Chicago (20-20-6) won two of its past four games, with Corey Crawford making three of the four starts, but Robin Lehner returned from a right-knee injury and made 35 saves to help defeat the Ducks 4-2 on Saturday.
Dominik Kubalik scored five goals during Chicago’s homestand, including at least one in each game to increase his season total to 16 goals. Jonathan Toews had five points, Patrick Kane had four and is now on a six-game scoring streak. Chicago reassigned John Quenneville to the AHL, but has yet to make a corresponding move.
Zack Smith will face his former team for the first time since he was acquired from Ottawa in exchange for Artem Anisimov on July 16. Smith scored 193 points (94 goals, 99 assists) across 11 seasons with the Senators from 2008-2019 prior to the trade. He has nine points (two goals, seven assists) in 39 games this season for Chicago while playing in a bottom-six role. Anisimov, meanwhile, has 10 points (eight goals, two assists) in 27 games for Ottawa after playing four seasons with Chicago (2015-19).
Ottawa (16-22-7) has lost seven straight and eight of its last 10, including a loss in a shootout to last-place Detroit.
The Senators have allowed the third-most goals against and are tied for the fifth-fewest goals for. Ottawa is on pace for 71 points, which is better than expected as the Senators were projected by many to be the worse team in the League this season. The Senators tied for the second-fewest points and are one point behind the Kings with two games in hand.
The Senators are led in points and goals by former Blackhawks winger Anthony Duclair, who has collected 21 goals and 32 points in 44 games. Thomas Chabot leads the team in time on ice and assists (21).
Ottawa also has the last ranked power play and a top-15 penalty kill, while the Blackhawks have the 26th-ranked power play and a top-10 penalty kill. It’s fair to expect zero man-advantage goals in this game.
The Blackhawks have won five straight games against the Senators, dating back to March 16, 2017.
Tale of the Tape
Blackhawks — Statistic — Senators
48.4% (21st) — Corsi For — 46.7% (30th)
46.0% (29th) — Expected goals for — 50.1% (15th)
2.90 (t-19th) — Goals per game — 2.70 (t-22nd)
3.00 (t-18th) — Goals against per game — 3.20 (29th)
15.4% (26th) — Power play — 11.4% (31st)
82.4% (10th) — Penalty kill — 80.5% (t-15th)
Kubalik — Toews — Caggiula
DeBrincat — Kampf — Dach
Nylander — Carpenter — Kane
Highmore — Smith — Sikura
Keith — Boqvist
Gustafsson — Murphy
Maatta — Koekkoek
Tkachuk — Pageau — Brown
Duclair — Anisimov — Batherson
Chlapik — White — Ennis
Namestnikov — Tierney — Balcers
Chabot — Hainsey
Reilly — DeMelo
Englund — Goloubef
How to watch
When: 6:30 p.m.
Where: Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa
TV: NBC Sports Chicago
Live stream: NBC Sports app, NHL.TV