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Game Notes: Jan. 20 vs. New York Islanders

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations / chicagoblackhawks.com

LAST GAME

The Red Wings defeated the Blackhawks 4-0 on Sunday, Jan. 14, at the United Center. After killing of all four of Detroit's power plays, Chicago has now successfully killed 22 of their last 23 dating back to Jan. 3. Jeff Glass stopped 22 shots in the loss and is now 3-2-1 this season.

VS. ISLANDERS

Chicago holds a 49-39-20-2 mark all-time against the Islanders, including a 32-18-5-1 record at home. The Blackhawks went 2-0-0 in two matchups against New York last season. Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook both tallied three assists in those two games. Patrick Kane leads the Blackhawks with 16 points (7G, 9A) in 12 career games against the Islanders. Anton Forsberg has never faced New York in his career.

KILLIN' IT

Since Jan. 3, Chicago has posted a penalty kill rate of 95.7 percent, second in the league during that time. The Blackhawks have successfully killed 19 straight penalties over a total of seven games. In that stretch of matchups, Duncan Keith leads the team and ranks second in the NHL with 22:51 of shorthanded time on ice. 23-year-old David Kampf paces team forwards in penalty killing time with 14:53 of TOI since the new year.

POWER PLAY PATRICK

Since January 1, 2018, Kane shares sixth in the league with four points (1G, 3A) on the power play. He paces Chicago with 14 points (3G, 11A) on the man advantage this season.

BEASTS IN THE EAST

Against the Eastern Conference this season, the Blackhawks hold a 12-6-2 record, including a 7-4-0 record against teams from the Metropolitan Division. Kane has recorded 24 points (10G, 14A) in 20 games against Eastern Conference foes, while Jonathan Toews has tallied 20 points (10G, 10A) in as many games.

ONE-TIMERS

  • Jan Rutta blocked a season-high five shots in 20:26 of TOI against the Red Wings.
  • Tommy Wingels paced the club with three hits in the loss. He is second on the Blackhawks with 110 hits during the 2017-18 campaign.
  • Keith led all skaters with 24:48 TOI. He also blocked three shots and logged two hits vs. Detroit.
  • Ryan Hartman shared the team lead with four shots on goal.
  • Kampf won seven of his 12 (58 percent) faceoffs. He has won at least 50% of his faceoffs in seven of his first 10 games in the NHL.
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Blackhawks Magazine Excerpt: Thinking Big

by Bob Verdi / Team Historian

The following is excerpted from the January 2018 issue of Blackhawks Magazine, which focuses on Alex DeBrincat's transition to the NHL. Pick up a copy at the next Blackhawks home game, or by calling the Blackhawks Store at 312-759-0079.

In late November, you registered a hat trick-or 'Cat Trick'-and were the second-youngest Blackhawk ever to do so, just four days older than Jeremy Roenick.
That was one of those nights where the puck was just kind of ending up on my stick. Schmaltzy (Nick Schmaltz) made a great pass to me on the first one. We had a good cycle going on the second, and I had a wide-open net after Hartzy (Ryan Hartman) made a play. Third one, Kaner passed to me on a 2-on-1. You knew he would. Got to credit the guys I was playing with. One of those nights. I didn't think it would happen so quickly.

You appear to be confident, but not cocky. Are you at all surprised that you've made it to the NHL?
You never have it made. You can't get too comfortable. I went into training camp with the mindset that anything could happen. My goal obviously was to make the Blackhawks, but I was ready to go to their minor-league team in Rockford if I needed to. Honestly, I was kind of planning in the back of my mind to be in Rockford this year. But I showed up at camp ready to give it my best effort and work hard every day. I didn't want to get my hopes too high, because there are guys who could be up here instead of me.

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Tickets for 2018 Illinois High School Hockey Championships on sale Monday

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations / chicagoblackhawks.com

In conjunction with the Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois (AHAI), the Chicago Blackhawks will host the 2018 Illinois State High School Hockey Championships, presented by Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana Chevy Dealers, at the United Center on Saturday, March 24. Tickets for the event, which features three contests, will go on sale on Monday, January 29, at 10 a.m. The 2018 Illinois High School Hockey Championships will feature a set of Nick Schmaltz and Ryan Hartman Bobblehead Magnet giveaway to the first 10,000 fans, presented by Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana Chevy Dealers.

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Verdict: Offensively-minded Oesterle's time has come

by Bob Verdi / Team Historian

Jordan Oesterle, an outsider early this season, now was simply outnumbered. Three Winnipeg Jets stormed into Blackhawks territory last Friday night at the United Center, intent on tying a tight game.

Oesterle, the lone defender between them and goalie Jeff Glass, retreated carefully, staking out the middle as Kyle Connor cradled the puck on the right.

"He's a left shot, on his offside, so I tried to bait him into passing it across (to Dustin Byfuglien)," recalled Oesterle. "I wasn't too concerned about the trailing guy (Josh Morrissey). I just tried to stay patient. If I commit too soon to Connor, he'll just pass it. As we got down low, with less space available, I slid toward him with my stick extended in front of me, basically covering maybe a 12-foot area, including my body."

Deftly, Oesterle whisked the puck out of danger, stifling the rush. Moments later, Jan Rutta scored what would be the winning goal in a 2-1 victory.

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Chicago Blackhawks Foundation to host Keith Relief Charity Concert

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations / chicagoblackhawks.com

The Chicago Blackhawks Foundation announced today that defenseman Duncan Keith will hold his annual charity concert benefitting Keith Relief on Monday, Feb. 26, 2018, from 7:00-10:30 p.m. at Joe's Bar on Weed Street (940 W. Weed St., Chicago), featuring country music duo LOCASH. All proceeds will benefit Keith Relief and Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana.

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Prospect Roundup: Delia strong in net, Sikura extends point streak

by Nick Merlina / chicagoblackhawks.com

Every week, chicagoblackhawks.com will highlight players who stood out for their minor-league, junior, college or European teams in the previous week's action. All prospect/system stats will be updated weekly throughout the season.

1st Star: G Collin Delia, Rockford (AHL)
The Line: 2 GP, 2 W, 56 SVS
Delia found his groove in his last two starts for the IceHogs after being called up from Indy. The netminder picked up his third win with Rockford against Ontario, registering 33 saves. Two nights later he earned his fourth win with 23 saves against San Jose. He now holds a 4-4-0 record with a 3.15 GAA and a .876 SV% as a part of the AHL squad.

2nd Star: LW Dylan Sikura, Northeastern, NCAA
The Line: 2 GP, 2G, 2A
Sikura didn't slow down this past week in two tilts with Maine. In the first matchup the winger notched a mutli-point performance (1G, 2A) in a 5-3 victory. He followed it up with another goal the next night as Northeastern won by the same score. He now is on a four-game point streak dating back to Jan. 5 and has been nominated for the prestigious Hobey Baker Award.

3rd Star: LW Andreas Martinsen, Rockford (AHL)
The Line: 3 GP, 3A
Martinsen was a major reason the IceHogs picked up two wins in their past three tilts. The Rockford winger tied his longest point streak this season over the last three games, registering a helper in each. With his recent production, he now sits at double-digit assists on the year (10).

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Game Notes: Jan. 14 vs. Detroit Red Wings

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations / chicagoblackhawks.com

LAST GAME

The Blackhawks defeated the Jets 2-1 on Friday night at the United Center. Chicago killed of all three Winnipeg penalties and now have killed 18 of their last 19 dating back to Jan. 3. David Kampf and Jan Rutta picked up one goal apiece in the win. Jeff Glass turned aside 31 of 32 shots to pick up the victory vs. Winnipeg. It was the first time in his career that he has allowed one goal or less in a start. He has made at least 31 saves in four of his five appearances and is now 3-1-1 this season.

VS. RED WINGS

Chicago holds a 269-337-78-11 mark all-time against the Red Wings, including a 162-133-47-7 record at home. The Blackhawks split the two-game season series 1-1-0 last year. Six different players tallied two points in the two matchups against the Red Wings, including Patrick Kane (2A), Duncan Keith (1G, 1A) and Ryan Hartman (2A). Kane leads the Blackhawks with 38 career points (11G, 27A) in 43 games against the Detroit. Glass has not faced the Red Wings in his career.

PARTY LIKE IT'S YOUR BIRTHDAY

David Kampf recorded his first career NHL goal on his 23rd birthday against Winnipeg. Per Elias, he became the first Blackhawk in franchise history to record their first career goal on their birthday. He also added a helper for his first career multi-point performance. He has four points (1G, 3A) over his last four games. The Chomutov, Czech Republic, native won eight of his 10 (80 percent) faceoffs against the Jets. He has won at least 50 percent of his faceoffs in five straight games, including over 70 percent in three of them.

JORDAN, STOPPER

Jordan Oesterle ranked second on the team with 22:38 of ice time and posted one hit and two blocked shots in the win over the Jets. He has logged at least 20:00 of TOI in 11 straight games coming into Sunday's matchup against Detroit.

ONE-TIMERS

  • Rutta notched a marker vs. Winnipeg. He has two goals and two assists over his last six games. He leads Blackhawks blueliners with five goals this season.
  • Anthony Duclair registered an assist in 11:57 of total ice time in his first game as a Blackhawk after being acquired on Wednesday. He has 16 points (9G, 7A) this year.
  • Connor Murphy tallied a helper against the Jets. It was his second helper over his last three games.
  • Alex DeBrincat picked up his 14th assist of the 2017-18 campaign. He shares sixth among league rookies with 28 points this year.
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Game Notes: Jan. 12 vs. Winnipeg Jets

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations / chicagoblackhawks.com

LAST GAME

The Wild defeated the Blackhawks 2-1 on Wednesday night at the United Center. Chicago has generated at least 35 shots on goal in all four games against Minnesota this year. Brent Seabrook scored a goal and Anton Forsberg made 25 saves in the loss to the Wild. It was his third consecutive start allowing two or fewer goals.

VS. JETS

Chicago holds a 12-9-0-0 mark all-time against the Jets, including a 4-7-0-0 record at home. The Blackhawks won the first matchup of the season 5-1 on Dec. 14 in Winnipeg. Patrick Kane (1G, 1A) and Nick Schmaltz (1G, 1A) each posted multi-point games in the victory. Kane leads the Blackhawks with 22 career points (10G, 12A) in 20 games against the Jets. Neither Forsberg or Jeff Glass have ever faced Winnipeg in their careers.

NEW YEAR NEW ME

Schmaltz extended his point streak (5G, 3A) to six games with an assist against Minnesota on Wednesday night, the 100th game of his NHL career. The six consecutive games with a point match a career-long streak for the 21-year-old. Since the beginning of the new year, the former NCAA champion shares the league lead with eight points. His 32 points (12G, 20A) this season are a career-high and rank second on the team.

DOT DOT DOT

Since his NHL debut on Dec. 28, David Kampf shares 12th in the league and paces rookie skaters with 60 wins at the dot. In that span, Jonathan Toews leads the NHL with 93 faceoff wins.

GOAL SETTING

Over their last seven games, the Blackhawks have scored 29 goals, the most in the league during that span. That stretch includes six consecutive games (Dec. 29 - Jan. 9) with three or more goals, the longest streak for the team this season. In those seven games, there have been 19 total multi-point performances from nine different players.

ONE-TIMERS

  • Seabrook netted his second goal of the year against the Wild. It was his 12th point (2G, 10A) this season.
  • Michal Kempny notched an assist for the second straight game on Wednesday night. He has six points (1G, 5A) this season.
  • Kane skated in a season-high 26:52 of total ice time in the loss.
  • Brandon Saad paced the club with six shots on goal against the Wild.
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Blackhawks to honor Daze with One More Shift

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations / chicagoblackhawks.com

Former Chicago Blackhawks forward Eric Daze will be honored as he will take the United Center ice on Sunday, January 14 for "One More Shift" prior to the Blackhawks taking on the Detroit Red Wings at 11:30 a.m. The Blackhawks are once again honoring past alumni with "One More Shift" this season, an ode to former players that allows fans to recognize them one more time as they skate on the ice.

Daze played his entire 11-year career with the Blackhawks (1994-2006). He currently ranks 14th in team history in goals (226), 29th in total points (398) and 40th in assists (172). His 601 career games place him 31st on the all-time franchise list. He led the team in goals twice: 1997-98 with 31 goals (tied with Tony Amonte) and 2001-02 with 38 goals. Daze also recorded a career-high 70 points during the 2001-02 season. He recorded four seasons with 30-plus goals in his career and eight straight with 20-plus goals (1995-2003). Daze totaled six hat tricks in his career, including one four-goal game (March 15, 1998 at Florida).

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Blackhawks acquire Duclair and Clendening from Coyotes

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations / chicagoblackhawks.com

The Chicago Blackhawks today acquired forward Anthony Duclair and defenseman Adam Clendening from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for forwards Richard Panik and Laurent Dauphin. Clendening will report to the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League.

Duclair, 22, has 15 points (9G, 6A) in 33 games with Arizona this season. He has also scored a goal in two straight games. During the 2015-16 season with the Coyotes, the Pointe-Claire, Quebec, native recorded career highs in goals (20), assists (24), points (44) and games played (81). Originally drafted in the third round (80th overall) of the 2013 National Hockey League Draft by the New York Rangers, Duclair was acquired by Arizona on March 1, 2015. In 190 career NHL games, spanning four seasons (2014-18), he has 35 goals and 46 assists.

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