The Oilers defeated the Blackhawks 3-1 on Saturday night at the United Center. Chicago is now 10-4-2 against the Pacific Division this season. Richard Panik recorded Chicago's lone goal. Corey Crawford made 19 saves and is now 22-13-3 this year.
The Blackhawks hold a 52-52-13-1 all-time record against the Sabres, including an 18-34-7-0 record on the road. Tonight's contest concludes the two-game series between the clubs this season. The Blackhawks defeated the Sabres 3-2 in overtime on Jan. 5 at the United Center. Duncan Keith logged his 400th career assist in that game, tying Pierre Pilote for seventh-most in franchise history. Chicago has won their last 10 matchups with Buffalo dating back to Oct. 11, 2010. During the stretch, the Blackhawks have outscored the Sabres 38-21. Scott Darling and Crawford share a combined record of 9-0-0 in their careers against the Sabres.
OH MY DARLING
Darling made 31 saves on Feb. 11 against Edmonton, earning his career-best 13th victory of the season. The 28 year-old netminder ranks fifth in the NHL with a 2.24 goals-against average and is second with a .927 save percentage. During the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons, Darling recorded 9 and 12 victories, respectively. He has won five of his last six appearances on the road.
Panik netted his 15th goal of the season vs. the Oilers and now has six points (4G, 2A) over his last four games ... Jonathan Toews recorded an assist for his 600th (262G, 338A) career point. He became the third player from the 2006 NHL draft class to reach the 600-point mark (N. Backstrom, P. Kessel). He also became the ninth Blackhawk to accomplish the feat. He has eight points (2G, 6A) in the month of February. Toews also won 19 of 24 (79 percent) faceoffs on Saturday, his highest percentage of draws won in a game this year ... Trevor van Riemsdyk notched a point (1G, 1A) for the second straight game with a helper against Edmonton. He has nine points (3G, 6A) this season. He also shared the team lead with two blocked shots ... Brent Seabrook led the Blackhawks with four hits in his 900th career game. He is second on the club with 91 hits this season ... Keith paced the team with six shots on goal vs. the Oilers. He also played a team-high 26:52 of ice time.
THREE OPPONENTS TO WATCH
C Jack Eichel: Eichel shares the club lead with three game-winning goals this year. He has notched three assists in his last three games and 17 points (5G, 12A) over his last 17 games; he has 18 points (7G, 11A) in 19 home contests this season.
D Rasmus Ristolainen: The eighth-overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, Ristolainen leads Buffalo in assists and average ice time (27:02). Per Elias, after posting his 100th NHL point in his 253rd game, Ristolainen became the seventh-quickest among Sabres defenseman to reach the milestone.
RW Kyle Okposo: Okposo is first on the team in points and ranks second in goals. He has notched points (3G, 5A) in eight of his last nine games. The St. Paul native recorded his sixth multi-point outing of the season with a goal and an assist on Jan. 5 against the Blackhawks.