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Blackhawks vs. Penguins preview: Corey Crawford starts, Ryan Hartman to play again

Chicago looks for sweep of Pens.

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Corey Crawford will start between the pipes again and Ryan Hartman will remain in the lineup when the Chicago Blackhawks host the Pittsburgh Penguins for a Sunday matinee.

Defenseman Michal Rozsival missed Friday's game with a shoulder injury but he could return. Fellow blue-liner Kyle Cumiskey, who also played on Friday, could be in Sunday's lineup as well. It'll be interesting to see how that pans out.

Ben Smith was a healthy scratch for the first time this season Friday. With Hartman in the lineup, it looks like Smith will be out once again. Smith has been scoreless in his last 21 games but has been played a role in the Blackhawks' top-rated penalty kill.

The Blackhawks have turned around their power-play during their eight-game homestand with three scores in the last two games. Marian Hossa scored two and Brandon Saad tipped in the other.

Sunday's matchup will be the second and final game between the two teams. Chicago grabbed the first game with a 3-2 shootout win on Jan. 21, their final game before the All-Star break. David Rundblad and Hossa scored in regulation, and Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews potted goals in the shootout.

The 'Hawks had an optional skate Saturday, so we don't have any lines to share.

Opponent Breakdown: Pittsburgh Penguins

Pittsburgh have won four of their last five as they fight for the top spot in the Metropolitan Division with the New York Islanders.

Penguins' captain Sidney Crosby will visit the United Center for only the second time and the first against Toews. Crosby, the NHL media darling, has 58 points (19G, 39A) in 51 games this season. He has tallied four goals and two assists in his last six games. Expect a lots of commentary comparing Crosby and Toews. Two Cups are better than one, no?

Paul Martin did not skate during the Pens' practice yesterday after suffering an undisclosed injury Wednesday night against Detroit, but was able to play in Ottawa the next night. Martin will be in the lineup Sunday.

The Penguins are 22-2-1 when leading heading into the third period, so it will be important for Chicago to avoid one of the slow starts they've had all to many of this season.





The Pens' five defensemen rotated.

Marc-Andre Fleury is expected to start, he is 26-11-5 this season.

Injury Report

Chicago: Trevor van Riemsdyk (knee)

Pittsburgh: Christian Ehroff (head), Olli Maatta (illness) and Pascal Dupuis (blood clots)

Game Information

When: 11:30 a.m. CT

Where: United Center


Radio: WGN-720

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