Scouting report: Blackhawks vs. Montreal Canadiens

                                                                                                                                                                                                   
  • Chicago Blackhawks left wing Alex DeBrincat (12) celebrates his goal with teammates Brendan Perlini (11) and Dylan Strome (17) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, March 13, 2019, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

    Chicago Blackhawks left wing Alex DeBrincat (12) celebrates his goal with teammates Brendan Perlini (11) and Dylan Strome (17) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, March 13, 2019, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

 
Updated 3/15/2019 7:58 PM

Scouting report

Blackhawks vs. Montreal Canadiens, 6 p.m. Saturday at Bell Centre

 

TV: WGN • Radio: WGN 720-AM

The skinny: Montreal (37-27-7, 81 points) is in a fierce battle with Columbus (81 points) and Carolina (83) for the two wild-card spots in the East. The Canadiens are 6-9-1 the last 16 games, playing 11 of them on the road. ... Brendan Gallagher (30 goals), Max Domi (24) and Tomas Tatar (22) are the team's leading scorers. Former Hawks forward Andrew Shaw has 17 goals and 19 assists in 52 games. He has 6 goals and 6 assists in 16 games since returning from injury in early February. Three of those scores came in a victory Feb. 26 at Detroit. ... Goalie Carey Price has yielded 1 or 2 goals in nine of his last 12 appearances. ... Montreal's power play is 2-for-36 the last 15 games. ... The Hawks lost to Montreal 3-2 Dec. 9 when Tatar scored with 1:17 to play. ... Patrick Kane needs 1 point for his second 100-point season. He is third in the league behind Tampa Bay's Nikita Kucherov (115) and Edmonton's Connor McDavid (100).

Next: Vancouver Canucks, 7:30 p.m. Monday at the United Center

-- John Dietz

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