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1. Beware the "Old Stars", theyre the "New Stars": Jaromir Jagr and Ray Whitney are the second- and fourth-oldest players in the NHL but still lead their team in points. Whitney always plays well against the Hawks.
2. Transition is the name of the game: Against the St. Louis Blues, the Hawks had five odd man rushes in the first 10 minutes of the game. Each one ended up in a great scoring chance for the Blackhawks. Good defense leads to offense, and thats where the transition game starts.
3. P.K. is better than O.K.: This year the Hawks have just allowed one goal while being shorthanded, good for third in the NHL. Im a firm believer in your penalty kill being a reflection of your team defense, and so far so good for Chicago. You have to keep this area of your game strong -- last year the Hawks finished with the fourth-worst penalty kill percentage in the entire NHL.
The Blackhawks went 9-1 in February and did so in emphatic fashion.
The Blackhawks outscored their opponents 44-24 in the month and scored four goals or more in each of the nine wins. The only loss came after the team's bye week, a 3-1 loss at home to Edmonton seven days after winning 5-1 in Edmonton.
A big reason for the Blackhawks' recent surge is because of the production of Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane. Toews scored seven goals and had 11 assists in February and was named the league's second star of the week this week. Patrick Kane had nine goals and seven assists.
Scott Darling went 3-0 in his starts and gave up just four goals in those games. Corey Crawford went 6-1 with a 2.71 goals against average.
Despite the Blackhawks' success in February, the Minnesota Wild still lead the division. The Blackhawks beat the Wild twice in February, but the Wild went 7-2 in the rest of February, including tonight's 5-4 overtime win against the LA Kings to sit three points ahead of the Blackhawks and still with two games in hand.
Watch the video above to see Pat Boyle break down these Blackhawks numbers.
On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle is joined by Tracey Myers and they discuss the Blackhawks impressive 9-1 month of February. Plus, why the offensive surge for Jonathan Toews?
They also discuss the maturation of Tanner Kero and Nick Schmaltz this season. What should we expect from Tomas Jurco and will Stan Bowman add a veteran blue liner before Wednesday's NHL trade deadline.
Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below: