Final SO

Series (Game 1 of 2)

Chicago leads 2-0

Game 1: Thursday, November 3rd
Game 2: Friday, January 20th

Blackhawks 3

(8-2-2, 18 pts)

Panthers 2

(6-4-2, 14 pts)

7:30 PM ET, November 3, 2011

BB&T Center, Sunrise, Florida

1 2 3 SO T
CHI 1 1 0 13
FLA 0 1 1 02

C. Crawford (Blackhawks - G): Saves: 41, Save Pct.: .953

J. Markstrom (Panthers - G): Saves: 31, Save Pct.: .939

P. Kane (Blackhawks - RW): Goals: 0, Assists: 1

Blackhawks-Panthers Preview


The Chicago Blackhawks' offense seems to have found its groove. The power play, however, still has a long way to go.

Seeking a season-high third straight victory, the Central Division-leading Blackhawks again try to get their power play on track Thursday night when they visit a Florida Panthers team that is having trouble killing penalties.

After suffering a 3-0 loss at Carolina on Friday, Chicago (7-2-2) has scored five goals in each of its past two wins. In Monday's 5-4 overtime victory over Nashville, Viktor Stalberg scored the winner -- his third goal in two games -- while Patrick Kane had two goals and an assist.

The win came at a cost, however, as Duncan Keith, the 2010 Norris Trophy winner, left the game in the second period with an upper-body injury. Keith, who played all 82 games each of the last two seasons, has been ruled out Thursday but could return Friday in Tampa.

The Blackhawks will have Dan Carcillo back Thursday after he served a two-game suspension for an illegal check on the Hurricanes' Joni Pitkanen.

"He'll come in, but I don't think we're going to change too much of the look," coach Joel Quenneville said.

Quenneville, however, may want to do something about his power play.

The Blackhawks went 0 for 7 on Monday and failed to convert two 5-on-3s, including one that ran 1:34. They haven't scored on 18 opportunities with the man advantage in the last four games, and their 8.9 power-play percentage is one of the NHL's worst.

Chicago could have better luck against Florida, which has allowed a power-play goal in seven of its last eight games. The Panthers have killed 65.2 percent of their opponents' power plays (15 of 23) over that span, one of the worst marks in the league.

Florida (6-4-1) allowed Winnipeg to go 1 for 2 on the power play Monday, but it was a disputed goal that proved to be the difference.

The Jets tied the score at 3 at 19:10 of the third period on a goal one referee immediately waved off but the others signaled was good. The goal was awarded to Winnipeg after a video review to determine if there was a high-stick, and the Panthers went on to lose 4-3 in a shootout.

"I think there was a mistake made on the ice and unfortunately it cost us a point, a very expensive point," coach Kevin Dineen said.

The controversial goal came just 80 seconds after Tomas Fleischmann scored his second of the game to give the Panthers a 3-2 lead. He has four goals and three assists during a five-game point streak.

"I don't think it should have gone to the shootout," defenseman Brian Campbell said. "That's my opinion."

Campbell will be playing in his first game against his former team after spending the last three seasons in Chicago. He is tied for the team lead in points (11) with another former Blackhawk, Kris Versteeg.

These teams split their season series in 2010-11 with each winning on its home ice. Chicago's Corey Crawford was in net for both games.

He was pulled before the start of the second period after allowing three goals on eight shots in a 3-2 loss March 8. Just over two weeks later, he made 23 saves in a 4-0 win.

Kane has scored in each of his last four games against Florida, while linemate Marian Hossa has three goals and an assist in his last three matchups.

Hossa had three assists Monday and is tied for the team lead with five goals.