The Blackhawks defeated the Coyotes 6-3 on Thursday night at the United Center. Chicago has won eight of their last nine contests. They have scored at least five goals in five of their last six games. The Blackhawks are the only team in the National Hockey League with seven players to reach the seven-goal mark this season. After Jonathan Toews registered five points (3G, 2A) on Tuesday against Minnesota, Kane's three-goal effort against Arizona marked the first time Chicago players have recorded a hat trick in back-to-back regular-season games since April 11, 1997 (Zhamnov) and April 13, 1997 (Daze). Nick Schmaltz, Ryan Hartman, Patrick Kane (3) and Michal Rozsival each recorded goals for Chicago on Thursday. Corey Crawford made 34 saves and is now 23-13-3 this season.
Chicago owns a 146-114-35-10 all-time record against St. Louis, including an 88-42-18-5 mark at home. Tonight's contest concludes the five-game regular-season series between the Central Division rivals. The clubs have split their first four matchups of the year. Artemi Panarin paces the Blackhawks with six points (2G, 4A) against the Blues this season.
HAT TRICK KANE
Kane earned his third career regular-season hat trick on Thursday vs. the Coyotes. He leads the Blackhawks with 23 goals this year. It was his second multi-goal and 16th multi-point game of the season. His 63 points (23G, 40A) this season share fourth in the NHL.
Toews recorded two helpers against Arizona, extending his point streak (4G, 7A) to five games and tying Dennis Hull for 12th all-time in franchise history with 342 career assists. He leads the league with 22 points (8G, 14A) and six multi-point outings since Jan. 22. The Blackhawks are 21-5-1 when he records a point this year.
Schmaltz tallied a goal and an assist, tying his career-long point streak of three games (2G, 4A). He has notched multi-point efforts in back-to-back outings. He has 12 points (5G, 7A) since Jan. 15 and has a point (3G, 6A) in six of his last seven performances ... Hartman recorded his fourth multi-point game of the year with a goal and a helper against Arizona. He has five goals in the month of February. He shares fifth among NHL rookies and second among Western Conference rookies with 15 goals this year ... Michal Rozsival picked up his first goal of the 2016-17 campaign. It was his 200th skate as a member of the Blackhawks ... Richard Panik notched a helper to extend his career-long point streak to five games (4G, 4A). He has 14 points (6G, 8A) since Jan. 22 ... Artem Anisimov logged an assist. He has 42 points (21G, 21A) this season, which matches his total from last year.
THREE OPPONENTS TO WATCH
D Kevin Shattenkirk: Shattenkirk leads St. Louis in assists and shares the club lead in power-play goals (7). He shares ninth in the NHL and shares second among defensemen with 20 power-play points (7G, 13A). He has notched seven assists over his last eight games. He has recorded three points (1G, 2A) vs. CHI this season.
C Paul Stastny: A second-round pick in the 2005 NHL Draft, Stastny ranks third on the Blues in goals and second in game-winning goals (4). He has registered 17 points (8G, 9A) over his last 17 games. He ranks sixth in the NHL with 662 faceoff wins this year.
RW Vladimir Tarasenko: Tarasenko paces the team in points, goals and game-winning goals (5), shares the team lead in power-play goals (7) and ranks second in assists. He shares 10th in the NHL in points. He netted his 17th and 18th goals of the season and recorded a career-high 9 shots on goal on Jan. 2 vs. the Blackhawks in the 2017 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic.