Some memorable dates this week in Blackhawks history:
In January 19, 1971, the Blackhawks had 11 players on the Western All-Star team that edged the Eastern All-Stars 2-1 at Minnesota.
On the same date in 1991, the Hawks hosted the All-Star game at Chicago Stadium just at the start of the Persian Gulf War. The game began with a stirring rendition of the National Anthem, during which the crowd cheered all the way through.
Also on the 19th in 1972, goalie Tony Esposito began a string of three straight home shutouts, tying a team mark in a season that saw Tony "O" wind up with nine whitewashes, plus a great goals against average of only 1.77.
Patrick Kane connected on the winning shootout goal on January 19, 2008 to give the Hawks a 2-1 win over Phoenix. Defenseman Brent Sopel blocked a season high five shots in the same match against the Coyotes.
Adam Burish scored his first NHL career goal on January 22, 2008 at San Jose.
Kris Versteeg was named to the NHL YoungStars team on January 24 last year in Montreal.
The Blackhawks played their first game at the new United Center on January 25, 1995. Forward Joe Murphy scored the first goal in the 5-1 victory over Edmonton.
Also on the 25th last year, Patrick Kane played in his first ever NHL All-Star Game and tallied a goal and assist in the event in Montreal.
Steve Sullivan set a Hawks record for the fastest two shorthanded goals when he scored 51 seconds apart in Colorado on January 26, 2001.