CHI: 23-20-6, 52 PTS (5th in Central) WPG: 25-19-4, 54 PTS (4th in Cental)
LAST TIME OUT
Chicago closed out a three-game Canadian road swing with a 6-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night. Jonathan Toews led the way with a four-point night (2G, 2A) and Dominik Kubalik found the net twice with an assist of his own in the win. Corey Crawford earned his second consecutive victory with 31 saves.
Winnipeg dropped a 7-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday night, the third loss in the last four outings for the Jets. Jack Roslovic scored the lone goal in the loss as Laurent Brossoit and Connor Hellebuyck each saw time in net.
The two sides have met twice this season so far, with the Blackhawks falling 3-2 in overtime at the United Center on Oct. 12 before a 4-1 win on Dec. 19 in Winnipeg.
The Blackhawks are on a four-game winning streak, tied for the longest winning streak the club has had this season. Chicago is averaging 4.25 goals for and 1.75 goals against during the stretch. The Blackhawks are 7-3-0 in their last 10 games and are tied for the longest winning streak in the NHL (CBJ; FLA).
KUBALIK HITS 20
Kubalik notched two goals against Toronto, reaching 20 goals on the season, becoming the sixth Blackhawk to debut with the team and score 20 career goals before his 50th game. He scored a goal (7G) in five consecutive games from Jan. 5-14, becoming the first Blackhawks rookie to score in five consecutive games since Jeremy Roenick (Jan. 27-Feb. 10, 1990).
Toews tallied a season-high four points (2G, 2A) in last night's contest at Toronto and now has multi-point efforts in three of his last four games and a point in five straight games (4G, 8A). Since Jan. 1, he paces the NHL with 15 points and shares the league lead with 10 helpers.
The captain is two points away from 800 in his career
Patrick Kane is in the midst of an nine-game point streak (4G, 10A) and is one point away from 1,000 career points. The Buffalo, NY native will become the 90th NHL player to reach 1,000 points and the fourth Blackhawks player to reach the mark. He will be the seventh active player to tally 1,000 points and the 55th player in NHL history to record 1,000 points before his 1,000th game. The forward ranks in the top 10 in the NHL in points (61, 9th), goals (24, T-9th) and assists (37, 8th) and has totaled 25 points (10G, 15A) over his last 17 games.