Chicago Blackhawks 56 pts (24-23-8)
Arizona Coyotes 36 pts (13-32-10)
8 p.m. CT
Gila River Arena – Glendale, AZ
TV: NBC Sports Chicago
Radio: WGN 720 AM
Date Game GWG
10/21 CHI 4 @ ARI 2 Lance Bouma
12/10 ARI 1 @ CHI 3 Artem Anisimov
2/12 CHI @ ARI
Patrick Kane, 53 Points Clayton Keller, 38
Patrick Kane, 21 Goals Clayton Keller, 15
Patrick Kane, 32 Assists Derek Stepan, 25
The Blackhawks begin a set of back-to-back games in the desert at the Arizona Coyotes tonight. They Coyotes are one of the few teams the Blackhawks have had success against this season as they can complete the three-game season series sweep with a victory.
Head coach Joel Quenneville decided to mix up his line combinations in order to snap his team’s current five-game losing streak. Brandon Saad will return to the top line with Jonathan Toews and Anthony Duclair, who gets his first crack at his former team.
Alex DeBrincat has been dropped down to the third line with Lance Bouma and Tommy Wingels. It is not a big surprise to see both Bouma and Wingels in the lineup tonight as they have combined for three goals and five points in the previous two games against Arizona this year.
Tomas Jurco will draw back into the lineup and will return to a line with Vinnie Hinostroza and David Kampf, who have been an effective trio in past games.
Anton Forsberg will be back between the pipes after sitting out Saturday night’s game at the Minnesota Wild.
Probable Blackhawks Lineup
Brandon Saad - Jonathan Toews - Anthony Duclair
Nick Schmaltz - Artem Anisimov - Patrick Kane
Lance Bouma - Tommy Wingels - Alex DeBrincat
Vinne Hinostroza - David Kampf - Tomas Jurco
Duncan Keith - Jordan Oesterle
Erik Gustaffson - Brent Seabrook
Carl Dahlstrom - Connor Murphy
Anton Forsberg (5-9-3, 2.95 GAA, .910 save %, 0 SO)
RW-Marian Hossa (skin infection) out, D-Michal Rozsival (upper-body) out, G-Corey Crawford (upper-body), D-Jan Rutta (undisclosed) out
Probable Coyotes Lineup
Brendan Perlini - Derek Stepan - Clayton Keller
Zac Rinaldo - Max Domi - Tobias Rieder
Richard Panik - Christian Dvoark - Christian Fischer
Jordan Martinhook - Brad Richardson - Nick Cousins
Oliver Ekman-Larsson - Jason Demers
Jakob Chychrun - Niklas Hjalmarsson
Kevin Connauton - Alex Goligoski
Antti Raanta (9-14-6, 2.64 GAA, .916 save %, 0 SO)