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Chicago faces Arizona for the first time since the Panik-Duclair trade, looking for a much-needed win.

Chicago Blackhawks v Arizona Coyotes Photo by Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Images

The Chicago Blackhawks face the Arizona Coyotes on Monday for the first time since a mid-season trade between the two teams. The main pieces of the trade were Richard Panik being sent to Arizona for Anthony Duclair.

When it comes to the hopes of making the 2018 playoffs, the fat lady has not yet began to sing for the Blackhawks. She has, however, made her way to the dressing room to prepare for her performance. There still is time for the Hawks to postpone her first song since the 2007-2008 season, but they need to start winning games and receive some help as soon as possible. Chicago currently sits 10 points outside of a Western Conference wild-card birth, touting a 24-23-8 record.

There’s no question that the lack of offensive production has plagued Chicago recently. In fact, they’ve only been able to tally more than two goals in three of their last 13 games. Power-play efficiency has dipped to 15.4 percent (29th in the NHL), and Duncan Keith still has yet to score a goal this season (at least he has 25 assists). Add a shuffling of goaltenders into the lineup while Corey Crawford continues to recover from an injury, and you’re looking at a lot of frustrating pieces to this puzzle.

Hope for a turnaround lies in tonight’s opponent, Arizona. It ranks second-to-last in the NHL in total points, goals against, and worst in the league in goals per game. What has been a “lost season” for the Coyotes (13-32-10) could mean an “easy win” for the Hawks , as long as Chicago gets out to an early lead. The Coyotes are last in the NHL in home victories with only six in 26 games.

Michal Kempny, Ryan Hartman, and Patrick Sharp are healthy scratches, and Anton Forsberg is expected to start in goal for the Hawks.

Lineups

Blackhawks

Position Players
Position Players
F1 Brandon Saad - Jonathan Toews - Tommy Wingles
F2 Lance Bouma - Nick Schmaltz - Patrick Kane
F3 Patrick Sharp - Ryan Hartman - Alex DeBrincat
F4 Vinnie Hinostroza - Artem Anisimov - Anthony Duclair
D1 Duncan Keith - Jordan Oesterle
D2 Michal Kempny - Brent Seabrook
D3 Carl Dahlstrom - Jan Rutta
Goaltender Anton Forsberg

Ducks

Position Players
Position Players
F1 Rickard Rackell - Ryan Getzlaf - Corey Perry
F2 Andrew Cogliano - Ryan Kesler - Jakob Silfverberg
F3 Nick Ritchie - Adam Henrique - Ondrej Kase
F4 Jason Chimera - Antoine Vermette - Chris Kelly
D1 Cam Fowler - Brandon Montour
D2 Hampus Lindholm - Francois Beauchemin
D3 Marcus Pettersson - Josh Manson
Goaltender John Gibson or Ryan Miller

*Lines are subject to change.

How to watch Blackhawks at Coyotes

Start time: 8 p.m. CT

Location: Gila River Arena, Glendale, AZ

TV: NBC Sports Chicago