The Devils defeated the Blackhawks 7-5 on Sunday night at the United Center. Chicago's five goals matched their second-highest total of the season (Oct. 7 vs. CBJ). Alex DeBrincat, Artem Anisimov, Jan Rutta, Tanner Kero and Patrick Kane each tallied a goal. Corey Crawford made 19 saves, while Anton Forsberg made 12 saves in the loss.
Chicago holds a 248-238-98-3 mark all-time against New York, including a 132-116-43-3 record at home. The Blackhawks went 1-0-1 in two matchups with the Rangers last season. Anisimov (1G, 1A) and Artemi Panarin (2A) paced Chicago with two points each in the two matchups. Jonathan Toews leads the Blackhawks with nine career points (4G, 5A) in 12 games against the Rangers. Crawford has a 2-3-1 career record against New York.
THE CAT'S MEOW
DeBrincat picked up a goal for the second straight game. He shares fourth among NHL rookies with six goals this season and has seven points (5G, 2A) in his last seven tilts.
- Rutta and Kane netted a goal each on the power play in Sunday's loss. The last time Chicago scored two power-play goals in a game was Oct. 18 at St. Louis (Panik, Hartman).
- Rutta posted a career-best three points with a goal and two assists vs. New Jersey. He paces Blackhawks blueliners with nine points (3G, 6A) this year; eight (3G, 5A) of his nine points this season have come against Eastern Conference opponents.
- Kero notched his first marker of the year. It was the second straight game (1G, 1A) that he has recorded a point. He has a goal and two helpers this season.
- Kane registered a goal and an assist vs. the Devils for his third multi-point performance of the season. He paces Chicago with 17 points (6G, 11A) this season.
- Nick Schmaltz notched his first multi-assist game of the season with two helpers. It was the second time this season he has had two or more points in a game.
THREE OPPONENTS TO WATCH
C Mika Zibanejad: The Huddinge, Sweden, native leads the Rangers with 18 points (8G, 10A) in 18 games. Zibanejad has points in seven of his last nine games, including two separate three-point performances (Oct. 31 vs. VGK, Nov. 6 vs. CBJ). His four multi-point outings share the team lead this season.
D Kevin Shattenkirk: Since making his NHL debut in 2010, Shattenkirk has played the third-most games against Chicago among NHL defensemen (34 GP). The 28-year-old has tallied 15 points (1G, 14A) against the Blackhawks in his career.
G Henrik Lundqvist: The Rangers' all-time leader in wins (413) shares ninth among NHL goaltenders with eight wins this season. Lundqvist is the only active NHL goaltender to record at least one shutout in every season since 2005-06. He has a 6-2-2 career record against Chicago with a 2.19 goals-against average.