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Blackhawks vs. Maple Leafs game preview 2016: Richard Panik fills in for Marian Hossa on top line

Chicago looks to snap a three-game losing streak.

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Richard Panik will start at right wing on the top line for Marian Hossa when the Chicago Blackhawks host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday at United Center.

The Blackhawks have won 10 of 12 match ups in the series and five straight in Chicago.

Hossa was placed on injured reserve Sunday after he suffered a left leg injury during Chicago's 3-2 overtime loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday. The 37-year-old forward left the game in the second period after taking a hip check from Ducks' defenseman Hampus Lindholm. Hossa isn't expected back for two weeks, so the Hawks (36-19-4) recalled Vincent Hinostroza from AHL Rockford. Hinostroza is Rockford's leading scorer with 27 points.

Panik gets the nod over Teuvo Teravainen for his two-way playing style. Panik has three goals and an assist since being acquired from Toronto in January. The rest of the top six remain the same, while Hinostroza makes his fifth appearance for the Hawks this season, this time at right wing on the fourth line. Andrew Shaw did leave the ice during Monday's practice after suffering a cut by his eye. He did not return, but all signs point to him playing.

The Blackhawks are on a three-game losing streak after Saturday's loss to the Ducks. Brent Seabrook scored twice, but Ryan Getzlaf scored the game-winner in overtime to prevent the season sweep.

Chicago will turn to Patrick Kane for offensive against Toronto. The NHL-leading scorer recorded his first regular-season hat trick in a 4-1 win Jan. 15 at Air Canada Centre. The Hawks were also aided by backup goaltender Scott Darling, who made 28 saves in the win. Darling will start against the Maple Leafs.

Rookie defenseman Erik Gustafsson will join Rob Scuderi in the press box as healthy scratches for the game. It is the second straight healthy scratch for Gustafsson.

Projected lines:



Opponent Breakdown

Maple Leafs | Record: 20-25-9 | 49 points | 8th in Atlantic Division

Toronto knows a thing or two about injuries as well. The Maple Leafs are without top forwards James van Riemsdyk, Tyler Bozak, Joffrey Lupul and Nazem Kadri (day-to-day). They're also without leadership after trading captain Dion Phaneuf to Ottawa on Tuesday.

The Leafs are coming off a 5-2 win over Vancouver to halt a three-game losing streak. Mark Arcobello scored twice and 21-year-old Brendan Leipsic scored his first NHL career goal. Defenseman Jake Gardiner had two assists to increase his point total to four in his last three games. Gardiner has big skates to fill now that Phaneuf is gone.

James Reimer will get the start in net. Reimer allowed three goals in the previous meeting against Chicago.

Projected lines:




Blackhawks: Marcus Kruger, Marian Hossa

Maple Leafs: Josh Leivo, Jared Cowen, Nazem Kadri (day-to-day), Joffrey Lupul, Shawn Matthias (day-to-day), Tyler Bozak, Milan Michalek, James van Riemsdyk, Stephane Robidas

How to watch

When: 7:30 p.m. CT

Where: United Center, Chicago

TV: NHL Network-US, CSN