The Blackhawks defeated the Jets 5-2 Friday night at MTS Centre for their fourth consecutive victory. The Blackhawks are 24-7-2 when scoring first this season. Their 16 road victories share third in the league. Patrick Kane, Artem Anisimov, Duncan Keith, Marian Hossa and Artemi Panarin each netted goals for Chicago. Corey Crawford made 28 saves and is now 22-12-3 this year.
Chicago owns a 64-49-12-5 all-time record against Edmonton, including a 29- 30-5-1 record at Rogers Place. Tonight's contest marks the second of three matchups between the clubs this season. The Oilers defeated the Blackhawks 5-0 on Nov. 21 in Edmonton. The teams will meet again on Feb. 18 at the United Center. During the 2015-16 campaign, Panarin (4G, 3A) and Kane (1G, 6A) each notched seven points against the Oilers.
LAST LINE OF DEFENSE
Niklas Hjalmarsson picked up an assist for the second consecutive game. He paces the club and shares the league lead with 143 blocked shots this season. His career high came during the 2010-11 campaign when he logged 166 blocks, finishing 13th in the NHL. On Jan. 8 vs. the Predators, the Sweden native set a career high with his fifth goal of the year.
Kane netted his 269th career marker to pass Tony Amonte for the most goals by a American-born player in franchise history. He also recorded an assist against the Jets. His two points extended his point streak (3G, 3A) to four games. He is currently fifth among active U.S.-born players in career goals (Parise, 310; Kessel, 291; Gionta, 286; Pavelski, 284) and is first with 718 points. Kane shares 10th in the league with 13 multi-point outings this year. He is sixth in the league with 55 points and third with 37 helpers.
Anisimov picked up a goal and an assist vs. Winnipeg. He is second on the team with 19 goals this year. It was his ninth multi-point game of the season. He has five points (1G, 4A) in four games this month. Keith registered a goal and an assist to extend his point streak (1G, 6A) to four games. He shares third among league blueliners with 10 multi-point games this year. He shares second among league defensemen with 35 helpers and fourth with 39 points. Hossa recorded his team-leading 20th goal of the 2016-17 campaign with a shorthanded tally in the third period. He is the active leader with 34 shorthanded goals in his career. He has four points (2G, 2A) in his last four games. He paces the Blackhawks with 23 goals and 39 points in his career against Winnipeg. His 34 points this year are now more than he had in 69 games last season.
3 OPPONENTS TO WATCH
Connor McDavid: The first-overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, McDavid shares the lead league in points and ranks first in assists. He paces the Oilers in points and assists and shares second in goals. The rookie center has points against 28 of 29 NHL teams, with only Tampa Bay having kept him off the scoresheet to date. He has never gone more than three games without a point.
Jordan Eberle: A native of Regina, Saskatchewan, Eberle ranks third on Edmonton in points and assists. With 363 points (156G, 207A) in 478 games as an Oiler, he ranks 14th all-time. He is three points away from passing Craig Simpson for 13th place. He is the top-scoring current Oiler.
Leon Draisaitl: Draisaitl paces the club in goals and ranks second in points and assists. He became the first Oiler to hit the 20-goal mark this season with a power-play tally on Jan. 31 vs. MIN. He has already set a career high in goals this season. Draisaitl is the top-scoring player from the 2014 NHL Draft class with 107 points (41G, 66A) in 164 games.