Jan 4, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) reacts to misplaying the puck during the overtime period against the Dallas Stars at the United Center. Chicago won 5-4 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Fun with numbers is a couple of days late. The stomach bug hit me and delayed this post until this morning. No more excuses, let’s get to the numbers.
All of today’s picks have a common theme: they are a result of last night’s 5-4 OT victory over the Dallas Stars. One from a rookie, one from a goaltender and one from Showtime.
Teuvo Teravainen’s ice time in his first game of the 2014-2015 season. Teravainen started his season on the 4th line, but quickly was thrown into the Coach Q line blender and had a number of different line mates as the night progressed. Nothing spectacular from Teravainen in tonight’s game, but he looked like he belonged and fit right in with the team. Being comfortable with his teammates is the most crucial part to his play picking up and him being the star prospect he’s shown he can be.
Patrick Kane’s 19th tally of the season was also his 197th of his career. The All-Star forward has now tied Troy Murray on the All-Time Hawks goals list. Kane is having a fantastic season and was reward with being the 2nd leading All-Star vote getter among forwards. He doesn’t seem to be missing a beat and looks to continue his hot streak.
That would be Corey Crawford’s save percentage since coming back from his ankle injury. For comparison, he sported a .922 save percentage before the ankle injury. It shouldn’t be too worrisome, as there is a lot of season left for Crawford to get back into form, but it was obvious that Crawford was struggling tonight. Crawford’s night is mainly determined on how he sees the puck and how he adjusts to puck movement. When Crawford loses his net a lot early in the game, it sets the tone for the rest of the night. Goalies don’t always have their best day. When that happens, the team in front needs to pick them up. Tonight, the Hawks were able to do that and grab two important points against a division foe.