Chicago extended their winning streak to four straight with a 4-1 win on Sunday evening over the Buffalo Sabres. Kirby Dach scored twice and Corey Crawford stopped 33 of the 34 shots he faced in the win. Patrick Kane also extended his current point streak to nine games (8G, 9A) with a third-period tally.
Carolina took a 4-3 overtime win over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night. Andrei Svechnikov scored the game-winner off an assist from Dougie Hamilton as both pushed their shared team lead in points to 22 on the year with an identical line of nine goals and 13 assists.
In the only other meeting of the season, the Hurricanes took a 4-0 win over the Blackhawks on Oct. 26 in Carolina. In the three-plus weeks since, Chicago has posted a 7-2-2 record, including just one regulation loss in the last nine outings.
Patrick Kane turns 31 today and is playing some of the best hockey to date, which is saying something for the future Hall of Famer. Following a career season in 2018-19, the winger has put together a nine-game point streak (8G, 9A) in the month of November as the Blackhawks have rattled off a 6-1-2 record in the same stretch.
With a point tonight, he would hit a double-digit in point streak for the sixth time in his career, including a second place 20-game streak from Jan. 3-Feb. 22 this calendar year (17G, 26A). With a goal he would tie a career-best scoring streak with tallies in seven straight (Nov. 2-15, 2015).
"I think there's things that you realize about yourself as you get older, what works and what doesn't. I think whether it's every time you're on the ice or every day in general, you're trying to pick up something to better yourself," the ever-wiser Kane said following morning skate. "I think that's always something that I've kind of tried to do. I think sacrifices go a long way for me personally. (I'm) still feeling good, still feel like I can produce a lot for this team, so hopefully (I) do it for a long time."
In five all-time games on Nov. 19, Kane has one goal and four assists, including points in three straight games on his birthday (3A).
The Blackhawks will roll the same 18 skaters they did on Saturday in Nashville and Sunday at home against Buffalo, while Robin Lehner draws back into the net against the Hurricanes. Drake Caggiula (concussion protocol) and Slater Koekkoek will both be scratched.
It marks the first time this season that Chicago will use a lineup in more than two consecutive games.
"We've had some good performances in a row, which is important," head coach Jeremy Colliton said of using the same group. "For instance last game we had a bit of a slow start, we found a way to stay in it and in the second period I thought we took over. Hopefully tonight we don't have a slow start, we want to start on time. It's a good team and going to be a good test for us. So, (we want to) just continue along those lines."