .933 save %)

Injury Report

C-Artem Anisimov (lower-body) out

Probable Avalanche Lineup

Forwards

Gabriel Landeskog - Matt Duchene - Rene Bourque

Sven Andrighetto - Nathan MacKinnon - Mikko Rantanen

John Mitchell - Carl Soderberg - Blake Comeau

Mikhail Grigorenko - JT Compher - Joe Colborne

Defensive Pairings

Erik Johnson - Mark Barberio

Fedor Tyutin - Tyson Barrie

Anton Lindholm - Francois Beauchemin

Goaltender

Calvin Pickard (13-24-2, 2.87 GAA, .909 save %, 2 SO)

Injury Report

G-Semyon Varlamov (groin) out, D-Nikita Zadorov (ankle) out

Source: lineups via Daily Faceoff
Image Credit: Getty Images