How Has Chicago Blackhawks’ Player TOI Shifted from Regular Season to Playoffs

By Melissa Peterson
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With all the line swaps and changes that seem to be taking place between series’, I thought it might be fun to take a look at how or even if time on the ice (TOI) is evolving for the Chicago Blackhawks as the regular season continues to transition into the playoffs.

Chart compiled by melissa peterson

I started by compiling all the per-game time data available on war-on-ice and multiplying that by the number of games a player had started in (The first TTOI column represents that total). I then calculated the players Total Time on Ice they had been eligible for (TTOIE column). What this means is that each game a player could technically spend the entire time on the ice, and was meant to look at what percentage of a game a player was played for. How this differs from the TTOI second column is that the second column represents the Blackhawks’ total Time on Ice for the 82 games.

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How I calculated TTOIE for this table is this: I took the amount of games played, which represents the number of games a player was not scratched for, whether healthy or not, and multiplied that number by the 60.90 minutes per game average I calculated when I took the total minutes (4994.18) and divided it by the total games (82).

This differentiation between the percentage of TTOI versus the percentage of TTOIE helps us to look at players who may have been received in a trade (ex: Kimmo Timonen, Antoine Vermette, Andrew Desjardins), players who may have been traded mid-season (ex: Tim Erixon, Jeremy Morin, Ben Smith, Adam Clendening, Klas Dahlbeck), players who may have two-way contracts with Rockford (ex: Teuvo Teravainen and Joakim Nordstrom are prime examples here) and players who may have been out for some time with some injuries (ex: Trevor Van Riemsdyk, Kris Versteeg, Patrick Kane)  and how they are being used.