Watch as the Blackhawks take on the Winnipeg Jets tonight on CSN and streaming live on CSNChicago.com. Coverage begins at 7 p.m. with Blackhawks Pregame Live. Then stick around after the final buzzer to watch Blackhawks Postgame Live for highlights and analysis.
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Five Things to Watch:
1. Scott Darling back in the crease.
Darling has earned the opportunity to start more games, and with a struggling Corey Crawford, Joel Quenneville is giving him just that. The Lemont native is 12-4-2 with a 2.21 goals against average, .928 save percentage and two shutouts in 21 games this season, and blanked the Bruins 1-0 in his last game by stopping all 30 shots. He also is familiar with Winnipeg, having turned aside 30 of 32 shots in a 2-1 loss at the United Center earlier in the year.
2. Marcus Kruger set to return.
Joel Quenneville said after Tuesday's game that Kruger likely would have played against Tampa Bay if Dennis Rasmussen, who's battling an illness, wasn't ready to go, but it appears he will draw back into the lineup tonight. Kruger missed 11 games with a hand injury, and centered the third line with Nick Schmaltz and Marian Hossa during Thursday's morning skate.
3. Jonathan Toews' resurgence.
The Blackhawks captain is heating up. Big time. He has two goals and four assists in his last two games, matching the point total he had in his previous 10 contests. He was all over the ice in Tuesday's game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, impacting the game on both ends of the ice. Toews contributing on the scoresheet is an added bonus — a huge one at that — to a team that's received its fair share of contributions from their second line of Artem Anisimov, Patrick Kane and Artemi Panarin, as well as the rookies.
4. Patrik Laine back.
Winnipeg's rookie phenom was sidelined since Jan. 7 with a concussion, but returned Tuesday and picked up right where he left off by registering an assist and logging 21:52 of ice time. Prior to his injury, he led all rookies in goals (21) and points (37) by a fairly comfortable margin — although he had a few games in hand. Laine brings in a five-game point streak, with two goals and six assists during that span.
5. Power play drought.
The Blackhawks haven't had a problem putting the puck in the net lately, but they can't seem to find it when they're up a man. After an 0-for-3 night on Tuesday, the Blackhawks are now 0-for-12 on the power play in their last six games. Often times they look for the extra pass, but the way to break out of these droughts is by keeping it simple, and getting that net front presence. The Jets' penalty kill unit is ranked 26th in the league at 76.8 percent, so here's a chance to break the slump.
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