The Chicago Blackhawks attempt to inch closer to the record for the longest point streak in NHL history when they host the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday. Chicago posted a 2-1 shootout victory over the Red Wings in Detroit on Sunday, extending its mark for the longest point streak to start a season to 22 games and tying the 1977-78 Montreal Canadiens for the second-longest run in league history at 28 contests. The 1979-80 Philadelphia Flyers collected a point in a record 35 straight games. Sunday's triumph also stretched the Blackhawks' winning streak to a franchise record-tying nine games.
Minnesota is one of only three teams to keep Chicago out of the win column this season. Cal Clutterbuck forged a tie 59 seconds into the second period and Matt Cullen scored the decisive goal in the shootout as the Wild posted a 2-1 home victory on Jan. 30, ending Chicago's season-opening six-game winning streak. Minnesota is coming off its third win in four games, a 4-2 home triumph over the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday in which captain Mikko Koivu snapped a tie and matched a franchise record by scoring nine seconds into the third period.
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ABOUT THE WILD (11-8-2): Koivu's goal tied the club mark for the fastest tally to start a period. Brian Rolston set the record by scoring nine seconds into the second session against the St. Louis Blues on Nov. 30, 2007. Casey Wellman matched it on April 10, 2010, when he tallied nine seconds into the third against the Dallas Stars. Minnesota, which posted its 19th win in 20 home meetings with Edmonton on Sunday, held the Oilers without a shot on goal in the second period. It marked the third time in franchise history and first since March 31, 2009 against the Vancouver Canucks that the Wild did not allow a shot in a session.
ABOUT THE BLACKHAWKS (19-0-3): Patrick Kane helped keep Chicago's streak alive Sunday by scoring a power-play goal with 2:02 remaining in the third period. Kane has tallied only twice in his last 10 games but has notched a point in 18 of 22 contests this season. Dave Bolland is expected to return to the lineup Tuesday. The center has missed Chicago's last five games with an upper-body injury. Bolland has recorded five goals and two assists in 16 contests this season. A pregame ceremony will take place Tuesday to honor Marian Hossa, who played in his 1,000th career game Sunday.
1. Following Tuesday's game, Chicago hosts Colorado on Wednesday in the opener of a home-and-home series.
2. Minnesota has won its last three meetings with the Blackhawks, with all three victories coming in shootouts. Chicago has earned a point in each of the last seven matchups (4-0-3).
3. The Wild have won only eight of their last 36 road games.
PREDICTION: Blackhawks 3, Wild 1