CHICAGO (AP) — Patrick Kane had a power-play goal and two assists, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Vancouver Canucks 5-2. Alex DeBrincat and Andrew Shaw scored in the first period, and Dylan Strome had three assists as Chicago dealt Vancouver its first regulation loss since Oct. 19 at New Jersey. David Kampf and Brandon Saad added empty-netters. J.T. Miller and Jake Virtanen scored for the much-improved Canucks, who entered on a 5-0-3 run to climb to second place in the Pacific Division.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Illinois can become bowl eligible for the first time since 2014 if the Illini beat Michigan State this weekend. Illinois has won three in a row, and the Spartans have dropped three straight _ although Michigan State was up against some brutal competition in Ohio State, Wisconsin and Penn State.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears have four straight losses, a spot at the bottom of their division and little time left to salvage their once-promising season. If Detroit beats them, that might stamp out whatever is left. The Bears look to stop their skid when they host Matthew Stafford and the struggling Lions on Sunday to start a relatively light stretch in the schedule.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy wouldn’t say if center James Daniels and left guard Cody Whitehair are switching positions again. The usually straightforward Nagy declined to say if a change is in the works for Sunday’s matchup against the Detroit Lions, adding he wouldn’t “get into game strategy-wise.”