The Chicago Blackhawks finally got their offensive grove on, but the power play still has a long way to go.
The Central Division leading Blackhawks seeking a season high third straight victory, will try to get their power play on track tonight when they visit a Florida Panthers team that is having trouble killing penalties.
After losing a disappointing game at Carolina last Friday, Chicago (7-2-2) has scored five goals in each of its past two wins.
Their win over Nashville may have cost them the NHL’s 2010 Norris Trophy winner, Duncan Keith. Who left in the second period with an upper body injury. Keith, who has played all 82 games each of the last two seasons, has been ruled out for tonight, but could return Friday in Tampa.
The Blackhawks will have Daniel Carcillo back in the line up tonight, but he’s not a game changer.
Chicago could have better luck against Florida, which has allowed a power play goal in seven of its last eight games. The Panthers have killed 65.2 percent of their opponents’ power plays (15 of 23) over that span, one of the worst marks in the league.
Florida’s (4-4-1) Brian Campbell will be playing in his first game against his former team after spending the last three seasons in Chicago. He is tied for the team lead in points (11) with another former Blackhawk, Kris Versteeg.
These teams split their season series in 2010-11 with each winning on its home ice. Chicago’s Corey Crawford was in net for both games.
Kane has scored in each of his last four games against Florida, while linemate Marian Hossa has three goals and an assist in his last three matchups.
Hossa had three assists Monday and is tied for the team lead with five goals.
Chicago Blackhawks – Corey Crawford
Florida Panthers – Jacob Markstrom/Jose Theodore (game time decision)
With all the goal scorers on each teams line up. You have no choice but to ignore the fact that the total has gone UNDER in 5 of Florida’s last 6 games when playing at home against Chicago. This stat is from a Florida team with out all this talent from previous. And the Hawks will look to get their power play going against a Panthers team who struggles to kill penalties.
OVER 5.5 +115 (1 UNIT)
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