Blackhawks week ahead: Chicago heads to New York
The Blackhawks wrap up the week with a back-to-back against the two teams that made it to the Western Conference Final last spring.
The Chicago Blackhawks have a four games this week with a trip to New York before a weekend back-to-back at home. Chicago travels to the Big Apple to close out the season series against the Rangers on Tuesday then they visit the Islanders on Thursday. The Hawks head back to the Midwest to face the two teams that made it to the Western Conference Final last spring. They’ll visit Central Division rival St. Louis on Saturday and host San Jose on Sunday.
Let's take a look at the upcoming week in Blackhawks’ hockey (all times Central):
Monday - Off Day
There are only two games on the schedule, and not surprisingly an Original Six matchup between Boston and Montreal will be televised on NHL Network. The other game will feature the defending Stanley Cup champions hosting Arizona.
Central Division: Idle
Around the NHL: ARI at PITT, BOS at MTL
Tuesday - Blackhawks at Rangers, 6 p.m. (NBCSN, CSN)
The Blackhawks look to split the season series against the Rangers. New York took the first game of the series last week in a goaltender showdown that didn’t feature Corey Crawford or Henrik Lundqvist. Antti Raanta made 26 saves and Nick Holden scored 55 seconds into overtime for a 1-0 Rangers win.
Central Division: STL at NSH, FLA at MINN, ANA at DAL
Around the NHL: LAK at BUF, WSH at NYI, VAN at CAR, SJ at TOR, ARI at DET, CBJ at EDM
Wednesday - Off Day
A four-game slate is set for Wednesday with a NBCSN doubleheader. The Bruins visit the Penguins in the early matchup before the struggling Avalanche return home to face the red-hot Flyers.
Central Division: PHI at COL
Around the NHL: SJ at OTT, BOS at PITT, TB at CGY
Thursday - Blackhawks at Islanders, 6 p.m. (CSN)
The Blackhawks look for another season sweep when they visit the New York Islanders. Chicago outscored the Islanders 7-3 in a back-to-back at the start of last season. Patrick Kane led the Hawks with three goals, including the overtime winner, and two assists while Artemi Panarin had a goal and two assists during the series.
Central Division: NJ at STL, MINN at NSH, FLA at WPG, NYR at DAL
Around the NHL: ANA at BOS, ARI at TOR, LAK at DET
Friday - Off Day
A seven-game schedule is highlighted by the Kings in Pittsburgh on NBCSN. The other notable game faces two of the hottest teams in the league with the Blue Jackets in Calgary.
Central Division: FLA at COL
Around the NHL: NYI at BUF, LAK at PITT, SJ at MTL, WSH at CAR, CBJ at CGY, TB at VAN
Saturday - Blackhawks at Blues, 7 p.m. (CSN)
It’s the third of five meetings between the Blackhawks and Blues. The season series is tied 1-1 with the Hawks taking the last meeting 2-1 in overtime by an Artemi Panarin goal.
IceHogs: Rockford vs. Manitoba (Jets), 6 p.m.
Central Division: ARI at MINN, NYR at NSH
Around the NHL: PHI at DAL, PIT at TOR, NJ at OTT, ANA at DET, MTL at WSH, BUF at CAR, TB at EDM
Sunday - Sharks at Blackhawks, 6 p.m. (NHLN-US, WGN)
The Hawks host the Sharks in the second half of the home back-to-back. Chicago dropped the first of three meetings against the Sharks this season, 2-1 on Nov. 23 in San Jose on the Circus Trip. Logan Couture and Joel Ward each scored in the first period and Martin Jones made 33 saves in the win.
IceHogs: Rockford vs. Chicago (Blues), 3 p.m.
Central Division: COL at WPG
Around the NHL: LAK at BOS, CBJ at VAN, OTT at NYI, NJ at NYR