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(SportsNetwork.com) - The Chicago Blackhawks were able to laugh off Patrick Kane's own-goal blunder in a victory on Sunday, but the forward's goal drought is earning fewer laughs.

Kane looks to get going on Tuesday night as the Blackhawks host the Colorado Avalanche.

The 25-year-old is tied for second in the NHL with 56 points, including 23 goals, but has not lit the lamp in seven straight games. He did, however, put the puck into the net in Sunday's 5-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers, but it happened to be his own.

With netminder Antti Raanta off the ice for an extra attacker on a delayed penalty, Kane sent the puck up the boards to the point, but no Chicago player was there. Instead, the disc rolled all the way down the ice and into the open cage, giving the Oilers a game-tying goal with 8:31 left in the second period.

Thankfully for Kane, Marian Hossa scored 31 seconds later on the power play and Jonathan Toews added another goal before the end of the period to put Chicago back in control.

"(I) just thought a point man was there and it seemed to just keep catching speed and went in the net, but it was good that we got it right back," said Kane, who has three assists during his goal drought.

Hossa also added an assist on his 35th birthday and Raanta made 18 saves as Chicago snapped a three-game winless streak (0-1-2) in the opener of a four- game homestand.

Kane has five goals and 14 assists in 23 career games versus the Avalanche, with two assists in two meetings this season.

The clubs have split those games, with the Avalanche winning 5-1 at home on Nov. 19 and the Blackhawks picking up a 7-2 victory in Chicago on Dec. 27.

The 'Hawks have won two straight and five of their last eight at home in this series. Patrick Sharp scored a hat trick to go along with an assist in the previous win, Toews added two goals and a pair of helpers and Raanta made 18 saves.

Colorado's Jean-Sebastien Giguere allowed seven goals on 24 shots through two periods, while Semyon Varlamov stopped 13 shots in relief.

The Avalanche picked up a victory in their last trip to the ice, knocking off the Minnesota Wild 4-2 on Saturday. Colorado was hitting the road following a 4-1-2 homestand and got a pair of goals from Ryan O'Reilly in his return to the lineup.

O'Reilly, whose 16 markers are tied with Matt Duchene for the team lead, had missed two straight games with a bruised shoulder and netted the go-ahead tally with 7:16 left in the third period.

The Colorado forward stole the puck from Minnesota defenseman Ryan Suter near center ice and gave it to Duchene, who sent it back to O'Reilly before the latter fired home a backhander.

"(Duchene) made a great pass to me there, gave me enough time to do something with it," said O'Reilly of the goal.

Maxime Talbot added an empty-net goal with 1:10 left to go along with an assist. Gabriel Landeskog lit the lamp as well to support a 25-save effort from Varlamov.

Colorado did lose Paul Stastny to a leg injury in the second period and the forward is questionable for tonight after missing practice on Monday, but defenseman Tyson Barrie may play after missing Saturday's win with a bruised shoulder.

Varlamov is 4-3-0 with a 2.30 goals against average in eight previous meetings with Chicago, all but one of those starts. He should get the start tonight and be backed up by Sami Aittokallio, who was recalled from the minors with Giguere battling back spasms.

Corey Crawford could earn the start tonight for the Blackhawks, but lasted just 13 minutes in the loss at Denver back in November. He yielded three goals on seven shots before Raanta relieved him to make his NHL debut.

Crawford is 2-5-1 with a 3.49 GAA lifetime versus Colorado.

01/14 11:16:11 ET

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Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
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2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
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y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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