With a 5-3 victory over the Predators on Saturday at Bridgestone Arena, the Blackhawks set a franchise record of eight consecutive road wins. The Blackhawks have scored the first goal in six of their last seven games and are 30-7-2 when scoring first this season; their 30 wins in that situation share third in the league. Chicago improved to 16-8-1 vs. the Central Division this season. Patrick Kane (2), Jordin Tootoo, Jonathan Toews and Brian Campbell each recorded goals. Corey Crawford earned his fourth consecutive victory with 32 saves against Nashville, improving to 26-13-3 this season. Crawford has stopped 30 or more shots on goal in seven of his last eight appearances.
Chicago holds a 37-42-5-3 all-time record against Anaheim, including a 21- 19-2-3 mark at the United Center. Tonight's game marks the second of three matchups with Anaheim this season. The Blackhawks defeated the Ducks 3-2 on Nov. 25 at Honda Center. Kane (1G, 1A) and Brent Seabrook (2A) share the team lead with two points each against the Ducks this year. The clubs will conclude their regular-season series on April 6 at ANA.
The Blackhawks won their seventh consecutive game on Saturday to match their season-long streak (Oct. 28-Nov. 9) and achieve the sixth-longest streak in the league this season. The Blackhawks have averaged 4.3 goals over their last seven games, the most in the NHL during that span. Kane (10G, 2A) and Toews (6G, 6A) share fourth in the league and pace Chicago with 12 points each since Feb. 19.
After scoring two goals against Nashville on Friday, Kane passed Doug Weight and Mike Knuble for 23rd in career goals among American-born players with 280. He has netted nine goals over his last five games, including two hat tricks. He paces the Blackhawks with 29 goals this season, and ranks second in points and shares eighth in goals among NHL skaters. Kane also shares second in the league with 42 points (17G, 25A) on home ice this season.
Seabrook collected two assists vs. the Predators for his eighth multi-point game of the season, reaching the 400-point milestone. He has five helpers over his last five games and 30 on the season. He also led the team with five blocked shots ... Richard Panik recorded two assists. He has logged 14 points (6G, 8A) over his last 11 games ... Tootoo registered his first goal of the season ... Duncan Keith extended his assist streak to four games. His 40 helpers share third among league blueliners ... Toews netted a power-play goal and assisted on the game-winning goal. The tally was the 268th of his career, tying Tony Amonte for seventh in Blackhawks history.
THREE OPPONENTS TO WATCH
C Ryan Getzlaf: The 19th-overall pick in the 2003 NHL Draft shares eighth in the NHL in assists and leads Anaheim in points and assists. With two helpers on March 7 vs. NSH, he reached the 40-assist mark for a franchise-best ninth time, becoming just the sixth active player to do so.
D Cam Fowler: Fowler ranks third on the team with five power-play goals and three game-winning goals this season. He is one power-play goal away from passing Fredrik Olausson (22) for sole possession of second on the franchise's all-time list for defensemen.
C Ryan Kesler: A native of Livonia, Michigan, Kesler is second on the team in points and ranks third in goals and assists. He is two assists away from reaching 300 in his career. Kesler ranks second in the NHL in faceoff wins (844). He recorded his fourth career hat trick and his first three-goal game as a Duck on Jan. 1 vs. PHI. He has three assists over his last five games.