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Colorado at Chicago

Venue: United Center
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The Chicago Blackhawks are looking to rebound after a late-game collapse. They might have star forward Marian Hossa available to help them do so.

The Blackhawks try for a season high-tying third consecutive victory at the United Center when they finish a home-and-home set with the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday night.

Chicago led Colorado 5-4 with 2:24 remaining Monday, but Corey Crawford allowed the equalizer to Tomas Fleischmann and gave up a goal to Matt Duchene a minute later. The Avalanche added an empty-netter in a stunning 7-5 victory.

"It was one of those games that got away from you, and you feel like you got kicked in the guts," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "Three, four minutes left you have a one-goal lead, whether you deserve it or not we still have to find a way to get something out of the game. That's why it leaves such a bitter taste."

Crawford made 17 saves after replacing Marty Turco 40 seconds into the second period. Turco struggled again in his first action in 10 days, stopping six of 10 shots.

"It's brutal. I don't think anyone wants to lose like that," said Crawford, who was seeking his eighth win in nine games. "Wow. Just fall apart in the last two minutes there."

Crawford is likely to be back in goal against Colorado as his team goes for its fifth win in six home games. He would be trying for his fifth straight victory on home ice after losing his first four starts at the United Center.

The Blackhawks would love to have Hossa in the lineup they go for a split of the home-and-home set, and he could play Wednesday after missing six straight games with a lower-body injury. Hossa has recorded six goals and three assists in his last six meetings with the Avalanche, including one of each during Colorado's 4-3 overtime win in the teams' season opener Oct. 7.

Winger Patrick Kane is unlikely to join him in a return. Out since Dec. 5 with an injured ankle, Kane is expected to miss at least the rest of the week.

Bryan Bickell recorded his third goal in four contests for the Blackhawks (16-13-3) on Monday after scoring four in his first 25 contests.

Chicago has gone 5-1-0 in its last six home matchups with Colorado (16-10-4).

The Avalanche, though, have won three straight, thanks in part to Craig Anderson. The former Blackhawk gave up two goals in each of the first two victories before allowing at least five goals for the second time this season Monday.

"Sweeps everything else under the rug," Anderson said of the victory. "I could be better; I've got to make some first-shot saves. At the same time, our guys did a great job of clawing away to win."

Anderson is 3-0-2 with a 3.01 goals-against average against the Blackhawks. Backup Peter Budaj has gone 3-1-0 with a 2.25 GAA in four starts at Chicago, allowing one goal in each of the three wins.

Colorado's Milan Hejduk, tied for the team lead with 31 points, was held out for the second night in a row with a groin injury and his status for Wednesday is uncertain.

Paul Stastny did his best to make up for Hejduk's absence, scoring for the third consecutive game and adding two assists to extend his point streak to five games. He has four goals and five assists in that stretch.

Stastny recorded two goals, the second coming in overtime, when the teams met in October.

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Game Odds
AwayLineHomeLine
Colorado 145 Chicago -165
Standings
Team Standings W L OT Pts L 10
Colorado1st Central 522281127-1-2
Chicago3rd Central 4621151075-5-0

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Injuries
Colorado
PlayerInjury
No injuries reported.
 
Chicago
PlayerInjury
Knee
 
Scoring Leaders
Colorado
Skaters
PlayerGAPTS+/-PIM
Hejduk112031-56
Stastny131831-124
Duchene111930821
Liles521261323
Stewart111425-236
Jones1171856
Fleischmann61117514
Shattenkirk51116310
Yip7613-127
Winnik5611414
 
Chicago
Skaters
PlayerGAPTS+/-PIM
Sharp171431-810
Toews131528210
Kane111627-412
Keith21820-1110
Brouwer81018-314
Hossa81018414
Kopecky31417-930
Seabrook31417-516
Bickell7714-115
Stalberg6713-316
 
 
 
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Feb 18Chicago 
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