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Chicago looks to improve to 6-0 at home during playoffs, take 2-1 series lead.

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The exhausted Chicago Blackhawks and Anaheim Ducks will face off for Game 3 of the Western Conference Final on Thursday night at the United Center.

The Hawks will get a third opportunity to win a game when playing two days after a long overtime victory this postseason. Chicago is coming off a 3-2 triple-overtime win in Game 2 on Tuesday at the Honda Center. But this scenario is nothing new for the Hawks, as they won Game 1 and Game 4 in multiple overtimes in their first-round series against the Nashville Predators. The Hawks dropped the following games, but those games were on the road; this game is at the United Center where the Hawks are 5-0 this spring.

Kyle Cumiskey made his 2015 postseason debut Tuesday. Cumiskey took David Rundblad's spot in the lineup, who played fewer than 11 minutes in Game 1, and moved into a pairing with Johnny Oduya.

Corey Crawford kept the Hawks alive with another brilliant performance, stopping 60-of-62 shots in the longest-ever game in franchise history. Crawford also helped the Hawks kill off all five of Anaheim's power-play chances. He will get the start in net.

When asked about whether there will be in any lineup changes, Coach Joel Quenneville said, "we'll see." Quenneville also reportedly told Kris Versteeg he expected him to play at some point in this series.

Versteeg had one goal and no assists in six games against the Predators, but lost his spot to Teuvo Teravainen. The Finnish rookie forward has played well with one goal and two assists in eight playoff games, and is unlikely to be taken out of the lineup. Bryan Bickell, who has displayed a physical presence, hasn't scored in 12 playoff games and is the likely candidate to be replaced by Versteeg. Bickell is currently playing in Versteeg's usual spot on the second line alongside Brad Richards and Patrick Kane.

Here are the lines:

Saad Toews Hossa
Bickell Richards Kane
Sharp Vermette Teravainen
Desjardins Kruger Shaw

Defensive Pairings

Keith Hjalmarsson
Seabrook Timonen
Oduya Cumiskey

Opponent Breakdown: Anaheim Ducks

Ducks goaltender Frederik Andersen made 53 saves for the Ducks, who had won all six home games in the playoffs before Game 2.

Andrew Cogliano and Corey Perry scored the goals for Anaheim in the loss. Perry has 16 points this postseason, tying him with the Tampa Bay Lightning's Tyler Johnson for the league lead. The Ducks' top line of Ryan Getzlaf, Perry and Patrick Marron have scored just three points this series.

Tuesday's game marked the fourth time Anaheim played more than two overtime periods in franchise history. The Ducks' longest-ever game was a five-overtime victory against the Dallas Stars in the conference semifinals on April 24, 2003.

The Ducks have still yet to play James Wisniewski, who was brought in at the March 2 trade deadline to upgrade the Ducks' blue line corps. They haven't needed to either with going 9-2 to open the postseason. Wisniewski, who played parts of four seasons with the Hawks from 2005 to 2009, has registered seven points in 24 playoff games, including a goal and two assists during his first stint with the Ducks in 2009.

Anaheim is 3-1 on the road this spring with their lone loss to the Calgary Flames in the second-round.

Here are the lines:

Maroon Getzlaf Perry
Beleskey Kelser Silfverberg
Colgliano Thompson Palmieri
Etem Rakell Sekac

Defensive Pairings

Beauchemin Lindholm
Fowler Despres
Stoner Vatanen

Injury Report

Chicago: Michal Rozsival (8-12 weeks, fractured ankle)

Anaheim: Sheldon Souray (IR, torn wrist ligament

Game Information

When: 7 p.m. CT

Where: United Center


Radio: WGN-720

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