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Chicago Blackhawks vs. Ottawa Senators Preview and Predictions 01-14-2020


The Chicago Blackhawks begin a three-game trip through Ontario and Quebec on Tuesday against the Ottawa Senators as they continue the long road toward postseason relevance. Chicago is tied for last in the Central Division, seven points out of playoff position and must pass five teams to get there, but coach Jeremy Colliton isn't ready to wave the white flag.

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"Our game over a long stretch of time is improved,'' Colliton told the media. "(It) doesn't mean we're a finished product, but if we keep getting better and the young players continue to develop, we can be in the race (for the playoffs). ... We got five (games) before the break, we got to have a little push here." Ottawa has lost seven straight (0-4-3) after a 2-1 overtime setback to Montreal on Saturday. "We're going in the right direction, that's one thing I know," Senators center Jean-Gabriel Pageau told the reporters. "Everyone is on the same page and is playing the same way and that's a good thing. When you lose by one goal it means you're in every game." The Blackhawks have won five straight meetings after an 8-7 victory in last season's series finale featured Alex DeBrincat's fourth career hat trick and his only five-point game.

TIME: 7:30 p.m. ET. TV: NBCS Chicago, TSN5, RDS

ABOUT THE BLACKHAWKS (20-20-6): Rookie left wing Dominik Kubalik has scored five times during a four-game goal streak and boasts 16 this season. "Very happy with Kubalik's progression," Colliton told the media. "Does a lot of good things away from the puck that allow him to be in a situation to score. He's going to the net, being a shooter. Good to see." Jonathan Toews, who serves as Kubalik's center, has two goals and five assists in five January games.

ABOUT THE SENATORS (16-22-7): Anthony Duclair leads the club in goals (21) and points (32) but hasn't scored in seven games. Pageau - like Duclair - hasn't recorded a point in the last three contests and is stuck on 19 goals and 30 points. Brady Tkachuk has one point in his last seven games - his 14th goal - while defenseman Mark Borowiecki missed the last two contests because of illness.

OVERTIME

1. Chicago RW Patrick Kane has teams highs of 24 goals and 57 points after recording four goals and six assists in his last six games, and is five points shy of 1,000.

2. Ottawa is 2-for-17 with the man advantage in the past six contests, raising the league's worst power-play percentage to 11.4.

3. Blackhawks C Dylan Strome (10 goals, 30 points) has missed the last two games with an ankle injury.

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Canadian Tire Centre
Ottawa, Ontario, CAN.
Capacity: 19,153

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Last Injuries

Ottawa Senators

  • Nick Paul

    Ankle
    Mid Feb | I-R

    Paul is on injured reserve due to a high-ankle injury. He is expected to miss at least four weeks.

  • Jean-Gabriel Pageau

    Upper Body
    Ques Jan 27 | questionable

    Pageau has sat out the last two games due to an upper-body injury, and it is unclear if he will line up Jan. 27 against the Devils.

  • Anders Nilsson

    Concussion
    Late Jan | I-R

    Nilsson has been shifted to injured reserve due to a concussion, and he is not expected to return until the end of January.

  • Nikita Zaitsev

    Lower Body
    Prob Tues | I-R

    Zaitsev has been shifted to the injured reserve list due to lower-body soreness. It is likely that he will rejoin the lineup against the Blackhawks on Tuesday.

  • Mark Borowiecki

    Illness
    Prob Tues | probable

    Borowiecki has missed the last two games due to illness, but it is expected that he will lace up for Tuesday's contest against the Blackhawks.

  • Ron Hainsey

    Knee
    Prob Fri | I-R

    Hainsey has been designated for the injured reserve list due to a knee ailment, but it is projected that he will return to the lineup against the Red Wings on Friday.

  • Christian Jaros

    Undisclosed
    Ques Fri | questionable

    Jaros exited the previous game with an unspecified injury, and it is unclear if he will face the Red Wings on Friday.

  • Dylan Demelo

    Finger
    Prob Tues | probable

    Demelo has been activated from the injured reserve list after healing from a broken finger, and he is expected to return against the Capitals on Tuesday.

Chicago Blackhawks

  • Dylan Strome

    Ankle
    Late Jan | I-R

    Strome has landed on injured reserve with a right ankle injury, and he is not expected to return until at least the end of January.

  • Brandon Saad

    Ankle
    Prob Sat | I-R

    Saad has been designated for the injured reserve list due to a twisted right ankle. It is expected that he will be activated in time for Saturday's game versus the Maple Leafs.

  • Robin Lehner

    Knee
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Lehner has sat out the previous three games with a right knee injury, and it is undetermined if he will be available for Saturday's matchup versus the Ducks.

  • Drake Caggiula

    Concussion
    Prob Thurs | I-R

    Caggiula has landed on the long-term injured reserve list due to a concussion, but he is projected to be activated prior to Thursday's matchup versus the Predators.

  • Zack Smith

    Personal
    Prob Sun | probable

    Smith was away from the team tending to a personal matter. He is expected to rejoin the team and be in the lineup Sunday against the Red Wings.

ottawa-senators Stats 2019-2020

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chicago-blackhawks Stats 2019-2020

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Player GP G GWG GO GP1 GP2 Gp3 GPP GSH PPP PSH SHI SHOT
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Player GP GS FL FW H L W OL PM
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Player GP GS A APP ASH
Defense
Player GP GS GA GAA GP1A GP2A GP3A GOA SA SOA SP1A SP2A SP3A BS
Player GP GS GA GAA GP1A GP2A GP3A GOA SA SOA SP1A SP2A SP3A BS
Shutouts
Player GP GS SHU SHUA SHUS SHUL
Player GP GS SHU SHUA SHUS SHUL
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Player GP GS TOIESS TOIPPS TOIS TOISHS