The Blackhawks (24-2-3) lead the Ducks (21-3-4) by five points in the Western Conference. The Ducks have one game in hand. The two teams will meet one more time in the regular season in Chicago on March 29. The Ducks defeated the Blackhawks 3-2 in a shootout in Chicago on Feb. 12.
The Ducks are riding a 10-game points streak. Their last regulation loss came against the Los Angeles Kings on Feb. 25. The Blackhawks have won their past three games after suffering their first two regulation losses of the season. They've out-scored their opponents 13-3 in the past two games.
The Ducks will be without right wing Corey Perry against the Blackhawks due to a four-game suspension he received for his hit on the Minnesota Wild's Jason Zucker on March 12. Perry signed an eight-year, $69 million extension with the Ducks on Tuesday. He has nine goals and 15 assists this season.
The Blackhawks will be without right wing Marian Hossa. He suffered an upper-body injury in the first period of Monday's game and did not return. He has 13 goals and 10 assists on the season.
The Ducks are atop the NHL with a 24.7 power-play percentage, but they have recently struggled in that area. In the past seven games, they have scored just one power-play goal in 17 opportunities.
The Blackhawks' penalty kill was near the top of the league throughout their 22-game points streak. Beginning with their first regulation loss on March 8, the team's penalty kill has been less effective. The Blackhawks have allowed seven power-play goals in their last five games after giving up a total of nine in their first 22 games. They are tied for ninth in the league with a 83.2 penalty-kill percentage.
The Blackhawks have allowed 59 goals in 98 periods, which includes overtimes, this season. Eleven of those goals, 18.6 percent of them, have been scored over three individual periods. The Blackhawks allowed three goals in the first period against the San Jose Sharks on Feb. 5, four goals in the second period against the Colorado Avalanche on March 8 and four goals in the first period against the Edmonton Oilers on March 10.
The Ducks are an efficient scoring team. They rank fourth with 3.21 goals per game, but they also rank 25th in shots per game at 27.4. They're outshot by an average 1.2 shots. The Blackhawks outshoot their opponents by an average of 5.1 shots.
Deficits don't bother the Ducks. They have the league's highest winning percentage when trailing after the first and second periods. They're 8-2-1 when trailing after the first period and 4-2-0 when trailing after the second period. The Blackhawks do well when they build a first or second-period lead. They're 10-0-1 when leading after the first period and 17-0-1 when leading after the second period.
Both teams are accustomed to playing and winning in tight games. The Blackhawks have a 14-1-3 record in one-goal games, and the Ducks have a 11-0-4 record.
Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane and Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf are two of the NHL's hottest offensive players. Kane leads the Blackhawks with 16 goals and 21 assists. He ranks fifth in the league with 37 points. He has 10 points, including four goals, in the last four games. Getzlaf leads the Ducks with 11 goals and 22 assists. He ranks seventh in the league with 33 points. He had nine points in four games between March 4-10. He's coming off a one-goal, one-assist performance on Monday.
Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin ranks 18th in the league with 62 blocked shots, is tied for fifth with a plus/minus rating of plus-15 and leads the Ducks' defensemen with 18 points. Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith had a plus/minus rating of plus-5 and three points in the past two games.