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Last-place Blackhawks to host Penguins

Chicago has lost 19 of their last 22 games.

Pittsburgh Penguins v Chicago Blackhawks Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

The last-place Blackhawks play the second half of a back-to-back Wednesday when they host the Penguins at the United Center.

Chicago, which has now fallen behind in 11 straight games, has lost eight straight games in regulation after a 6-3 defeat to the Jets on Tuesday in Winnipeg. The Blackhawks allowed three first-period goals and the Jets added another in the opening two minutes of the second frame. Chicago scored three unanswered goals before the Jets pulled away for the win.

It’s the second eight-game losing streak this season for Chicago, who has lost 19 of its last 22 games.

Artem Anisimov (concussion) and Erik Gustafsson (illness) were out of the lineup in the loss. Chicago placed Anisimov on injured reserve Wednesday morning after he took a hit to the head by Canadiens defenseman Shea Weber on Sunday. Gustafsson participated during Tuesday’s morning skate and in pregame, but was left out of the lineup.

The Blackhawks also recalled forward Dylan Sikura and defenseman Carl Dahlstrom from the AHL on Wednesday morning, and sent down forward Alexandre Fortin.

Sikura had three assists in five NHL games last season, and leads the IceHogs with nine goals and 18 points in 26 AHL games this season. He’s expected to draw into the lineup. Dahlstrom, a right-handed blue liner, also had three helpers in 11 NHL games last season, and has eight points (one goal, seven assists) this season in the AHL. Dahlstrom, however, could be an insurance call up with Gustafsson sick and Gustav Forsling still on IR.

Corey Crawford is expected to start after Cam Ward allowed five goals in Tuesday’s loss. Crawford is 5-14-1 with a 3.21 goals-against average and a .901 save percentage in 20 games this season.

The Penguins have now won three of their five games this month, following a 2-1 shootout win over the Islanders on Monday. Derick Brassard tied the game 2:13 into the third period and Jake Guentzel won it in the fifth round of the shootout.

Phil Kessel (12 goals, 21 assists) and Evgeni Malkin (10 goals, 23 assists) pace the Penguins in scoring with 33 points in 29 contests. Sidney Crosby is Pittsburgh’s leading goal scorer with 15 goals.

The Penguins said after goaltender Matt Murray was a full participant in practice Tuesday that he may be ready to return after missing nine games. Casey DeSmith has filled in for Murray, and has a 9-4-4 record with a 2.34 GAA, a .925 save percentage and two shutouts.













Pearson — Malkin — Sheahan

Aston-Reese — Brassard — Rust

Wilson — Grant — Dea

Dumoulin — Letang

Maatta — Oleksiak

Pettersson — Johnson



How to watch

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: United Center, Chicago

TV: NBC Sports Network