Chicago enters the Central Division matchup after a 3-2 home loss to the Canadiens on Sunday, which saw their power play go 1-for-8. It was not only the Blackhawks’ seventh straight loss but their 18th defeat in their last 21 games.
The Blackhawks allowed the first goal in the game for the 10th consecutive time and have now been outscored 24-6 in the first period during that span. Patrick Kane did score in the final minute of the frame to make it 2-1 at the first intermission and added another in the second period to tie it, but Montreal forward Tomas Tatar deflected a shot into the net in the third for the game-winner.
Chicago will be without center Artem Anisimov, who did not make the trip to Winnipeg and is in concussion protocol after a hit by Canadiens defenseman Shea Weber. Brendan Perlini is expected to draw back into Chicago’s lineup after being a healthy scratch Sunday for the first time since being traded to the Blackhawks. He has no points, three shots, a minus-6 and a 38.21-percent Corsi in six games for Chicago.
John Hayden moves from the fourth line all the way up to the first line at right wing, while David Kampf drops down to the second-line center position for Anisimov. Perlini draws in on the third line with Alex DeBrincat and Dylan Strome, and Alexandre Fortin moves down to the fourth line with Marcus Kruger and Chris Kunitz, who has played since Dec. 2 against Calgary when he received a game misconduct for elbowing Travis Hamonic.
Cam Ward will start in net for Chicago. Ward is 4-3 with a 3.91 goals-against average and .888 save percentage in 12 games during his first season with Chicago. He allowed four goals on 33 shots in his last outing against Nashville on Dec. 1.
Blackhawks defensemen Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook will play their 1,000th career NHL game together. They’ll become the seventh duo to play 1,000 games together and the first defensive pairing to do so.
The Jets are soaring after a 7-1 victory over the Flyers on Sunday, a game in which seven different players scored and none of them were Patrik Laine. The Finnish star torched the NHL in November, but has yet to score in five games this month.
Blake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele pace the Jets’ offense with 37 (five goals, 32 assists) and 25 points (16 goals, 19 assists), respectively. Wheeler has a goal and four assists in his last five games.
Connor Hellebuyck stopped 36 of 37 shots against the Flyers for his 13th win this season. But backup Laurent Brossoit will start against the Blackhawks. He is 5-1-1 with a 2.16 goals-against average and .935 save percentage in seven outings this season.
The Jets hold a 1-0 lead in the season series with a 6-5 win Nov. 29 in Winnipeg.
Saad — Toews — Hayden
Kahun — Kampf — Kane
DeBrincat — Strome — Perlini
Fortin — Kruger — Kunitz
Keith — Jokiharju
Seabrook — Manning
Murphy — Gustafsson/Rutta
Ehlers — Scheifele — Wheeler
Connor — Little — Laine
Perreault — Lowry — Tanev
Lemieux — Roslovic — Appleton
Niku — Trouba
Chiarot — Byfuglien
Kulikov — Myers
How to watch
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Bell MTS Place, Winnipeg
TV: NBC Sports Chicago