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7:00 PM PT8:00 PM MT9:00 PM CT10:00 PM ET3:00 GMT11:00 8:00 PM MST10:00 PM EST7:00 UAE (+1)22:00 ETNaN:� BRT, February 13, 2018
T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada  Attendance: 18,085

Golden Knights face struggling Blackhawks

Chicago Blackhawks at Vegas Golden Knights

  1. The Blackhawks were blown out, 6-1, by the Coyotes at Gila River Arena last night, losing their season-high sixth straight tilt (0-5-1 record during streak). Chicago has now allowed six or more goals five times in 2017-18 -- its most in any season since doing so six times in 2007-08.
  2. The Golden Knights lost, 4-1, at home to the Flyers on Sunday night, and have now dropped two straight games at T-Mobile Arena for the first time. Vegas went 0-for-1 with the man-advantage against Philadelphia, snapping its nine-game PPG streak in the process.
  3. Vegas has taken each of the first two meetings of the season with Chicago, winning 4-2 at T-Mobile Arena on October 24 and 5-4 at United Center on January 5. The Golden Knights are looking to become the third Western Conference club to sweep their season series with the Blackhawks in 2017-18 (also Calgary and Dallas).
  4. Alex DeBrincat potted Chicago's lone goal last night, and now has 20 on the year -- third most of any NHL rookie. DeBrincat is the fifth Blackhawk rookie with 20+ goals in the last 11 seasons (also Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane in 2007-08, Kris Versteeg in 2008-09 and Artemi Panarin in 2015-16).
  5. William Karlsson had a helper Sunday night, giving him two goals and two assists during his current four-game point streak. Karlsson had three points (2g, 1a) in his clubs' first two skates against Chicago this season.
  6. Chicago is just 3-6-1 (.350) in the second of back-to-back games this season -- fourth worst in the league. Vegas is 7-2-2 (.727) when taking on teams in the second of back-to-backs in 2017-18 (eighth best in hockey).

LAS VEGAS -- It has been a storybook season so far for the Vegas Golden Knights, who seemingly break another record for an NHL expansion team every time they take the ice.

But heading into Tuesday night's game with the Chicago Blackhawks at T-Mobile Arena, the Golden Knights find themselves on the heels of a milestone they'd just as soon forget.

Vegas comes in off a 4-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday night. That defeat marked the first time the Western Conference-leading Golden Knights (36-15-4, 76 points) have lost back-to-back home games all season.

Gerard Gallant's squad, which holds an eight-point lead over San Jose in the Pacific Division, still is an impressive 19-4-2 at home this year. So, there's no need to push the panic button ... yet.

"We know everybody's trying to get into the playoffs or stay in the playoffs," goalie Marc-Andre Fleury said. "Right now, we're in good shape. We're all aware where we are (in the standings) but we just can't sit back. We've got to keep chasing these points night after night."

The game with the Blackhawks is the second of a season-long seven-game homestand for Vegas. The Golden Knights are 2-0 against Chicago, defeating them 4-2 at T-Mobile on Oct. 24 and 5-4 in Chicago on Jan. 5.

"They're a hungry team," Gallant said. "They've got a lot of talent and a lot of skill, and they play a fast game."

When Gallant says the Blackhawks are a hungry team, he isn't kidding.

Chicago (24-24-8, 56) is in last place in the Central Division and brings in a six-game losing streak (0-5-1) after a 6-1 drubbing by the Arizona Coyotes on Monday night, the team's longest losing streak this season and also the longest since a nine-game losing streak in 2012.

The Blackhawks, who actually heard a loud round of boos leaving the ice after the second period from their fans who made the trip to sunny Glendale, Ariz., outshot the Coyotes, 38-22, but still got blown out by an Arizona team with the worst record in the NHL.

"I think there's some compete at times but I think the consistency of the energy and urgency and the purpose ... sometimes it looks like it's an almost getting there, or an almost block, or an almost clear, or an almost completed rebound," Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said afterward. "Those almosts can turn into getting the job done. That's the difference ... finding a way to get it done."

There was some potentially good news for the Blackhawks. All-Star goaltender Corey Crawford practiced before Monday's game for the first time since being placed on injured reserve on Dec. 27 with a concussion.

Chicago was 17-13-5 and just a point out of the second wild-card spot before Crawford (16-9-2, 2.27 goals-against, .929 save percentage) was put on the IR.

"It takes some time, I guess, to see shots and stuff," Crawford told a media gathering after the practice. "It's a process right now to go through everything and get to a point where I can get into a game. It's still looking good. ... I want to get back playing."

So what's the timeline for Crawford's return?

"It's still too early to say," said Quenneville.

Updated February 13, 2018

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