The Blackhawks beat the Hurricanes 4-3 in overtime Saturday night at PNC Arena. Alex DeBrincat netted two goals, while Gustav Forsling and Brandon Saad tallied one goal each. Anton Forsberg made 35 saves for his first win as a member of the Blackhawks.
Chicago holds a 26-26-11-3 mark all-time against New Jersey, including a 15-12-5-1 record at home. The Blackhawks won both matchups last season against the Devils; Brent Seabrook and Duncan Keith paced Chicago with three points each (3A) in the two matchups. Jonathan Toews (5G, 5A) leads the Blackhawks with 10 career points in 13 games against the Devils. Corey Crawford has a 5-4-0 career record against New Jersey.
Richard Panik tallied his 100th career point in the National Hockey League with an assist on Saturday night in Carolina. He now has 10 points this season (4G, 6A). Last season the Martin, Slovakia, native notched career highs in goals (22), assists (22) and points (44).
ROOKIE ON A ROLL
With two goals against the Hurricanes, DeBrincat tallied his first career multi-goal game. Ryan Hartman was the last Blackhawks rookie to post a two-goal game (March 3, 2017 vs. Vancouver). DeBrincat added an assist on Saturday to set a career high of three points in a game. He now has six points (4G, 2A) over his last six outings.
- Saad's game-winner was his team-high fifth of the season, as well as his 10th point this year (7G, 3A).
- Forsling netted his first goal of the season and posted an assist. He now has five points this year (1G, 4A). He also led the team and tied a season high with four blocked shots.
- Tanner Kero picked up an assist in his first game since Oct. 19 for his second point this year (2A).
- Keith paced Chicago with 24:56 of ice time.
THREE OPPONENTS TO WATCH
LW Taylor Hall: Hall leads the Devils with 19 points this season (5G, 12A). The Calgary native has posted four multi-point outings this season, including a four-point performance on Oct. 19 in Ottawa (4A). He has tallied at least one point in five of his last eight games.
D Will Butcher: The former Hobey Baker Award winner as the top NCAA player paces NHL rookies with 13 assists. He tallied a season-high three asissts in his first career NHL game on Oct. 7 against Colorado. Butcher posted one assist Saturday night in a win against Florida.
RW Kyle Palmieri: The 26-year-old netted his fourth goal of the season in a win against Florida Saturday night. He has four points (3G, 1A) in his last five games heading into Sunday's matchup against Chicago. Last season, Palmieri posted three asissts in two games against the Blackhawks.