Colorado at Chicago

Venue: United Center
  •  

The Colorado Avalanche may be the last team the Chicago Blackhawks want to face while trying to build on consecutive wins.

Colorado shoots for its first four-game season sweep of the Blackhawks in eight years Wednesday night when it visits Chicago.

Matt Duchene has played a key role in the Avalanche's first three victories against the Blackhawks, having a hand in seven of the team's 15 goals. His 18 total goals lead the team, and his 25 assists are tied for the team lead with John-Michael Liles.

Duchene, who turns 20 on Sunday, scored twice and tied a career high with three points Monday in Colorado's 5-4 victory against Detroit. He scored twice in the Avalanche's four-goal first period which chased Red Wings netminder and league wins leader Jimmy Howard and helped snap a two-game losing skid.

Duchene was named Tuesday as the lone All-Star representative for Colorado (22-15-6).

"I'm absolutely thrilled and honored," Duchene told the team's official website. "It's something you dream about to hopefully play in the NHL All-Star Game one day. To be able to do that is a great honor and I'm very excited."

Paul Stastny and Kevin Porter added goals for the Avalanche, who are among the highest-scoring teams with 140 goals. David Jones also tied his career high of three points with a goal and two assists.

A victory Wednesday would give Colorado consecutive victories for the first time since Dec. 17-19, and its first season sweep of Chicago since the 2002-03 season.

The Blackhawks will look to win their third straight and fourth in five games after beating the New York Islanders 5-0 on Sunday. Chicago (23-18-3) broke open the game in the second period on goals from Marian Hossa, Patrick Kane, Dave Bolland and Niklas Hjalmarsson.

Kane and Patrick Sharp were named All-Stars on Tuesday, joining captain Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith, who were both voted in by the fans. Sharp has 25 goals, tying him for third in the NHL with Daniel Sedin.

Hossa's goal was only his third in his last 22 games of an injury-plagued season.

"We haven't played this type of game for a long time," Hossa said. "We don't have to worry about the score. We were dominating right from the beginning and I think we can build on this win."

Prior to Sunday, the Blackhawks had allowed the first goal in four straight games.

Corey Crawford made 29 saves for his first shutout since March 5, 2008, and Chicago's first shutout since Nov. 17 against Edmonton. Crawford is expected to be in net again Wednesday, though he's 0-2-0 with a 3.71 goals-against average against the Avalanche this season.

Duchene had a goal and assisted on the game-winner in a 4-3 overtime victory Oct. 7 against the Blackhawks. He netted two goals and an assist in a 7-5 win Dec. 13, then assisted on two goals Dec. 15 in a 4-3 victory.

Copyright 2014 by STATS LLC and The Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and The Associated Press is strictly prohibited.
 
 
CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
COMMENTS
Conversation powered by Livefyre
 
Game Odds
AwayLineHomeLine
Colorado 150 Chicago -170
Standings
Team Standings W L OT Pts L 10
Colorado1st Central 522281127-1-2
Chicago3rd Central 4621151075-5-0

CBSSports.com Shop

Los Angeles Kings Majestic 2014 Stanley Cup Champions Magic Moment Official Locker Room T-Shirt

Los Angeles Kings 2014 Stanley Cup Champs
Get the Locker Room Gear
Shop Now

Injuries
Colorado
PlayerInjury
T BarrieKnee
 
Chicago
PlayerInjury
J OduyaFoot
 
Scoring Leaders
Colorado
Skaters
PlayerGAPTS+/-PIM
Duchene182543721
Stastny162137326
Hejduk132336-312
Liles525301325
Fleischmann111829318
Jones141226420
Stewart111425-236
Shattenkirk51520-316
Winnik7916622
O'Reilly5101578
 
Chicago
Skaters
PlayerGAPTS+/-PIM
Sharp251944-718
Toews162036812
Kane132033-712
Kopecky71926-640
Hossa101525614
Bickell111324823
Keith32124-716
Seabrook32023-524
Brouwer101222316
Bolland61016228
 
 
 
Series Game Log
DateLocationResults
Oct 9 @ Dallas 
Nov 16Chicago 
Jan 4Chicago 
Jan 18Chicago 
Mar 21 @ Dallas 
Other Games
Pitt 5 Final
Mon 2
Wash 0 Final
TB 3
StL 4 Final
Ana 7