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Blackhawks vs. Bruins game preview: Dale Weise expected to make his debut for Chicago

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Chicago goes for its third straight win.

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Forward Dale Weise will make his Chicago Blackhawks debut and Scott Darling will likely start in net when Chicago completes a back-to-back on the road against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden.

Weise was acquired with line mate Tomas Fleischmann from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Phillip Danault and a 2018 second-round draft pick almost a week ago. The 27-year-old's arrival was delayed due to work visa issues, and joined the team in Detroit on Wednesday but did not dress. He has one assist in five games against Boston.

Weise has a career-high 14 goals and 26 points in 56 games with Montreal this season. The 6-foot-2, 206-pound winger has 37 goals and 85 points in 314 games during six NHL seasons with the New York Rangers (2010-11), Vancouver Canucks (2011-14) and Montreal (2014-16).

It will be the third straight game a player as made their Blackhawks debut. Flesichmann started Sunday followed by defenseman Christian Ehrhoff on Wednesday.

Chicago (40-20-5) returns to Boston for the third time since celebrating the 2013 Stanley Cup Championship looking for its third straight win. The Hawks beat the then-NHL leading Washington Capitals 3-2 in what many called a Stanley Cup Final preview Sunday. It followed with a 5-2 win at Detroit on Wednesday to reclaim sole possession of the Western Conference by two points.

NHL points leader Patrick Kane had a goal against Washington, then assisted on both of Artemi Panarin's goals and tallied his own against Detroit to match his career high in points at 88. Kane wasn't the only one with a milestone performance, Brent Seabrook tallied a goal and three assists for a four-point night. Seabrook's goal extended his career-high to 13 as he moves within seven points of eclipsing his career-high point total of 48 from the 2010-11 season.

Projected lines:



Opponent Breakdown

Bruins | Record: 35-23-6 | 76 points | 3rd in Atlantic Division

The Bruins sit four points back of first-place Florida in the Atlantic Division after a 2-1 victory over Calgary on Tuesday.

Patrice Bergeron scored on the power play late in the third period to give the Bruins their first win on their four-game homestand. Bergeron has found success against Chicago with a goal and an assist last season in a 6-2 Boston win.

Bergeron's left winger, Brad Marchand, has tallied 32 goals and is on pace to set a new career-high in points. Marchand displays skill and grit by getting to the net for scoring chances.

Boston will be shorthanded for the next four games as forward Zac Rinaldo serves his five-game suspension for head-hunting Tampa Bay Lightning forward Cedric Paquette.

Tuukka Rask should get the start in net. He has a 1.75 GAA in three of his last four.

Projected lines:




Blackhawks: Marcus KrugerMarian Hossa

Bruins: Chris Kelly

How to watch

When: 6 p.m. CT

Where: TD Garden, Boston

TV: CSN Chicago