Blackhawks Game Notes For Friday @ Columbus
* The Blackhawks beat the Flyers, 7-4, on Tuesday in Chicago, improving to 2-2 on the season. They led 4-0 at one point before the Flyers tied it at four. It was the first time Chicago had blown a four-goal lead since March 31, 2012 in Nashville, a game they also won.
* The Blue Jackets fell to the Sharks, 3-2, on Saturday in Columbus, dropping to 0-2 this year. They opened the season with eight straight losses last year.
* In Columbus’ last three years in the Western Conference (2010-11 through 2012-13), the Blue Jackets went 2-11-3 against Chicago, scoring an average of 2.1 goals per game. In their three years in the Eastern Conference, they’ve improved significantly, going 3-3-0 against the Blackhawks and have scored 2.8 goals per game.
* In addition to getting his sixth career four-point game on Tuesday, Patrick Kane has at least two assists in each of his last two games. He’s only had three straight games with at least two assists in his career twice – once in his rookie season in 2007-08, and again in the 2013-14 season.
* Brandon Saad, who spent his whole career with the Blackhawks before being traded to the Blue Jackets in the summer of 2015, set a career-high in goals last season with 31, breaking his old record of 23. He also scored six power-play goals last year, compared to just five total in his parts of four seasons in Chicago.
* The Blackhawks’ penalty killing has been terrible to start the season. They’ve killed off just 47.1 percent of penalties, by far the lowest in the league. Winnipeg s second-worst at 64.3 percent. The lowest since expansion in 1967-68 is 67.7 percent by the 1979-80 Los Angeles Kings.