The Blackhawks welcome the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night in an Original Six match up. Leafs center Dave Bolland, who won two Stanley Cups with the Hawks will make his first return to Chicago after scoring the game-winning goal in Game 6 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals.
Bolland and the Leafs will look to be the first Toronto team since 2003 to beat the Hawks. The Leafs are led by Bolland, Phil Kessel, and Joffrey Lupul on offense with a new net-minder in net following James Reimer’s injury on Thursday night against Carolina. Reimer collided with forward Josh Leivo less than a minute into the game, and caught a knee to the head. Reimer will be on the bench Saturday night as Jonathan Bernier makes the start.
The Hawks are struggling to score more than two goals a game this season and dropped their second shootout of the season against division rival St. Louis in their last game on Thursday night.
The Blackhawks currently sit in third place, only two points behind division leading Colorado while the Leafs are in second place in the Atlantic division following a 3-2 loss to Carolina at home on Thursday night.
Season Series: This is the first of two meetings between the teams; with the second meeting on Dec. 14 at Air Canada Centre. In the teams last meeting on Feb. 29, 2012 the Hawks beat the Leafs 5-4 at the United Center.
Injury Report: Michael Rozsival missed Thursday’s game with an illness. James van Riemsdyk (back spasms), defenseman Mark Fraser (lower body) is on long term injured reserve and forward Nikolai Kulemin (ankle) is out with a chipped bone.
Here are the listings for tonight’s contest.
Matchup: Maple Leafs (6-2-0) at Blackhawks (4-1-2)
Start Time: 7:00 p.m. CT
TV: NHLN-US, WGN
Radio: WGN Radio, WGN Radio App