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NHL Preview: Chicago Blackhawks (13-29-2) at Buffalo Sabres (19-1-4)

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS NOTES:

INJURY REPORT

POSITION PLAYER INJURY DATES GAMES MISSED

F Andreas Athanasiou Groin Nov. 9 – Jan. 16 32

F Taylor Hall Right ACL Nov. 19 – Jan. 16 28

F Tyler Johnson Right foot Dec. 31 – Jan. 16 8

F Anthony Beauvillier Left wrist Jan. 2 – Jan. 16 7

F Connor Bedard Fractured jaw Jan. 5 – Jan. 16 5

F Nick Foligno Fractured left finger Jan. 5 – Jan. 16 5

Total man games lost: 189

TONIGHT’S OPPONENT – BUFFALO SABRES

The Blackhawks travel to Buffalo to finish off the season series against the two clubs in 2023-24 … Chicago dropped a 3-2 decision to the Sabres at the United Center earlier this season on Nov. 19 … Philipp Kurashev notched two points (1G, 1A) and Taylor Raddysh scored the other goal for the Blackhawks … Lukas Reichel tallied an assist … The Blackhawks come into Wednesday’s tilt having logged points in three of their last four games (1-1-2), six of the last eight (4-2-2) and 18 of the last 21 (16-3-2) games against Buffalo … The club has also earned a point in eight of their last nine road games against the Sabres (6-1-2) … Kurashev has points in his last three-straight games (2G, 4A) against the Sabres, including consecutive multi-point efforts … Seth Jones has four points (2G, 2A) over his last three games against Buffalo, including a three-point night last season on Jan. 17 (2G, 1A) … Raddysh has points in his last three straight against the Sabres (2G, 1A) and four points (2G, 2A) over his last five.

ACTIVE BLACKHAWKS VS. BUF

ALL-TIME GOALS: Seth Jones, 4; Connor Murphy, 3; three players tied with 2

ASSISTS: Seth Jones, 9; Philipp Kurashev, 5; Nikita Zaitsev, 4

POINTS: Seth Jones, 13; Philipp Kurashev, 7; Nikita Zaitsev, 6

BLACKHAWKS RECORD ON…

One-Day Rest: 6-10-2

Two-Days Rest: 1-7-0

Three+ Days Rest: 2-1-0

First Game of a B2B: 4-4-0

Second Game of a B2B: 0-7-0

BLACKHAWKS RECORD BY DAY

Monday: 1-1-0

Tuesday: 4-4-1

Wednesday: 1-2-0

Thursday: 2-6-0

Friday: 2-2-1

Saturday: 2-6-0

Sunday: 1-8-0

BUFFALO SABRES NOTES:

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 128)

Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Jeff Skinner (upper body; injured reserve) – 3 games

Mattias Samuelsson (upper body) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS

1/15: Placed forward Jeff Skinner on injured reserve; Recalled defenseman Kale Clague from Rochester (AHL); Loaned defenseman Kale Clague to Rochester (AHL)

TODAY’S GAME

SABRES VS. BLACKHAWKS

• This is the second and final meeting between the Sabres and Blackhawks this season. • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Chicago 3-2 in Chicago on Nov. 19. • The Sabres are 5-2-3 in their last 10 games against the Blackhawks; 4-5-1 at home. • This is the 130th game all-time between Buffalo and Chicago; Buffalo has a 58-53-18 series record. • The Sabres are 37-19-8 at home against the Blackhawks all-time.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

• Buffalo has earned at least one point in each of its last five matchups with Chicago, including wins in four of the last five. • If the Sabres earn a point in tonight’s contest, it will mark the team’s longest point streak against Chicago since they earned at least one point in six consecutive games against the Blackhawks from Oct. 19, 1977 to Jan. 4, 1979 (4-0-2). • Tage Thompson has recorded 12 points (7+5) in his last 11 games, including eight points (5+3) in his last eight games. • In his last 14 games, Casey Mittelstadt has registered 16 points (6+10). • Alex Tuch has tallied six points (3+3) in his last six games. • Rasmus Dahlin has recorded six points (2+4) in his last six games, including three assists in his last six games.

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [

W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]

1-10: 5-5-0 (10), 32/29, 3/30, 36/40

11-20: 4-4-2 (10), 25/34, 5/27, 26/32

21-30: 3-6-1 (7), 28/38, 4/29, 15/23

31-40: 5-4-1 (11), 35/33, 4/28, 18/30

41-50: 2-2-0 (4), 10/9, 2/8, 8/9

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