The Blackhawks beat the Ducks 7-3 Monday night at the United Center. Ale DeBrincat tallied a hat trick, while Nick Schmaltz, Patrick Sharp, Artem Anisimov and Brandon Saad each had one goal. Corey Crawford made 25 saves in the victory.
Chicago holds a 56-39-4-8 mark all-time against Nashville, including a 23-20-3-6 record on the road. The Blackhawks and Predators have split the season series 1-1-0; both games were played in Chicago. Anisimov, Sharp and Saad have tallied a goal each in the two matchups against Nashville this season. Patrick Kane (23G, 28A) leads the Blackhawks with 51 career points in 55 games against the Predators. Anton Forsberg has never faced the Predators in his career.
KANE IS ABLE
With three assists, Kane extended his point streak (4G, 7A) to a season-long seven games. It was 13th time in his career posting three or more assists. He leads Chicago in scoring with with 25 points (9G, 16A) this season. the Buffalo native has now reached the 25-point plateau in each of his 11 NHL seasons.
DeBrincat (19 years, 344 days) became the second-youngest Chicago Blackhawk to notch a hat trick (Jeremy Roenick, 19 years, 340 days) in franchise history. It was his first career hat trick and part of a career-high four-point game (3G, 1A).
- Schmaltz registered a goal and two assists in the victory over the Ducks. It was his third multi-point outing over his last six games and fourth overall. He has one goal and eight assists in those six games.
- Sharp opened the scoring for Chicago. He also notched an assist. It was his first multi-point performance of the year. He has three goals and three helpers this year.
- Anisimov recorded his 11th goal of the year. It was eighth goal in the month of November and his fifth game-winner of the month, a total that paces the NHL.
- Saad picked up a goal for the second straight game. His nine goals share third on the Blackhawks.
- Ryan Hartman had two assists. It was his third multi-point game of the season. He has four goals and eight assists this season.
- Duncan Keith pushed his point streak (3A) to three games with an assist. He also led the club with four takeaways.
- Connor Murphy, Brent Seabrook, Richard Panik and Jan Rutta all picked up an assist in the win over the Ducks.
THREE OPPONENTS TO WATCH
LW Filip Forsberg: Forsberg paces the Predators with 24 points (11G, 13A) this season. The Ostervala, Sweden, native has posted 11 points (3G, 8A) in his last 10 games, including a two-goal effort on Nov. 22 against Montreal. He notched a goal in the first meeting of the season with Chicago on Oct. 14.
D Mattias Ekholm: Ekholm shares the lead in multi-point games (5) for Nashville this season. Through 23 games, he has six goals. He posted a career-best eight goals during the 2015-16 season. The 27-year-old defenseman tallied his 100th career point with a goal against Carolina on Sunday.
G Pekka Rinne: The Predators' all-time leader in games played (526), wins (282) and shutouts (45) heads into Tuesday night's matchup with wins in eight of his last 10 starts. In his most recent outing on Nov. 24, Rinne made 34 saves in a shutout victory against St. Louis.