Blackhawks Game Notes For Thursday @ Nashville
* Chicago beat Philadelphia, 4-0, at the United Center on Tuesday, recording its first shutout of the season, and extending its point streak to five straight games to begin 2014-15 (4-0-1 record). The Blackhawks have outscored opponents, 15-7, in their first five contests – tied with the Lightning for the second-best goal-differential in the league (Anaheim is +10).
* The Predators beat the Coyotes, 4-3, in a shootout on Tuesday, and have now tallied at least one point in each of their first six games of 2014-15 (4-0-2 record). Dating to March 30 last season, Nashville is 10-0-3 in its last 13 tilts overall – the longest point streak in franchise history.
* Nashville lost, 2-1, in overtime to the Blackhawks in these clubs’ first meeting of the season, and has taken at least one point from four straight games vs. Chicago overall (3-0-1 record). These two teams have split their last 10 games at Bridgestone Arena, each skating off with five wins.
* Antti Raanta filled in admirably for the injured Corey Crawford Tuesday, recording a shutout in his first appearance of the 2014-15 season, and garnering first-star accolades for his performance. With Crawford out for at least two more games (upper body), the Blackhawks called up Scott Darling (0 career NHL games) to serve as backup to Raanta.
* Patrick Kane lit the lamp twice in Tuesday’s victory, recording just the second multi-goal performance in his last 39 regular-season games overall (also February 3, 2014 at the Kings). Kane has seven markers in his last 10 skates vs. the Preds.
* Ryan Ellis had a goal and two assists Tuesday, earning first-star honors, and recording his first career three-point game with the performance. Nashville’s blueliners have netted five markers in 2014-15 – tied for third most in the NHL.