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Game Notes: Oct. 21 at Arizona Coyotes

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations / chicagoblackhawks.com

LAST GAME

The Oilers defeated the Blackhawks 2-1 in overtime Thursday night at the United Center. Patrick Kane scored the lone Chicago goal, and Anton Forsberg made 40 saves on 42 shots in his second start with the team, tying a career high.

VS. COYOTES

Chicago holds a 30-24-8-9 mark all-time against Arizona, including a 58- 72-17-5 record on the road. The Blackhawks went 3-0-0 vs. the Coyotes a season ago. Kane paced the team with six points (4G, 2A) in three meetings against Arizona last season. He (14G, 28A) leads the Blackhawks with 42 career points in 32 career games against the Coyotes. Crawford has a 9-2-2 career mark against Arizona.

AT THE DOT

With 114 faceoff wins through eight games, Jonathan Toews leads the league in wins at the dot. Over his last three games, he has a 64.6 faceoff win percentage, and he logged a season high with 19 wins against Nashville on Oct. 14. Last season, Toews paced the Blackhawks with 852 faceoff wins, ranking eighth in the National Hockey League.

KANE IS ABLE

With a goal on Thursday night against Edmonton, Kane extended his point streak to three games and took the team lead in points (3G, 7A). As of Oct. 20, he's tied for sixth in points among all NHL skaters, four points behind TBL's Nikita Kucherov (8G, 6A).

D ON O

Jan Rutta picked up an assist on Kane's marker on Thursday. He shares the lead among Blackhawks defensemen with five points (2G, 3A) this season. Duncan Keith registered an assist for the third consecutive game and now has five helpers this season. Keith and Rutta pace Chicago blueliners with five points this year.

THREE OPPONENTS TO WATCH

C Clayton Keller: The rookie forward leads Arizona in goals (5) and points (7) through seven games. The Chesterfield, Mo., native posted three points (2G, 1A) in a loss against Dallas Thursday night at Gila River Arena. His three point performance was his second multi-point outing of the season.

D Oliver Ekman-Larsson: Ekman-Larsson has led the Coyotes in average ice time in each of the last five seasons. The 26-year-old defenseman has also posted at least 30 points in five of the last six seasons. He led the team in ice time (25:24) and posted an assist on Thursday night against Dallas.

D Niklas Hjalmarsson: The three-time Stanley Cup winner faces the Blackhawks for the first time since being acquired by Arizona in a trade with Chicago. During his time as a Blackhawk, Hjalmarsson collected 23 goals and 120 assists while blocking 1,186 shots, second only to Brent Seabrook during his tenure with Chicago.

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