Artemi Panarin
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The Bread Man is this close to a big number.

The New York Rangers visiting Chicago on Tuesday night may provide a significant moment for one of the Rangers’ best players.

Forward Artemi Panarin has 499 career regular-season points. If Panarin can reach his 500th point, he’ll do it in the building where his NHL career began.

He joined the Blackhawks before the 2015-16 season. He called Chicago home for two seasons in which he scored 61 goals with 90 assists in 162 games — many of which were on a line with Patrick Kane.

Panarin signed with the Rangers before the 2019-20 season and has been the best offensive player on the roster since his arrival. He has scored 56 goals with 123 assists in 134 games as a member of the Rangers.

In his career, Panarin enters Tuesday night’s game in Chicago with 172 goals and 327 assists in 456 games.

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Tab has written about MLB, the NHL and the NFL for more than a decade for publications including The Fourth Period, Bleacher Report and La Vida Baseball. He is the author of two books about the Chicago Blackhawks and has been credentialed for the MLB All-Star Game and postseason and multiple Stanley Cup Finals. He is the co-host of the Line Drive Radio podcast.