- Scott Powers, Reporter
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The Chicago Blackhawks will have to overcome past struggles in Colorado if their record streak is to continue to 25 games on Friday.
The Blackhawks have had fits against the Avalanche on the road ever since Colorado came into the league in 1995. The Blackhawks are 9-18-4 with a .355 points percentage at Colorado since the 1995-96 season, according to Elias. The Blackhawks are 4-4-2 there the past five seasons.
The Blackhawks' road points percentage against the Avalanche is their fifth worst since the 1995-96 season, according to Elias. The Blackhawks are also 1-10-0 (.091) at the Philadelphia Flyers, 1-7-2 (.200) at the Carolina Hurricanes, 8-21-3 (.297) at the Anaheim Ducks and 2-6-3 (.318) at the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith said after Wednesday's 3-2 home win over the Avalanche he expected Friday's game in Colorado to be another difficult one.
"I think they got a good team," Keith said. "I think they skate well. They're probably one of the quickest teams we've played all year. You got to give them credit, too. They did some things (Wednesday) to put pressure on us. It's going to be tough going into their building."
The Blackhawks extended their NHL-record points streak to start a season to 24 games with Wednesday's win. The Blackhawks are 21-0-3 with an NHL-best 45 points on the season. They also have an overall points streak of 30 regular-season games, which dates back to last season. They trail the 1979-80 Philadelphia Flyers' 35-game streak.
If the Hawks are to continue their streak, they have to overcome their troubles in Denver.