The Blackhawks defeated the Stars 5-3 on Saturday at American Airlines Center, improving to 4-0-0 against Dallas this season. Chicago ranks fourth in the Western Conference with 14 road victories this year. Ryan Hartman, Gustav Forsling, Patrick Kane, Trevor van Riemsdyk and Jonathan Toews netted goals for Chicago; Blackhawks rookies have now scored two or more of the team's goals seven times this season. Corey Crawford made 31 saves and improved to 20-12-3 this season.
Chicago holds a 24-29-1-9 all-time record against Minnesota, including an 11-15- 0-6 mark at Xcel Energy Center. Tonight's contest marks the second of four matchups between the clubs this season. The Wild defeated the Blackhawks 3-2 on Jan. 15 at the United Center. Kane (2G) and Artem Anisimov (2A) led Chicago with two points each in that meeting. Kane logged a career-high 12 shots on goal vs. the Wild, in his first multigoal and 11th multi-point contest of the 2016-17 campaign.
Crawford recorded his 202nd career NHL victory on Saturday against Dallas, passing Ed Belfour for third in franchise history. It was his sixth time over the past seven seasons recording at least 20 wins. Since becoming a full-time starter during the 2010-11 season, Crawford trails only Marc-Andre Fleury (223) and Henrik Lundqvist (220) in wins. Dating back to the 2012-12 season (min. 150 starts), Crawford shares fourth with a .921 save percentage and ranks seventh with a 2.30 goals-against average.
Chicago's rookies have contributed 62 points (31G, 31A) this season, which ranks third in the NHL behind Toronto (195) and Winnipeg (64). Hartman recorded a goal for the second consecutive game on Saturday against Dallas. He ranks second in goals (12) and fourth in points (22) among Western Conference rookies and shares sixth in goals among NHL rookies. Forsling picked up his second goal of the season vs. the Stars. His four shots on goal were a career best. Tanner Kero picked up his fourth helper of the year. All eight of his points this year have come since Jan. 8 vs. NSH.
Van Riemsdyk netted his second goal of the season vs. Dallas. He has seven points this year ... Toews notched an empty-net power-play goal. He has nine points (4G, 5A) over his last seven games ... Marian Hossa registered two assists. It was his second straight game with a point (1G, 2A) ... Brent Seabrook notched an assist for the fourth consecutive game ... Duncan Keith collected an assist. His 32 helpers this season rank fifth among league defensemen. ...Artemi Panarin picked up his 29th assist of the year. His 48 points share 12th in the league.
THREE OPPONENTS TO WATCH
C Mikael Granlund: Granlund was named the NHL's Second Star for the week ending Feb. 5. He finished the week tied for first in points (3G, 3A). He recorded his first career NHL hat trick and added an assist on Feb. 4 vs. VAN. He leads the Wild in and is riding a franchise-best 12-game point streak (5G, 12A), the longest such run in the NHL this season.
LW Jason Zucker: A native of Newport Beach, California, Zucker shares the team lead in goals and shares third on Minnesota in points. He paces the NHL with a +33 plus/minus rating. He has already set single-season career highs in assists, points and multi-point contests (9).
C Mikko Koivu: The sixth-overall pick in the 2001 NHL Draft, Koivu leads team forwards in average ice time, shares the lead in goals and shares third in points. He has notched 21 points (9G, 12A) over his last 20 games. In 44 career matchups with Chicago, Koivu has recorded 31 points (5G, 26A).