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The Blackhawks return to action versus another elite player in Steven Stamkos and his Tampa Bay Lightning.

Jonathan Daniel

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Chicago Blackhawks (2 pts, 1-0-0) vs Tampa Bay Lightning (0 pts, 0-1-0)

7 pm CDT, United Center - Chicago, IL

TV: CSN-Chicago

Radio: WGN 720 AM

Blackhawks' last game : 6-4 W vs Capitals

Lightning's last game : 1-3 L @ Bruins

Enemy territory : Raw Charge

915-Number of days since the Tampa Lightning last played at the United Center (April 3, 2011).

892-Points scored in the career of newly appointed Tampa Bay captain Martin St. Louis, which is the most in franchise history.

32-The number of games played between these two franchises. The Blackhawks are 15-9-5-3 all time against the Lightning.

9-Points (5 G, 4 A) Jonathan Toews has scored against the Lightning in just six career games.

8-Points (7 G, 1 A) Steven Stamkos has scored in seven career games versus the Blackhawks.

7-The number of current Blackhawks (Handzus, Hossa, Kane, Rozsival, Seabrook, Sharp and Toews) who have scored goals against the Lightning in their careers. Hossa, by far, has the most with 24.

2- The number of shorthanded goals the Lightning gave up against the Bruins on Thursday night.

1.93- Corey Crawford's career GAA versus the Lightning in 2 career games.

0-The number of games Lightning head coach Jon Cooper played in the NHL.

Probable Blackhawks Lineup

Forwards

Bryan Bickell - Jonathan Toews - Patrick Kane
Patrick Sharp - Michal Handzus - Marian Hossa
Brandon Saad - Andrew Shaw - Ben Smith
Brandon Bollig - Marcus Kruger - Joakim Nordstrom

Defensive Pairings

Duncan Keith - Brent Seabrook
Johnny Oduya - Niklas Hjalmarsson
Nick Leddy - Michal Rozsival

Goaltender

Corey Crawford (1-0-0, 4.00 GAA, .875 save %, 0 SO)

Injuries

None

Leading Scorers

PLAYER GP G A P +/- PIM PP GW
B. Saad 1 1 2 3 2 0 0 0
M. Hossa 1 1 1 2 2 0 0 0
N. Hjalmarsson 1 0 2 2 4 0 0 0
J. Oduya 1 1 0 1 4 0 0 1
B. Bollig 1 1 0 1 1 2 0 0

Probable Lightning Lineup

Fowards

Ryan Malone - Steven Stamkos - Martin St. Louis
Alex Killorn - Valtteri Filppula - Teddy Purcell
Ondrej Palat - Tyler Johnson - Richard Panik
Pierre-Cedric Labrie - Nate Thompson - B.J. Crombeen

Defensive Pairings

Matt Carle - Radko Gudas
Andrej Sustr -Victor Hedman
Mark Barberio - Eric Brewer

Goaltender

Ben Bishop (1st start of the season)

Injuries

None

Leading Scorers

PLAYER GP G A P +/- PIM PP GW
V. Filppula 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 0
E. Brewer 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 0
A. Killorn 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 0

Team Stats

GP RECORD HOME AWAY L10 G/G GA/G PP% PK% PIM/G S/G S/A FO%
TB 1 0-1-0 0-0-0 0-1-0 0-1-0 1 3 0 100 16 33 25 45.8
CHI 1 1-0-0 1-0-0 0-0-0 1-0-0 6 4 25 50 12 34 32 51.7