Oct 9, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) and center Jonathan Toews (19) and defenseman Kirill Gotovets (55) and defenseman Duncan Keith (2) and left wing Patrick Sharp (10) celebrate Sharps game tying goal against the Dallas Stars during the third period at the American Airlines Center. The Blackhawks defeat the Stars 3-2 in the overtime shootout. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
The Chicago Blackhawks are playing for one thing and one thing only the Stanley Cup, especially in this final season before Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane‘s new contracts hit the books and Stan Bowman will be back to number crunching in his role as Blackhawks GM.
That being said there are quite a few career and season milestones that can be achieved this season in the 2nd half. That’s not to say that we haven’t already seen a lot of milestones already. Jonathan Toews played in his 500th game and scored his 200th career goal. Patrick Kane eclipsed the 500 point mark and 200th goal this season too. The defensive duo of Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook played in their 700th career game while Brandon Saad laced it up for his 100th game.
Here is a quick look at what numbers are still out there to be achieved this season.
Jonathan Toews– 500 point plateau. The Captain currently sits at 481 career points and if he stays healthy there is no reason not to expect point #500 in late February or early March.
Duncan Keith– 400 point plateau. Duncan Keith needs only 2 more points to hit point #400 which will add to his 2 Stanley Cups, 2 Olympic Golds and his real Hall of Fame resume builder 2 Norris Trophies.
Patrick Sharp– 500 points With the Blackhawks- Sharp had a few points early in his Flyers career but he’s only 8 points away from becoming only the 15th Blackhawk to ever score 500 points wearing a Blackhawks jersey.
Patrick Kane is on pace to top his best season ever which was in 2009-2010 when he scored 30 goals and picked up 58 assists for 88 points all of which are his career highs. Kane is at 22 goals and 29 assists and a big 2nd half could have him in the Hart Trophy conversation the rest of the way to in to the finish line.
Corey Crawford is 12 wins away from joining Glenn Hall and Tony Esposito as the only Blackhawks goalies to ever record 4 seasons of 30 or more wins. If you are wondering Ed Belfour did it three times. Crawford has been a little up and down since his concert misstep but we are looking for him to return to his pre concert play when he didn’t miss a note in between the pipes.
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Bryan Bickell best numbers were in 2010-2011 when he scored 17 goals and 20 assists. He’s at 9 goals and 12 assists at the All-Star break but really seemed to find his game right before the break playing alongside Patrick Kane and Brad Richards. Who knows where he will play with the Q-blender in full effect in the 2nd half of the season but here’s to a career high for Bickell.
What numbers do you want to see eclipsed? Obviously the number we are all rooting for is a 6th Stanley Cup, but in the 2nd half here is a few numbers to be looking out for.
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