Chicago Blackhawks 29 pts (12-10-5)

@

Washington Capitals 33 pts (16-11-1)

7 p.m. CT

Verizon Center – Washington DC

TV: NBCSN

Radio: 720 AM WGN


Season Series/Schedule

Date                      Game                                    GWG

12/6                       CHI @ WSH        

2/17                       WSH @ CHI        


Team Leaders

Blackhawks                                                        Capitals

Patrick Kane, 27                                Points                  Evgeni Kuznetsov, 30

Artem Anisimov, 12                           Goals                    Alex Ovechkin, 20

Patrick Kane, 17                                Assists                 Evgeni Kuznetsov, 21


Are you ready for Wednesday Night Rivalry with other chapter in the long and heated history between the Chicago Blackhawks and Washington Capitals?

The Blackhawks will try and end their four-game losing streak in a building that his not been very kind to them.  They have lost six straight games at the Verizon Center and have not won since a 4-3 overtime victory back on January 10, 2006.

On top of the losing streak, the Capitals have been playing much better hockey of late as they have climbed the Eastern Conference standings by winning seven of the their last nine contests.  However, they will be without forward T.J. Oshie due to an awkward hit he absorbed from Joe Thornton of the San Jose Sharks on Monday.

Losses in four straight winnable games have caused Joel Quenneville to put his line blender on full blast to spit out four new combinations. 

“We didn’t score meaningful goals in the last three or four games with the games being on the line,” Quenneville said, per the Chicago Tribune. “We can still be better with the puck and we can have balance in all the lines, some purpose without the puck as well.”


Probable Blackhawks Lineup

FORWARDS

Ryan Hartman - Jonathan Toews - John Hayden

Brandon Saad - Artem Anisimov - Patrick Kane

Lance Bouma - Nick Schmaltz - Alex DeBrincat

Patrick Sharp - Tommy Wingels - Richard Panik

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS

Duncan Keith - Cody Franson

Connor Murphy - Brent Seabrook

Gustav Forsling - Jan Rutta

GOALTENDER

Anton Forsberg (1-3-3, 3.01 GAA, .914 save %, 0 SO)

INJURY REPORT

RW-Marian Hossa (skin infection) out, D-Michal Rozsival (upper-body), G-Corey Crawford (lower-body) out


Probable Capitals Lineup

FORWARDS

Alex Ovechkin - Nicklas Backstrom - Tom Wilson

Jakub Vrana - Evgeny Kuznetsov - Alex Chiasson

Brett Connolly - Lars Eller - Travis Boyd

Chandler Stephenson - Jay Beagle - Devante Smith-Pelly

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS

Brooks Orpik - John Carlson

Dmitri Orlov - Matt Niskanen

Christian Djoos - Madison Bowey

GOALTENDER

Braden Holtby (14-6-0, 2.63 GAA, .919 save %, 0 SO)

INJURY REPORT

LW-Andre Burakovsky (upper-body) out, RW-TJ Oshie (upper-body) out

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