The Blackhawks were defeated by the Wild 5-2 Thursday night at the United Center. Chicago's goals were scored by Ryan Hartman and Jonathan Toews. Corey Crawford stopped 29 of 32 shots in his first loss of the season.
Chicago holds a 55-38-4-8 mark all-time against Nashville, including a 32-18-1-2 record at home. The Blackhawks went 4-1 vs. the Predators last season. Patrick Kane paced the team with nine points (3G, 6A) in five meetings; he leads the Blackhawks with 50 career points (23G, 27A) in 53 career matchups against Nashville. Crawford has a 15-9-1 career mark against the Predators.
Hartman netted his second goal of the season and notched an assist in Thursday's loss; it was his second multi-point effort of the year, and he has recorded a point in three of five games to start the season. As of Oct. 12, Hartman's eight points (2G, 6A) pace the Blackhawks and share the league lead. Last season, Hartman tied for seventh among National Hockey League rookies with 19 goals.
Toews netted a goal with the man advantage Thursday night to extend his point streak to five games (3G, 3A). The Winnipeg native recorded two separate six-game point streaks last season (Feb. 11-26, March 13-23). Toews also won 10 faceoffs against the Wild. His 54.8 win percentage leads Blackhawks centermen at the faceoff dot this season.
- Patrick Kane notched his fifth assist of the year, placing him second on the club. He has seven points (2G, 5A) so far in 2017-18.
- Tanner Kero picked up his first point of the year with an assist on Hartman's tally. Kero had 16 points (6G, 10A) with Chicago last season.
- Gustav Forsling set a career high with his fourth assist of the season on Thursday. Last year he recorded three helpers in 38 regular-season games.
THREE OPPONENTS TO WATCH
D P.K. Subban: The former Norris Trophy winner and two-time All-Star shares the team lead in points (6) in his second season with the Predators. His 26:34 of ice time per game paces Nashville skaters through four contests and ranks second among all NHL skaters. Last season, Subban ranked second among Predators skaters with 24:24 of average TOI.
LW Viktor Arvidsson: Arvidsson led the Predators in points (31G, 30A) for the first time in his career last season. He tallied his second goal of the season against Dallas Thursday night and now has three points (2G, 1A) through four games.
G Pekka Rinne: Rinne's 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs performance earned him career bests in wins (14), goals-against average (1.96), save percentage (.930) and shutouts (2). He holds franchise records for career games played (511), wins (271), shutouts (43) and postseason wins (36).