Preview: Winnipeg at Chicago

When: 7:00 PM  ET, Sunday, December 4, 2016
Where: United Center, Chicago, Illinois
Matchup Edge
WIN Edge in: CHI
Power Play
Penalty Kill
Face Offs

The Chicago Blackhawks host the Winnipeg Jets in a Central Division matchup Sunday, and both teams are dealing with injuries to top performers. The Blackhawks lost 3-1 Saturday at Philadelphia, hours after goaltender Corey Crawford underwent an appendectomy, while the Jets upended St. Louis 3-2 in overtime Saturday night at St. Louis while missing center Mark Scheifele due to a lower-body injury.

Crawford – who is expected to miss at least two weeks – has been outstanding at home, going 7-1-2 with a 1.88 goals against average. Scott Darling started for Crawford and made 27 saves in Saturday’s loss, as Chicago could not hold an early lead from Artemi Panarin’s goal while falling to 3-3-1 in its past seven games. Scheifele is questionable for Sunday’s game and his absence leaves a big hole in Winnipeg’s top line, considering he ranks among the league leaders with 13 goals and 26 points. The Jets deployed Bryan Little in the middle of the top line in place of Scheifele and it paid off in overtime, Little scored the game winner 17 seconds into extra time as the Jets improved to 3-1-0 in their past four contests.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, Sportsnet (Winnipeg), CSN Chicago

ABOUT THE JETS (12-13-2): Little has settled in quickly after returning from a knee injury, recording a goal and an assist Saturday in just his third game back in the lineup. Rookie forward Patrik Laine is tied for the NHL lead in goals with 16, recording one to go along with an assist Saturday, and has scored four times in his past three games. Winnipeg’s victory Saturday snapped a six-game road losing streak (0-5-1).

ABOUT THE BLACKHAWKS (16-7-3): Chicago has been outstanding at home - earning points in 12 consecutive games, going 10-0-2 after an opening-night loss to St. Louis. Panarin has recorded two goals and two assists across his past six games, while Artem Anisimov – who assisted on Panarin’s marker – has points in four of his past six games (two goals, two assists). Darling is 4-1-1 and has surrendered three or more goals in five of his six starts this season.


1. Chicago has scored three or more goals in six of its past eight home games.

2. Blackhawks C Jonathan Toews did not play for the fifth consecutive game Saturday with a back injury, but could come off injured reserve in time for Sunday’s contest.

3. Winnipeg likely will start G Connor Hellebuyck Sunday, who shut out the Blackhawks by turning away 27 shots in a 4-0 home victory Nov. 15.

PREDICTION: Blackhawks 3, Jets 2

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Winnipeg 12-13-2-0 W1 8-5-0-0 4-8-2-0 2-4-0-0 10-9-2-0 6-4-1-0
Chicago 16-7-2-1 L1 10-1-1-1 6-6-1-0 1-1-0-0 15-6-2-1 5-3-0-0

Last Meeting

Winnipeg Chicago
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
11/15/16 CHI 0 WIN 4 24 27 0-1 27 20 0-3

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
WIN N. Ehlers 2
CHI S. Abbott 0
Goals Player  
WIN P. Laine 1
CHI S. Abbott 0
Assists Player  
WIN N. Ehlers 2
CHI S. Abbott 0
Saves Player  
WIN C. Hellebuyck 27
CHI C. Crawford 18
Total Points Player  
WIN M. Scheifele 26
CHI P. Kane 25
Goals Player  
WIN P. Laine 16
CHI M. Hossa 12
Assists Player  
WIN N. Ehlers 18
CHI P. Kane 17
Saves Player  
WIN C. Hellebuyck 485
CHI C. Crawford 569

Quickchart Matchup

Winnipeg Off vs  Chicago Def
2.63 GF
2.5 GA
27.4 Shots
31.1 Shots
14 PP
23 PK
Chicago Off vs  Winnipeg Def
2.73 GF
2.96 GA
28.8 Shots
30.1 Shots
14 PP
21 PK

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Winnipeg Overall Chicago
12-13-2-0 W/L 16-7-2-1
12-15 ATS 11-15
10-13 O/U 8-12
2.63 Goals For 2.73
2.96 Goals Agnst 2.50
Winnipeg A/H Chicago
4-8-2-0 W/L 10-1-1-1
7-7 ATS 6-7
6-6 O/U 7-4
2.14 Goals For 3.54
3.29 Goals Agnst 2.38