The Blackhawks defeated the Nashville Predators 2-1 in overtime on Saturday at the United Center. Patrick Sharp and Brandon Saad each tallied in the victory. Corey Crawford stopped 37 of 38 shots on goal.
VS. ST. LOUIS BLUES
Chicago holds a 147-114-35-10 mark all-time against St. Louis, including a 58- 72-17-5 record on the road. The Blackhawks went 3-2-0 vs. the Blues a season ago. Artemi Panarin paced the team with seven points (2G, 5A) in five meetings against St. Louis last season. Crawford has a 15-6-5 career mark against St. Louis.
Since his National Hockey League debut in 2007, no skater has tallied more goals (19), assists (32) and points (51) against the Blues than Patrick Kane. The Buffalo native's 14 multi-point outings against St. Louis are tied for the most he has posted against any team (DAL, EDM and NSH). Dating back to last season, Kane has tallied points in three of his last four meetings against the Blues.
Sharp picked up his second goal of the year on Saturday and shares sixth on the team with four points (2G, 2A) through six games played. The three-time Stanley Cup champion recorded his 600th career NHL point with a goal in the season opener against Pittsburgh. He currently ranks 13th on the Blackhawks all-time goals list (241), 25th in assists (274) and 15th in points (515).
- Saad's goal was his fourth game-winner of the year, which matches his season total from last year. He shares fifth in the league with eight points this year.
- Duncan Keith registered his third assist of the season and led Chicago skaters with 27:54 of total ice time against the Predators.
- John Hayden notched his third assist of the season. He tallied one goal and three helpers in 12 games last year.
- Cody Franson recorded his second assist in as many games with the Blackhawks. He finished with 19 points (3G, 16A) a season ago.
- Jonathan Toews won a season-high 19 faceoffs against the Predators. His previous season best came on Oct. 10 at MTL when he won 16 draws. Toews' 82 wins at the dot this season rank second in the NHL.
- Jan Rutta paced Chicago with four blocked shots. He shares second on the team with 10 this year.
THREE OPPONENTS TO WATCH
RW Vladimir Tarasenko: Tarasenko's four goals lead Blues skaters through six games. The Yaroslavl, Russia, native has paced St. Louis in goals and points in each of the last three seasons. He tallied a career high in goals (40) in the 2015-16 season and notched a career high in points (75) during the 2016-17 season.
D Alex Pietrangelo: The St. Louis captain shares the team lead with eight points (2G, 6A) and has tallied three multi-point performances in his first six games this season. Pietrangelo led the team in average ice time (25:16) last season and currently ranks third (26:29) among NHL skaters.
G Jake Allen: Allen logged 61 appearances and 33 wins last season, both career bests. His 165 games played rank sixth in Blues goaltender history. The 27-year-old netminder has posted 15 career shutouts, which trail Glenn Hall by one for third on the St. Louis all-time list.