NHL Hockey

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Final 1 2 3 OT Tot
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Ottawa 2 0 0 0 2
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4:30 PM PT5:30 PM MT6:30 PM CT7:30 PM ET0:30 GMT8:30 5:30 PM MST7:30 PM EST4:30 UAE (+1)19:30 ET22:30 BRT, January 14, 2020
Canadian Tire Centre, Kanata, Ontario  Attendance: 12,238

Fledgling Blackhawks, Senators prepare to lock horns

Chicago Blackhawks at Ottawa Senators

  1. The Blackhawks have won five straight games against the Senators, most recently an 8-7 win at home on February 18 of last season. That was Chicago's second eight-goal game against Ottawa in their past four meetings (8-2 win at Ottawa on January 9, 2018).
  2. The Blackhawks defeated the Ducks, 4-2, at home on Saturday. Having gone behind 1-0 in the first period, Chicago rallied for its fifth comeback win in its last 10 games, tied for the most in the NHL since December 21 (three teams). The Blackhawks had three comeback wins in their first 36 games this season.
  3. The Senators lost two games over the weekend, a 3-2 loss via shootout in Detroit on Friday and a 2-1 overtime loss to the Canadiens at home on Saturday. Ottawa had not held back-to-back opponents to two goals or fewer since before American Thanksgiving (four games from November 20-27).
  4. Patrik Kane has 12 points (4g, 8a) in his last four skates against the Senators with at least one goal and one assist in each game. The last Blackhawk with a goal and an assist in four straight games against any opponent was Alexei Zhamnov against the Predators from March to November 1999 (four games).
  5. Colin White had a goal and an assist in the loss to the Red Wings, his only multi-point game of the season. White was tied for second among rookies last season with 11 multi-point games (Elias Pettersson -- 15 and Brady Tkachuk -- 11).
  6. Dominik Kubalik scored two goals in the win over the Ducks, his first career multi-goal game. He has five goals in his last four games with at least one goal in each. The last Blackhawks rookie to score at least five goals in a four-game span was Jeremy Roenick from January 27 to February 8, 1990 (five goals).

The Chicago Blackhawks will start a three-game road trip when they visit the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night.

Chicago is aiming for back-to-back wins for the first time since the calendar flipped to 2020. The Blackhawks are coming off a 4-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night, which wrapped up a 2-2 homestand.

Rookie forward Dominik Kubalik scored in all four games, increasing his total to 16 goals on the season.

"If you look at his goals, you'd be surprised how many he scores from just being at the net, just standing there, being in front," Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton said to reporters. "You can get a rebound or it goes off you. That's one thing that's really helped him this season."

Both Chicago and Ottawa sit near the bottom of their conference standings and face a tough challenge to reach the postseason.

Ottawa carries a seven-game winless drought into the contest. The Senators are 0-4-3 in that time and have lost each of their last two games in extra time -- a 3-2 shootout loss against the Detroit Red Wings on Friday night and a 2-1 overtime setback against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night.

The Senators' last win came before Christmas, when they knocked off the Buffalo Sabres 3-1 on Dec. 23.

Forward Brady Tkachuk said he and his teammates are trying to stay positive.

"You can take the good out of the games that you know you played well in," Tkachuk said in comments published by the Ottawa Sun. "And some of that, we can learn from. We're right there. We've had a bunch of overtime games. It's just a matter of time (before) things are going to turn around."

Chicago is led in scoring by Patrick Kane, who ranks among the top 10 in the NHL with 57 points (24 goals, 33 assists) through 46 games. Kane is closing in on a career milestone with 995 career points.

Ottawa's top scorer is Anthony Duclair, who has 32 points (21 goals, 11 assists) in 44 contests. Duclair played briefly with the Blackhawks during the 2017-18 campaign under former head coach Joel Quenneville before moving on to the Columbus Blue Jackets and then to the Senators.

In net, the Blackhawks have split time between two veterans. Robin Lehner is 13-7-4 with a 2.88 goals-against average and a .923 save percentage this season, and Corey Crawford is 7-13-2 with a 3.09 GAA and .906 save percentage.

Ottawa's healthy options include Craig Anderson (6-11-1, 3.27 GAA, .897 save percentage) and Marcus Hogberg (1-2-4, 3.02 GAA, .901 save percentage). The Senators' other netminder, Anders Nilsson, has been placed on injured reserve as he recovers from the effects of a concussion.

Ottawa is 11-7-3 at home this season. Chicago is 9-9-3 on the road.

This is the first of two games between the teams this season. They will meet again in Chicago on March 13.

--Field Level Media

Updated January 13, 2020

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