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It’s their second meeting in Chicago in two weeks

Colorado Avalanche v Chicago Blackhawks Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

The Chicago Blackhawks get a chance to play the spoiler role on Tuesday night when they host the Colorado Avalanche at the United Center, the second meeting in Chicago between these teams in two weeks.

At that prior meeting, Jonathan Toews scored nine seconds into overtime for a 2-1 Hawks win, making a winner out of Jean-Francois Berube, who made 33 saves on 34 shots in that game. The Avalanche enter Tuesday’s game having won four of their last five games, including crucial regulation victories over the Minnesota Wild and St. Louis Blues that boosted Colorado’s playoff aspirations. In all, the Avalanche have earned at least one point in 10 of their last 11 games and jumped into the top wild card spot with 86 points in 72 games. But they’re far from safe, with Anaheim occupying the second wild card spot with 86 points in 73 games, while Dallas (84 points, 73 games) and St. Louis (83 points, 72 games) remain within striking distance. Of course, it’s Colorado’s top line doing all the damage featuring, from left to right, Gabriel Landeskog (24 points, 32 assists), Nathan MacKinnon (team-leading 38 goals, 51 assists) and Mikko Rantanen (25 goals and 52 assists).

For the Hawks, the news this morning was the emergency call-up of forward Andreas Martinsen, whose presence at the morning skate likely means that Matthew Highmore will be out after departing Sunday’s game against the Blues with an apparent upper-body injury. Martinsen will need plenty of adrenaline after a sleepless night:

He’ll skate on the second line with Nick Schmaltz and Vinnie Hinostroza, with the only other lineup change being in net, where Anton Forsberg will get the start.

Chicago is on the official brink of playoff elimination on Tuesday night:

But spoiling the playoff hopes of a divisional rival would be much more fun.

Lineups

Blackhawks

Position Players
Position Players
F1 Brandon Saad - Jonathan Toews - Patrick Kane
F2 Andreas Martinsen - Nick Schmaltz - Vinnie Hinostroza
F3 Tomas Jurco - Artem Anisimov - Alex DeBrincat
F4 Patrick Sharp - David Kampf - John Hayden
D1 Duncan Keith - Jan Rutta
D2 Erik Gustafsson - Brent Seabrook
D3 Jordan Oesterle - Connor Murphy
Goaltender Anton Forsberg

Avalanche

Position Players
Position Players
F1 Gabriel Landeskog - Nathan MacKinnon - Mikko Rantanen
F2 Tyson Jost - JT Compher - Sven Andrighetto
F3 Matthew Nieto - Carl Soderberg - Blake Comeau
F4 Alexander Kerfoot - Vladislav Kamenev - Gabriel Bourque
D1 Nikita Zadorov - Tyson Barrie
D2 Patrik Nemeth - Erik Johnson
D3 Duncan Siemens - Samuel Girard
Goaltender Semyon Varlamov

*Lines are subject to change.

How to watch Avalanche at Blackhawks

Start time: 7:30 p.m. CT

Location: United Center, Chicago

TV: NBC Sports Chicago