Connor Hellebuyck
Jets-Blackhawks Preview
Connor Hellebuyck

Jets-Blackhawks Preview

Published Dec. 11, 2015 2:01 a.m. ET

The Chicago Blackhawks haven't exactly capitalized on Patrick Kane's franchise-record point streak.

With Kane on the cusp of a 25th straight game on the score sheet, the Blackhawks seek a bounce-back performance Friday night and their second win over the Winnipeg Jets in under a week.

Kane has collected 38 of his NHL-leading 44 points during his 24-game streak, which is the longest in the league since Sidney Crosby went 25 in a row during the 2010-11 season. He scored his 15th goal of that stretch Thursday, but Chicago (15-10-4) fell 5-1 at Nashville to split a home-and-home set.

"It is a silver lining, and it is great for him," said goaltender Scott Darling, who had 29 saves. "He is playing great, like he always does. So it is good for him."


Kane's dominance, however, doesn't have the Blackhawks racking up wins. They're 13-7-4 during his streak compared to Pittsburgh going 19-5-1 during Crosby's stretch.

"It's nice to see (Kane continue his streak), but I know he's the type of guy that would rather have a win than keep the streak going," forward Andrew Shaw told the team's official website.

Chicago, though, is opening a four-game homestand and is 10-3-1 at United Center, including 9-2-1 during Kane's streak. That includes a 3-1 win over Winnipeg on Sunday in which Kane assisted on Artemi Panarin's empty-net goal with 46 seconds left. He has 17 points in 15 career meetings with the Jets (14-13-2) after getting four in the past three.

The Blackhawks have won three of the last four matchups with Winnipeg, and Corey Crawford has a 2.00 goals-against average while starting each of them. He had 30 saves Sunday before making 36 in a 4-1 win over the Predators two days later.

Crawford is 8-2-1 with a 1.82 GAA over his last 11 home games.

Winnipeg's only loss over its last four games came at Chicago, but each of the victories were at home, including Thursday's 6-4 win over Columbus.

The Jets are 1-7-1 in their last nine road games, giving up an average of 4.11 goals.

With games on back-to-back days, Winnipeg is likely to turn to Michael Hutchinson. However, he's 0-6-1 with a 3.98 GAA over his last eight road games, seven of them starts.

He stopped 29 of 31 shots at Chicago on Sunday, but he's 4-1-1 with a 1.33 GAA in six career starts against the Blackhawks.

If Hutchinson sits for a second straight game, the Jets would start Connor Hellebuyck. The rookie has won his first four starts with a 1.72 GAA since being called up from Manitoba of the AHL after starter Ondrej Pavelec sprained his knee last month.

Hellebuyck made 25 saves against the Blue Jackets after giving up one goal in each of his first three games. Since the performance came in a win, coach Paul Maurice joked about it.

"Send him down. He's got a one-goal limit," he said.

Mathieu Perreault matched his career high with four points Thursday after coming up empty at Chicago. The center's only points in six career visits to United Center were two goals in a 5-1 win Dec. 23.


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