The rebuilding Chicago Blackhawks have won three straight games and sit four points from a playoff spot heading into Thursday's road clash against the Vancouver Canucks.
Winners in five of their last six, the Blackhawks are coming off a 5-3 victory over the Calgary Flames on New Year's Eve when veterans led the way and some young guns also contributed. Patrick Kane collected two goals and four points, giving him the most points in the league for the decade (802). Alex DeBrincat and Dylan Strome each had one goal and one assist.
The Canucks are one of the league's surprise teams midway through the season, sitting third in a tight Pacific Division and riding a season-best five-game winning streak.
Their last game was also a win over the Flames -- a 5-2 victory Sunday that put their improved roster depth on display. While the Canucks are being led by rising stars Elias Pettersson, Brock Boeser, and Quinn Hughes, the win featured a pair of goals from Tyler Myers, while Jake Virtanen, Bo Horvat, and Tanner Pearson had multi-point games.