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Game notes: March 31 vs. Columbus Blue Jackets

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations / chicagoblackhawks.com

LAST GAME
The Blackhawks defeated the Penguins 5-1 on Wednesday night at PPG Paints Arena. It marked Chicago's sixth straight victory over Pittsburgh dating back to Jan. 21, 2015; they have outscored the Penguins 20-8 during that stretch. Artemi Panarin, Tanner Kero, Richard Panik, Marcus Kruger and Marian Hossa each recorded goals for Chicago. Corey Crawford made 31 saves and improved to 31-16-3 on the season. Joel Quenneville won his 850th career game (850-485-199); he leads active coaches and ranks second in NHL history in wins.

VS. BLUE JACKETS
The Blackhawks hold a 46-25-2-7 all-time record against Columbus, including a 24-12-1-2 mark at the United Center. Tonight's contest marks the second and final regular-season matchup between the clubs. The Blue Jackets defeated the Blackhawks 3-2 on Oct. 21 in Columbus. Kane paces Chicago with 42 career points (15G, 27A) vs. CBJ.

GO GREEN
Through the their partnership with Constellation, the Blackhawks will host "Go Green Night" at the United Center on Friday in support of the organization's commitment to environmental sustainability. Constellation will supply Green-e Energy Certified Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) to match the electricity use during the game with energy generated from environmentally responsible renewable resources minimizing the carbon footprint of the game. The first 10,000 fans to enter tonight's game will receive a Blackhawks jersey tote bag, sponsored by Constellation.

ROAD WARRIORS
Chicago's 5-1 victory over Pittsburgh on Tuesday marked their 24th road win of the season, matching a franchise record set during the 2014-15 campaign. Chicago holds the second-best road record in the NHL. The Blackhawks have won 14 of their previous 18 games away from the United Center. Panarin paces Chicago and shares fifth in the NHL with 38 points (14G, 24A) on the road this year. Patrick Kane ranks eighth in the league with 36 points (14G, 22A).

ONE-TIMERS
Kane recorded two helpers against the Penguins, reaching the 50-assist mark for the fourth time in his career. He is the fourth Blackhawk (Stan Mikita, Denis Savard and Jeremy Roenick) to accomplish the feat. Wednesday marked Kane's 23rd multi-point outing of the year, which shares second in the NHL ... Hossa scored against PIT with his 524th career goal, which ties Bryan Trottier for 34th in league history ... Ryan Hartman recorded an assist. His 30 points this season share fourth among NHL rookies ... Nick Schmaltz collected an assist. He has recorded seven helpers over his last six games.

THREE OPPONENTS TO WATCH

RW Cam Atkinson: Atkinson leads Columbus in points (61), goals (34), game-winning goals (8) and shots on goal (224). He has set career highs in goals, assists, points and power-play points (21) this season. He posted a career-long nine-game point streak (7G, 7A) from Dec. 5-23.

LW Brandon Saad: A former Blackhawk, Saad ranks third on CBJ in points (50), goals (22) and shots on goal (186). During the 2015-16 campaign, he led Columbus and set career highs in goals (31), points (53) and game-winning goals (7). He collected his 100th career CBJ point on March 13 at PHI.

D Zach Werenski: The 2015 first-round pick ranks second on the Blue Jackets in assists (36). He was named NHL Rookie of the Month for November after recording 10 points (3G, 7A) in 13 games. He notched his 40th point on March 10 vs. BUF, setting a franchise record for rookies.

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