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W2W4: Panthers at Blackhawks

CHICAGO -- Here’s what to watch for when the Chicago Blackhawks and Florida Panthers play at the United Center on Tuesday:

• The Blackhawks close out their eight-game homestand. It hasn’t been as successful as they had hoped, as they have gone 2-2-3.

• The Blackhawks aren’t in panic mode, but they are concerned about their recent play. They’re coming off a 4-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Friday and a 6-2 loss to the Boston Bruins on Sunday. They were tied 1-1 with the Avalanche in the third period before allowing three quick goals. Against the Bruins, the Blackhawks were trailing by one in the second period before Boston went off for four consecutive goals.

• The Blackhawks trail the Nashville Predators by 12 points and the St. Louis Blues by five points in the Central Division. They lead the Winnipeg Jets by four points and the Minnesota Wild by six points.

• The Panthers have put themselves in the Eastern Conference playoff race. They’re 4-4-2 in their last 10 games and trail the Boston Bruins by three points for the final wildcard spot.

• Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane is tied with the Washington Capitals' Nicklas Backstrom with a league-leading 64 points. Kane leads the Blackhawks with 27 goals and 34 assists.

• The Panthers are led by Nick Bjugstad's 21 goals and 36 points. Former Blackhawk Jimmy Hayes has 17 goals and 27 points. Other former Blackhawks Dave Bolland and Brandon Pirri are injured.

• Blackhawks defenseman Johnny Oduya is expected to miss a few weeks with an upper-body injury. He was injured on Sunday.

• The Blackhawks’ lines are expected to be Brandon SaadJonathan ToewsMarian Hossa, Patrick SharpBrad Richards – Kane, Bryan BickellAndrew ShawKris Versteeg, Joakim NordstromMarcus KrugerBen Smith. The defenseman pairings are expected to be Duncan KeithDavid Rundblad, Niklas HjalmarssonBrent Seabrook, Kyle CumiskeyMichal Rozsival.