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Chicago host Montreal after DeBrincat’s 2-goal game

Montreal Canadiens (7-24-4, eighth in the Atlantic) vs. Chicago Blackhawks (13-18-5, seventh in the Central)

Chicago; Thursday, 8:30 p.m. EST

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Blackhawks -182, Canadiens +152; over / under is 5.5

BOTTOM LINE: The Montreal Canadiens visit Chicago after Alex DeBrincat scored two goals in the Blackhawks’ 4-2 win over the Blue Jackets.

The Blackhawks are 6-7-3 at home. Chicago scores 2.3 goals per game, the fewest in the Western Conference. DeBrincat leads the team with a total of 23 goals.

The Canadiens are 2-14-3. Montreal ranks last in the Eastern Conference with an average of just 5.7 points per game. Jonathan Drouin leads the team with 17 total points.

In their last meeting on December 9th, Chicago won 2-0.

TOP PERFORMANCE: Patrick Kane has 32 total points for the Blackhawks, seven goals and 25 assists. Brandon Hagel has provided five assists in the last 10 games for Chicago.

Nicholas Suzuki leads the Canadiens with 19 points, scoring seven goals and adding 12 assists. Drouin has 5 points in the last 10 games for Montreal.

LAST 10 MATCHES: Blackhawks: 3-4-3, averaging 2.9 goals, 5.2 assists, 3.5 penalties and 8.4 penalty minutes while giving up 3.8 goals per game with a save percentage of 0.882.

Canadiens: 1-7-2, averaging 1.7 goals, 2.9 assists, 4.7 penalties and 11.1 minutes while giving up 3.9 goals per game with a 0.894 save percentage.

INJURIES: Blackhawks: Seth Jones: out (Covid-19 protocol), Jake McCabe: out (Covid-19 protocol).

Canadians: Rafael Harvey-Pinard: from (health protocols), Louie Belpedio: from (Covid-19), Alex Belzile: from (health protocols), Gianni Fairbrother: from (Covid-19), Jesse Ylonen: from (health protocols), Kale Clague : out (health protocols), Cayden Primeau: out (Covid-19), Alexander Romanov: out (health protocols), Jake Evans: out (health protocols).

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The Associated Press created this story using Data Skrive technology and Sportradar data.

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