TAMPA – As the Blackhawks prep for Thursday night’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, they go in the midst of a franchise-best winning streak.
As coach Joel Quenneville said following the Blackhawks’ 4-1 victory over the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night, when you think about how long the Blackhawks have been around, it makes this run that much more impressive.
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So before we look ahead, let’s look at some numbers the Blackhawks have reached during this 12-game run. (Shout-out to Chris Kamka for some of these digits):
1.89 – Corey Crawford’s goals-against average during his nine-game winning streak, a career best for him.
2nd – the place coach Joel Quenneville now occupies on the all-time winningest coaches list; Quenneville passed Al Arbour in the Blackhawks’ 2-1 victory over Montreal last Thursday and now has 786 victories.
3 – Players with at least six goals during the streak: Patrick Kane (nine), Jonathan Toews (eight) and Artemi Panarin (six).
5 – goals for Andrew Desjardins over the last 12 games. Desjardins now has career-high six goals this season; he had five goals in 56 games last season.
5 – games shy the Blackhawks are of tying the longest NHL winning streak. The Pittsburgh Penguins won 17 in a row in the 1992-93 season (March 9-April 10, 1993).
7 – empty-net goals scored during this run.
10 – consecutive games in which the Blackhawks have scored the opening goal during this streak.
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15 – different Blackhawks who have scored at least one goal the past 12 games.
19 – second-period goals scored by the Blackhawks. Opponents have six second-period goals against them.
21 – points Patrick Kane has recorded during the winning streak (nine goals, 12 assists). That includes Kane’s 30th goal of the season, scored on Tuesday, which ties his career high set in 2009-10.
+25 – goal differential for the Blackhawks; they have outscored opponents 47-22 in the last 12 games.