The Blackhawks fell to the Predators 2-1 Friday night at the United Center. Artem Anisimov netted a goal in the loss. Corey Crawford made 28 saves.
Chicago holds a 35-38-3-9 mark all-time against Colorado, including a 15-22-2-3 record on the road. The Blackhawks went 3-0-2 vs. the Avalanche last season. Jonathan Toews (4G, 2A) paced the Blackhawks with six points against Colorado a season ago. Toews (19G, 19A) leads the Blackhawks with 38 career points in 37 career games against Colorado. Anton Forsberg has never faced the Avalanche.
Anisimov picked up a shorthanded goal for his second marker of the season. That makes back-to-back games with a shorthanded goal, doubling their shorthanded goals total (1) from a season ago. The Chicago penalty kill went 5-for-6 against the Predators on Friday night. Duncan Keith led the team with 5:11 of shorthanded time on ice.
The Montreal, native has made at least 27 saves in each of his nine starts this season. Crawford's season high in saves (41) came on Oct. 10 in a win against the Canadiens.
- Crawford has now allowed two goals or fewer in six of his nine starts this year.
- Anisimov recorded a shorthanded goal in the first period. It was the Blackhawks second straight game with a SHG. Marian Hossa notched the Blackhawks only SHG last season on Feb. 2 at ARI. The marker was Anisimov's second of the year. He also won six of his 10 (60 percent) faceoffs against the Predators.
- Keith led Chicago with four blocked shots and 25:35 of total ice time vs. Nashville.
THREE OPONENTS TO WATCH
Matt Duchene C: Since his National Hockey League debut in 2007, no Colorado skater has tallied more goals (177), assists (249) or points (426) than Duchene. He shares the team lead in goals (3) and points (8) through ten games and has posted the highest faceoff win percentage of any Avalanche centerman (55.9 percent).
Tyson Barrie D: The Victoria, British Columbia, native comes into the matchup with Chicago with six points (1G, 5A) in his last 7 outings. He shares the team lead in assists (6) and points (8) while leading the Avalanche with 22:42 of average time on ice. Last season, Barrie's 23:18 TOI paced Colorado skaters.
Nathan Mackinnon C: Colorado's leader in points a season ago, (16G, 37A) MacKinnon has tallied five points (1G, 4A) through his first ten games. Last season, the former Calder Memorial Trophy winner led the Avalanche in ice time with 19:56 per game.