The Arizona Coyotes continue their road trip on Tuesday night when they head to Chicago to face the Blackhawks for their final game before the All-Star break.
The Coyotes are in the midst of a five game losing streak. The streak was extended on Sunday night when they were defeated by the Winnipeg Jets 4-3 on a shootout. Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Lauri Korpikoski, and Tobias Rieder had goals.
Mike Smith saved 27 of 30 shots and will be in goal tonight as well. Shane Doan returned to the lineup after missing the previous the two contests and had a productive game with two assists, while also collecting nearly 22 minutes of ice time.
Jan 18, 2015; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; Arizona Coyotes goalie Mike Smith (41) makes a save during the second period against the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports
Arizona (16-24-5) will unfortunately be without their leading scorer, Mikkel Boedker, for an extended amount of time. Boedker had successful surgery after a ruptured spleen and could be on the shelf for about four to six weeks. Look for Rieder to take advantage of playing on the first line with Doan and Antoine Vermette.
Tonight’s opponent, the Chicago Blackhawks are also coming off a defeat. On Sunday night, they lost to the Dallas Stars 6-3. Patrick Kane scored one of the goals, while Brandon Saad had the other two. Corey Crawford saved 28 of 33 shots and will be given the day off tonight.
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Chicago (28-15-2) will turn to Antti Raanta against the Coyotes. The Blackhawks sit in third place in the Central Division, trying to catch St. Louis while holding off Winnipeg.
The Blackhawks are led by Kane, who’s the team leader in goals (21) and tied for the team lead in assists (27). Captain Jonathan Toews is tied with Kane for the team lead in assists. Saad has 15 goals and 16 assists, while Marian Hossa has notched 23 assists.
This will be the first matchup of the year between Chicage and Arizona. The puck will drop for the Coyotes and Blackawks at 6:30 MST in Chicago.