Colorado Avalanche's Nathan MacKinnon (29) loses control of the puck in front of Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Petr Mrazek during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Chicago Blackhawks (24-38-6, eighth in the Central Division) vs. Colorado Avalanche (40-22-6, second in the Central Division)

Denver; Monday, 9 p.m. EDT

BOTTOM LINE: The Colorado Avalanche are looking to keep a five-game win streak going when they host the Chicago Blackhawks.

Colorado is 13-5-1 against the Central Division and 40-22-6 overall. The Avalanche have an 18-9-2 record in games they score at least one power-play goal.

Chicago has gone 24-38-6 overall with a 6-14-1 record in Central Division play. The Blackhawks have conceded 238 goals while scoring 171 for a -67 scoring differential.

The matchup Monday is the third time these teams play this season and each has won one of the contests. The Blackhawks won 3-2 in the previous meeting on Jan. 12.

TOP PERFORMERS: Mikko Rantanen has 46 goals and 37 assists for the Avalanche. Nathan MacKinnon has scored eight goals with nine assists over the past 10 games.

Taylor Raddysh has 20 goals and 13 assists for the Blackhawks. Seth Jones has scored four goals over the last 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: Avalanche: 6-3-1, averaging four goals, 7.2 assists, 3.9 penalties and 8.1 penalty minutes while giving up 3.1 goals per game.

Blackhawks: 3-6-1, averaging 2.6 goals, four assists, 3.2 penalties and 7.3 penalty minutes while giving up 2.6 goals per game.

INJURIES: Avalanche: Artturi Lehkonen: out (finger), Josh Manson: out (lower body), Pavel Francouz: out (lower body), Erik Johnson: out (ankle), Kurtis MacDermid: day to day (lower body), Gabriel Landeskog: out (knee), Darren Helm: out (lower body).

Blackhawks: Colin Blackwell: out (groin), Jonathan Toews: out (illness), Reese Johnson: out (concussion), Anders Bjork: out (undisclosed), Andreas Englund: out (hamstring), Cole Guttman: out for season (shoulder), Austin Wagner: day to day (undisclosed), Petr Mrazek: day to day (head).

The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar

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