Fernando Pisani gave the Blackhawks a 3-0 lead after second-period goal. Jack Skille tallied the last goal of the game at 8:36 in the third period.
The Avalanche managed 24 shots, but goalie Corey Crawford put up a wall around the goal and finished a shutout on the board. Peter Budaj started his second game in a row over the healthy Craig Anderson and allowed four goals on 31 shots.
Colorado (22-16-6, 50 points) has yet to win back-to-back games since a six-game winning streak during the middle of December. They visit the Minnesota Wild on Friday, Jan. 14. The puck drops in the Xcel Energy Center at 6:00 p.m. MT.
The Avalanche have fared very well against Chicago this year, going 3-0 and outscoring the Hawks by a 15-11 margin. Every game between these two teams has been exciting, high scoring hockey, especially the last meeting between these two teams that featured the first career hat trick by Avalanche forward Tomas Fleischmann, with all three goals scored in the third period to give Colorado a shocking 7-5 victory.
Tonight's game will feature two of the fastest skating offenses in the league, with both teams coming into this game with a top six NHL offense. The Chicago Blackhawks bring the league's best overall power play against Colorado's 29th ranked penalty kill, a distinct advantage for the home team. In the ever-tightening Western Conference playoff race, these two teams are separated by a mere point. While Colorado has already won the season series (and therefore the playoff tiebreaker), these two teams will be desperate for those valuable two points in the standings.
Chicago forward Patrick Sharp has four goals in his past four games. Colorado rookie defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk will be a game time decision for the Avalanche as he recovers from a foot injury suffered on Saturday against the Islanders.