The Blackhawks defeated the Senators 2-1 on Thursday at Canadian Tire Centre. They have now won 10 of their last 11 games, and their 22 road victories this season rank second in the league. For the fourth consecutive contest, the Blackhawks recorded the first goal of the game and now own a 33-8-2 mark when scoring first. Duncan Keith and Richard Panik netted goals for Chicago. Scott Darling made 33 saves and improved to 17-5-2 on the season. He has allowed two goals or fewer in each of his last six appearances and has stopped at least 30 shots in each of his last four starts.
VS. MAPLE LEAFS
Chicago holds a 264-286-96-0 all-time record against Toronto, including a 101-166-54-0 mark on the road. Tonight's contest marks the second and final regular-season matchup between the Original Six franchises. The Blackhawks defeated the Maple Leafs 5-4 in a shootout on Oct. 22; they have won 12 of their previous 14 tilts with Toronto dating back to the 2003-04 season. Marian Hossa paces Chicago with 41 career points (17G, 24A) vs. TOR.
KANE IS ABLE
Kane collected an assist on Thursday against Ottawa, extending his point streak (2G, 5A) to four games. As of Friday, he ranks third in the NHL with 77 points (31G, 46A), behind Connor McDavid (24G, 55A) and Brad Marchand (37G, 42A). Since Feb. 1, Kane shares the league lead with 16 goals and 28 points. He shares second in the NHL with 21 multi-point outings this season.
Artemi Panarin added an assist vs. the Senators, stretching his point streak (3G, 2A) to four games. He has notched 10 points (4G, 6A) over his last 10 contests. Thursday's game marked his 150th career NHL game, and since 1990 Panarin has recorded the most points (140) for an undrafted player through his first 150 contests.
Keith netted his sixth goal of the season against OTT. He has recorded points (1G, 6A) in seven of his last nine games ... Panik recorded a power-play goal in the third period. It was his second goal against the Senators this season ... John Hayden became the fifth Blackhawk to make his NHL debut this season (Schmaltz, Kempny, Motte and Forsling) on Thursday at Ottawa. He also shared the team lead with three hits ... Marian Hossa skated in his 1,300th NHL game against the team that drafted him 12th overall in 1997.
THREE OPPONENTS TO WATCH
C Auston Matthews: The first-overall pick in this past June's draft leads the Maple Leafs in goals (31) and shares the team lead in points (55) and game-winning goals (6). Matthews made his NHL debut on Oct. 12 at OTT and set a league record for goals scored in an NHL debut (4). He was named Rookie of the Month for December after recording 12 points (8G, 4A) in 12 games.
LW James van Riemsdyk: Van Riemsdyk is third on the team in points (52), goals (22) and power-play goals (5). He netted his 100th career NHL goal against Chicago on Nov. 1, 2014. He has recorded three goals over his last five games. Van Riemsdyk leads TOR with four career points (4G) vs. the Blackhawks.
C Mitch Marner: Marner leads Toronto in assists (38) and shares the team lead in points (55). Per Elias, he became the fourth teenager to record three assists in a game for the Maple Leafs on Oct. 27 vs. FLA. He has notched five points (2G, 3A) over his last five games. Marner paces the team with 32 points (10G, 22A) in 29 home games this year.