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Jeff Glass will make his second straight start in net for Chicago.

Toronto Maple Leafs v Chicago Blackhawks Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean/NHLI via Getty Images

The Chicago Blackhawks seek their first win in four tries when they host the Maple Leafs on Wednesday night at United Center in Chicago.

Chicago has struggled to find the back of the net during its skid as they’ve been outscored 13-3. The Hawks, who have lost four of their past five games, sit seven points out of the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference. They’ll need to find their scoring touch to string together some wins in order to avoid missing the playoffs for the first time since 2008.

Patrick Kane, who leads Chicago in scoring with 48 points (20 goals, 28 assists), has found plenty of success against Toronto in his career. Kane has 20 points and eight goals in 14 games against the Maple Leafs. He scored twice and assisted on another goal Jan. 20 against the Islanders to reach 800 career NHL points. It was the first time Kane had scored at home since Dec. 17 against Minnesota.

Hawks goaltender Jeff Glass will make his second straight start. Chicago has flipped between Glass and Anton Forsberg with No. 1 netminder Corey Crawford sidelined with vertigo-like or concussion sysmptoms. Crawford will miss his 13th consecutive game since before Christmas, but could return to the ice soon. He is 16-9-2 with a league-best .929 save percentage.

Glass, 32, is 3-3-1 with a 3.17 goals-against average and a .909 save percentage this season. He never has faced Toronto.

The 32-year-old rookie Glass will have his work cut out for him against a dangerous team. Despite having only one win in their past six games, the Maple Leafs have top-end scoring talent. Auston Matthews, the 2017 Calder Trophy winner, paces Toronto with 36 points (21, 15 assists) in 39 games. Matthews has scored goals in back-to-back games and has four points (two goals, two assists) in three career games against Chicago. James van Riemsdyk is second on the team with 19 goals.

Frederik Andersen will start in net for Toronto. Andersen has posted a 23-14-4 record with a 2.69 GAA and .920 save percentage this season. In seven career outings against the Hawks, he is 2-2-3 with a 2.74 GAA and .908 save percentage.

It’s the second and final regular-season game between the two Original Six franchises. The Maple Leafs took the first game by outlasting the Hawks 4-3 in overtime Oct. 9 in Toronto.

Lineups

Blackhawks

Position Players
Position Players
F1 Brandon Saad - Jonathan Toews - Anthony Duclair
F2 Patrick Sharp - Nick Schmaltz - Patrick Kane
F3 Alex DeBrincat - Artem Anisimov - Ryan Hartman
F4 Tomas Jurco - David Kampf - Vinnie Hinostroza
D1 Duncan Keith - Jordan Oesterle
D2 Erik Gustaffson - Brent Seabrook
D3 Michal Kempny - Connor Murphy
Goaltender Jeff Glass

Red Wings

Position Players
Position Players
F1 Gustav Nyquist - Henrik Zetterberg - Anthony Mantha
F2 Tyler Bertuzzi - Dylan Larkin - Andreas Athanasiou
F3 Tomas Tatar - Frans Nielsen - Luke Glendening
F4 Luke Witkowski - Dominic Turgeon - Martin Frk
D1 Dan DeKeyser - Mike Green
D2 Jonathan Ericsson - Nick Jensen
D3 Niklas Kronwall - Xavier Ouellet
Goaltender Jimmy Howard

How to watch Maple Leafs at Blackhawks

Start time: 7 p.m. CT

Location: United Center, Chicago

TV: NBC Sports Network