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Anaheim Ducks vs Chicago Blackhawks Pick & Prediction, Sat Jan 15 08:30 PM

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OPENNER
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-1.5 +150

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3

Winners of three straight following a six-game skid, the Chicago Blackhawks will aim to keep their hot streak going Saturday when they host the Anaheim Ducks to conclude a two-game homestand.

The Blackhawks exhaled with a 3-2 overtime victory against Montreal on Thursday, waiting through a review after Philipp Kurashev scored at 2:24 of OT.

Officials confirmed that Kurashev, racing in on a breakaway, put the puck in the net before rambling into the crease and knocking the net off its moorings. The Blackhawks also were shown to be onside on the play.

"That was quite the lengthy review there," Chicago's Calvin de Haan said. "You never think they're going to go your way. It was nice to get the bounce; I feel like we were due for one of those. At the end of the day, I think they made the right call. We'll take the two points and move on."

Dominik Kubalik and Patrick Kane also scored for the Blackhawks. Kane snapped a 13-game goal drought while playing on a line with highly touted Blackhawks prospect Lukas Reichel in his NHL debut.

"'First game, first win' -- that sounds pretty good," Reichel said. "The first period was pretty good. In the second, we made a couple of turnovers, let them get the momentum back. In the third, we played pretty good defensively. Overall, [it was] a solid game. And overall for me, too, a solid game."

Blackhawks interim coach Derek King said "we want to do it right" in terms of gradually bringing Reichel up to NHL speed. The 17th pick of the 2020 draft, Reichel logged 15:55 of ice time with three shots on goal.

Anaheim is looking to regroup from Friday's 7-3 road loss to the Minnesota Wild, as the Ducks fell to 2-5-2 in their last nine games.

Sonny Milano left in the first period with an upper-body injury following an elbow to the face. The Ducks also skated without leading scorer Troy Terry (22 goals, 36 points), who entered COVID-19 protocol Friday.

Sam Carrick, a recent returnee from the protocol, has replaced Terry in the lineup.

"We have confidence in Sam. ... The thing that stands out is how well he prepares and how hard he plays," Anaheim assistant coach Geoff Ward said. "You win with guys like Sam Carrick."

Minnesota scored three goals in the first 2:05 of the third period, including a pair of goals in a four-second span. Max Comtois and Trevor Zegras each tallied a goal and assist for the Ducks.

Zegras has three multi-point games over his past five contests.

Saturday marks the first of three scheduled meetings between the Blackhawks and Ducks. The teams are slated to play again in Chicago on March 8 before concluding the regular-season series in Anaheim on March 23.

Considering last season's divisional realignment due to COVID-19, the clubs haven't met since March 3, 2020, in Chicago -- a 6-2 Blackhawks victory that saw Dylan Strome, Alex Nylander and Kane score on successive shots late in the second period.

--Field Level Media

PREDICTION
Anaheim Ducks
2
4
Chicago Blackhawks

Anaheim Ducks vs. Chicago Blackhawks

Dylan Strome had two goals and an assist, and Patrick Kane and Alex Nylander each had a goal and an assist as the host Chicago Blackhawks earned their third straight victory with a 6-2 rout of the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday night.

Chicago broke the game open with four goals in the second period, including the final three in a span of 2:53. Adam Boqvist tallied two assists for the Blackhawks, whose recent flourish has put the team six points out of the final Western Conference wild-card spot entering the last month of the regular season.

The Ducks, meanwhile, started a two-game road back-to-back with their sixth loss in eight games (2-5-1).

Chicago opened the scoring at 2:07 of the first period, as precision passing from Kirby Dach and Boqvist set up Drake Caggiula in front of the net. He buried an open tip-in past Anaheim goaltender John Gibson for his ninth goal of the season.

Another goal early in the second period put Chicago ahead 2-0. Strome gathered a Duncan Keith shot that ricocheted off the end boards and beat Gibson with the rebound at 3:46.

The Ducks, who outshot the Blackhawks 16-6 in the first period, channeled that pressure again 34 seconds after the Strome goal. A defensive breakdown by Chicago helped, as well, as Danton Heinen scored his ninth of the season on a tap-in past Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford, who stopped 37 of 39 shots.

Any momentum for Anaheim subsided about 10 minutes later. A pair of lengthy transition passes from Lucas Carlsson and Kane set up Strome's second goal at 15:29, producing the first NHL point for Carlsson, a rookie defenseman.

Nylander scored unassisted at 18:07, and just 15 seconds later, Kane capped the second-period blitz with his 29th goal of the season, off a feed from Nylander.

The Ducks cut the lead to 5-2 at 8:26 of the third when Carter Rowney tipped a point shot by Jacob Larsson past Crawford. David Kampf brought the Chicago advantage back to four with a goal at 15:03.

Crawford has allowed two goals or fewer in 11 of his past 16 starts.

Gibson stopped 19 of 24 shots before Ryan Miller entered in relief and stopped 15 of 16 shots.

--Field Level Media

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