I did this a few times last season when I could, so I thought I’d share some facts heading into tonight’s contest at the RBC Center versus the Carolina Hurricanes.

While the Blackhawks are getting solid contributions from all four lines, the Hurricanes are scrambling after three straight losses. Here are their likely forward lines for the tilt:

Chad LaRose – NAME THAT STAAL … Eric Staal – Jiri Tlusty
SKINNERRRRR! – Jussi Jokinen – Tuomo Ruutu
Alexei Ponikarovsky – Brandon Sutter – Patrick Dwyer
Brett Sutter – Tim Brent
(yes, that Tim Brent) / Derek Joslin - Zach Boychuk

Here are some stats/facts …

♦   The Blackhawks have not won at Carolina since a 4-2 victory Jan. 14, 1998, going 0-5-0 with one tie since.

♦   The Hurricanes have won eight of the last 10 meetings overall, with one tie coming in 2002.

♦   Carolina and Chicago are each tied for 8th in the NHL with 10 third-period goals.


♦   Marian Hossa, who has scored a goal in five straight games, has absolutely murdered the Hurricanes in his career. He has 23 goals and 31 assists in 48 games against them, including 17 multi-point games. Hossa has 10 goals and nine assists in his last 12 contests versus the Hurricanes, and 14 goals and 19 assists in 25 career games at Carolina.

♦   Dan Carcillo has 28 penalty minutes in 10 career games against the Hurricanes.

♦   John Scott has one career goal – Nov. 15, 2009 against Carolina while playing for Minnesota. Hopefully there is zero chance of him getting a second one tonight, since people in the press box can’t score.


♦   Jeff SKINNERRRR! enters the game with two goals and two assists in his last two games. He netted a goal in the Blackhawks’ 5-2 win at the United Center on March 4, on his way to winning the Calder Trophy.

♦   Eric Staal also scored in that contest, giving him two goals and four assists in a four-game point streak against the ‘Hawks.

♦   Cam Ward is 2-0-1 with a 1.30 GAA in three career starts against the ‘Hawks, though they’ve put 41 shots on Ward in each of the last two games he’s started.


Here is the box score from last season’s win over the Canes in March ….