The Blackhawks (27-28-8) held a one-goal lead after two periods against the Blues on Tuesday in St. Louis, but the Blues scored four goals in the third to win their fifth straight, 6-5. Chicago has lost three straight on the road and is 1-6-1 in its past eight road games in February.
Duncan Keith, Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad each scored a power-play goal for the Blackhawks, who are 3-8-2 since a five-game winning streak. Keith’s goal was the 100th of his career and extended his point streak to four (one goal, five assists), while Kane’s goal extended his point streak to six games (three goals, six assists).
Chicago, which trails Nashville, Winnipeg and Arizona by eight points for the second wild card in the Western Conference, can gain ground in its fleeting playoff chase.
Rookie defenseman Lucas Carlsson will draw back into the lineup for Nick Seeler after being a healthy scratch Tuesday.
Lightning (40-18-5), who lost for the first time at home since mid-December on Tuesday, will be without forward Steven Stamkos.
The captain did not stake in the third period of the Lightning’s 4-3 loss to Toronto and will miss the game Thursday with undisclosed injuries. Stamkos, who has 29 goals and 66 points this season, has a point in each of his past 15 games.
Tampa Bay, which trails Boston by five points for the Atlantic Division lead, could also be without forward Blake Coleman, who missed morning skate to be with his wife as she had their first child. He’ll be a game-time decision.
Pat Maroon will also not play after leaving the game Tuesday during the second period, but later returning to the bench. The Lightning recalled Mitchell Stephens, who had been re-assigned to the AHL on Monday. He’s expected to play on the fourth line.
The Blackhawks are winless in eight straight (0-6-2) to the Lightning, including a 4-2 loss Nov. 21 in Chicago. Mikhail Sergachev, Anthony Cirelli, Brayden Point and Cedric Paquette each scored in the win.
Tale of the tape
Blackhawks — Statistic — Lightning
48.2% (25th) — Corsi For — 52.43% (5th)
46.38% (29th) — Expected goals for — 54.21% (2nd)
2.92 (19th) — Goals per game — 3.52 (1st)
3.16 (T-23rd) — Goals against per game — 2.78 (9th)
49.7% (19th) — Faceoffs — 50.8% (8th)
15.5% (28th) — Power play — 23.2% (6th)
81.4% (12th) — Penalty kill — 82% (9th)
Kubalik — Toews — Caggiula
Saad — Carpenter — Kane
DeBrincat — Dach — Strome
Highmore — Kampf — Nylander
Keith — Koekkoek
Carlsson — Murphy
Maatta — Boqvist
Palat — Point — Kucherov
Coleman — Cirelli — Killorn
Paquette — Johnson — Goodrow
Verhaeghe — Stephens — Gourde
Hedman — Cernak
Sergachev — Shattenkirk
Coburn — Bogosian
How to watch
When: 6 p.m.
Where: Amalie Arena; Tampa, Fla.
TV: NBC Sports Chicago
Live stream: NBC Sports app, NHL.TV