Blackhawks host Avs in return to United Center

Blackhawks host Avs in return to United Center
March 4, 2014, 8:00 am
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Nina Falcone

The Blackhawks return to an indoor setting tonight as they host the Colorado Avalanche inside the United Center. Catch all the action on Comcast SportsNet, beginning at 6:30 with Blackhawks Pregame Live.

It's been over a month since the Blackhawks played their last game at home, and tonight they'll finally be back to more familiar setting as they host the Colorado Avalanche inside the United Center.

After kicking off their post-Olympic season with a loss against the New York Rangers, the Blackhawks got back to their winning ways against the Pittsburgh Penguins in their Stadium Series game at Soldier Field on Saturday.

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The Avalanche (39-17-5) are coming into tonight's matchup following a pair of victories against the Phoenix Coyotes and Tampa Bay Lightning since the regular season resumed. 

Tonight will mark the fourth game of the season between these two teams; Colorado's gone on to win two of their last three matchups.

Point leaders

Blackhawks: Patrick Kane (27G, 37A), Patrick Sharp (29G, 31A), Jonathan Toews (21G, 37A), Marian Hossa (24G, 26A), Duncan Keith (3G, 45A)

**Note: The Blackhawks will be without Hossa for the next 2-3 weeks. He's been sidelined with an upper-body injury he suffered during the Stadium Series game. Brandon Saad will take his place on the top line.

Avalanche: Matt Duchene (19G, 36A), Gabriel Landeskog (19G, 33A), Nathan MacKinnon (22G, 27A), Paul Stastny (19G, 27A), Ryan O'Reilly (23G, 23A)

Goaltender matchup

Although both teams have yet to announce their starting goaltenders, it's likely Corey Crawford will be in net for the Blackhawks. But will he have his pads?

Semyon Varlamov will likely be between the pipes for Colorado. He's recorded a .925 save percentage and 2.48 goals-against average in 48 games played this season.

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