Blackhawks looking for regular season sweep against Jets

The Blackhawks are back home in the United Center for a game before embarking on 4-game road trip, hosting the Winnipeg Jets. It’ll be their fourth and last match-up, and the second one at home for the Blackhawks. The Blackhawks won all three past contests and will be raring to go tomorrow, wanting to bounce back from their past two games, which were losses for Chicago - but the Jets are also hoping to bounce back from a recent loss. They’ve been having a great streak since changing coaches, but their last contest against the San Jose Sharks on Thursday ended in a loss for Winnipeg.

 

In net, we can expect Corey Crawford (2.48 GAA, .910 SV%) for the Blackhawks, and Ondrej Pavelec (2.94 GAA, .903 SV%) for the Jets. Crawford is still regaining confidence after an injury that sidelined him for a month, while Pavelec has been the target of trade rumors after a difficult season.

 

Winger Patrick Kane got points in the last two games after a 3 games drought, but he is still leading the Blackhawks in points, at 59. Patrick Sharp is following close with 52 points, and Captain Jonathan Toews is right behind with 49 points. Duncan Keith, the best D-man for the Blackhawks, has missed a game, but is said to be good to play against Winnipeg. The Hawks are still suffering in their penalty kill, although they’ve killed their last 13 penalties effectively.

 

The Jets have only scored once in their last 15 powerplays, ranking 28th in the league, so the Blackhawks’ current penalty kill streak could continue. The Winnipeg Jets’ lead scorer, Bryan Little, is as 42 points, followed closely by Blake Wheeler with 39 points - both of them were named to the US Olympics roster and will play alongside Patrick Kane.

 

Line combinations:

Blackhawks

Forwards

MARIAN HOSSA

JONATHAN TOEWS

PATRICK SHARP

BRANDON SAAD

ANDREW SHAW

PATRICK KANE

BRANDON BOLLIG

MARCUS KRUGER

BEN SMITH

BRYAN BICKELL

MICHAL HANDZUS

KRIS VERSTEEG

 

Defensemen

NIKLAS HJALMARSSON

JOHNNY ODUYA

DUNCAN KEITH

BRENT SEABROOK

NICK LEDDY

SHELDON BROOKBANK

 

Jets

Forwards

ANDREW LADD

BRYAN LITTLE

MICHAEL FROLIK

EVANDER KANE

MARK SCHEIFELE

BLAKE WHEELER

ADAM PARDY

OLLI JOKINEN

DEVIN SETOGUCHI

MARK STUART

OLLI JOKINEN

DEVIN SETOGUCHI

 

Defensemen

TOBIAS ENSTROM

ZACH BOGOSIAN

MARK STUART

JACOB TROUBA

KEATON ELLERBY

DUSTIN BYFUGLIEN

 

These two teams always make for a fun match-up, high energy and chirpy. The Blackhawks will be trying to complete a regular season sweep against the Jets. 

 

Game time is 7.00 p.m. ET and can be seen live on TSN-JETS and CSN-CH.

 

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