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 7 p.m. with Blackhawks Pregame Live.
1. Patrick Kane going for 300.
For the second time this season, the 29-year-old winger has scored a goal in three consecutive games. He has four goals and three assists during his four-game point streak, and his two-goal effort in Sunday's 4-1 win over the Minnesota Wild put him at 299 for his NHL career.
One more and he'll become the 20th active player to hit the 300-goal milestone, and the fifth in franchise history to do so.
Kane has 52 career points (24 goals, 28 assists) against the Stars, which is tied with St. Louis for the most he's racked up against one team. Will he stay hot?
2. Who's in, who's out?
Cody Franson (upper body) and Jan Rutta (upper body) were each targeting tonight as a potential return date, but both have been ruled out and will take advantage of an extra day or two to get 100 percent healthy. Michal Kempny and Jordan Oesterle will stay in the lineup.
Up front though it appears Patrick Sharp will be a healthy scratch for the first time this season in favor of Richard Panik, who has sat out the last three games and will look to end a 21-game goal drought. Sharp hasn't scored a goal in 10 straight, and his shooting percentage is 4.2 percent, which is the lowest of his NHL career.
Let's see how Panik responds to the message sent by Joel Quenneville, and whether he can get back to playing his style of game.
3. Power play bound for breakout?
The Blackhawks are 0-for-14 on the power play in their last four games, including an 0-for-6 game against the Wild on Sunday, but they generated a handful of scoring chances on at least half of them, which drew cheers from the United Center crowd.
"Better, but we still want the finished product," Quenneville said after that game. "Had a couple dangerous looks around the net, definitely had zone time, possession time, did what it had to do. It's not losing momentum in the game and almost every one of them we had over a minute in their end. Still looking for the finished product."
Perhaps they're due for a breakthrough. The Stars have allowed at least a power-play goal in three of their last four games (12-for-16 for a 75 percent success rate). They're vulnerable in that area and the Blackhawks must capitalize on their opportunities.