[7:00 PM] Jets @ Blackhawks

Who will WIN this matchup?

Winnipeg Jets (12-13-2)

@ Chicago Blackhawks (16-7-3)


Starting Goalies:

Connor Hellebuyck(WPG): Unconfirmed

Scott Darling(CHI): Confirmed


The Chicago Blackhawks host the Winnipeg Jets in a Central Division matchup Sunday, and both teams are dealing with injuries to top performers. The Blackhawks lost 3-1 Saturday at Philadelphia, hours after goaltender Corey Crawford underwent an appendectomy, while the Jets upended St. Louis 3-2 in overtime Saturday night at St. Louis while missing center Mark Scheifele due to a lower-body injury.

Little has settled in quickly after returning from a knee injury, recording a goal and an assist Saturday in just his third game back in the lineup. Rookie forward Patrik Laine is tied for the NHL lead in goals with 16, recording one to go along with an assist Saturday, and has scored four times in his past three games. Winnipeg’s victory Saturday snapped a six-game road losing streak (0-5-1).

Chicago has been outstanding at home – earning points in 12 consecutive games, going 10-0-2 after an opening-night loss to St. Louis. Panarin has recorded two goals and two assists across his past six games, while Artem Anisimov – who assisted on Panarin’s marker – has points in four of his past six games (two goals, two assists). Darling is 4-1-1 and has surrendered three or more goals in five of his six starts this season.

Blackhawks C Jonathan Toews did not play for the fifth consecutive game Saturday with a back injury, but could come off injured reserve in time for Sunday’s contest.

Chicago has scored three or more goals in six of its past eight home games.


StreakSmarts Pick: Chicago Blackhawks

Confidence: 5/10

StreakSmarter Pick