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stats_logo_400x225* The Blackhawks have won four consecutive games against the Sharks, allowing exactly one goal in each of their last three wins.

*The Sharks are 0-5-1 in their last six games at the United Center.

* The Sharks have an NHL-best +28 goal differential in the first period this season, but are even in goal differential thereafter. Chicago, on the other hand, has outscored opponents by at least 15 markers in each regulation stanza in 2013-14.

* 2008-09 was Joel Quenneville’s first season in Chicago (took over for Denis Savard after the Blackhawks started 1-2-1 in 08-09) and Todd McLellan’s first season as an NHL head coach. Quenneville has a league-leading 251 wins in that time and McLellan is 3rd with 246.

stats_logo_400x225* With a 3-2 victory over the Islanders on October 11, the Blackhawks extended their winning streak in the series to four games. Chicago has never defeated New York in five straight meetings.

* The Blackhawks posted their first 1-0 victory of the season when they defeated Los Angeles on Monday. Chicago is 8-1-2 over its last 11 games (since December 8).

* The Islanders have lost their last eight home games, the longest such skid in franchise history. Buffalo had a nine-game home losing streak earlier this season, the longest by any team in 2013-14.

* Brandon Saad’s only shot on goal resulted in the game’s only score on Monday. In fact, his seven goals on 21 shots since December 5 is the second-best shooting percentage (33.3) in the league over that span (Chris Stewart, 40.0, minimum 10 shots).

* Blackhawks rookie goaltender Antti Raanta posted his first career shutout on Monday. He improved to 10-1-3 while lowering his goals against average to 2.21.

* Evgeni Nabokov is 14-6-5 in his career versus Chicago. The 14 victories are one behind Jean-Sebastien Giguere (15-7-3), Nikolai Khabibulin (15-9-2) and Roberto Luongo (15-10-3) for the most against the Blackhawks among active goaltenders.


* These teams have accounted for three of the past four Stanley Cup championships. In their only previous meeting this season, Chicago scored three goals in the first period and held on for a 3-1 victory on December 15.

* With a 3-2 loss at Nashville on Saturday, the Kings have suffered back-to-back defeats in regulation for the first time since their second and third games of 2013-14 (October 4 and October 7).

* The Blackhawks have scored at least five goals in each of their last three games. It’s their third three-game streak of the season, while no other team has produced even one such streak.

* Kings center Anze Kopitar has generated a positive rating in each of his last five games, the longest stretch of his career. He’s also recorded at least one point in each of his last three games.

* Patrick Kane had a goal and two assists on Saturday, extending his scoring streak to 14 consecutive games, which is the longest by a Blackhawk since Chris Chelios scored in 15 straight games in 1995 (10/26/95 – 11/28/95).

* Jonathan Toews followed a four-point outburst on Friday with another couple of assists on Saturday. Over his last three games, he’s totaled seven points (2 g, 5 a) and a +7 rating.

stats_logo_400x225* The Blues lost, 4-3, in a shootout with the Flames in Calgary on Monday, recording their third straight game with at least one point in the process (2-0-1 record). Including a mark of 13-0-0 this season, St. Louis is 46-0-1 when netting at least three goals at Scottrade Center since the beginning of 2011-12.
* Kevin Shattenkirk had a goal Monday, and now has four points (2g, 2a) during his current four-game scoring streak overall. Shattenkirk (26 points) is one of seven different Blues who have recorded at least 25 points in 2013-14 – tied with the Blackhawks for most of any team in the league.
* The Blues have defeated the Blackhawks both times the two clubs have met this season, and three straight times overall. Four of the last five games between St. Louis and Chicago at United Center have needed a shootout to decide a victor (both teams have won two of those shootouts).
* Chicago is 7-0-2 in the second of back-to-back games this season – second best in the league. St. Louis is 8-2-2 when getting 2+ days off between tilts in 2013-14 – best in the NHL.

stats_logo_400x225* Colorado dropped a 5-4 decision in San Jose on Monday, and has lost three straight road contests overall, all by a single tally (0-1-2 record). The Avs are now 11-1-1 when netting at least four goals in 2013-14.
* Chicago beat New Jersey, 5-2, on Monday, recording its fourth consecutive game with at least one point in the process (3-0-1 record). The Blackhawks are 21-0-4 when allowing two or fewer goals in 2013-14 (5-7-2 when allowing three or more).
* The Avs beat the Blackhawks, 5-1, at Pepsi Center in these clubs’ first meeting of the season (November 19), and have won five of the last seven games with Chicago overall. Colorado and Chicago have split the last six games at United Center, each winning three times.

* Erik Johnson had a goal and a helper Monday, and has now lit the lamp once in four of his last five skates overall (two goals in first 31 games of the season). Johnson has 13 points (1g, 12a) in 22 career games vs. Chicago – his second most vs. any opponent (14 points vs. CBJ).
* Patrick Sharp scored twice on Monday, giving him seven goals and 12 points in his last eight games overall. Sharp (18) and Patrick Kane (22) have combined for 40 goals in 2013-14 – tied for second most of any pair of Western Conference teammates (Corey Perry – 22, Ryan Getzlaf – 19).
* Chicago is 20-0-4 when netting the first goal of the game this season – best in the Western Conference. Colorado is 18-1-2 when lighting the lamp first in 2013-14 (second best in the West).

* These teams haven’t faced off since a 2-1 shootout win by the Devils in March 2012. New Jersey has earned a standings point in 16 of its last 17 meetings with the Blackhawks going back to 1999 (12-1-2-2).

stats_logo_400x225* The Devils came from two goals down to start the third period Saturday at Washington to win 5-4 in overtime. It was their fifth win this season when trailing entering the final period, tied for the most in the NHL (with Blackhawks and Capitals).

* Chicago had scored a power-play goal in 10 straight games before going 0-for-4 in Friday’s 3-2 shootout loss to Vancouver. For the season, their 23.8 percent power-play percentage is third best in the NHL.

* Patrick Kane’s 11-game point streak (6 G, 14 A) is the longest active one in the NHL. For the season, his 1.26 points per game would be the most by a Chicago player since Jeremy Roenick in 1993-94 (1.27).

* Over the last five seasons (since 2009-10), Duncan Keith leads all defensemen in points (213) and assists (182).

* Andy Greene scored the overtime game-winner Saturday versus Washington. It was his sixth goal of the season, tying a career high (also 2009-10). He’s also scored in back-to-back games for the first time in his career.

stats_logo_400x225* Vancouver lost, 4-1, in Dallas last night, and has now dropped two straight since its season-high seven-game win streak from December 1-14. The Canucks killed all four shorthanded situations vs. the Stars, upping their December penalty-kill to 96.2 percent – best of any Western Conference club this month.
* The Blackhawks beat the Predators, 3-1, in Nashville on Tuesday – their second straight and fifth victory in the last six games overall. Chicago is 20-0-3 when allowing two or fewer goals this season.
* Chicago won the first meeting of 2013-14 with Vancouver, 2-1, at Rogers Arena on November 23. Dating to December 3, 2010, these two clubs have played four times at United Center, and each has skated off with two wins.
* Chris Higgins scored the Canucks’ lone goal last night, giving him 11 markers on the season, and surpassing his total from 2012-13 (10). Dating to the beginning of 2011-12, Higgins has just one assist (no goals) in his last eight skates vs. the Blackhawks.
* Patrick Kane netted his team-best 20th goal of the season Tuesday, garnering first-star accolades for his performance in the victory. Chicago has six skaters who have lit the lamp at least 10 times in 2013-14 – most of any NHL team.
* Vancouver is 5-3-0 in the second of back-to-back games this season. The Blackhawks are 7-3-1 when getting at least two days off between tilts in 2013-14.

* The Predators won the first meeting between these teams this season, 7-2 – the most goals Nashville has scored against any opponent this season.

stats_logo_400x225* The Blackhawks have won four of their last five games, while scoring at least six goals three times in that span. Chicago is averaging the second-most shots on goal in the NHL this season (33.4).

* The Predators have won each of their last three games after losing each of their previous five contests.

* Nashville has allowed just 16 power-play goals this season – tied for the second-fewest among Western Conference teams. Chicago has allowed the most goals with the man advantage in the West (28).

* Patrick Kane has 17 points (4g, 13a) during his current nine-game point streak. Kane has lit the lamp in each of his last three games against Nashville and has 16 goals in his career against them – the most goals in his career against any opponent.

* Defenseman Roman Josi has two goals and three assists during his current four-game point streak and had two points (both assists) in the first matchup between these clubs this season.

stats_logo_400x225* The Blackhawks have won eight games in a row against the Maple Leafs, their second longest active streak versus any opponent, behind only a current 11-game run against Columbus.

* This matchup features four defensemen with 12 or more points and a rating of plus-12 or better on the season. Chicago has Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook and Niklas Hjalmarsson while Dion Phaneuf has those numbers for the Maple Leafs. Overall, seven NHL defensemen on the season have these numbers.

* The Maple Leafs have lost four of their last five home games after starting the season 9-3-0 at the Air Canada Centre. Their last home win against Chicago was December 1, 2001.

* Chicago is 7-0-1 in their last eight road games while scoring five goals or more in four of those wins.

* Patrick Kane and Phil Kessel rank one and two respectively in both goals and points among American-born players this season. Kane has 17 goals and 42 points while Kessel has 16 goals and 31 points.

* The Blackhawks don’t have any players who have played for them this season with a plus-minus rating of -2 or worse. They are the only team in the NHL with that distinction.

* The road team has won all three matchups between these clubs in 2013-14, with Chicago holding a 2-1 edge. The Stars’ 4-3 victory on December 3 broke a six-game losing streak in the series.

* The Blackhawks have not been shut out in any of their last 99 games, and will be seeking to extend their streak to triple digits on Tuesday. No other team boasts an active streak longer than 48 games (Anaheim).

* With a 5-1 victory over Philadelphia on Saturday, the Stars have come away with at least a point in each of their last six games (3-0-3). Dallas is undefeated (8-0-0) when scoring at least four goals in 2013-14.

* Patrick Kane has totaled 33 points in 25 career games against the Stars, the highest rate (1.32 points per game) by any active skater versus Dallas (minimum 10 games).

* Tyler Seguin snapped a five-game scoring drought with three goals and an assist on Saturday. It was the third hat trick of his career, but his second since November 14 (four goals).

* Stars right wing Valeri Nichushkin, the 10th overall selection last June, enjoyed his best night as a pro on Saturday, registering three assists and four points. He has seven points and a +6 rating over his last three games.