The Devils host the Blackhawks on Friday night. According to STATS...
- The Blackhawks lost to the Flames on Monday at home, 3-2, in a shootout that lasted seven rounds before former Blackhawk Kris Versteeg scored the winner. Both of the Flames goals were scored on the power play, as Chicago's penalty kill continues to struggle -- their 46.2 percent kill rate through seven games is by far the worst since 1987-88.
- The Devils beat the Coyotes, 5-3, at home on Tuesday, improving to 3-2-1 on the season. From 2014-15 to 2015-16, New Jersey scored five goals just 13 times -- only Buffalo (six) did it fewer times.
- The last nine games between these teams have been very competitive -- each team has three regulation wins, with the Blackhawks grabbing the edge in shootout wins, two to one. All but two of the nine have been decided by two goals or fewer, and Chicago only has a slight edge in total goals scored, 24-22.
- The Blackhawks have one of the top scoring duos in the league, but it isn't comprised of household names -- Richard Panik (six goals) and Artem Anisimov (four) have combined for ten goals, behind only Alex Killorn and Steven Stamkos of Tampa Bay (11 goals combined) for the most goals by a pair of teammates in the league.
- Taylor Hall has been fitting in nicely in New Jersey, scoring five goals in his first six games. The Devils only have 13 goals, so Hall has accounted for 38.5 percent of them, the highest by any player in the league.
- Despite their penalty kill woes, the Blackhawks have actually been very good when the game is at five-on-five -- they've scored 18 goals and allowed just eight, giving them a +10 differential. That's second-best in the league, behind only Montreal's +11 differential.