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Three Things to Watch: Blackhawks look to snap losing streak vs. Stars

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Three Things to Watch: Blackhawks look to snap losing streak vs. Stars

Here are Three Things to Watch when the Blackhawks take on the Dallas Stars tonight on NBC Sports Chicago and streaming live on the NBC Sports app. Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. with Blackhawks Pregame Live.

1. Patrick Kane going for 500.

Earlier in the season, Kane hit the 300-goal mark and 800-point milestone for his NHL career. Now he's going for the trifecta.

The next assist the former Hart Trophy winner will record will be his 500th. He would become the 19th active player to reach that mark, and sixth player in franchise history to do that (Stan Mikita: 926, Denis Savard: 719, Doug Wilson: 554, Bobby Hull: 549 and Steve Larmer: 517)

2. Jonathan Toews' scoring drought.

Since scoring four goals in his first four games to kick off the 2018 calendar year, the Blackhawks captain hasn't found the back of the net in 11 straight, tying the third-longest goal drought of his career.

Here are his previous droughts:

  • 13 games during 2016-17 season
  • 12 games to open the 2008-09 season
  • 11 games during 2014-15 season
  • 11 games during 2017-18 season*


If the Blackhawks want to make a late playoff push, it starts and ends with No. 19 getting going offensively.

3. Tyler Seguin.

After having just two points (one goal, one assist) in his previous seven games, Seguin has three goals and two assists in a three-game goal/point streak. He hasn't scored a goal in four straight this season, and you better believe he'll be looking to extend each of those against the Blackhawks.

Seguin is coming off a game in which he registered 14 shot attempts (six on goal). He also has recorded at least a point in each of the first three games against Chicago, including a two-goal effort in a 4-0 win on Dec. 21.

Capitals' Devante Smith-Pelly speaks out about 'racially charged chanting' at United Center

Capitals' Devante Smith-Pelly speaks out about 'racially charged chanting' at United Center

After being on the receiving end of some racist taunts while he was in the penalty box during Saturday's game against the Blackhawks, Capitals winger Devante Smith-Pelly spoke publicly about the incident.

Smith-Pelly, a 25-year-old Canadian, reacted to the fans while he was in the box, going up to them from the other side of the glass. He addressed questions from the media about the incident on Sunday.

"I just heard some chanting, some, I guess, racially charged chanting," Smith-Pelly said. "You can tell by my reaction that I got pretty upset.

"What was said this time around crossed the line."

The Capitals released a statement about the incident:

"The Washington Capitals are extremely disappointed by the intolerant behavior extended toward Devante Smith-Pelly by a select group of fans during Saturday night's game against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center. The Capitals organization strives to be inclusive and has zero tolerance concerning any form of racism. Such behavior is unacceptable and has no place in hockey or society. As such, it is crucial to confront such appalling conduct, and the Capitals extend their appreciation to the Blackhawks organization and United Center security for swiftly removing the fans from the game."

The Blackhawks released a statement after the game with a similar tone.

Smith-Pelly said this has happened previously in his career.

"It's sad that in 2018 we're still talking about the same thing over and over," Smith-Pelly said. "It's sad that athletes like myself 30, 40 years ago were standing in the same spot saying the same thing. You'd think there'd be some sort of change or progression, but we're still working towards it I guess and we're going to keep working towards it."

The Capitals released the full interview.

Blackhawks release statement following incident that happened during game vs. Capitals

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Blackhawks release statement following incident that happened during game vs. Capitals

Four fans at the United Center were thrown out of Saturday's Blackhawks game for taunting Washington Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly with racist remarks.

Midway through the third period, Smith-Pelly, who is black, was in the penalty box when fans shouted "basketball, basketball, basketball" at him, the Washington Post reported.

Here is a GIF of Smith-Pelly's interaction with the fans:

After the game, the Blackhawks released this statement:

Capitals head coach Barry Trotz also had this to say about the incident: