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Gameday Notes: Blackhawks at Coyotes

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations / chicagoblackhawks.com

LAST GAME
The Sharks defeated the Blackhawks 3-1 on Tuesday night at SAP Center. Dennis Rasmussen recorded a goal for Chicago. Corey Crawford made 26 saves and is now 18-12-3 this season.

VS. COYOTES
Chicago owns a 68-47-15-9 all-time record against Arizona, including a 31-31-5-4 record on the road. Tonight's contest marks the second of three outings between the two clubs this season. The Blackhawks defeated the Coyotes 4-0 on Dec. 6 at the United Center. Scott Darling notched his first shutout of the season and the third of his career. The Blackhawks have collected at a point in 12 of their last 13 meetings with the Coyotes (10-1-2). Andrew Desjardins has recorded a personal-best six goals in 22 career matchups with Arizona.

LAYING DOWN THE HAMMER
Niklas Hjalmarsson paces the club and ranks fifth in the NHL with 123 blocked shots this season. His career high came during the 2010-11 campaign when he logged 166 blocked, finishing 13th in the league. He ranks third in franchise history with 1,126 career blocks, trailing only teammates Duncan Keith (1,340) and Brent Seabrook (1,515). On Jan. 8 vs. the Predators, the Sweden native set a new career high with his fifth goal of the year.

ONE-TIMERS
Rasmussen netted his fourth goal of the season on Tuesday against San Jose ... Richard Panik collected an assist in the second period. He has notched four points (1G, 3A) over his last four games ... Seabrook recorded an assist for the second consecutive game. His 22 helpers this season rank fifth among Central Division defensemen ... Tanner Kero led the team with a season-high five blocked shots vs. the Sharks ... Keith paced the club with 27:53 of ice time ... Jonathan Toews won 14 of 20 (70 percent) faceoffs.

THREE OPPONENTS TO WATCH
RW Radim Vrbata: A seventh-round pick in the 1999 NHL Draft, Vrbata paces Arizona in points and assists and shares the team lead in goals this season. He matched a career high with four points (1G, 3A) on Jan. 21 vs. Tampa Bay, including his 148th goal to pass Teemu Selanne for 10th on the franchise's all-time goals list. It was his fifth career four-point performance.

D Jakob Chychrun: A native of Boca Raton, Florida, Chychrun became the youngest player in Coyotes history to make their NHL debut on Oct. 15 vs. PHI. The 18-year-old recently became the fifth rookie defenseman in franchise history to score goals in consecutive games (Jan. 18-19).

D Oliver Ekman-Larsson: Ekman-Larsson ranks second on the Coyotes in assists and points and is fourth in goals this season. He scored his team-leading sixth power-play goal on Jan. 18 at WPG and his 36th since the start of the 2013-14 season. His six power-play goals share third among NHL defensemen. He ranks third on the franchise's all-time power-play goals list among blueliners.

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