The Blackhawks extended their win streak to five games by defeating the Penguins 4-1 on Wednesday night at the United Center. Chicago has won 10 of its last 11 games, scoring at least four goals in each of the victories. The Blackhawks carry a 27-0-0 mark when scoring at least four goals this season. Patrick Kane (3) and Richard Panik recorded goals for Chicago. Scott Darling made 36 saves to earn his fourth consecutive victory. He improved to 16-5-2 on the season and has allowed two goals or fewer in six of his last seven appearances.
Chicago owns a 48-39-20-2 all-time record against the Islanders, including a 31-18-5-1 mark at the United Center. Tonight's contest concludes the two-game regular-season series between the teams. The Blackhawks defeated the Islanders 5-4 on Dec. 15 at Barclays Center. Marian Hossa registered the 515th goal of his career that night, tying Pierre Turgeon for 37th on the NHL's all-time list.
With a goal and an assist in Sunday's matchup with the Blues, Toews tied Jeremy Roenick for eighth in franchise history with 268 career markers. He was named NHL's First Star for the month of February after leading the NHL with 18 points (7G, 11A) over 10 games last month. He collected at least one point in nine of his 10 outings, including five multi-point performances.
Kane notched his second hat trick of the year on Wednesday against Pittsburgh, extending his goal streak (7G) to three games. Per Elias, he became the first Blackhawks player to record two hat tricks in a three-game span since the 1991-92 season, when Brian Noonan did so in consecutive contests on Dec. 27 and Dec. 29. Kane shares fourth in the league with 18 multi-point games this season and has netted 12 goals over his last 11 games. He leads the league with 19 points (12G, 7A) since Feb. 1. Additionally, he leads the league with 42 points (17G, 25A) in 32 games at home this season.
Panik notched his 17th goal of the year vs. the Penguins to push his point streak (5G, 5A) to seven games. 11 of his goals have come at home this season ... Nick Schmaltz picked up two helpers, extending his career-long point streak (2G, 7A) to five games. It was his fourth multi-point effort of the season and second contest recording two assists. He has 15 points (5G, 10A) since Jan. 15, which is fourth among league rookies, and has a point (3G, 9A) in eight of his last nine games.
THREE OPPONENTS TO WATCH
Stats do not include March 2 game at DAL.
C John Tavares: A native of Mississauga, Ontario, Tavares leads the Islanders in points, goals, power-play goals (7) and shots on goal and ranks second in assists. He recorded his 500th NHL point and sixth career hat trick on Jan. 13 at FLA. Tavares led NYI in points (70) and goals (33) last season. He has recorded seven points (1G, 6A) in 11 career matchups against Chicago.
C Anders Lee: A sixth-round pick in the 2009 NHL Draft, Lee paces the club in game-winning goals (4), ranks second in goals and ranks third in points this year. He reached the 20-goal mark for the second time in three full NHL seasons, with 20 of his 23 goals netted after Thanksgiving.
LW Josh Bailey: Bailey leads the team in assists and ranks second in points. He shares second on the Islanders with 11 points (4G, 7A) since Feb. 1. He collected two assists in Tuesday's victory over the Canadiens. Bailey leads NYI skaters with 22 points (5G, 17A) on the road this year.