Wednesday, April 7, 2010
By Brett Ballantini
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.