The Chicago Blackhawks are looking to rebound after a tough loss to the Washington Capitals on Sunday night, but they’ll be faced with a tough test Tuesday as they welcome the Vegas Golden Knights to the United Center.
The Golden Knights are off to a bit of an up-and-down start to the season with a 6-4-0 record to their credit, and are coming off of a tough loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday night.
Despite those struggles, the Knights are in the top-10 in both goals scored and goals allowed so far this season, and they are one of the most prolific offenses in the NHL in terms of generating scoring chances, averaging 35 shots per game.
Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury has also been off to a strong start, with a 6-2-0 record to his credit and a 2.18 goals against average to start the season. He also has a .934 save percentage in nine appearances this season, and he’ll be in the net for the Golden Knights on Tuesday night in the second-half of a back-to-back set.
As for the Blackhawks, they are still looking for more consistency from their top six as they sport a 2-3-1 record on the season. While players like Patrick Kane and Alex DeBrincat have been off to strong starts, the Blackhawks are searching for more production out of players like Jonathan Toews, who has two points in six games, and Dylan Strome, who has a goal and two assists in those contests.
Kane had a strong 2018-19 campaign against Vegas, with a goal and three assists in three games, and Toews, Erik Gustafsson, and DeBrincat all had three points in three games against Vegas.
That success didn’t translate into the win column, as the Blackhawks were swept in the season series by Vegas.
The Blackhawks will keep their same lineup intact for Tuesday's game, with Kirby Dach remaining on the team's second line with Kane and Strome. DeBrincat and Andrew Shaw will remain on the top line with Toews.
The lone change for the Blackhawks will see Robin Lehner get the start in net as Jeremy Colliton continues his run of alternating starts for his netminders.
Puck drop between the two clubs is set for 7:30 p.m.