Chicago Blackhawks 46 pts (20-15-6)

@

Ottawa Senators 37 pts (14-17-9)

6:30 p.m. CT

Canadian Tire Centre – Ottawa, ONV

TV: NBC Sports Chicago

Radio: WGN 720 AM


Season Series/Schedule

Date      Game                    GWG

1/9         CHI @ OTT          

2/21       OTT @ CHI          


Team Leaders

Blackhawks                                                        Senators

Patrick Kane, 40                                Points                   Mark Stone, 40

Patrick Kane, 17                                Goals                    Mark Stone, 17

Patrick Kane, 23                                Assists                  Erik Karlsson, 23


We have reached an important moment in recent Chicago Blackhawks history as Brent Seabrook and his $6.8 million salary cap hit for the next six seasons after this one will be a healthy scratch in Ottawa tonight.  While very few people will argue against the move, it is still hard to see Seabrook in the press box because of his poor play.

This is actually something that should be part of the game plan with players who have had a lot of hard mileage over the years like Seabrook, Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith and Jonathan Toews.  Four to six games off during the course of the season would probably do some good, but they have dug themselves into such a hole that doesn’t seem like a possibility anymore.

Hopefully sitting out a game or two will have a positive effect on Seabrook like it did for Patrick Sharp and Ryan Hartman recently.  Connor Murphy will return to the lineup and play the right side next to Michael Kempny.

Up front, the Blackhawks will roll the same lines we saw beat the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday.  The recently recalled Tomas Jurco took some line rushes with both the second and third lines this morning, but he will not suit up tonight.

Anton Forsberg will make his second straight start in goal tonight.  Although the lone goal he allowed was rather soft, he made 32 saves in the win and showed much better technique and rebound control than what we saw the previous four games with Jeff Glass.

This is a road game the Blackhawks need to win if they want to earn a playoff spot.  The Senators are a dumpster fire right now and are a shell of the team that was one overtime goal from the Stanley Cup Final last June.

The big three-team trade for Matt Duchene has sparked all the teams involved except the Senators.  The Colorado Avalanche have played their best hockey in two years over the past month and Kyle Turris has been a great fit with the Nashville Predators.

Meanwhile, Duchene has just six goals and 10 points in his 26 games in Ottawa with the Senators going 8-14-4 in that span.


Probable Blackhawks Lineup

FORWARDS

Brandon Saad - Jonathan Toews - Vince Hinostroza

Ryan Hartman - Nick Schmaltz - Patrick Kane

Patrick Sharp - David Kampf - Alex DeBrincat

Lance Bouma -Tommy Wingels - Richard Panik

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS

Duncan Keith - Jordan Oesterle

Gustav Forsling - Jan Rutta

Michal Kempny - Connor Murphy

GOALTENDER

Anton Forsberg (2-5-3, 3.10 GAA, .909 save %, 0 SO)

INJURY REPORT

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


Probable Senators Lineup

FORWARDS

Ryan Dzingel - Derick Brassard - Mark Stone

Mike Hoffman - Matt Duchene - Bobby Ryan

Zack Smith - Jean-Gabriel Pageau - Tom Pyatt

Alexandre Burrows - Colin White - Gabriel Dumont

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS

Thomas Chabot - Erik Karlsson

Dion Phaneuf - Cody Ceci

Ben Harpur - Fredrik Claesson

GOALTENDER

Craig Anderson (11-12-5, 3.14 GAA, .899 save %, 2 SO)

INJURY REPORT

LW-Clark MacArthur (undisclosed) out, D-Chris Wideman (hamstring) out, D-Mark Borowiecki (concussion)

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