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From Rinkside: Hawks-Blues By the Numbers

From Rinkside: Hawks-Blues By the Numbers

Wednesday, April 7, 2010
6:30 PM

By Brett Ballantini
CSNChicago.com

A look at the numbers and trends for the Chicago Blackhawks prior to their Wednesday game vs. the St. Louis Blues

.722: The Blackhawks have a combined 12-4-2 record against their four prospective quarterfinals opponents (Nashville Predators, Detroit Red Wings, Los Angeles Kings and Colorado Avalanche). Thats a .722 points percentage.

.861: No team has had more back-to-backs this season than Chicagos 19. Heading into the hind end of their final back-to-back, the Blackhawks are 7-9-3 in first games and 14-1-3 (a .861 points percentage!) in the second.

.929: Antti Niemi has a .929 save percentage over his last 11 starts.

1: Jonathan Toewss shorthanded goal last night was the first of his career.

1.07: Niemi has a meager 1.07 goals-against average in his past four games.

2.54: Niemi is 2-1-0 with a 2.54 goals-against average vs. St. Louis this season.

4: Patrick Sharp has four goals against the Bluesbut all of them have come in St. Louis.

5: The five Blackhawks penalties in last nights second period matched the number Chicago was whistled for in its previous four games.

7: Toews is the team scoring leader vs. the Blues this season, with seven points (goal, six assists). Hossa has three goals and three assists.

10: Only 10 Blackhawks have had at least 30 goals and 50 assists in the same season: Jeremy Roenick, Steve Larmer, Denis Savard, Troy Murray, Tom Lysiak, Stan Mikita, Jim Pappin, Dennis Hull, Bobby Hull and Patrick Kane.

12: Chicago leads the NHL with 12 shorthanded goals; no other team has more than nine.

16: Last night was Colin Frasers first career NHL multi-goal game. With 16 points, hes just one point shy of his career best, set last year.

20:05: Keiths 20:05 ice last night was his lowest of the season and least since March 29, 2009 vs. the Vancouver Canucks, when he logged 17:19.

24: Marian Hossa is second on the team in goals (24) despite missing the first 22 games of the season and 25 total.

35: If you strip away the new-school (overtimeshootout) scoring from the 2009-10 Blackhawks to fairly compare eras, Chicagos season record would stand at 35-22-22 (92 points).

36: Hossas road hockey goal 36 seconds into the game last night is the fastest of the season for the Blackhawks this season, eclipsing Toewss tally 44 seconds into Chicagos win at the Edmonton Oilers on Jan. 26

79: With Troy Brouwer missing the game last night, only five Blackhawks have played all 79 Blackhawks games: Dustin Byfuglien, Andrew Ladd, Patrick Sharp, Kane and Keith.

85: Kanes 85 points are the most for a Blackhawk since 1993-94, when Roenick had 107.

207: Chicago has now lost 207 man-games to injury so far this season; last years season total was 179.

Brett Ballantini isCSNChicago.com's Blackhawks Insider. Follow him @CSNChi_Beatnikon Twitter for up-to-the-minute Hawksinformation.

What we learned about Blackhawks during five-game road trip

What we learned about Blackhawks during five-game road trip

"Every game now is a playoff game, pretty much. We've got to approach it like it's life or death."

Those were the words of Drake Caggiula and that was the mindset for the Blackhawks going into their five-game road trip in Western Canada, which was easily their most important swing of the season to date, given the circumstances: All five teams were ahead of them in the Western Conference standings, the Blackhawks were knocking on the door of a playoff spot and they had a chance to prove themselves ahead of the Feb. 24 trade deadline.

The Blackhawks finished the trip with a 1-4-0 record, picking up only two out of a possible 10 points. They ended the weekend sitting six points out of the final wildcard spot with two games in hand but four teams to jump. It's not impossible to get back in the race, but the cards are certainly stacked against them.

So what did we learn about this team?

The easy narrative would be to say the Blackhawks shrunk in games that had playoff-type implications, but that‘s just not true. They simply failed to capitalize on their opportunities, and they had plenty of them.

In Game 1 against Winnipeg, the Blackhawks held a 2-0 lead before allowing a shorthanded goal in the second period that was the first of five unanswered for the Jets, who went on to win 5-2. The Blackhawks went 0-for-3 on the power play and were outscored (1-0), outshot (3-2) and out-chanced (4-2) during those three opportunities. That was their downfall.

In Game 2 against Edmonton, the Blackhawks held a pair of one-goal leads — 2-1 in the first period and 3-2 in the second period — but couldn’t close the deal despite the Oilers playing without the NHL's best player in Connor McDavid. Again, a huge missed opportunity that was there for the taking.

In Game 3 against Vancouver, the Blackhawks peppered a season-high 49 shots on goal on Jacob Markstrom, 25 of which came from high-danger areas, but couldn't crack the code. It was one of their most dominating performances of the season from start to finish and yet they weren't rewarded for it. 

In Game 4 against Calgary, the market quickly corrected itself when the Blackhawks scored a season-high eight goals on 28 shots in an 8-4 win over the Flames. It’s the exact response they were looking for, with all four lines contributing on the scoresheet.

In Game 5 against Winnipeg, the Blackhawks scored the first goal, then fell behind 2-1 before evening things up at 2-2 in the final minute of the second period. The game was up for grabs. But the Jets scored 1:36 into the third period after a shot from the point deflected off Alex DeBrincat’s stick and in, and it turned out to be the game-winning goal.

Look, there are no moral victories at this time of year. An ugly win beats the heck out of a pretty loss.

If the power play doesn't go 0-for-14, we might be having a different discussion because it had a chance to change the complexion of each game except the last one — because, well, there were no penalties called on either side, which was the first time that's happened in an NHL game this season.

But the Blackhawks have no margin for error and they're learning that the hard way.

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3 Takeaways: Blackhawks have hole to climb out of after road trip

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3 Takeaways: Blackhawks have hole to climb out of after road trip

Patrick Kane had a goal and an assist, but the Blackhawks lost 3-2 to the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday to close out their five-game road trip. Here are three takeaways:

Bad trip

After losing in Winnipeg, the Blackhawks finished their five-game road trip with a 1-4-0 record. They began the trip last Sunday in Winnipeg with a 5-2 loss. 

Sunday's game against the Jets had flashes of good, but it was mostly strong plays from the go-to guys like Kane and Jonathan Toews. All three Jets' goals came from deflections off shots from the point. Overall, the effort and productivity paled in comparison to the lone victory of the trip, Saturday's 8-4 win over the Flames in Calgary on Saturday. 

The Blackhawks, six points out of the second wild card spot, will return home and face the New York Rangers at the United Center on Wednesday. They have 23 regular season games remaining. 

Kane keeps climbing 

With a two-point outing in Winnipeg, Kane tied former Blackhawk Steve Larmer for 87th on the NHL all-time points list with 1,012. 

"Showtime" set up Ryan Carpenter for the first goal of the game at 15:44 of the first period by backhanding a pass towards the front of the net for the crashing Carpenter to bury.

Kane scored with less than a minute remaining in the second period to tie it 2-2 off a three-way passing play with Jonathan Toews and Dominik Kubalik. Kane has 27 points (seven goals, 20 assists) in his past 18 games. 

With the primary assist on Kane's goal, Toews earned his sixth point (two goals, four assists) of the road trip. 

0.0

Sunday's Blackhawks-Jets game was the only NHL contest this season to have zero penalties. This was good news for Toews, who had five minor penalties over the prior four games. 

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