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Blackhawks visit Steven Stamkos-less Lightning

The forward, who has 29 goals and 66 points, will miss the game with an undisclosed injury.

Chicago Blackhawks v Tampa Bay Lightning Photo by Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images

The Blackhawks look to end their eight-game winless streak (0-6-2) in the season series against the Lightning on Thursday at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida.

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.

Series history

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)

Projected lineups


Kubalik — Toews — Caggiula

Saad — Carpenter — Kane

DeBrincat — Dach — Strome

Highmore — Kampf — Nylander

Keith — Koekkoek

Carlsson — Murphy

Maatta — Boqvist




Palat — Point — Kucherov

ColemanCirelli — 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