The Chicago Blackhawks can attribute their rise to the top of the Central Division to contributions from several usual suspects. With a fully stocked lineup, it is not much of a surprise that they have a record of 22-9-4 as they approach the short holiday break built into the NHL's schedule.
Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp and Patrick Kane are off to fast starts, with big offensive numbers to show for their efforts. However, the team's leading scorer at the moment is Marian Hossa with 38 points (15 goals, 23 assists), including six power-play goals and a team-best plus-21 rating in 34 games.
In Tuesday night's loss in Pittsburgh, the 32-year-old Hossa had an assist and finished a plus-2 against his former team. His assist in Wednesday's win over Montreal extended his point streak to seven games. Over this stretch, he has four goals and eight assists, including his 400th career goal on Dec. 8 against the Islanders.
He also leads the Blackhawks with 11 multi-point games.
Hossa is us...