The Blackhawks defeated the Sabres 5-1 on Sunday at KeyBank Center. The contest marked their 11th consecutive victory over Buffalo dating back to the 2009-10 season. Chicago has won six straight games away from the United Center, outscoring their opponents 28-13. The Blackhawks carry an 18-10-1 record on the road this season, including a league-best 8-1-0 road record since Jan. 17. Their 37 points away from the United Center share fourth in the NHL. Ryan Hartman, Marian Hossa, Jonathan Toews, Artem Anisimov and Patrick Kane each scored for Chicago. Scott Darling made 25 saves and improved to 14-5-2 this season. In four of his last five starts, he has allowed one goal or fewer.
Chicago holds a 25-29-1-9 all-time record against Minnesota, including a 12-15- 0-6 mark at Xcel Energy Center. Tonight's contest marks the third of four matchups between the Central Division rivals this season. The clubs have split their first two matchups of the season. Toews netted the game-winning goal and had two assists on Feb. 8; per Elias, he passed Hossa and Patrick Sharp for the most regular-season overtime goals (9) by a Blackhawks player since the NHL instituted the five-minute tiebreaker in 1983-84. Kane (2G), Anisimov (2A) and Duncan Keith (2A) lead the team with two points each vs. the Wild.
IN RARE COMPANY
With a goal and an assist against the Sabres on Sunday, Kane became the third Blackhawks player to reach the 20-goal mark this season. Per Elias, he became the first American-born player in NHL history to record 20 or more goals in each of his first 10 seasons. Kane is the fifth player in franchise history to reach the 20-goal mark in 10 or more seasons, joining Stan Mikita (14), Bobby Hull (13), Steve Larmer (11) and Denis Savard (10). He and Savard are the only players in franchise history to score 20 or more goals in each of their first 10 NHL seasons.
Hartman netted his 14th goal of the season on Sunday vs. the Sabres. He shares sixth in goals and 13th in points (24) among NHL rookies ... Tanner Kero picked up his fifth helper of the season ... Keith recorded an assist in his 892nd regular-season game, passing Larmer for eighth in Blackhawks history. His 26 assists rank third among league blueliners and ninth overall. He is one point away from reaching 500 ... Hossa registered a goal and shares the team lead with 21 this season ... Marcus Kruger collected an assist for his 100th career point (30G, 70A). Seven of his 10 assists this season have come on the road ... Toews notched his 12th goal of the year. He has nine points (3G, 6A) in the month of February ... Richard Panik logged his 14th helper of the year. He has seven points (4G, 3A) over his last five games.
THREE OPPONENTS TO WATCH
RW Jason Pominville: Pominville was named the NHL's First Star for the week ending Feb. 12 after leading the league with six assists and eight points. Since Jan. 19, he paces the NHL in assists (15) and points (19), registering points in 13 of 15 games over that span.
RW Nino Niederreiter: A native of Switzerland, Niederreiter leads the Wild in goals, power-play goals (8) and hits (91). He ranks second on the club with 24 points (11G, 13A) on home ice this season. He has notched 19 points (10G, 9A) over his last 19 games.
G Devan Dubnyk: The 14th-overall pick in the 2004 NHL Draft, Dubnyk paces the NHL with 32 wins this season, reaching the 30-win mark for the third consecutive seasons. He leads the league in goals-against average (1.97) and save percentage (.934) and shares fourth in shutouts (5). Dubnyk is 25-4-2 over his last 31 games, which includes a career-best and franchise-record 14-game win streak.