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Patrick Kane looks to extend point streak as Blackhawks face Senators

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The star wing has recorded at least a point in 17 straight games.

Ottawa Senators v Chicago Blackhawks Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

With the Blackhawks continuing to work their way into the playoff picture, star forward Patrick Kane continues to have one of the best seasons of his 12-year career. With 35 goals and 52 assists, Kane is among the top scoring forwards in the NHL. He’s on pace to break his 106-point season from 2015-2016, and is riding a 17-game point streak into Monday night’s contest, when the Blackhawks host the Senators at the United Center.

Along with Kane, team captain Jonathan Toews also is on a point streak. Toews has scored four goals in his last five games, which accounts for half of the scoring output for the top line. Speaking of career resurgences, Toews has already matched his highest point total of the last three seasons with 58 points. He’s also on pace to set a season-high point total since 2013-14.

Collin Delia will start between the pipes for the first time since last Tuesday in Boston. The 24-year-old holds a 6-3 record with a .916 save percentage and a 3.22 goals-against average.

Anders Nilsson will get the start in goal for the Senators over Craig Anderson. The former Blackhawk Anderson’s status was raised to “probable” after suffering an eye injury from a tennis ball. Nilsson has a 10-14-1 record with a 2.77 GAA and a .913 save percentage.

The Senators haven’t provided much help for their goaltenders defensively, as Ottawa allows an average of roughly 37 shots on goal per game (second worst to the Blackhawks). While top defensive line of Thomas Chabot and Dylan DeMelo have held their weight for the most part, the rest of the Ottawa defense has barely been able to function. To make matters worse, Mark Borowiecki has been on injured reserve since last November with an undisclosed injury.

Chicago leads the all-time series with Ottawa, 23-10-2. The Blackhawks also hold a 11-3-2 record over the Senators at the United Center.

Blackhawks

Caggiula — Toews — Kane

DeBrincat — Strome — Kahun

Saad — Anisimov — Sikura

Kunitz — Kruger — Perlini

Keith — Seabrook

Dahlstrom — Murphy

Koekkoek — Gustafsson

Senators

Dzingel — Duchene — Ryan

Tkachuk — White — Stone

Smith — Pageau — Paajarvi

Boedker — Tierney — Balcers

Chabot — DeMelo

Lajoie — Ceci

Harpur — Jaros

Nilsson

Anderson

How to watch

When: 7:30 p.m. Monday

Where: United Center, Chicago

TV: NBC Sports Chicago