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Chicago is 1-7-1 in its last nine games vs. Carolina.

Carolina Hurricanes v Chicago Blackhawks Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Two hot teams will clash when the Blackhawks host the Hurricanes on Tuesday night at the United Center.

The Blackhawks (9-7-4) are riding a season-high four-game winning streak, and have outscored their opponents 21-10 during that span. Carolina (12-7-1), meanwhile, has won three straight and outscored its opponents 17-9 during that stretch.

Rookie Kirby Dach scored twice, and Corey Crawford made 33 saves to lift the Blackhawks to a 4-1 win over the Sabres on Sunday night. Dach, who was the third overall pick in this year’s NHL draft, has four goals and two assists during his four-game point streak. Patrick Kane also extended his point streak to nine games with a third-period goal. Kane, who turned 31 years old Tuesday, has 17 points (eight goals, nine assists) during that span, and leads the team in goals (11), assists (15) and points (26).

Despite a 0-4 career record against Carolina, Robin Lehner is expected to start in net. He’s been one of the better goaltenders this season with the second-best goals saved above average (11.08) to Arizona’s Darcy Kuemper (12.20) and the fourth-best save percentage (.936).

Carolina will try to make franchise history Tuesday with its first regular-season road trip sweep of at least three games. The Hurricanes enter the game off a 4-3 overtime win over the Wild on Saturday. Andrei Svechnikov scored the game-winner off an assist from Dougie Hamilton as both players earned their team-leading 22nd point of the season. Both players have identical point totals with nine goals and 13 assists.

The Hurricanes will be without forward Erik Haula, who played the first two games of the road trip, but coach Rod Brind’Amour said Haula will not be back “any time soon.” Eetu Luostarinen will draw into the lineup after being recalled from the AHL. The 21-year-old had an assist in three NHL games earlier this season and had eight points (five goals, three assists) in 12 AHL games.

Wheaton native Ryan Dzingel will play against his hometown team. Dzingel, who signed a two-year deal with Carolina as a free agent after being a trade deadline acquisition with Columbus, hasn’t found much success against Chicago with two assists in seven games with the Senators.

Carolina is expected to have Petr Mrazek in net against Chicago once again. He posted a 32-save shutout earlier this season against the Blackhawks, and is 9-3-1 with a .904 save percentage and a minus-1.26 GSAA this season.

Series history

Carolina won the first game of the season series 4-0 on Oct. 26 in Raleigh. Svechnikov scored twice, and Nino Niederreiter and Jordan Staal had one goal each. It was the Blackhawks’ fourth straight loss to the Hurricanes. Chicago’s last win in regulation against Carolina came in a 2-1 home victory Jan. 6, 2017.

Chicago head coach Jeremy Colliton made his NHL coaching debut last season against Carolina in a 4-3 loss.

Tale of the tape

Blackhawks — Statistic — Hurricanes

46.0% (29th) — Corsi For — 54.4% (1st)

48.6% (25th) — Faceoffs — 50.8% (10th)

3.05 (15th) — Goals per game — 3.45 (8th)

2.85 (22nd) — Goals against per game — 2.95 (18th)

14.5% (t-25th) — Power play — 23.8% (8th)

80.0% (18th) — Penalty kill — 83.3% (11th)

Lineups

Blackhawks

Saad — Toews — Nylander

DeBrincat — Strome — Kane

Shaw — Kampf — Kubalik

Carpenter — Dach — Smith

Keith — Gustafsson

De Haan — Seabrook

Maatta — Murphy

Lehner

Crawford

Hurricanes

DzingelStaal — Foegele

Svechnikov — Aho — Teravainen

Niederreiter — Wallmark — Necas

McGinn — Luostarinen — Martinook

Slavin — Hamilton

Edmundson — Pesce

Gardiner — van Riemsdyk

Mrazek

Reimer

How to watch

When: 7:30 p.m.

Where: United Center, Chicago

TV: NBC Sports Chicago

Live stream: NBC Sports app