Toronto (30-21-1) at Chicago (23-20-3)

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  • Game info: 8:00 pm EST Wed Feb 12, 2003
  • TV: SN, ESPN2
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CHICAGO (TICKER) —The Chicago Blackhawks return home from a tough seven-game road trip Wednesday night when they host the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Chicago returns to the United Center two points behind the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim for the Western Conference’s eighth and final playoff spot.

The Blackhawks were 2-4-1 on the trek as they endured three one-goal losses. They concluded the trip with a 2-1 setback to the Vancouver Canucks on Monday.

In Monday’s game, Mark Bell netted the lone goal and Jocelyn Thibault made 29 saves as Chicago fell to 2-7-2 in its last 11 contests.

Chicago went 0-for-2 on the power play Monday. The Hawks’ 30th-ranked power play has converted just 25-of-221 opportunities this season (11.3 percent) Chicago is 14-6-4-1 at home, where it plays 16 of its final 26 games.

Toronto had a season-high five-game winning streak stopped with Tuesday’s 5-4 home loss to the Edmonton Oilers. The Maple Leafs enter Wednesday’s game fifth in the Eastern Conference with 65 points.

Against Edmonton, Toronto fell behind 3-0 in the opening 33 minutes before Mats Sundin scored his team-leading 27th goal.

But former Blackhawks goaltender Ed Belfour had one of his worst outings of the season, allowing a season-high five goals. It was just the second time he allowed five goals and seventh time he gave up more than three.

Toronto won both meetings with Chicago last season and has taken three straight in the series since a 6-4 home loss on February 25, 2001.

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