Chicago Blackhawks 22 pts (10-8-2)

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Tampa Bay Lightning 32 pts (15-3-2)

6:30 p.m. CT

Amalie Arena – Tampa, FL

TV: NBC Sports Chicago

Radio: WGN 720 AM

Season Series/Schedule

Date

Game

GWG

22-Nov

CHI @ TBL

22-Jan

TBL @ CHI


Team Leaders

Blackhawks

Lightning

Patrick Kane, 19

Points

Steven Stamkos, 35

Artem Anisimov, 10

Goals

Nikita Kucherov, 17

Patrick Kane, 13

Assists

Steven Stamkos, 25

The Chicago Blackhawks have played better over the past few games with the offense and power play producing of late.  However, the Hawks will get a major test tonight versus the NHL’s top team. 

The Tampa Bay Lightning missed the playoffs last season mostly due to a ridiculous amount of injuries, but they are healthy now and scary good.  They look even better through the first quarter of this season than did they did in 2014-15 when the lost the Stanley Cup Final to the Blackhawks.

Head coach Joel Quenneville will stick with the same lineup that earned wins over the New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins last week.  This means forward Tanner Kero and defensemen Michal Kempny and Jordan Oesterle will watch from the press box again.

On a fun note, Eddie Olczyk is with the team in Tampa Bay and will be in the broadcast booth with Pat Foley tonight.  He will be in studio for Saturday night’s game at the Florida Panthers.  The broadcasts are always better when Edzo is a part of them!

The Bolts come into tonight’s game averaging 4.0 goals per game, so it should not come as a surprise that they also have the NHL’s top power play at 28.0%.  The Blackhawks have the fourth overall ranked penalty kill and they are third on the road giving up just four power play goals on 41 chances away from the United Center. 

As good as the penalty kill has been this season, it will still be key to stay out of the penalty box with Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov lurking on the other side of the ice.  The pair have combined for 10 goals and 28 power play points this season.

The Lightning have won the last five regular season matchups with the Blackhawks in Tampa, including a 5-4 overtime win last March after the Blackhawks jumped out to a 4-1 lead.


Probable Blackhawks Lineup

FORWARDS

Brandon Saad - Jonathan Toews - Richard Panik

Nick Schmaltz - Artem Anisimov - Patrick Kane

Patrick Sharp - Ryan Hartman - Alex DeBrincat

Lance Bouma - Tommy Wingels - John Hayden

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS

Duncan Keith - Cody Franson

Connor Murphy - Brent Seabrook

Gustav Forsling - Jan Rutta

GOALTENDER

Corey Crawford (9-7-0, 2.19 GAA, .933 save %, 2 SO)

INJURY REPORT

RW-Marian Hossa (skin infection) out, RW-Jordan Tootoo (upper-body) out, D-Michal Rozsival (upper-body) out


Probable Lightning Lineup

FORWARDS

Vladislav Namestnikov - Steven Stamkos - Nikita Kucherov

Ondrej Palat - Brayden Point - Yanni Gourde

Alex Killorn - Tyler Johnson - J.T. Brown

Chris Kunitz - Cedric Paquette - Ryan Callahan

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS

Victor Hedman - Andrej Sustr

Mikhail Sergachev - Anton Stralman

Braydon Coburn - Dan Girardi

GOALTENDER

Andrei Vasilevskiy (14-2-1, 2.34 GAA, .928 save %, 1 SO)

INJURY REPORT

D-Jake Dotchin (undisclosed) day-to-day

Source: lineups via Daily Faceoff & Left Wing Lock
Image Credit: Getty Images