Arizona faces Chicago, aims to halt 7-game slide
Chicago Blackhawks (25-40-11, seventh in the Central) vs. Arizona Coyotes (22-49-5, eighth in the Central)
Glendale, Arizona; Wednesday, 10 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Arizona enters the matchup against Chicago after losing seven straight games.
The Coyotes have gone 7-12-2 against division opponents. Arizona averages 10.2 penalty minutes per game, the fourth-most in the NHL. Liam O’Brien leads the team serving 106 total minutes.
The Blackhawks are 4-15-6 against the rest of their division. Chicago has surrendered 51 power-play goals, killing 75.5% of opponent chances.
In their last meeting on April 3, Arizona won 3-2.
TOP PERFORMERS: Clayton Keller leads the Coyotes with 28 goals, adding 35 assists and totaling 63 points. Nick Schmaltz has four goals and three assists over the last 10 games for Arizona.
Patrick Kane has 88 total points while scoring 25 goals and totaling 63 assists for the Blackhawks. Calvin de Haan has three goals over the last 10 games for Chicago.
LAST 10 GAMES: Coyotes: 2-8-0, averaging 1.8 goals, three assists, 3.3 penalties and 8.8 penalty minutes while giving up 5.2 goals per game with an .858 save percentage.
Blackhawks: 1-8-1, averaging 2.4 goals, 4.6 assists, 2.8 penalties and 6.7 penalty minutes while giving up four goals per game with an .888 save percentage.
INJURIES: Coyotes: Christian Fischer: out (lower-body), Jakob Chychrun: out (ankle), Lawson Crouse: out (hand), Clayton Keller: out for season (lower-body).
Blackhawks: MacKenzie Entwistle: day to day (shoulder).