Blackhawks Game 1 Notes @ St. Louis
* Chicago finished up the regular season on a five-game point streak, going 3-0-2 in those contests. The defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks are in the playoffs for the eighth consecutive season, and are looking for their fourth title in the last seven years.
* St. Louis won three of its last four, and eight of its last 10 tilts of the regular season, finishing with 107 points, and the third-best record in the league. Now in the playoffs for the fifth straight year, the Blues have 152 regular-season victories since the beginning of 2013-14 – most of any NHL club.
* The Blues took three of five meetings with the Blackhawks during the 2015-16 regular season, and are 5-2-0 in their last seven games vs. Chicago overall. Including a 4-2 series win in these clubs’ last postseason matchup (2014), the Blackhawks have won eight of 11 all-time playoff series vs. the Blues.
* With 106 points in 2015-16, Patrick Kane became the first Blackhawk to win the Art Ross Trophy since Stan Mikita led the league in scoring in 1967-68 (the Blues first NHL season). Kane leads all NHL skaters in postseason goals (48), assists (66) and points (114) since the 2009 playoffs.
* Vladimir Tarasenko led the Blues in goals (40) and points (74) for the second straight season in 2015-16 (had 37 goals and 73 points last year). Including four markers in these clubs’ last postseason series (2014), Tarasenko has lit the lamp 12 times in his last 17 skates vs. Chicago overall.
* The Blackhawks have won 11 of their last 12 series after winning Game 1 of the matchup (since 2009 playoffs). The Blues have taken Game 1 in just three of their last eight series (since 2003), losing each of those three matchups.