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Game Notes: Oct. 12 vs. Minnesota Wild

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations / chicagoblackhawks.com

LAST GAME

The Blackhawks beat the Canadiens 3-1 Tuesday night at Bell Centre. Alex DeBrincat, Brandon Saad and Artem Anisimov netted a goal each. Corey Crawford made 41 saves in the victory and improved his career record against Montreal to 8-0-2.

VS. MINNESOTA WILD

Chicago holds a 27-29-1-9 mark all-time against Minnesota, including a 14-14-1- 3 record at home. The Blackhawks went 3-1 vs. the Wild last season. Jonathan Toews paced the team with eight points (4G, 4A) in four meetings against Minnesota last season, including a five-point night on Feb. 21 that tied a career best. he leads the Blackhawks with 37 career points (13G, 24A) in 36 career games against the Wild. Crawford has a 10-8-2 career mark against Minnesota.

SAAD ON TOP

Saad has posted points in each of the first four games of the season (5G, 2A). His five goals and seven points lead Chicago skaters and share second overall in the NHL. The Pittsburgh, Pa., native also paces the Blackhawks with 17 shots on goal.

ONE-TIMERS

  • DeBrincat posted his first career multi-point NHL game. He became the first Blackhawks skater to record a goal before the age of 20 since Nick Leddy (19 years, 358 days) on March 13, 2011. He now has 3 points (1G, 2A) in his rookie season.
  • Cody Franson recorded an assist in his first appearance with Chicago.
  • Richard Panik posted his third helper of the season to extend his point (3G, 3A) streak to four games.
  • He shared the team lead in hits (3) against the Canadiens with John Hayden and Michal Kempny.
  • Jonathan Toews picked up an assist to extend his point streak (2G, 3A) to four games.
  • Brent Seabrook paced the team with four blocked shots. Seabrook and Duncan Keith both logged more than 20:00 of ice time for the fourth straight game.

THREE OPPONENTS TO WATCH

C Eric Staal: The former second-overall pick enters his second season with the Wild. Staal (28G, 37A) was second in scoring for Minnesota a season ago. His 28 goals were the most he's scored since 2010-11, when he netted 33 for Carolina. Staal is coming off a multi-point performance (1G, 1A) in a loss against Carolina.

D Ryan Suter: Suter's 40 points and 26:55 of ice time per game led Wild blueliners for the fifth straight season; only Drew Doughty and Dustin Byfuglien averaged more ice time than Suter in 2016-17. His nine goals in 2016-17 were a career best and included four power-play goals.

G Devan Dubnyk: Dubnyk posted career bests in wins (40) and goals-against average (2.25) and matched a career high with five shutouts last season. The Regina, Saskatchewan, native recorded a career-long three game shutout streak from Oct. 25-29 last season.

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