The Chicago Blackhawks have already locked up the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference for the playoffs and the Central Division, but there’s more to be had.
Chicago (50-21-7) sits just three points back of NHL-leading Washington in the President’s Trophy race as the league’s point leader. The Capitals (110 points) have five regular season games remaining while the Hawks have four left, which starts Sunday when they host the Boston Bruins in their regular-season home finale at United Center. The Hawks need two more wins to match the franchise record of 52 regular-season wins set during the 2009-10 season.
The Hawks will finish the season on a three-game road trip before the playoffs start. Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said he’ll use the same lineup that produced a 3-1 win over Columbus on Friday. Quenneville is expected to rest major stars before the playoffs like Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Marian Hossa, Artemi Panarin, Duncan Keith and others during the upcoming road trip.
Chicago boasts six players with 20 goals and rookie Ryan Hartman is just two shy of joining the group. Kane leads the Hawks with 87 points (34 goals, 53 assists). He has recorded multi-point games (his 23rd and 24th this season) in Chicago’s last two wins.
Corey Crawford will start between the pipes for Chicago after stopping 32 of the 33 shots he faced in the win over Columbus. Crawford is 32-16-3 with a 2.50 goals-against average and .920 save percentage in 52 games this season.
Boston (26-9-5) is no slouch as they’re battling for a playoff spot. The Bruins are riding a four-game win streak which has put them into the second wild-card spot in a crowded Eastern Conference playoff race. If the Bruins (90 points) continue their winning ways they could jump past Toronto and Ottawa, who both have 91 points.
Brad Marchand leads Boston in scoring with 84 points in 78 games this season. David Pastrnak (32) has also reached the 30-goal mark while David Krejci (23) and Patrice Bergeron (20) have hit 20.
Anton Khudobin will start in net for the Bruins in place of Tuukka Rask, who started Saturday’s win over Florida. Khudobin is 6-5-1 with a 2.60 GAA and .899 save percentage in 12 games this season.
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How to watch Bruins at Blackhawks
Time: 11:30 a.m. CT
Where: United Center, Chicago
Live Stream: NBC Sports Live