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Tuesday, October 15th (All times Eastern)

Chicago Blackhawks (3-1-1) at Carolina Hurricanes (2-2-2), 7 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Chicago Blackhawks have been able to grind out some close games in earning points in four of five to begin the season.

The Blackhawks will need to keep that mentality on Tuesday night when they try for their first road victory over the Carolina Hurricanes in over 15 years.

Chicago has begun defense of its Stanley Cup title by going 3-1-1 through the early going, with each of their last four games decided by a single goal. The Blackhawks won their season opener by two goals, 6-4.

The 'Hawks got goals from Patrick Kane and Ben Smith in Saturday's 2-1 win over Buffalo, with Corey Crawford making 28 saves to help his club hold on.

"I was just playing," Crawford said. "It's nice to win a tight one like that."

Chicago won consecutive games for the first time this season, but will need to reverse recent history to extend that streak tonight. The Blackhawks have not won in Carolina since Jan. 14, 1998, which marked their first road meeting with the Hurricanes since they had relocated from Hartford.

The Hurricanes are 6-0-0 with a tie in their last seven at home versus the Blackhawks and 9-1-1 with a tie in the past 12 encounters overall. They won a 3-0 decision in the last meeting on Oct. 28, 2011 in Carolina.

Cam Ward made 30 saves in the shutout and should start tonight. He was initially given Sunday off, but had to come in to relieve Anton Khudobin during the second period of a 5-3 loss.

Khudobin gave up two goals on 20 shots before exiting with a lower-body injury. He was placed on injured reserve Monday, with Jason Peters recalled from the American Hockey League to replace him on the roster.

Ward allowed three goals on 12 shots in relief on Sunday, while Eric Staal, Riley Nash and Jeff Skinner had goals in the loss, Carolina's fourth in six games to begin the season (2-2-2).

"A few guys came ready to play and battle, but we had too many passengers tonight," Carolina head coach Kirk Muller said. "We had some top guys that just didn't bring their 'A' game today."

Nathan Gerbe had an assist to extend his point streak to a career-high four straight games, with two goals and a pair of helpers over that span. Skinner has four points over his last three games.

Ward is 3-0-1 with a 0.98 goals against average and two shutouts in four career games versus the Blackhawks, while Crawford is 1-2-0 with a 2.67 GAA in three meetings with the 'Canes.

10/15 10:49:46 ET

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Pittsburgh33rd Prd 12:18 | Box
Columbus2@theRink | TV: NBCSN, CBC, ROOT, FSN-OH
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Anaheim22nd Prd 15:10 | Box
Dallas1@theRink | TV: CNBC, TSN, RDS2, FSN
Western Conference Quarterfinals, Game Four. Anaheim leads series, 2-1.
St. Louis 4/23 9:30 PM ET
Chicago @theRink | TV: NBCSN, CBC, FSN-MW, CSN
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Full Scoreboard

Standings

2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
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
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHR 9
DUR 1
 
4th
MIA 91
CHA 78
 
Final
ATL 3
MIA 1
Final
CHC 5
ARI 7
Final
COL 10
SFG 12
Final
OAK 0
TEX 3
Final
SEA 5
HOU 3
7th
PIT 2
CIN 4
 
7th
CLE 3
KAN 3
 
7th
WAS 1
ANA 3
 
7th
TOR 7
BAL 9
 
7th
DET 4
CWS 6
 
6th
TAM 3
MIN 4
 
5th
BOS 4
NYY 0
 
7th
NYM 3
STL 1
 
4th
MIL 5
SDP 1
 
10:10pm Tonight
LOS
PHI
4th
MIA 91
CHA 78
 
Half
SAN 51
DAL 56
 
9:30pm Tonight
HOU
POR
3rd
CLB 2
PIT 3
 
2nd
DAL 1
ANA 2
 
9:30pm Tonight
CHI
STL
Final
CHR 9
DUR 1