Preview: Lightning looking to pull out of slump against Patrick Kane, Blackhawks
TV: FOX Sports Sun
TIME: Pregame coverage begins at 7 p.m.
Chicago Blackhawks (27-28-8, seventh in the Central Division) vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (40-18-5, second in the Atlantic Division)
Nikita Kucherov and Tampa Bay take on Chicago. Kucherov ranks 10th in the NHL with 76 points, scoring 30 goals and recording 46 assists.
The Lightning have gone 20-8-2 in home games. Tampa Bay averages 9.5 penalty minutes per game, the eighth-most in the league. Patrick Maroon leads the team serving 66 total minutes.
The Blackhawks have gone 14-15-4 away from home. Chicago has surrendered 35 power-play goals, killing 81.4% of opponent opportunities.
In their last meeting on Nov. 21, Tampa Bay won 4-2. Anthony Cirelli recorded a team-high 2 points for the Lightning.
Brayden Point leads the Lightning with a plus-28 in 59 games played this season. Kucherov has recorded six goals and seven assists over the last 10 games for Tampa Bay.
LAST 10 GAMES
Blackhawks: 2-7-1, averaging 2.7 goals, 4.7 assists, 3.9 penalties and 9.5 penalty minutes while giving up 3.3 goals per game with a .908 save percentage.
Lightning: 7-3-0, averaging 3.2 goals, 5.7 assists, 4.7 penalties and 10.2 penalty minutes while giving up 2.8 goals per game with a .908 save percentage.
Blackhawks: Zack Smith: out (left hand).