Chicago Blackhawks (24-38-six, eighth in the Central Division) vs. Colorado Avalanche (40-22-six, second in the Central Division)
Denver Monday, 9 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: The Colorado Avalanche are hunting to preserve a 5-game win streak going when they host the Chicago Blackhawks.
Colorado is 13-five-1 against the Central Division and 40-22-six all round. The Avalanche have an 18-9-two record in games they score at least a single energy-play target.
Chicago has gone 24-38-six all round with a six-14-1 record in Central Division play. The Blackhawks have conceded 238 objectives when scoring 171 for a -67 scoring differential.
The matchup Monday is the third time these teams play this season. The Avalanche won five-two in the earlier meeting.
Prime PERFORMERS: Mikko Rantanen has 46 objectives and 37 assists for the Avalanche. Nathan MacKinnon has scored eight objectives with nine assists more than the previous ten games.
Taylor Raddysh has 20 objectives and 13 assists for the Blackhawks. Seth Jones has scored 4 objectives more than the final ten games.
Final ten GAMES: Avalanche: six-three-1, averaging 4 objectives, 7.two assists, three.9 penalties and eight.1 penalty minutes when providing up three.1 objectives per game.
Blackhawks: three-six-1, averaging two.six objectives, 4 assists, three.two penalties and 7.three penalty minutes when providing up two.six objectives per game.
INJURIES: Avalanche: Artturi Lehkonen: out (finger), Josh Manson: out (reduce physique), Pavel Francouz: out (reduce physique), Erik Johnson: out (ankle), Kurtis MacDermid: day to day (reduce physique), Gabriel Landeskog: out (knee), Darren Helm: out (reduce physique).
Blackhawks: Colin Blackwell: out (groin), Jonathan Toews: out (illness), Reese Johnson: out (concussion), Anders Bjork: out (undisclosed), Andreas Englund: out (hamstring), Cole Guttman: out for season (shoulder), Austin Wagner: day to day (undisclosed), Petr Mrazek: day to day (head).
The Related Press produced this story applying technologies supplied by Information Skrive and information from Sportradar.