National Hockey League
Preview
Chicago at Boston
When: 7:00 PM ET, Friday, January 20, 2017
Where: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts

The Chicago Blackhawks averted matching their longest losing streak of the season with a stirring comeback last time out and will wrap up a brief two-game road trip with a visit to the Boston Bruins on Friday night. Chicago scored three unanswered goals in the third period Tuesday to rally for a 6-4 victory over league-worst Colorado.

“Good response,” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said after his team avoided a third consecutive setback by receiving five of its six goals from rookies. “We were looking for some scoring from other guys." Chicago, which halted a three-game road losing streak, has split the past six meetings with Boston over the previous three seasons. The Bruins are in a rut with three wins in nine games (3-4-2) in 2017 and blew a pair of three-goal leads in Wednesday's 6-5 shootout loss at Detroit. Returning home is hardly a guarantee of success for Boston, which remains under .500 (10-11-0) at TD Garden this season.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, NHL Network, TVAS, Sportsnet1, CSN Chicago, NESN (Boston)

ABOUT THE BLACKHAWKS (28-14-5): Quenneville shuffled his lines Tuesday, moving the slumping Marian Hossa away from captain Jonathan Toews and on a line with rookies Vinnie Hinostroza and Tanner Kero, who scored two goals apiece. Hossa is mired in a 10-game goalless drought but collected three assists as the newly formed unit combined for eight points. “You can’t rely on the top six to score every night," said rookie Nick Schmaltz, who also tallied against Colorado. "That’s when other guys have to step up.”

ABOUT THE BRUINS (23-19-6): Speculation continues to grow in Boston that coach Claude Julien's tenure could be coming to an end after the team "collapsed" in Detroit following a listless 4-0 home loss to the lowly New York Islanders. "Honestly, right now, it's about making sure we go back and we have to find a way," Bruins center Patrice Bergeron said. "It's unacceptable what just happened the last two games." Bergeron, coming off a three-point game at Detroit, has seven goals and 19 points in 14 games versus Chicago.

OVERTIME

1. Blackhawks G Scott Darling takes a 2-1-0 record with a 3.40 goals-against average into Thursday's start.

2. Boston is 7-for-17 on the power play over the past five games.

3. Hossa became the 32nd player in NHL history to notch 500 goals and 600 assists.

PREDICTION: Blackhawks 4, Bruins 3
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Chicago 28-14-4-1 W1 17-5-3-1 11-9-1-0 1-2-0-0 27-12-4-1 10-7-1-0
Boston 23-19-4-2 L2 10-11-0-0 13-8-4-2 6-1-1-0 17-18-3-2 12-5-0-1
Last Meeting
Chicago Boston
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
4/3/16 BOS 4 CHI 6 34 42 2-3 46 28 0-1
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
Chicago P. Kane 4
Boston P. Bergeron 3
Goals Player  
Chicago P. Kane 3
Boston P. Bergeron 2
Assists Player  
Chicago A. Panarin 3
Boston T. Krug 2
Saves Player  
Chicago S. Darling 42
Boston T. Rask 18
Season
Total Points Player  
Chicago P. Kane 48
Boston B. Marchand 45
Goals Player  
Chicago A. Anisimov 19
Boston D. Pastrnak 21
Assists Player  
Chicago P. Kane 34
Boston B. Marchand 28
Saves Player  
Chicago C. Crawford 874
Boston T. Rask 900
Quickchart Matchup
Chicago Off vs  Boston Def
2.77 GF
2.52 GA
29.3 Shots
26.6 Shots
26 PP
21 PK
Boston Off vs  Chicago Def
2.5 GF
2.53 GA
33.9 Shots
31.1 Shots
26 PP
30 PK