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The Hawks have skated off to a 2-1-1 start for the month of December where they are currently in a stretch of six of their first eight games against Central Division foes.
After losing to Minnesota last Tuesday, Chicago has won their last two games within their division against Winnipeg and Nashville moving into a tie for second place with the Dallas Stars with a 15-9-4 overall record. Besides Patrick Kane continuing to score goals, other players must step up and contribute to help the Hawks get back on track in the Western Conference. Here are some players to keep an eye on as the month of December continues to unfold.
December So Far (4 Games)
Jonathan Toews: Assist
Marian Hossa: Goal, Assist
Teuvo Teravainen: 2 Goals, Assist
Andrew Shaw: Goal, Assist
Bryan Bickell: 2 Games, 11 Hits, blocked shot (Recalled from Rockford last Sunday)
After giving up a total of 12 goals in the Hawks’ 3-1-2 road trip last month, Corey Crawford has turned his performance around posting a 2-1-1 record with a save percentage of .939 and a 2.01 goals against average.
In two wins so far this month, Crawford has given up a total of two goals and in two losses, a total of six goals have been allowed in the back of the net. During the past two seasons, this is around the time that Crawford suffers an injury, hopefully results will be different this go around and his stellar can continue.
Patrick Kane’s point streak has now reached 23 straight games and he’s in elite company among the game’s greats and a closer look at the numbers will hopefully make fans appreciate his talent on the ice.
Streak Points In 3rd Period/Overtime
Time Scoring Play
Tuesday vs. Nashville 1:36 3rd Goal
Sunday vs. Winnipeg 26.6 3rd Assist
Nov. 21 @ Vancouver 8:40 3rd Assist
Nov. 2 vs. LA Kings 19:30 3rd Goal
Oct. 26 vs. Anaheim 4:09 OT Assist
Oct. 24 vs. Tampa Bay 4:43 OT Assist
Oct. 17 vs. Columbus 1:27 3rd Goal
To rookie forward Dennis Rasmussen for scoring his first career goal in in the NHL in the opening period during Tuesday’s win against Nashville. Rasmussen joins an elite group of Hawks players to score their first goal in the red sweater in their debuts.
Last 8 Hawks Goals In Debut
Dennis Rasmussen 12/8/15 Nashville
Artemi Panarin 10/7/15 NY Rangers
Adam Clendening 11/20/14 Calgary
Andrew Shaw 1/5/12 Philadelphia
Jake Dowell 11/22/07 Calgary
Jonathan Toews 10/10/07 San Jose
Bryan Bickell 4/5/07 Detroit
Dustin Byfuglien 3/1/06 Nashville
To Patrick Kane for netting home his 600th career point with his 17th goal of the year, an empty netter to close out the 4-1 victory over Nashville and extend his point streak to 23 consecutive games.
After suffering an upper body injury in Sunday’s win over Winnipeg, Trevor Daley is listed as day to day and the injury appears not to be serious. Daley missed Tuesday’s game against Nashville and will be monitored going forward.
Points: Patrick Kane (43); Goals: Kane (17); Assists: Kane (26); Penalty Minutes: Jonathan Toews (28); Goals Against Average: Corey Crawford (2.44)
Goals Per Game: 2.8 (7th in NHL)
Goals Against: 2.5 (13th in NHL)
Power Play: 22% (7th in NHL)
Penalty Kill: 80.8% (14th in NHL)
The Road Ahead (Through 12/15)*
Tonight at Nashville Predators — 7 pm
Friday vs. Winnipeg Jets — 7:30 pm
Sunday vs. Vancouver Canucks — 6 pm
Dec. 15 vs. Colorado Avalanche — 7:30 pm
*All times central
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