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Chicago, which has lost four straight (0-2-2), is 9-1-1 in the second game of a back-to-back.

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The Blackhawks will visit the Pacific Division-leading Canucks for the second game of a back-to-back Wednesday at Rogers Arena in Vancouver.

Chicago (25-23-8) dropped its fourth straight game (0-2-2) with a 5-3 loss against the Oilers on Tuesday in Edmonton. It was the second straight game the Blackhawks allowed five goals after a 5-2 loss to the Jets on Sunday in Winnipeg. Both games had at least one empty-net goal.

Brandon Saad had a goal and an assist and Patrick Kane had two primary assists in Chicago’s loss in Edmonton. Robin Lehner made 26 saves on 30 shots. Corey Crawford will start Wednesday.

The Blackhawks are six points out of the second wild card in the Western Conference, although they have two games in hand on the Golden Knights and three on the Coyotes, both of whom have 64 points.

With this current season-long losing streak, it will take a lot to get the Blackhawks back in the playoff picture.

The Canucks (31-21-5), who ended a four-game skid of its own by defeating the Predators 6-2 on Monday, leads the Pacific Division by three points over the Oilers and Golden Knights.

Vancouver is led by one of the most universally-recognized Calder candidates this season in defenseman Quinn Hughes, who has 44 points (eight goals, 36 assists) in 56 games. He’s been excellent on the power play, with 21 points on the man advantage, but has also shown a well-rounded game defensively.

Last season’s Calder winner Elias Pettersson paces Vancouver with 57 points (23 goals, 34 assists). J.T. Miller, who was acquired from the Lightning in the offseason, isn’t far behind at 56 points (22 goals, 34 assists). The Canucks’ bright young goal scorer, Brock Boeser, who was injured in a game Saturday against the Flames, will not play Wednesday.

The Canucks are 18-6-3 at home, while the Blackhawks are 13-10-4 on the road. But Chicago is 9-1-1 in the second games of back to backs.

Programing note

Vancouver will retire the numbers of Daniel (No. 22) and Henrik Sedin (No. 33) prior to the game Wednesday. Daniel set the franchise record for goals (393), power-play goals (138) and game-winning goals (138). Henrik holds the team records for games played (1,330), assists (830) and points (1,070). The ceremony will likely run long and cause the game to start late.

Series history

Chicago and Vancouver have split the season series with the home side winning each game. The Blackhawks won 5-2 on Nov. 7 in Chicago and the Canucks won 7-5 on Jan. 2 at home. Chicago has allowed at least four goals during its four-game losing streak in Vancouver.

Tale of the tape

Blackhawks — Statistic — Canucks

48.38% (23rd) — Corsi For — 48.39% (22nd)

46.01% (28th) — Expected goals for — 47.01% (27th)

2.91 (20th) — Goals per game — 3.23 (9th)

3.11 (20th) — Goals against per game — 3.04 (t-16th)

14.7% (28th) — Power play — 23.4% (7th)

82.1% (10th) — Penalty kill — 80.5% (16th)

Projected lineups


Kubalik — Toews — Caggiula

Saad — Dach — Kane

DeBrincat — Carpenter — Strome

Nylander — Kampf — Smith

Keith — Boqvist

Murphy — Gustafsson

Maatta — Koekkoek




Pearson — Pettersson — Virtanen

Miller — Horvat — MacEwan

Eriksson — Beagle — Bailey

Roussel — Sutter — Gaudette

Tanev — Hughes

Edler — Stecher

Benn — Myers



How to watch

When: 9:30 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Rogers Arena, Vancouver

TV: NBC Sports Chicago

Live stream: ESPN+, NBC Sports App, NHL.TV