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NHL-leading Chicago Blackhawks visit the Islanders on Thursday

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Blackhawks Look to Stay on Track

The Chicago Blackhawks (19-8-4 SU, 14-17 ATS) will play their second straight game in New York Thursday night against the Islanders. They are Coming off of a 2-1 victory against the Rangers on Tuesday. The Hawks will look to extend their winning streak to three games. Despite missing their number one goaltender, Corey Crawford, following an emergency appendectomy, Chicago hasn’t missed a beat. They’ve been able to lean on strong play from their backup goaltender Scott Darling since December 3. He owns a 2.02 goals against average and a .933 save percentage. Patrick Kane (8 goals, 20 assists) leads the team in points. While veteran Marian Hossa leads the team in goals with 15.

The Blackhawks began a three-game road trip Tuesday with a 2-1 win over the New York Rangers. They continued skidding Tuesday, when they gave up a pair of third-period goals in a 4-2 loss to the Washington Capitals. The Blackhawks hope to right the ship tonight.

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The Islanders will look to begin their long-shot climb back into the Eastern Conference playoff race Thursday night. They host the Western Conference-leading Chicago Blackhawks at Barclays Center.

 The Islanders (11-12-5 SU, 12-16 ATS) have struggled to find consistency so far in the 2016-17 season. They are losers of their last two games. New York has not been able to keep the puck out of the net. The Islanders are eighth worst in the NHL in goals against, giving up 2.93 goals per game. New York’s goaltending tandem of Jaroslav Halak (3.13 goals against average, .907 save percentage) and Thomas Greiss (2.42 goals against average, .919 save percentage) have not performed up to standard. Puck drops at 7 PM ET.

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