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Blackhawks scary good on Halloween

Chicago can tie for most NHL wins on Oct. 31 with victory at Canucks @NHLdotcom

The Chicago Blackhawks will try for their 14th win on Halloween when they play the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena on Wednesday (10 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN, SN360, SN1, WGN, NHL.TV).

The Blackhawks are 13-8-3 on Halloween; a victory would tie them with the Toronto Maple Leafs for the most wins on Oct. 31.

Chicago is fifth in winning percentage (.604) among teams that have played at least 10 games on Halloween. The Calgary Flames (.818, 9-2-0) are first, followed by the St. Louis Blues (.792, 7-2-4), New York Islanders (.643, 8-4-2), Philadelphia Flyers (.639, 10-5-3) and Detroit Red Wings (.609, 12-7-4).

The New York Rangers (13-14-2) have played 29 games on Halloween, the most of any team. That includes a 6-4 win against the first-year Vegas Golden Knights last Oct. 31. The Golden Knights and Tampa Bay Lightning (0-4-0) are the only teams that haven't won on Halloween.

Chicago's Patrick Kane (eight points; four goals, four assists in three games played) will try to break a tie with Corey Perry of the Anaheim Ducks (eight points; three goals, five assists in four games) for the most points on Halloween among active players. Kane also shares the mark for most Oct. 31 goals among active players with Gustav Nyquist of the Detroit Red Wings (three games played) and Patric Hornqvist of the Pittsburgh Penguins (four games played).

Video: CHI@STL: Kane nets long wrister from the high slot

Not surprisingly, Wayne Gretzky, the NHL's all-time scoring leader, is the only player with more than one of the 21 Halloween hat tricks. He had two, including a four-goal game for the Edmonton Oilers against the Quebec Nordiques in 1981. Kevin Dineen of the Flyers had the only other four-goal game, against the Blackhawks in 1993.

Stan Smyl (1981 vs. Philadelphia) is the only Vancouver player to have a hat trick on Halloween. No Blackhawks player has had one. In fact, no NHL player before the 1967 expansion had a hat trick on Halloween; Frank Mahovlich of the Red Wings (1968 vs. the Boston Bruins) was the first. The most recent came in 2015, when Michael Frolik of the Flames scored three goals against Edmonton.

Gretzky has more goals (12) and points (21) on Halloween than any other player. Paul Coffey and Rod Brind'Amour are tied for the lead in assists (12). Brind'Amour and Dineen share the lead in games played on Oct. 31 with 11.

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