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Chicago Blackhawks: Fun With Numbers Friday

By Chris Schubert
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Dec 21, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks celebrate a win against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the end of their NHL game at United Center. Blackhawks won 4-0. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

It’s Friday, so that means it’s time for the second installment of Fun with Numbers.  Let’s get to it.

+35

The Hawks +35 goal differential is best in the league, over 10 goals better in their own conference. Old school hockey fans will tell you to look at this stat to see who the best teams in the league are. According to that, the Hawks would be considered the best team in the league. Advanced metrics do the Hawks more justice, but it’s nice to give a nod to old school numbers that reflect the teams great play to start the season.

1st

January 1st. A new year, but the same season. The Chicago Blackhawks will meet the Washington Capitals in the 2015 Winter Classic. This won’t be the Hawks first rodeo on New Year’s Day, and it should be a great way for Hawks fans to bring in the new year. The national stage brings out the best in teams and should mean a good game between these two teams and a good game for the casual hockey fan.

25

The Hawks 2nd period struggles have been well documented, as it seems they shut down during that period. Well, the numbers back it up. The Hawks have 25 second period goals all season that ranks 25th in the league, only four goals from the bottom. The Hawks are going to need to get their offense going in the second period in the new year in order to shape up for playoff season. Playing this way in the playoffs will surely mean a quick exit for the Hawks. Playing consistent hockey through the first and second period can go a long way to turning this around, as the Hawks seem to be two different teams between the first and the second periods.

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