From Rinkside: Hawks-Blues By the Numbers

From Rinkside: Hawks-Blues By the Numbers

Wednesday, April 7, 2010
6:30 PM

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.

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Trevor van Riemsdyk out about a month as Blackhawks host Toronto

Trevor van Riemsdyk out about a month as Blackhawks host Toronto

Trevor van Riemsdyk will miss about a month with an upper-body injury he sustained in the Blackhawks’ 3-2 loss to Columbus on Friday night.

Van Riemsdyk was injured late in the second period when he slid into the net, his right arm/shoulder colliding with the post. Coach Joel Quenneville said van Riemsdyk’s injury, as of now, doesn’t require surgery. Quenneville wasn’t sure if van Riemsdyk would be put on injured reserve. The defenseman played all 82 games for the Blackhawks last season but had injury problems prior to that.

In good news, Marian Hossa is now “likely” to play Saturday night, Quenneville said. Hossa has missed the last two games with a lower-body injury he sustained on Tuesday night.

Scott Darling will get the start vs. the Maple Leafs. The Blackhawks have had an up-and-down start to the season. Once again, their penalty kill hasn’t helped. It allowed two more goals to the Blue Jackets and has now allowed 11 through the first five games.

[SHOP: Gear up, Blackhawks fans!]

“We can’t say much about our PK right now. It’s definitely a sore spot and it’s almost like let’s look at it as a fresh beginning and look at trying to get through one kill, and the first 20 seconds get through that rotation,” Quenneville said. “Let’s take baby steps in our approach, whether it’s a four-man pressure, denying entries or up-ice pressure, in the shooting lanes, make sure we’re clearing, all the things that go into it. It’s been tough right now and certainly we have to repair it and fix it tonight.”

Meanwhile, there’s nothing new to report on Andrew Desjardins, who suffered a lower-body injury in the Blackhawks’ preseason finale in St. Louis. Quenneville said it’ll still be a few weeks until Desjardins skates.


Time: 6 p.m.


Radio: WGN

Projected lineups


Tyler Motte-Jonathan Toews-Richard Panik

Artemi Panarin-Artem Anisimov-Patrick Kane

Ryan Hartman-Nick Schmaltz-Marian Hossa

Dennis Rasmussen-Marcus Kruger-Jordin Tootoo

Duncan Keith-Niklas Hjalmarsson

Michal Kempny-Brent Seabrook

Gustav Forsling-Brian Campbell

Scott Darling

Injuries: Trevor van Riemsdyk (upper body), Andrew Desjardins (lower body)

Toronto Maple Leafs

William Nylander-Auston Matthews-Zach Hyman

James van Riemsdyk-Tyler Bozak-Mitchell Marner

Milan Michalek-Nazem Kadri-Leo Komarov

Matt Martin-Peter Holland-Connor Brown

Morgan Rielly-Connor Carrick

Jake Gardiner-Roman Polak

Matt Hunwick-Nikita Zaitsev

Frederik Andersen

Five Things from Blackhawks-Blue Jackets: Same mistakes resurface

Five Things from Blackhawks-Blue Jackets: Same mistakes resurface

COLUMBUS, Ohio – We’ll save you some time tonight. The Blackhawks lost another one in familiar fashion. You can guess what our focus will be, so let’s get right to it.

Here are Five Things to take from the Blackhawks’ 3-2 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

1. We’re trying not to pick on the penalty kill again, but… it cost them again. The Blackhawks gave up their 10th and 11th power-play goals in their first five games on Friday night. Opponents are planting themselves in front of Corey Crawford and, be it screens or tips, they’re capitalizing. Long-distance shots are getting through far too often. “I think our focus always has to be 5-on-5. When our effort and our energy and our work ethic is there it usually translates into our special teams and I don’t know. It’s frustrating," Jonathan Toews said. "We definitely have to keep pushing to find a solution. Even when it seems like we’re doing a good job bounces go against us. We deserve all the criticism and we just have to keep finding ways, dig deep and really try to dig ourselves out of this thing.”

2. The seven-defenseman set. Quenneville didn’t want Trevor van Riemsdyk sitting out too long, and for a few days it looked like Brian Campbell was going to be the odd-man out tonight. Instead the Blackhawks went with seven, which gave them the chance to rotate and put Campbell back on his natural left. With that, however, the forward lines were naturally skewed. Patrick Kane played nearly 29 minutes. Quenneville said earlier this season that it wouldn’t be something the Blackhawks would try often. Speaking of van Riemsdyk…

[SHOP: Gear up, Blackhawks fans!]

3. Van Riemsdyk hurt again. You have to feel for van Riemsdyk. He finally got healthy last season playing in all 82 games after knee and wrist injuries sidelined him the previous one. Now it looks like he’ll be out again after he went hard into the net late in the second period. Van Riemsdyk got tangled up and his right arm/shoulder collided with the post.

4. Tyler Motte gets his first. The University of Michigan product scored his first career NHL goal, a rebound off a Toews shot in the second period. Considering the game’s outcome, however, Motte’s enthusiasm was tempered. “It was exciting. It felt good to chip in offensively but obviously the real story is us losing another game,” he said. “We were better in the offensive zone but there are still some things to improve on. The most important thing is winning games.”

5. Brandon Saad great but stymied. The former Blackhawks left wing had some tremendous scoring opportunities on Friday. He had a team-high seven shots, most high quality, but Crawford stopped him every time. Just in case anyone needed a reminder of what the kid is capable of, regardless of which sweater he’s wearing.