The Blackhawks look to extend their season-long win streak to eight games when they visit the Bruins on Tuesday night at TD Garden.
Chicago won its seventh straight after a 5-2 home victory over the Red Wings on Sunday at the United Center. The recent run has helped the Blackhawks soar up the standings to just four points out of the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference.
On Sunday, head coach Jeremy Colliton saw his second line trio Alex DeBrincat, Dylan Strome and Dominik Kahun combine for nine points. Patrick Kane extended his point streak to 14 games with a goal and an assist. He leads the team in scoring with 81 points (33 goals, 48 assists) in 55 games.
Forward Dylan Sikura will play against Boston after being recalled from the AHL on Monday. The former Northeastern University star is the Rockford IceHogs’ leading scorer with 30 points, and had three assists in 11 games during his first NHL stint this season.
The Blackhawks will turn to Collin Delia in net against the Bruins. Delia, who signed a three-year extension Monday, is 6-2-3 with a 2.98 goals-against average and .923 save percentage. Defenseman Gustav Forsling will also draw back into the lineup for Slater Koekkoek.
Boston’s leading scorer David Pastrnak will not play for at least two weeks after he underwent surgery earlier in the day to repair an undisclosed injury to his left thumb. The Bruins said the star winger fell after a dinner late Sunday night and injured his left thumb.
Jake DeBrusk will move up to the second line at left wing and Peter Cehlarik will shift to Pastrnak’s spot at right wing. DeBrusk has 14 goals in 47 games, while Cehlarik has 10.
Brad Marchand is second on the team in scoring with 21 goals and 65 points in 55 games. Tuukka Rask will likely start in net for Boston, who is on a seven-game point streak. Rask is 17-8-4 with a 2.36 GAA and .922 save percentage.
This is the second and final regular-season matchup between the two teams. Boston won the Winter Classic 4-2 on Jan. 1 at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana. Marchand, Pastrnak, Patrice Bergeron and Sean Kurlay scored for the Bruins, while Brendan Perlini and Kahun each tallied a goal for Chicago.
Caggiula — Toews — Kane
DeBrincat — Strome — Kahun
Saad — Kruger — Perlini
Hayden — Anisimov — Sikura
Keith — Seabrook
Dahlstrom — Murphy
Forsling — Gustafsson
Marchand — Bergeron — Heinen
DeBrusk — Krejci — Cehlarik
Nordstrom — Frederic — Backes
Kuraly — Acciari — Wagner
Chara — McAvoy
Krug — Miller
Moore — Carlo
How to watch
When: 6 p.m. Tuesday
Location: TD Garden, Boston
TV: NBC Sports Network, NBC Sports Chicago