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Blackhawks hope to falter Jets on April Fool’s Day

Chicago looks to avoid another season sweep.

NHL: Winnipeg Jets at Chicago Blackhawks David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

After getting swept by the Kings, the Blackhawks will look to avoid the same fate against the Jets. The Blackhawks are 0-2-1 this season against Winnipeg, and will look to get their first win Monday at the United Center.

In the first three games of the season series, the Blackhawks lost 6-5 on Nov. 29, 6-3 on Dec. 11 and 4-3 in overtime on Dec. 14.

Chicago is coming off a 3-2 overtime loss against the Kings on Saturday in a game where they had a 2-1 lead. Alex DeBrincat scored his 41st goal this season — tying Patrick Kane for the team lead — and Erik Gustafsson netted his 17th goal of the season.

The Blackhawks’ playoff hopes have all but faded into nothing. At this point, it’s Spider-Man telling Tony Stark he doesn’t feel too good, knowing there’s really nothing he can do about it. Chicago needs to win and hope the Blues beat the Avalanche to stay alive for another day.

Chicago center David Kampf will miss Monday’s game after suffering a dental injury Saturday. He had one goal and one assist in his first two games back in early March after missing a month with a broken bone in his right foot. He was held without a point in his next eight contests before Saturday.

John Hayden and Brendan Perlini will draw back into the lineup. Dylan Sikura could be a healthy scratch.

Monday’s game will also be a milestone marker for Kane and Artem Anisimov. Kane will appear in his 900th career NHL game, while Anisimov will suit up in his 700th.

Corey Crawford should get the start in net against the Jets. The last time he faced Winnipeg, Crawford had a .905 save percentage, although that was a much different version of Crawford than the one playing right now. This season, Crawford is 14-18-4 with 2.94 goals-against average and a .908 save percentage.

The Jets have lost their last three games and are still somehow tied for first in the Central Division with a game in hand.

Blake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele are far and away the two best Jets this season. Wheeler has the team lead in points with 89 and assists with 69 (nice). Scheifele paces the team with 36 goals and has 81 points.

Connor Hellebuyck will take the Jets’ net. He is 32-23-2 with a .913 save percentage and 2.92 GAA.

Projected lineups


Saad — Toews — Perlini

Caggiula — Strome — Kahun

DeBrincat — Anisimov — Kane

Kunitz — Kruger — Hayden?

Keith — Gustafsson

Forsling — Seabrook

Dahlstrom — Murphy




Ehlers — Scheifele — Wheeler

Connor — Hayes — Laine

Tanev — Lowry — Little

Hendricks — Copp — Perreault

Beaulieu — Trouba

Kulikov — Myers

Chiarot — Niku



How to watch

When: 7:30 p.m. Monday

Location: United Center, Chicago