Game Notes: March 2012 Archives

Blackhawks Game Notes For Tuesday @ Columbus

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* Chicago defeated Washington, 5-2, on Sunday - its third straight win and fifth consecutive game with a point overall (4-0-1 record). The Blackhawks are 7-1-1 since February 29 - best of any Western Conference team.

* Columbus beat Calgary, 2-1, in a shootout on Sunday, snapping its 4-game losing streak in the process. The Blue Jackets are now 5-4-0 in March - their best monthly record this season.
* The Blackhawks have won six straight games overall vs. the Blue Jackets, including all five meetings this season. In addition, Chicago has won five consecutive games in Columbus by a combined score of 27-13.
* Viktor Stalberg lit the lamp Sunday and now has at least one point in four straight games overall (2g, 3a during streak). Stalberg has scored eight goals vs. Columbus in 2011-12 - a single-season record for any skater vs. the Blue Jackets all-time.
* Curtis Sanford suffered a quadriceps injury in the first period of Sunday's victory and was replaced between the pipes by Steve Mason for Columbus. Including a win Sunday, Mason is 5-1-1 with a 1.87 GAA and .947 save percentage in seven appearances this month.
* Columbus is 0-for-32 with the man-advantage in its last eight games. Blackhawk opponents are 0-for-6 on the power play in their last five games.

Blackhawks Game Notes For Friday @ Dallas

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* The Stars have won five of their last six games against the Blackhawks, including three straight victories at home.

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* The power-play goal scored by the Jets against the Stars Wednesday ended an 8-game stretch in which Dallas had not allowed a single power-play goal.

* The Blackhawks have scored a total of just six goals (and only three at even strength) over their last five road games.

* Marian Hossa has dished out a total of five assists over his last three games (all at home).

* Loui Eriksson has recorded six multi-point games over his last 11 contests, including his game against the Blackhawks on February 23.

* Since February 9, only one Western Conference skater (Joe Thornton 16) has dished out more assists than the Stars' Mike Ribeiro.

Blackhawks Game Notes For Tuesday vs. St. Louis

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* These teams have each won twice through their first four meetings of 2011-12, but the Blackhawks boast a five-game winning streak versus the Blues in Chicago.

* The Blues have surrendered exactly one goal while winning each of their past five games. If they allow one goal or fewer on Tuesday, it would match the longest such streak in franchise history, when the Blues permitted one goal or fewer in six consecutive games between October 31 and November 15 in 1970.

* The Blackhawks dropped a 3-2 decision to Los Angeles in a shootout on Sunday, and are now 0-4 in games that went to overtime since December 15.

* With wins in each of his last eight starts, Jaroslav Halak is riding the longest winning streak of his career. He's produced a 1.35 GAA with a .948 save percentage during his streak.

* The Blues signed 19-year-old Jaden Schwartz, their first-round pick in 2010, to a contract on Monday. He's joined the club and could make his NHL debut as early as tonight, though he may need at least a few practices before breaking in.

* Duncan Keith sports a +4 rating versus St. Louis this season. His career mark of +24 against the Blues is the highest by any skater since 2005-06.

Blackhawks Game Notes For Tuesday @ St. Louis

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* The Blackhawks beat the Red Wings, 2-1, on Sunday - their third straight and seventh victory in the last 10 games overall. Each of Chicago's last four wins has been by a single goal.

* St. Louis defeated San Jose, 3-1, at HP Pavilion on Saturday and finished up its 6-game road trip with a 5-1-0 record overall. The Blues are 26-4-4 (.824) at Scottrade Center in 2011-12 - the second best home record in the league.
* Chicago has taken two of three from the Blues this season, including a 5-2 victory at Scottrade Center on December 3. These two clubs have split eight meetings in St. Louis since the beginning of 2009-10.
* Patrick Sharp had a goal and a helper vs. Detroit Saturday on his way to first-star accolades for the Blackhawks. Sharp's marker gave him 25 on the season - his fifth straight campaign with 25+ goals.
* T.J. Oshie also had a goal and an assist in garnering the first star in Saturday's win vs. the Sharks. Including seven points (1g, 6a) in his last five skates, Oshie now has 46 points overall in 2011-12 - most of any Blues' skater.
* St. Louis has allowed just 36 first-period goals this season - tied with the Rangers for fewest of any team in the NHL.

Blackhawks Game Notes For Friday @ Ottawa

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* The Senators have earned at least one standings point in six of their last seven home games (4-1-0-2) against the Blackhawks, while outscoring them 23-10 at even strength during the stretch.

* The Senators have gone 7-1-1 over their last nine games, after losing each of their previous seven games (0-6-1). They also have scored multiple power-play goals in three of their last five games.

* The Blackhawks have won just twice (2-11-2) and scored just one power-play goal over their last 15 games away from the United Center.

* Marian Hossa, who scored a pair of goals against the Maple Leafs Wednesday night, has dished out 14 assists over his last 10 games against the Senators.

* Daniel Alfredsson has recorded 13 points (seven goals, six assists) over his last 11 games against the Blackhawks.

* Since February 11, no skater has recorded more points than the Senators' Erik Karlsson (18), who is working on an 8-game point streak.