Blackhawks week ahead: Chicago plays 2 games before Christmas

The Hawks host the Avalanche on Festivus in a Central Division matchup.

The Chicago Blackhawks ease into Christmas with two home games this week. The Hawks host the Ottawa Senators for a Tuesday night tilt against before facing the Colorado Avalanche on Friday in a Central Division matchup.

Let's take a look at the upcoming week in Blackhawks’ hockey (all times Central):

Monday - Off Day

The Predators visit the Flyers and the Blues host the Oilers in Central Division action. Elsewhere, Randy Carlyle returns to Toronto with the Ducks.

IceHogs: Idle

Central Division: NSH at PHI, EDM at STL

Around the NHL: DET at CAR, ANA at TOR, CGY at ARI

Tuesday - Senators at Blackhawks, 7:30 p.m. (CSN)

The two teams split last season’s series with each team winning at home. Patrick Kane and Artemi Panarin each tallied a goal and two assists in a 4-3 overtime loss last season in Ottawa. Erik Karlsson (three assists), Mike Hoffman (two goals, an assist) and Bobby Ryan (goal, two assists) paced Ottawa.

IceHogs: Idle

Central Division: NYI at BOS, COL at MINN, STL at DAL, WPG at VAN, CGY at SJ

Around the NHL: NYI at BOS, NYR at PITT, LAK at CBJ, ANA at MTL, DET at TB, BUF at FLA

Wednesday - Off Day

The Capitals visit the Flyers for NBCSN’s “Rivalry Night” while the Coyotes host the Oilers.

IceHogs: Chicago (Blues) at Rockford, 7 p.m.

Thursday - Off Day

Two of the top teams in the Metropolitan Division meet when the Penguins visit the Blue Jackets, who enter the week on a nine-game win streak.

IceHogs: Idle

Central Division: MINN at MTL, STL at TB, LAK at NSH, TOR at COL, WPG at VAN

Around the NHL: CAR at BUF, PHI at NJ, PITT at CBJ, ANA at OTT, BOS at FLA

Friday - Avalanche at Blackhawks, 7:30 p.m. (CSN)

The Hawks close out the week at home against Colorado. Corey Crawford, who could return for this game, made 38 saves in a 4-0 shutout victory against the Avs on Nov. 3. Marian Hossa scored twice and Duncan Keith had two assists.

IceHogs: Idle

Central Division: MINN at NYR, LAK at DAL

Around the NHL: BUF at NYI, NJ at PITT, TB at WSH, MTL at CBJ, DET at FLA, BOS at CAR, VAN at CGY, TOR at ARI, EDM at SJ

Saturday - No games

Sunday - No games