The Blackhawks beat the Coyotes 4-2 Saturday night at Gila River Arena. It was Chicago's eighth straight win over Arizona. Richard Panik, Patrick Kane, Lance Bouma and Tommy Wingels each netted a goal in the win. Corey Crawford made 27 saves.
VS. GOLDEN KNIGHTS:
Tuesday's matchup marks the first time the Blackhawks and Golden Knights will faceoff. On June 22, 2016, The National Hockey League announced that Las Vegas was granted the league's 31st team. They are the NHL's first expansion franchise since the Columbus Blue Jackets and Minnesota Wild came into the league in the 2000-01 season. Vegas became the eighth team in the Pacific Division and the 15th in the Western Conference.
Panik picked up his fifth goal of the season, ranking second among Blackhawks skaters. With that marker the Martin, Slovakia, native now has 99 career points (52G, 47A). Through nine games Panik is averaging a career best 15:56 of ice time per game with Chicago.
- Kane netted a goal to extend his point streak (2G, 3A) to five games. Kane leads the team with 11 points (4G, 7A).
- Bouma tallied his first goal as a member of the Blackhawks. He picked up a helper to post his first multi-point performance on the season.
- Wingels netted his first goal as a Blackhawk. He also recorded an assist to post his first multi- point game since March 12, 2015 as a member of the San Jose Sharks.
- Duncan Keith posted two assists to extend his point streak (5A) to four games.
- Gustav Forsling paced the team with a season-high four blocked shots and 3:10 of ice time during the penalty kill.
- The Blackhawks went 5-for-5 on the penalty kill and now rank sixth in the NHL with an 85.7 PK percentage.
THREE OPPONENTS TO WATCH
James Neak LW: The 30-year-old forward is tied for fourth in the National Hockey League with six goals. He leads the Golden Knights in goals (6) and points (8). Neal has posted multi-point performances in three of his first seven games as a member of the Vegas Golden Knights.
Reilly Smith RW: The Toronto, native tallied three points (1G, 2A) in a win against St. Louis on Saturday night. It was the highest single game point total of the season for Vegas. Smith's seven total points (2G, 5A) rank second on the Golden Knights, and his 19:19 of average time on ice rank second among Vegas forwards.
Oscar Dansk G: Dansk will get his first NHL start Tuesday night against Chicago. The Stockholm, Sweden, native played 14 minutes and recorded ten saves on 11 shots in a win Saturday night against St. Louis. The 23-year-old will be the third different Vegas goaltender to start a game this season.