Five Things to Watch: Blackhawks close out regular season vs. Kings today on CSN


Watch as the Blackhawks take on the Los Angeles Kings today on CSN and streaming live on Coverage begins at 4:30 p.m. with Blackhawks Pregame Live.. Then stick around after the final buzzer to watch Blackhawks Postgame Live for highlights and analysis.

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Five Things to Watch:

1. Artemi Panarin bonus watch.

Well, it's Game No. 82, meaning it's the final chance the Russian winger can cash in on his bonuses for the second straight year. If Panarin finishes the season among the top-10 in forwards in points, he earns a $1.725 million bonus that will carry over into next year's salary cap. He's currently ranked ninth with 73 points. 

2. How many points will Patrick Kane finish with?

With Connor McDavid at 97 points and Kane at 88, it looks like there will be a new Art Ross Trophy winner. Kane's 106 points last year was a career high, and his current 88 is tied for second-best after reaching that same total during the 2009-10 season. 

3. The fight for playoff roster spots.

Joel Quenneville would like to nail down his bottom-six, and doesn't prefer to rotate it often throughout the playoffs. That means a handful of players will be competing for two roster spots in the final audition of the regular season. Those players include Andrew Desjardins, John Hayden, Vinnie Hinostroza, Tomas Jurco, Dennis Rasmussen and Jordin Tootoo.

4. Ryan Hartman's pursuit of 20 goals.

We mentioned this in the previous game, but it's worth paying attention to in the final contest after the Blackhawks were shut out Thursday in Anaheim. Hartman is one goal away from becoming the seventh 20-goal scorer on the team this year, and it'd be the first time the Blackhawks would accomplish that feat since 1989-90.

5. Can Blackhawks set franchise road record?

The Blackhawks have had two cracks at trying to set a new franchise record in road wins, currently sitting at 24. They reached that mark during the 2014-15 season, and will look to make it 25 today. Will third time be the charm?

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