Indianapolis Star
National Hockey League
Preview
Arizona at Chicago
When: 8:30 PM ET, Thursday, October 18, 2018
Where: United Center, Chicago, Illinois

The Chicago Blackhawks have yet to lose in regulation but that's not the streak they want to stop when they host the struggling Arizona Coyotes on Thursday night. Chicago set an NHL record in Saturday's 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues, becoming the first team in league history to open the season with five consecutive overtime games.

"I don't know. I think we just love playing 3-on-3 or something," Blackhawks forward Nick Schmaltz said. "But five in a row is crazy to start a year." Chicago has been a sieve on defense but could see the return of No. 1 goaltender Corey Crawford, who has been sidelined for nearly 10 months. The punchless Coyotes arrive in the Windy City with the league's most feeble offense, scoring a mere three goals and getting shut out three times in five games. Arizona, which has dropped its last four in Chicago, snapped a nine-game losing streak in the series with a 6-1 victory over the Blackhawks on Feb. 12.

TV: 8:30 p.m. ET, FS Arizona, NBCS Chicago

ABOUT THE COYOTES (1-4-0): Arizona opened its four-game road trip with a 2-1 loss at Minnesota, managing just a power-play goal from Brendan Perlini, but it remains in search of its first even-strength tally. The Coyotes are not lacking for scoring opportunities -- they had 32 shots against the Wild and have recorded at least 30 shots in each of the first five games. "I thought we had our chances," Arizona coach Rick Tocchet said after the latest loss. "When you don't score, everything is magnified. That's the problem."

ABOUT THE BLACKHAWKS (3-0-2): Chicago has already allowed 21 goals in its five games and could use Crawford, a two-time Stanley Cup winner who has not played since Dec. 23 due to concussion issues. Crawford has been practicing since the end of September and "looks good," coach Joel Quenneville said. "Practices have been great," Crawford said. "I've been getting the timing a little bit more, getting up to speed and reading shots and all of that. We're still going to wait until tomorrow morning (to decide), but right now I'm feeling good."

OVERTIME

1. Blackhawks F Alex DeBrincat scored twice against St. Louis to give him a team-leading six goals.

2. The Coyotes rank fifth in the league, killing off 11 of 12 penalties.

3. Chicago has been awful on special teams, converting 2 of 11 on the power play and thwarting 11 of 17 penalties.

PREDICTION: Blackhawks 4, Coyotes 1
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Arizona 1-4-0-0 L2 0-2-0-0 1-2-0-0 0-0-0-0 1-4-0-0 1-1-0-0
Chicago 3-0-2-0 W1 1-0-1-0 2-0-1-0 0-0-0-0 3-0-2-0 2-0-1-0
Last Meeting
Arizona Chicago
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
2/12/18 CHI 1 ARI 6 22 37 1-4 38 16 1-6
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
Arizona M. Domi 2
Chicago L. Bouma 1
Goals Player  
Arizona N. Cousins 1
Chicago A. Debrincat 1
Assists Player  
Arizona C. Fischer 2
Chicago L. Bouma 1
Saves Player  
Arizona A. Raanta 37
Chicago A. Forsberg 10
Season
Total Points Player  
Arizona C. Keller 8
Chicago P. Kane 13
Goals Player  
Arizona L. Crouse 3
Chicago J. Toews 8
Assists Player  
Arizona C. Keller 7
Chicago E. Gustafsson 7
Saves Player  
Arizona A. Raanta 150
Chicago C. Ward 192
Quickchart Matchup
Arizona Off vs  Chicago Def
0.6 GF
4.2 GA
35.6 Shots
34.6 Shots
2 PP
6 PK
Chicago Off vs  Arizona Def
4.4 GF
2.2 GA
36.8 Shots
24.2 Shots
2 PP
1 PK