Patrick Kane will seek to tie Bobby Hull's franchise-record point streak when the Chicago Blackhawks visit the Ottawa Senators on Thursday night at the Canadian Tire Centre.
Kane leads the NHL with 38 points (12 goals, 20 assists), and his streak is the longest by an American-born player and the longest in the league since Sidney Crosby's 25-game streak during the 2010-11 season. Kane has one assist in his last four games against Ottawa.
The Hawks (13-9-3) are coming off a 2-1 loss to Central Division rival Minnesota on Tuesday. They've dropped back-to-back games five times this season, but have yet to lose three straight.
The Hawks have won five of the last six games against Ottawa and swept last season's two-game series. They won 5-4 in a shootout in their lone trip to Ottawa on Oct. 30 with Jonathan Toews scoring twice.
Toews and Marian Hossa haven't produced lately, but history shows they score against Ottawa. Toews has six goals and two assist during the past two seasons against the Senators, while Hossa has scored at least a goal in his last four games in Ottawa.
Corey Crawford will start in net for the Hawks. Crawford has allowed two goals in each of his past three starts.
Ottawa Senators | Record: 12-7-5 | 3rd in Atlantic Division | Goal differential: +6
The Senators come into Thursday's night looking for scoring.
Ottawa lost forwards Milan Michalek and Mika Zibanejad to injury during Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers. Both injuries were the result of Flyers' Radko Gadus, who hit Michalek in the hand with a shot and hit Zibanejad in the head with an illegal check. The NHL's Department of Player Safety suspended Gadus three games of the hit.
Reigning Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson leads the team with 26 points. Karlsson as become one of the best possession-driving defenseman in the league, and the Sens are above even in shot attempts when he's on the ice. The Senators also rely on Mike Hoffman, who has a team-high 11 goals and a seven-game goal streak. This season, Hoffman has moved up to the top line with Kyle Turris and Bobby Ryan, a trio that has 30 goals between them this season.
Chicago Freeze alum and Chicago Cougars owner Craig Anderson will be in net for the Senators. The Park Ridge, Ill. native was originally drafted by his hometown team, and is off to a 10-6-3 record in 19 games. He is 5-2-3 with a .911 save percentage against Chicago.
Here's a quick rundown of the team's projected lines:
Senators: Michalek, Zibanejad, Andrew Hammon, Clarke MacArthur, Chris Phillips
How to Watch
When: 6:30 p.m. CT
Where: Canadian Tire Centre