NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Sunday, October 26th
(All times eastern)
Chicago Blackhawks (3-4-1-0) at Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (2-5-0-1), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Chicago Blackhawks will aim to extend their unbeaten
streak to four games tonight, when they continue their west coast swing in
Anaheim against the Mighty Ducks.
Chicago is 2-0-1 in its last three contests, including 1-0-1 in its first two
tilts of its four-game road trip. The Blackhawks continued their success on
Saturday with a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings.
Pavel Vorobiev and Steve Sullivan each had a goal and an assist for the
Blackhawks in the victory. Jocelyn Thibault made 44 saves for the Blackhawks,
who picked up their first road win of the season.
Chicago played without left winger Eric Daze on Saturday, as he is sidelined
with a back injury. Daze is listed as day-to-day.
Chicago scored twice on four power-play chances.
It was Chicago's first game since general manager Mike Smith was fired on
Friday. Smith was replaced by senior vice president Bob Pulford on an interim
Anaheim is coming off a 5-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Friday night. The
Ducks had a two-game winning streak stopped in the defeat.
Petr Sykora and Joffrey Lupul both lit the lamp for the Ducks. Jean-Sebastien
Giguere turned aside 32 shots in the loss -- Anaheim's sixth straight against
the Sabres at home.
Anaheim has lost four of its last six games.
The Mighty Ducks scored once on its four tries with the extra skater.
Anaheim dominated this series last season, winning all four contests. The
Ducks are 5-2-1 against the Blackhawks since the start of the 2001-02
campaign, including a 2-1-1 mark at the Pond. The home team is 5-2-1 in the
last eight meetings between these teams.
10/26 11:00:22 ET