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Blackhawks start 3-game road trip against Golden Knights

Chicago is riding a three-game point streak (2-0-1).

Chicago Blackhawks v Vegas Golden Knights
Shea Theodore of the Vegas Golden Knights battles Dominik Kubalik of the Chicago Blackhawks during NHL action
Photo by Jeff Bottari/NHLI via Getty Images

The Blackhawks look to extend their point streak to four games when they start their three-game road trip against the Golden Knights on Tuesday night in Las Vegas.

Chicago (12-12-6) blew a 3-1 first-period lead in its shootout loss to Arizona on Sunday. Alex DeBrincat scored a goal for the third straight game, and Robin Lehner made 44 saves. It was the Blackhawks’ third straight game to go past regulation.

The Blackhawks will be without forwards Drake Caggiula and Andrew Shaw (concussions on long-term injured reserve) and defenseman Duncan Keith (groin on IR) during its road trip. With Olli Maatta (flu) questionable to return after missing three games, the Blackhawks recalled rookie defenseman Adam Boqvist from the AHL. He has one goal in six NHL games this season. Chicago also called up forward Matthew Highmore, who played in two NHL games in late November.

Corey Crawford is expected to start in net against Vegas (15-12-5). After two straight starts of allowing four or more goals, Crawford was stellar on Friday against New Jersey making 29 saves on 30 shots and stopping Jack Hughes in the shootout to clinch victory for the Blackhawks. In his last start against the Golden Knights on Nov. 13, Crawford made 39 saves on 42 shots to help Chicago capture their first win against Las Vegas.

Forward Ryan Carpenter will play his second game of the season against his former team in Las Vegas. He had a primary assist in Chicago’s 5-3 win Nov. 13 in Vegas.

The Golden Knights took five of a possible six points on their recent New York trip before being shut out 5-0 to the Rangers upon returning to Las Vegas. The loss ended Vegas’ streak of scoring in 52 straight games, dating back to Feb. 18 at Colorado.

Vegas rookie Cody Glass will miss Tuesday’s game with a concussion, which means we won’t get another look at two of the best rookie forwards matching up in Kirby Dach and Glass. The Golden Knights called up Valentin Zykov from the AHL on Monday as a result of Glass’ head injury.

Noted Blackhawks killer Shea Theodore will return to the lineup. He has five points (three goals, two assists) in nine career games against Chicago.

Vegas is led by players who have led them all season. Max Pacioretty leads the team in points with 26 (10 goals, 15 assists) in 32 games, and William Karlsson is second with 25 (eight goals, 17 assists). Reilly Smith, surprisingly, leads the team in goals with 12 after having 19 goals last season.

Vegas’ goaltending tandem is less stellar, and not as great as the Coyotes’ formidable duo, so if the Blackhawks’ offense gets going again they should find holes. Marc-Andre Fleury will be back in the net for the first time in more than two weeks.

Season series

The Blackhawks are 1-0-1 against the Golden Knights this season with a 2-1 shootout loss Oct. 22 in Chicago and a 5-3 win Nov. 13 in Las Vegas.

Tale of the Tape

Blackhawks — Statistic — Golden Knights

48.27% (23rd) — Corsi For — 51.64% (8th)

49.0% (22nd) — Faceoffs — 50.3% (14th)

2.73 (21st) — Goals per game — 2.81 (20th)

2.97 (14th) — Goals against per game — 2.91 (13th)

15.7% (24th) — Power play — 22.0% (8th)

79.6% (18th) — Penalty kill — 84.0% (10th)

Lineups

Blackhawks

Kubalik — Toews — Saad

DeBrincat — Strome — Kane

Smith — Kampf — Sikura

Nylander — Dach — Carpenter

Gustafsson — Murphy

de Haan — Seabrook

Gilbert — Boqvist

Crawford

Lehner

Golden Knights

Marchessault — Karlsson — Smith

Pacioretty — Stephenson — Stone

Carrier — Stastny — Tuch

Zykov — Nosek — Reaves

McNabb — Schmidt

Hague — Theodore

Holden — Engelland

Fleury

Subban

How to watch

When: 9 p.m.

Where: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas

TV: NBC Sports Chicago

Live stream: NBC Sports app, ESPN+