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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

Chicago Blackhawks

  • Drake Caggiula

    Suspension
    Elig Wed | out

    Caggiula has been suspended one game for an illegal check to the head. He is expected to be activated in time for Game 2 of the Western Conference qualifying round versus the Oilers.

  • Connor Murphy

    Groin
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Murphy is hampered by a groin injury, and it remains to be seen if he will lace up for Game 1 of the Western Conference qualifying round versus the Oilers.

  • Calvin de Haan

    Shoulder
    Prob Sat | probable

    de Haan has been activated from the long-term injured reserve after healing from a shoulder surgery. He is expected to be ready for Game 1 of the Western Conference qualifying round versus the Oilers.

  • Corey Crawford

    Illness
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Crawford has rejoined the team after testing positive for COVID-19. It is uncertain if he will be available against the Oilers in Game 1 of the Western Conference qualifying round.

  • Brent Seabrook

    Shoulder
    out for season | I-R

    Seabrook has been sent to the long-term injured reserve after having surgeries on his right shoulder and right hip. He will miss the remainder of the 2019-20 season.

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
Player GP G GWG GO GP1 GP2 Gp3 GPP GSH PPP PSH SHI SHOT
Statistics
Player GP GS FL FW H L W OL PM
Player GP GS FL FW H L W OL PM
Assits
Player GP GS A APP ASH
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
Time on ice
Player GP GS TOIESS TOIPPS TOIS TOISHS
Player GP GS TOIESS TOIPPS TOIS TOISHS