Jan 8, 2015; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) makes a save on Minnesota Wild forward Ryan Carter (18) during the third period at Xcel Energy Center. The Blackhawks defeated the Wild 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
It’s another Friday and the means another edition of Fun with Numbers Friday. Back to our normal day this week, let’s get to the numbers.
In what Coach Q called a goalie win last night, Corey Crawford made 42 saves in the Blackhawks 4-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild. In last week’s installment of Fun With Numbers, Crawford was mentioned as struggling and needing to turn his game around. Performances like last night are what the Blackhawks can expect from Crawford and what he needs to do in order for the Hawks to be in top form. More of that please, waiter.
Not a surprise, but all it took was two games for superstar prospect Teuvo Teravainen to find his way onto the healthy scratch list. Teravainen, who was bounced around lines, hasn’t gotten a chance to settle into whatever role the Hawks want him to fill and sitting him doesn’t help his growth very much. Q and the Hawks brass know that, and they didn’t call him up to just have him watch from the press box. One game won’t destroy him, but Teravainen getting right back into the lineup is key.
Hawks diehards can probably guess what this number represents. Any guesses? It would be the Hawks current power play percentage, good enough for 15th in the league. The PP has been a weakness of the team over the past couple of seasons and always something analysts point at as the one thing this team is missing. While the season is a marathon, not a sprint, the Hawks would like to see that number trend upward for the rest of the season and peak when it matters most, Stanley Cup season.