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Blackhawks vs. Coyotes Preview 2017: Hawks look to get back on track in Arizona

The Blackhawks look to avoid their fourth straight loss as they visit the struggling Coyotes.

Chicago Blackhawks v Phoenix Coyotes Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images

The Chicago Blackhawks continue their six-game road trip as they head to Arizona on Thursday night to face the Coyotes.

The Hawks are coming off a 3-1 loss Tuesday night in San Jose, that extended their losing streak to three. Chicago still sits in second in the Central Division standings with 65 points and a 30-17-5 record.

The Coyotes currently sit in last place in the Pacific Division, with just a 16-27-6 record so far this season.

This is the second meeting of the season between the two Western Conference teams. The Hawks’ and Coyotes’ last met in December, when Chicago earned a 4-0 victory at home.

Marcus Kruger will return to the lineup for the Blackhawks after missing Tuesday’s game due to illness. In his 40 games played this season, Kruger has just two goals and eight assists.

Corey Crawford will start in the crease for the Hawks. Crawford boasts a 18-12-3 record this season, with a 2.55 goals-against average and .918 save percentage.

Mike Smith will get the nod for the Coyotes. Smith has a 11-14-5 record this season, with a 2.86 goals-against average and 9.17 save percentage.

For more on the Coyotes, visit Five for Howling.

Lineups

Blackhawks

Forwards

Schmaltz-Toews-Panik

Panarin-Anisimov-Kane

Rasmussen-Kruger-Hossa

Desjardins-Kero-Hartman

Defensemen

Keith-Hjalmarsson

Campbell-Seabrook

Forsling-van Riemsdyk

Goalie

Crawford

Coyotes

Forwards

Rieder-Hanzal-Vrbata

Perlini-Dvorak-Doan

McGinn-Burmistrov-Jooris

Crouse-Martinook-White

Defensemen

Ekman-Larsson-Schenn

Goligoski-Stone

Chychrun-Murphy

Goalie

Smith

*Lines will be updated if necessary

How to watch: Blackhawks at Coyotes

Time: 8 p.m. CT

Where: Gila River Arena, Glendale, Ariz.

TV: CSN Chicago