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Arizona Coyotes v Chicago Blackhawks

Get your game notes: Arizona at Chicago

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Tonight on NBCSN, it’s the Chicago Blackhawks hosting the Arizona Coyotes at 8:30 p.m. ET. Following are some game notes, as compiled by the NHL on NBC research team:


• The Hawks are returning home following their annual Ice Show road trip. In a matinee game yesterday, Chicago defeated St. Louis 4-2 to close out their season-long 7-game trip at 4-3-0.

• Chicago will now begin a season-high 8-game home stand.

• In 2014, the Sochi Olympics followed the Ice Show road trip, and in 2013, the Hawks went 6-0-1 on the home stand following their Ice Show trip.

• CHI is looking for its first 3-gm win streak since it won 8 straight from Nov. 26 to Dec. 11.

• With 45 points, Arizona is 13th out of 14 teams in the Western Conference, 16 points out of a playoff spot. Only EDM (37 pts) and BUF (35 pts) have fewer points in the NHL this season (CAR also has 45).

• The Coyotes went 0-1-1 on their two-game home stand before this trip to Chicago.

• AZ scored just 2 goals in those 2 games, losing 2-1 (SO) to CAR on Thursday and 3-1 to DET on Saturday in its most recent game.

• This is the 2nd of 3 meetings between AZ and CHI. The Hawks won 6-1 on Jan. 20 in Chicago.

• Coyote defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored Arizona’s only goal in the loss to DET on Saturday to set a new career high with 16 goals this season (had 15 last season).

• The 23-year-old defenseman – AZ’s 1st round pick (6th overall) in 2009 – leads the team and all NHL defensemen in goals.

• In addition, Ekman-Larsson is tied for the NHL-lead with 7 game-winning goals (w/ 3 others). No defenseman has ever led the NHL in that category for a full season.

• Patrick Kane had 1 assist in yesterday’s win over STL. With 59 points, he is tied for the NHL lead with Tyler Seguin and Jakub Voracek.

• No American-born player has ever won the Art Ross Trophy (league’s top scorer) since the trophy was first awarded in 1948 (Kane is from Buffalo, NY).

• Only 1 American-born player has won the Hart Trophy (league MVP) – Billy Burch of Yonkers, NY in 1925 for the Hamilton Tigers. That season, Burch had 20G-7A in 27 games played.

• Stan Mikita in 1968-1969 was the last Blackhawk to lead the NHL in points for a season.

• Since the start of the 2012-2013 season, Kane has played AZ 6 times. The Hawks are 5-0-1 in those games, and Kane has produced a multi-point game in each of those meetings (4G-10A).

• Kane had 1 goal and 2 assists in the win vs. AZ in the first meeting this season.


• Mike Smith has started 36 of Arizona’s 53 games, and has a 9-22-5 record. At .319, Smith has the worst points percentage of any goalie in the league w/ a minimum of 25 starts.

• Smith has made 3 straight starts, and despite allowing just 4 total goals, has a 1-1-1 record in those games.

• Smith’s GAA has risen each season since coming to AZ in 2011-12 – the year AZ made it to the Western Conf. Final:

• Corey Crawford won his 2nd straight start yesterday, stopping 25 of 27 STL shots. He had not won 2 straight starts since Jan. 11, and will look to win 3 straight for the first time since Nov. 29.

• Antti Raanta started the first game vs. AZ on Jan. 20, stopping 35 of 36 shots in the 6-1 win.

Goalie nods: Red-hot McElhinney faces desperate Kings


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Jackets roll with McElhinney

Curtis McElhinney will start his third straight game when the Blue Jackets host the defending Stanley Cup champion Kings in Columbus tonight.

McElhinney, propelled into starting duties with Sergei Bobrovsky injured, has been excellent as of late; over the weekend, he earned back-to-back starts against St. Louis and Ottawa and played extremely well, stopping 66 of 68 shots for a .971 save percentage (and a pair of wins: 7-1 over the Blues and 4-1 over the Sens).

The 31-year-old, who’s a UFA at season’s end, has been pretty steady for Columbus this season and received plenty of playing time given Bobrovsky’s recurring health woes. McElhinney’s 7-8-1 on the year with a 2.77 GAA and .915 save percentage.

For the Kings, Jonathan Quick is expected to get the start in goal. L.A. heads into tonight’s action five points back of eighth-place Calgary in the Western Conference.


Oilers at Devils: Ben Scrivens vs. Cory Schneider

Canucks at Wild: Ryan Miller vs. Devan Dubnyk

Coyotes at ‘Hawks: Mike Smith vs. Antti Raanta

Flames at Sharks: Jonas Hiller for Calgary, Antti Niemi likely for San Jose.

NHL on NBCSN: Blackhawks open lengthy homestand vs. Coyotes

Arizona Coyotes v Chicago Blackhawks

NBCSN will continue its coverage of the 2014-15 campaign when the Chicago Blackhawks host the Arizona Coyoteas at United Center at 8:30 p.m. ET tonight. In addition to NBCSN, you can also watch the game and pre-show online.

By their own lofty standards, the Chicago Blackhawks have been just OK so far in 2014-15, but Monday begins their big chance to make a run for the Central Division crown.

(As far as it seems away today, with the Nashville Predators ahead by eight points.)

The Blackhawks host the Arizona Coyotes to begin an eight-game homestand that serves as a great opportunity to make up ground. Here’s that upcoming slate of games:

Monday: vs. Arizona
Wednesday: vs. Vancouver
Friday: vs. New Jersey
Sunday: vs. Pittsburgh
Feb. 18: vs. Detroit
Feb. 20: vs. Colorado
Feb. 22: vs. Boston
Feb. 24: vs. Florida

With all of those contests at the United Center (not to mention no back-to-back sets unless you count today), the Blackhawks could at least position themselves to rest some players late in the season if they can’t do much about their seeding position.

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While the Blackhawks have been up and down over the big picture, they’ve won two games in a row. They’re also not that far removed from throttled the Coyotes in Chicago by a score of 6-1 on Jan. 20.

With two straight losses and only five wins in 2015, the Coyotes seem like a vulnerable opponent on paper, although their collective confidence should almost certainly be considerably higher than the last time these two teams met.

If nothing else, Mike Smith has to be feeling better about his play, as he’s at least looked like a respectable starting goalie in February.

The Blackhawks are coming off of a 4-2 win against the St. Louis Blues from Sunday, so Arizona can add the rest advantage. On paper, this seems like a mismatch, but there are a few signs pointing to this contest being closer than many might expect.

Can Chicago build up some momentum with the season starting to wind down? We’ll see on NBCSN tonight.

Goalie Nods: Dubnyk gets ninth straight start

Arizona Coyotes v Minnesota Wild

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Dubnyk looks for a fifth straight win

Devan Dubnyk will make his ninth consecutive start Saturday night when the Colorado Avalanche visit Minnesota. Dubnyk posted a 24 save shutout of the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday. The 28-year-old has won four straight while posting a 0.75 G.A.A. and a .974 save percentage.

Semyon Varlamov gets the start for the Colorado Avalanche.


Kings at Lightning: Jonathan Quick vs. Ben Bishop

Blue Jackets at Senators: Curtis McElhinney vs. Robin Lehner

Devils at Canadiens: Keith Kinkaid vs. Carey Price

Oilers at Leafs: Viktor Fasth vs. James Reimer

Stars at Sabres: Anders Lindback vs. Jhonas Enroth

Islanders at Bruins: Chad Johnson vs. Tuukka Rask

Red Wings at Coyotes: Petr Mrazek vs. Mike Smith

Penguins at Canucks: Thomas Greiss, vs. Ryan Miller

Hurricanes at Sharks: Cam Ward  vs. Antti Niemi

Goalie nods: Pekka back for Preds


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Rinne Returns

Pekka Rinne will start in goal for Nashville — for the first time since Jan. 19 — when the Preds host the Ducks tonight at Bridgestone.

Rinne, the NHL’s wins leader (29), had been playing at a Vezina- and Hart-worthy level prior to suffering a sprained knee three weeks ago, posting a .931 save percentage and 1.96 GAA. While Nashville did well in his absence (Carter Hutton and Marek Mazanec combined to go 4-2-2), Rinne’s return will be a massive boost, especially against a Ducks team that’s tied on 72 points with the Preds, but trails in the standings because of the regulation wins tiebreaker.

For Anaheim, Frederik Andersen will get the start in goal.


Blues at Sabres: Jake Allen vs. Jhonas Enroth

Isles at Flyers: Jaroslav Halak vs. Steve Mason

Caps at Sens: Braden Holtby vs. Robin Lehner

Kings at Panthers: Roberto Luongo for Florida, Jonathan Quick likely for L.A.

Bolts at Stars: Andrei Vasilevskiy for Tampa Bay, Kari Lehtonen likely for Dallas.

Wings at Avs: Petr Mrazek for Detroit, no word on a Colorado starter.

‘Canes at Coyotes: Cam Ward vs. Mike Smith

Sharks at Canucks: Ryan Miller for Vancouver, Antti Niemi likely for San Jose.