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Blackhawks Game Notes For Monday @ Wild

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* The Blackhawks beat the Coyotes, 3-2, in a shootout yesterday and have now won four straight and five of six games overall. Chicago has just one regulation setback in its last nine contests (6-1-2 record).

* Minnesota beat Anaheim, 3-2, in overtime on Friday and is now 3-1-1 in its last five skates overall. The Wild are 27-3-2 when lighting the lamp three or more times in 2010-11 (6-20-4 when scoring less than three times).

* Including a 2-1 record this season, Chicago is 5-1-1 against Minnesota since the beginning of 2009-10, limiting the Wild to one goal or less in all five of those wins.

* Jonathan Toews scored twice on Sunday and extended his point streak to five straight games overall (3g, 5a during streak). Toews has 20 points (5g, 15a) in his last 13 games - most of any player in the league since January 25.

* Pierre-Marc Bouchard scored the game-winner for the Wild with 6.3 seconds left in overtime Friday night and now has four points (2g, 2a) in his last three skates overall. 

* Chicago is 8-3-1 in the second of back-to-back games this season - fourth-best in the NHL.

Hawks Beat Coyotes In Shootout

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Blackhawks Game Notes For Sunday vs. Coyotes

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* Phoenix has won five of the last six games in this series, with three of the wins coming via shootout.

* Chicago won its third straight game Thursday versus the Predators, 3-0. It was the team's fourth shutout this season, after having an NHL-high 11 last season.

* The Blackhawks are one of four teams with three (or more) 50-point scorers this season (Sharp, Toews, and Kane). The others are the Flyers (four players), Stars, and Canucks.

* Patrick Sharp ranks third in the league with 12 power-play goals, but has just one in 11 games this month.

Coach Q Returns

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Blackhawks Game Notes For Monday @ St. Louis

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* These teams have split their four meetings so far this season, with each team winning twice on its own home ice. The Blackhawks have lost each of their last three trips to St. Louis.

* Chicago, which defeated Pittsburgh on Sunday, will be looking to win two in a row for the first time since January 16-22. The Blackhawks are 7-3-1 in the second of back-to-backs this season.

* The Blues have outscored their opponents 15-5 during their current three-game winning streak. St. Louis scored a season-high nine goals in its victory over the Ducks on Saturday.

* Andy McDonald has recorded nine points in his last six games (4g, 5a), including three goals and three assists in his last three contests. McDonald has one point (an assist) in his three games against Chicago this season.

* Patrick Sharp has scored three goals in his last two games and has lit the lamp in four of his last five road games against the Blues, totaling five goals and one assist in those contests.

* The Blackhawks, who boast the second-best power-play percentage in the NHL this season at 24.0 percent, have been held without a power-play goal in each of their last two games.

Blackhawks Game Notes For Friday vs. Columbus

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* Chicago has won three out of four games with the Blue Jackets this season, averaging 4.50 goals in those contests.

* The Blackhawks have six power-play goals in their last four games (1+ in each). For the season, they rank second only to Vancouver in both power-play goals (50, to Canucks' 56) and percentage (24.8, versus 25.2).

* Columbus has won five straight road games. The Blue Jackets went 8-1 in their first nine road contests this season, but then went 1-9-4 on the road prior to this win streak.

* Rick Nash has scored in four of his last five games. This is the seventh consecutive season that Nash has scored 25+ goals (currently at 27).

* Dave Bolland assisted on all three Chicago goals in Wednesday's win, tying his career highs for points and assists in a game.

* Patrick Sharp ranks third in the league with 12 power-play goals, trailing only Steven Stamkos (15) and Daniel Sedin (13).

Hawks Win For Fill-In Coach

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Blackhawks Game Notes For Wednesday vs. Wild

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* These teams have split their two meetings so far this season with each club winning once on the road. Chicago has won four of its last six games against the Wild overall.

* The Blackhawks have lost two straight and six of their last eight games. Chicago owns the best home power-play percentage in the NHL this season at 27.0 percent.

* Minnesota has won 10 of its last 14 road games. The Wild are 24-2-4 when scoring the game's first goal, but 5-19-1 when allowing the first goal.

* Cal Clutterbuck has scored four goals in his last three games overall. Twelve of Clutterbuck's 18 goals this season have come on the road.

* Martin Havlat, Minnesota's points leader, will be playing in his 600th career NHL game tonight. Havlat has seven points (2g, 5a) in 11 career games against Chicago.

* Jonathan Toews failed to record a point against Phoenix on Saturday, snapping his six-game point streak in which he tallied 12 points (2g, 10a). Toews has three goals and three assists in his last six games against Minnesota.

It's Go Time For Blackhawks

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Blackhawks Find Work For Pat

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Nn light of the new 5-year deal with WGN, Pat Tomasulo receives some new responsibilities.

Blackhawks Sign New Deal With WGN

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Blackhawks Game Notes For Wednesday @ Edmonton

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* Edmonton has won two of its three meetings with Chicago this season, however, they have dropped each of their last five home games against them.

* The Blackhawks have lost two straight and four of their last five games, allowing exactly four goals in four of those five contests.

* The Oilers have just five wins in their last 25 games overall and have lost eight of their last nine games at Rexall Place.

* Jonathan Toews has eight points (2g, 6a) during his current four-game point streak and has eight goals and five assists in his last seven games against Edmonton.

* Andrew Cogliano and Jordan Eberle have combined for two goals and eight assists in Edmonton's last three contests.

* Chicago owns the best power-play percentage in the NHL this season (24.3), while Edmonton owns the worst percentage (11.9).

Blackhawks Game Notes For Monday @ Flames

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* The Blackhawks dropped a 4-3 decision in Vancouver on Friday and have now lost three of their last four games overall. Chicago is 10-5-4 when having 2+ days off between games this season.
* Calgary lost, 4-3, in a shootout with the Kings on Saturday and have now taken at least one point from seven consecutive games overall (6-0-1 record). The Flames are 7-for-29 (24.1 percent) with the man-advantage during their 7-game point streak.
* These two clubs have split two meetings in 2010-11, each winning on its home ice. That said, Chicago has won nine of the last 10 tilts against Calgary overall (since the beginning of 2008-09).
* Jonathan Toews had a goal and an assist Friday night and now has seven points (2g, 5a) during his current 3-game point streak. Toews is second among all Blackhawk skaters with 19 goals in 2010-11 (Sharp - 26).
* Brendan Morrison had three helpers on Saturday, giving him 10 points (4g, 6a) during his current 7-game point streak - the second-longest active point streak in the league (Daniel Sedin - 8 games).
* Chicago has allowed 61 third-period goals in 2010-11 - most of any team from the West and third-most in the league overall.

Blackhawks Game Notes For Friday @ Vancouver

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* The Blackhawks scored seven goals in their last game in Vancouver. The Blackhawks are the only team to score seven or more goals against the Canucks this season.

* The Canucks are on a four-game winning streak, their fifth streak this season of four wins or more, and have outscored their opponents, 19-3, over those four games.

* Chicago is averaging 3.33 goals a game since January 1, tied for third-best in the NHL over that span, and are coming off their third seven-goal game this season.

* Vancouver has not lost in regulation at home since December 5, 2010 to the Blues, a string of 13 consecutive games where they have gone 9-0-4.

* Marian Hossa has goals in back-to-back games for the first time since October 15-18, 2010. Hossa recorded three assists in the Blackhawks' last game in Vancouver.

* Mikael Samuelsson has recorded two points in three of the Canucks' last four games. Samuelsson has scored at least 30 points in each season since the lockout, after only recording 49 points in 188 games prior to 2005-06.

Blackhawks Game Notes For Tuesday @ Columbus

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* Chicago dropped a 4-2 decision to the Wild last Tuesday and entered the All-Star break on a 2-game losing streak. The Blackhawks are just 10-8-2 in their last 20 games overall (since December 11).
* The Blue Jackets lost, 3-2, to the Ducks in their last game before the break, snapping their season-high tying 5-game point streak in the process (3-0-2 during streak). Columbus went 2-for-5 with the man-advantage against Anaheim - the first time this season the Jackets have scored more than one power-play goal in a single game.
* The Blackhawks have taken two of three from the Blue Jackets in 2010-11 and have now split the last six meetings with Columbus, each team winning three times. These two clubs have met 30 times in Columbus with the Jackets holding a 15-11-1-3 advantage in those contests.
* Including five goals and an assist in the first three games this season, All-Star Game MVP, Patrick Sharp has at least one point in 12 consecutive contests against Columbus overall (11g, 6a during streak).
* Rick Nash lit the lamp against Anaheim in his last skate and is now riding an 8-game point streak overall (5g, 6a during streak). Nash is without a point in three games against the Blackhawks this season.
* Chicago has allowed 58 third-period goals in 2010-11 - most of any Western Conference team and second-most in the league overall this season (Atlanta - 59).