By Mike Rodak-USA TODAY Sports The Bolts return to the rink Thursday with a tilt at the defending Stanley Cup champions.
The Bolts are 5-4-2 this season, and it will be a test for them to show the players how to respond to an early playoff exit.
They have struggled to stay consistent against teams that have made the playoffs twice, and the team has allowed the most goals in the league at 3.2 per game.
But while they have struggled, they have not given up.
They are playing the first of four straight road games.
“We’re going to take this game as hard as we can, and we know we can,” captain Alex Killorn said.
“It’s going to be a tough game for us.”
The Boluses (14-12-4, 35 points) have the second-best goal differential at plus-2.7, but they have allowed 4.6 goals per game in their past four games, and their record against the Blackhawks is 5-6-1.
The Boluses have a record of 2-7-1 against the Hawks, and Chicago is 4-0-1 in their last six home games against the Boluses.
Chicago (12-13-4.8, 29 points) is coming off a 3-2 loss to the New York Rangers on Wednesday.
The Blackhawks are coming off their third straight victory in a row.
The club is 12-0 since the start of March, but has scored just six goals.
“I think we are just going to keep grinding and keep trying to find ways to play better and win games,” captain Jonathan Toews said.
Chicago has lost two straight, including two straight at home.
The Chicago Blackhawks have won five of six against the Tampa Bay Lightning and Colorado Avalanche.
They defeated Dallas 4-1 on Tuesday, and are 1-1-1 at American Airlines Center since Nov. 30.
The team also beat Minnesota 5-1 Friday night.
Chicago is 4 1/2 games out of first in the Central Division and two games out in the Atlantic Division.