The Blackhawks defeated the Wild 2-0 Saturday night at Xcel Energy Center. Artem Anisimov and Alex DeBrincat each netted a goal. Corey Crawford stopped 24 shots to secure his second consecutive shutout.
Chicago holds a 158-299-103-4 mark all-time against Montreal, including a 100-125-55-0 record at home. The Blackhawks beat the Canadiens 3-1 on Oct. 10 in Montreal in their first meeting of the season. DeBrincat, Brandon Saad and Anisimov each tallied in the win. Jonathan Toews (7G, 6A) leads the Blackhawks with 13 career points in 11 games against the Canadiens. Anton Forsberg, the probable starter, has not faced Montreal in his career.
Anisimov matched a career-long four-game goal streak (4G) with his power-play tally against the Wild. It was his second goal with the man advantage in as many games. The Yaroslavl, Russia, native now has five points (4G, 1A) in his last four games.
With his second consecutive shutout, Crawford has now allowed one or fewer goals in seven of his 12 appearances this season. He currently shares the NHL lead with two shutouts this season. His 23 career shutouts rank seventh all-time in Chicago Blackhawks history.
FACEOFFS ARE ON
As a team, the Blackhawks won 34 of their 60 faceoffs (57 percent) in the win against the Wild. Nick Schmaltz went 8-for-14 at the dotm while Anisimov won 10 of his 16 draws (63 percent). Toews picked up wins in nine of his 16 draws (56 percent), while Tommy Wingels went 7-for-12 (58 percent) at the dot.
Patrick Kane notched his team-high 14th point (5G, 9A) with an assist on Anisimov's goal on Saturday ... Duncan Keith tallied an assist in a team high 24:58 of time on ice and now has eight points (8A) this year ... Michal Kempny paced the team with a career-high six shots on goal.
THREE OPPONENTS TO WATCH
RW Brendan Gallagher: Gallagher leads the Canadiens in goals (6) and shares the lead in points (11) this season. The Edmonton native brings a four-game point streak (3G, 3A) into Sunday night's tilt in Chicago. In his last seven games, the 25-year-old has posted nine points (5G, 4A).
RW Andrew Shaw: The former Blackhawk tallied two goals for Montreal on Saturday night against Winnipeg. It was his first multi-goal game since Jan. 12, 2016, against Nashville as a member of the Blackhawks. Shaw has five points (3G, 2A) in his last four games.
G Carey Price: The 30-year-old enters Sunday night ranked third all-time in games played (520) and wins (273) among Montreal goaltenders. His 39 career shutouts rank fourth on the Canadiens' all-time list. Price made 22 saves on 25 shots in the team's loss against Chicago on Oct. 12.