Blackhawks Game Notes For Thursday @ Ottawa
* The Blackhawks dropped a 1-0 home decision to the Ducks on Tuesday, and have now lost three of their last four games overall. Dating to last March 23, Chicago has been shut out four times in its last 20 games (third most of any NHL team during span).
* Ottawa beat Columbus, 5-2, on the road on Tuesday night, snapping its two-game losing streak in the process. The Senators have allowed three or fewer goals in each of their last 13 games dating to last season – the longest active streak of its kind in the NHL.
* Chicago defeated Ottawa, 2-1, in these two club’s first meeting of the season last Sunday at United Center. The Blackhawks and Sens have played four games at Canadian Tire Centre since the lockout, and each team has won two of those contests.
* The Blackhawks are averaging a league-high 38.0 SOG per game in 2014-15. Coincidentally, Chicago had 38 shots on goal in Tuesday’s whitewash – its most SOG in a shutout loss since losing, 3-0, to the Coyotes on February 11, 2012 (also had 38 SOG in that contest).
* Robin Lehner stopped 36 of 38 shots on goal, and also chipped in his first career NHL point (assist) in Tuesday’s victory, garnering first-star accolades for his performance. Despite allowing just two goals, Lehner lost his only career game vs. the Blackhawks on March 2, 2012.
* Both the Blackhawks (9-2) and the Senators (11-4) have outscored their opponents by seven goals in the third period this season – tied with the Ducks for the best third-period goal differential in the NHL.