Colorado at Chicago

Venue: United Center

The Chicago Blackhawks regained their offensive punch in time to end a three-game slide.

High-scoring performances from either side have been common in recent meetings with the Colorado Avalanche.

Hoping to cool off the surging Avalanche, the Blackhawks look to win consecutive games for the first time in more than two weeks Tuesday night at the United Center.

Chicago (30-8-10) totaled five goals during an 0-1-2 stretch that ended with a 5-3 win over Edmonton on Sunday. Marian Hossa had a goal with an assist on his 35th birthday and Patrick Kane added two assists for the Blackhawks, who won for the third time in eight games but have earned at least a point in 12 of 13.

"It's a big win, good to play that way," said Kane, who had totaled one assist in the previous six games that followed a 14-game point streak.

Chicago has a league-leading 171 non-shootout goals, and has scored at least five in 19 of 48 games (39.6 percent). They reached the five-goal mark in 12 of 48 games in last year's strike-shortened season (25.0 percent).

"We've got to move forward and keep believing in one another," said Andrew Shaw, who matched a career high with his 12th goal Sunday. "It's long season, we've just got to push each other."

The Blackhawks avenged a 5-1 loss at Colorado in November with a 7-2 home rout of the Avalanche on Dec. 27 - the second of their last back-to-back victories. The teams have split the last four meetings, with each decided by three or more goals and each winner scoring at least five.

Chicago's Patrick Sharp has nine goals and six assists in 10 games, including a hat trick with an assist against the Avalanche last month. Teammate Jonathan Toews had two of each in that contest, and has five with four assists in his last five games versus Colorado.

Though the Avalanche have dropped two straight at Chicago, they've won five of eight overall in the series while scoring 30 of the 54 non-shootout goals recorded between the teams.

Colorado (28-12-5) ended an 0-2-2 road slide with a 4-2 win at Minnesota on Saturday. Ryan O'Reilly scored twice for the Avalanche, who have won five of seven and earned at least a point in 13 of 16.

"(Saturday night) meant a lot of confidence for us and two points are big when we're going to an even tougher barn in Chicago," said O'Reilly, who returned after missing two games with a shoulder injury.

Colorado prevailed despite star forward Paul Stastny leaving with a leg injury.

"(Saturday was a) character win for us," coach Patrick Roy said. "When you're losing players like this and we keep going, don't look behind."

Considered day to day, Stastny has two goals with seven assists in five games. He has four and seven assists in the last eight versus Chicago.

Colorado's Semyon Varlamov has a 2.23 goals-against average during an 8-0-5 stretch as a starter. He made 36 saves in the November win over Chicago and stopped all 13 shots he faced in relief against the Blackhawks last month.

Chicago's Corey Crawford is 0-3-3 in his last seven starts, but has allowed three goals or less in all four games since returning from a lower-body injury that sidelined him for a month. He's posted a 5.39 GAA during a four-game skid against the Avalanche, and was pulled after yielding three goals on seven shots at Colorado in November.

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Team Standings W L OT Pts L 10
Colorado6th Central 24163518-1-1
Chicago7th Central 22176505-4-1

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