Blackhawks Notes For Thursday vs. Winnipeg
* The Jets have claimed consecutive shootout victories by 5-4 scores, extending their overall winning streak to six games. Winnipeg can match the longest streak in franchise history (seven straight between 3/26/2017 and 4/8/2017) with another win on Thursday.
* At 31-36-10, the Blackhawks must win all their remaining games to assure at least a .500 point percentage for the 11th consecutive season. Their point percentage is 197 points lower in 2017-18 (.468) than it was last year (.665), the steepest decline in the league.
* Although the Blackhawks have taken two of three games from Winnipeg this season, the Jets defeated Chicago in the most recent meeting (March 15), 6-2, erupting for their most goals against the Blackhawks in over 14 years (7-2 by Atlanta Thrashers on 10/18/2003).
* Blake Wheeler has contributed assists in seven straight games and in 19 of his last 22 games played. His 66 assists in 2017-18 are tied with Philadelphia’s Claude Giroux for the most in the NHL and are three shy of Winnipeg’s franchise record (69 by Marc Savard for the Atlanta Thrashers in 2005-06).
* Dustin Byfuglien recorded a season-high nine shots on goal Tuesday, his highest total since 12/21/2015 (10). He’s collected at least 25 minutes of ice time in each of his last 10 games, when his average shift has lasted just over a minute (60.3 seconds).
* 5’7” Alex DeBrincat tallied his 26th goal of the season on Monday, when he became the first rookie his size to reach that total since Montreal’s Mats Naslund (5’7”) in 1982-83 (26 goals). Regardless of rookie status, DeBrincat is the first player no taller than 5’7” to score even 20 goals since Brian Gionta in 2010-11 (29).