Everytime I watch a Chicago Blackhawks team with both Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane on the ice I expect them to win, and even to that fact I’m still a tad bit surprised that the Hawks are up 3-0 in the series after Corey Crawford stopped every single shot the Minnesota Wild fired at him last night at Xcel Energy Center.
The Chicago Blackhawks have taken a stranglehold on this series by doing a couple of things that experts didn’t expect the Hawks to do in every game of the series and especially last night on the road in a hostile environment. This brings us to some stats from the Minnesota Wild series and some fun stats just for fun.
The Chicago Blackhawks Brandon Saad opened up the scoring in Game #1 after out muscling Ryan Suter on the wing and scored 1:15 into the game, and from that point it seems like the Chicago Blackhawks have led the entire series. The Hawks in 3 games have led for 122:40 a number you are probably pretty familiar with if you’ve been on Twitter in the last 12 hours. The 3 games have been tied for 57:20 and the Minnesota Wild have led for exactly 0 seconds which is pretty amazing for a team that has been red hot coming into this series.
One of the keys to the series was scoring first so that the Minnesota clamping trap defense couldn’t do their normal shut down work, and the Chicago Blackhawks stars have carried the play for three straight games which has helped lead the Hawks to their current 3-0 series lead.
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Patrick Kane is still supposed to be still out for two more week with a broken clavicle, and yet to the delight of all Chicago Blackhawks fans Patrick Kane was back for Game #1 of the Nashville Predators series Like last season, Patrick Kane started slow coming back from injury and then turned back into Showtime against the Minnesota Wild in the 2nd round series. Here’s his original showtime goal from last season
Now this season, Patrick Kane has scored 4 goals in the series while the Minnesota Wild have only scored 4 goals in the entire series. The Patrick Kane effect is huge because you never know when he’s going to something special, and in this series he’s done something in every game.
The Hawks are only 1 win away from a series sweep and their third straight and 5th out of 7 seasons appearing in the Western Conference Finals. The Blackhawks have some veterans on the roster and Duncan Keith is logging huge minutes so a win Thursday night not only finishes off the series but gives the Hawks some rest in the middle of the Stanley Cup Playoff Marathon at what would be the halfway point.
There are plenty of other numbers, but these are the few stats that you need to know about so far in the 2nd round series against the Minnesota Wild.
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