CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks will return to action after a five-day break to host the New York Islanders on Saturday night at the United Center.
Chicago (22-17-6) sputtered into its bye week with two losses in its past three games. The Blackhawks regrouped Friday with an afternoon practice and hope fresh legs and clear minds can rejuvenate the team.
"We've got a lot to think about over our break," Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews said before players parted ways for the week. "Obviously, there's a ton of hockey to go throughout the season."
New York (23-20-4) has lost back-to-back games after winning the previous three in a row. The Islanders favor an up-tempo playing style, as evidenced by their 161 goals scored (second-most in the NHL) and 173 goals allowed (most in NHL).
The Blackhawks remain without No. 1 goaltender Corey Crawford, who is suffering from vertigo-like symptoms, according to a report in the Chicago Sun-Times. Minus Crawford, Chicago has alternated between Anton Forsberg and Jeff Glass in net. >> Read more
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