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Blackhawks hope to avoid home-and-home sweep by Avalanche

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Chicago sits six points back of Colorado, who holds the second wild card in the Western Conference.

NHL: Colorado Avalanche at Chicago Blackhawks Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

The Blackhawks head back to Chicago hoping to avoid being swept in a home-and-home by the Avalanche on Sunday.

Colorado moved into the second wild card in the Western Conference with a 4-2 win against Chicago on Saturday in Denver. Avalanche goaltender Philipp Grubauer made 29 saves for Colorado, who won four straight games.

Collin Wilson scored a goal and an assist and Alex Kerfoot had two assists. J.T. Compher also scored for his fourth goal this season against his hometown team.

The Blackhawks have now dropped three straight games and are now six points back of Colorado. Chicago head coach Jeremy Colliton could turn to Corey Crawford for back-to-back starts after the netminder made 21 saves Saturday.

Defenseman Erik Gustafsson is riding a three-game goal streak and has 16 goals this season. The Blackhawks went a woeful 0-for-3 on the power play and are now 1-for-24 in their past 10 games. Patrick Kane hasn’t scored a goal in the last five games, and Dylan Sikura is still searching for his first career NHL goal.

Chicago won the first two games of the season series in December in Denver: 2-1 and 3-2 in overtime. Colorado has won two straight against the Blackhawks, including a 5-3 victory Feb. 22 in Chicago.

Lineups

Blackhawks

Sikura — Toews — Kane

DeBrincat — Strome — Perlini

Saad — Anisimov — Kahun

Kunitz — Kampf — Kruger

Keith — Gustafsson

Dahlstrom — Murphy

Forsling — Seabrook

Crawford

Ward

Avalanche

Brassard — MacKinnon — Compher

Wilson — Soderberg — Rantanen

Kerfoot — Jost — Calvert

Andrighetto — Borque — Graves

Girard — Johnson

Cole — Barrie

Zadorov — Nemeth

Varlamov

Grubauer

How to watch

When: 7 p.m., Central

Where: United Center, Chicago

TV: NBC Sports Network