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NHL Preview: Chicago Blackhawks (16-32-5) at Ottawa Senators (26-24-3)


TV: NBCSCH – Chris Vosters (PxP) and Troy Murray (analyst)
RADIO: WGN-AM 720 – John Wiedeman (PxP) and Caley Chelios (analyst)

Sunday, Feb. 19 vs. TOR, 5:00 p.m. CT (ESPN+/Hulu, WGN Radio, Univision (Spanish))
Tuesday, Feb. 21 vs. VGK, 7:30 p.m. CT (NBCSCH, WGN Radio, Univision (Spanish))
Wednesday, Feb. 22 at DAL, 8:30 p.m. CT (NBCSCH, TNT, WGN Radio)
Saturday, Feb. 25 at SJS, 9:00 p.m. CT (NBCSCH, WGN Radio)
Monday, Feb. 27 at ANA, 9:00 p.m. CT (NBCSCH, WGN Radio)

Feb. 15 – Recalled Cole Guttman, Isaak Phillips and Brett Seney from Rockford … Placed Alex Stalock, Jarred Tinordi and Jonathan Toews on IR … Feb. 7 – Activated Tyler Johnson and Jarred Tinordi off IR … Feb. 5 – Recalled Jaxson Stauber from Rockford … Jan. 29 – Assigned Luke Philp, Filip Roos and Jaxson Stauber to Rockford.

Score: Chicago (2) at TOR (5) – Wed., Feb. 15 – Scotiabank Arena
CHI Goals: Lafferty (9), Kurashev (8)
TOR Goals: Nylander (30), Sandin (4), Matthews (26), Tavares (24), Timmins (2)
Goalies: CHI – Mrazek (37/42, 60:00) TOR – Samsonov (27/29, 59:16)
CHI PP: 0/3; PK: 3/3
TOR PP: 0/3; PK: 3/3
Recap: The Blackhawks dropped a 5-2 decision to the Maple Leafs on Wednesday in Toronto … Sam Lafferty scored his ninth goal of the season … Philipp Kurashev scored the other goal for the Blackhawk, his eighth on the year … Jake McCabe and Max Domi notched the assists on Kurashev’s tally … Cole Guttman made his NHL debut, getting 12:09 of ice time … Connor Murphy posted a game-high six hits … Patrick Kane led the team with four shots on goal.

The Blackhawks face the Senators in their first of two matchups this season … Chicago has won their last eight-straight games against Ottawa and have points in 13 of their last 15 games against them (11-2-1) … The Blackhawks have won six of their last seven games in Ottawa, including their last meeting on March 12, 2022 in a 6-3 victory … Caleb Jones scored twice in the win while Patrick Kane notched three assists … Jake McCabe and Seth Jones also chipped in two helpers each … Kane has points in his last 11-straight games against Ottawa (8G, 20A), including seven-straight multi-point efforts … Head Coach Luke Richardson hails from Ottawa, Ontario.

2022-23 Schedule/Results: HOME: March 6 | AWAY: Feb. 17
All-Time Record: 27-9-3 | Home: 13-3-2 | Road: 14-6-1
Last Home Win: Nov. 1, 2021 (5-1) | Last Road Win: March 12, 2022 (6-3) | Last Home Loss: Dec. 20,
2016 (3-4) Last Road Loss: Dec. 3, 2015 (3-4 OT)
GOALS: Patrick Kane, 10; Tyler Johnson, 9; Andreas Athanasiou, 7
ASSISTS: Patrick Kane, 31; Seth Jones, 15; Tyler Johnson, 12
POINTS: Patrick Kane, 31; Tyler Johnson, 21; Seth Jones, 16


LAST GAME: Feb. 14, 3-2 SO win at N.Y. Islanders: Mandolese turned aside 46 shots including both Islanders shootout attempts to help lead Ottawa to a 3-2 victory at UBS Arena. The total stands as the second most saves in a win during a goaltenders NHL debut in league history. Stützle provided one goal and one assist (along with the game deciding goal in the shootout) to give him 10 points across his last four games. Tkachuk also recorded a multi-point effort (one goal, one assist) to extend his point streak to four games as the Senators improved to 4-2-0 in the second half of back-to-backs. Pulock and Nelson replied for the home side. Sorokin made 32 saves (and one of three shootout attempts) to take the loss for New York. Scratch: Brassard; Injuries: Forsberg, Holden, Norris, Sanderson, Talbot; Shots: OTT – 34, NYI – 48; PP: OTT – 1-3, NYI – 1-6.

BROADCAST INFORMATION: This evening’s game against Chicago will be broadcast regionally on TSN5 and RDS. On the radio, the game will be available locally via TSN 1200 (English) and 94,5 Unique-FM (French).

WHAT’S NEXT: Ottawa concludes a two-game homestand on Sunday afternoon against St. Louis at 2 p.m. The contest will mark the second of two regular-season meetings and the lone matchup at Canadian Tire Centre.

INJURY REPORT: G Forsberg, D Holden, C Norris, D Sanderson and G Talbot are on IR and will not oppose the Blackhawks this evening. Total man-games lost: 188.

RECENT TRANSACTIONS: Recalled D Larsson from Belleville (AHL) on Feb. 13.

OTTAWA vs. CHICAGO – History:
2022-23 (0-0-0): Feb. 17 @ Ottawa, March 6 @ Chicago
2021-22 (0-2-0): 11/1/21 @ Chicago (5-1 loss), 3/12/22 @ Ottawa (6-3 loss)
Series record: Overall: 10-19-2-8; Home: 7-9-0-5; Away: 3-10-2-3
Last Ottawa win: @ Ottawa: 12/3/15 (4-3 OT); @ Chicago: 12/20/16 (4-3)
Last Chicago win: @ Ottawa: 3/12/22 (6-3); @ Chicago: 11/1/21 (5-1)
Last OT result: 1/14/20 (3-2 OT loss) @ Ottawa
Last shootout: 2/21/18 (3-2 SO loss) @ Chicago
Most goals, game: Scored: 7, (2/18/19, 8-7 loss); Allowed: 8, (2x, Last: 2/18/19, 8-7 loss); Both teams: 15, (2/18/19, 8-7 loss)
Last Game: 3/12/22, 6-3 loss @ Ottawa; OTT Goals: C. Brown, Chabot, Paul; CHI Goals: Toews (x2), C. Jones (x2), Lafferty, Strome;
OTT Scratches: Ennis, Mete; OTT Injuries: Batherson, Murray, Pinto, Tierney; OTT Goalie: Forsberg; CHI Goalie: Fleury; OTT PP: 0-1; CHI PP: 1-3; Shots: 23-28.

Career vs. Chicago: Brassard leads all players in career games played (40) and in goals (13); Giroux leads in assists (18) and in points (24); Kelly leads in penalty minutes (15) against Chicago.

HOME ON THE RANGE: Ottawa has a record of 15-12-1 at home this season … Tim Stützle is the Senators leader with 15 goals at home while also maintaining the club lead with 20 assists at Canadian Tire Centre … Through 28 home games, Stützle leads the team with 35 points on home ice … The Senators earned a record of 15-22-4 at home through 41 home contests in 2021-22.

BACK-TO-BACK GAMES: Ottawa will play back-to-back games on 12 occasions in 2022-23 and will open their seventh set of the season on Sunday afternoon when the team welcomes St. Louis to Canadian Tire Centre ahead of visiting Boston the following afternoon … The Senators played 17 back-to-back sets last season and earned a record of 6-9-2 in the first half of contests on consecutive nights (4-2-0 this season) while posting an 8-8-1 record (4-2-0 this season) in the second half of games on consecutive days.

ON THE POWER PLAY: The Senators are 53 for 200 (26.5%) on the power-play in 2022-23 … Drake Batherson leads with 11 powerplay goals while also maintaining the club lead with 22 points while the team enjoys a man advantage … Ottawa has recorded multiple power-play goals 13 times in an individual contest in 2022-23 after having done so 11 times in 2021-22.

ON THE PENALTY KILL: Ottawa has overcome 153 of the 190 occasions the team has been shorthanded in 2022-23 to maintain an efficiency of 80.5% through 53 regular-season games … The team has registered five (Joseph x2, Watson x2, Motte) shorthanded markers this season after recording nine such goals in 2021-22.

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