The Chicago Blackhawks rang in the New Year on a positive note, winning to the Colorado Avalanche in overtime by a score of 4-3. They finally solved Varlamov! Not only was it the last game of the year; it was also the last of 15 games in their busy month of December. Which brings us to December’s month in review. If you are interested, here is the month of October, and November for your viewing pleasure.
The Hawks won 9 games and lost 6 this month. They were 6-3 at home, and 3-2-1 on the road. They collected 19 out of a possible 30 points. Let’s take a look at some of the dirty details.
Offense. I wonder if anyone on the team will go on a tear and ever give Patrick Kane a run for his money in the scoring department. Kane still leads the offense for the month of December in both goals (9) and assists (10), for 19 points. 5 of his 9 goals were accumulated on the power play. Last month he must have been slacking off; he only had 6 goals and 8 assists for 14 points. Way to go Kaner! He just keeps raising the bar. Of course, he still leads the team with 23 goals and 33 assists, for 56 points overall. By the way, he still also leads the entire league in points and assists. I’m sure glad he plays for the Chicago Blackhawks!
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Artemi Panarin again comes in at second place in December (4G, 7A for 11 points), and overall (11G, 23A for 34 points). This is down a bit from his 5 goals and 8 assists in November, but who’s complaining?
Interestingly, it’s Teuvo Teravainen that comes in a close third to Panarin for the month (4G, 6A for 10 points). This has all been while he’s been bouncing around between the first and third lines. How many points did he get on each line? Well, I’m glad you asked. If my calculations are correct, he’s scored 4 goals and 1 helper on the first line, 2 assists on the third line, 2 assists on the power play, and 1 assist on the penalty kill (Toews short-handed goal). It’s nice to see that TT is producing no matter where he is deployed.
Jonathan Toews is fourth on offense in scoring for December (5G, 4A for 9 points). He is third overall behind Kane and Panarin (13G, 11A for 24 points). Last month he was fourth, behind Artem Anisimov.
Anisimov’s numbers have gone down a little. Last month, he had 6 goals and 5 assists; this month he has 4 goals and 1 assist. I’ve also been on him recently to step it up in the faceoff circle. So Arty’s in a bit of a slump. But I’m not too concerned, he’s still fourth overall on the team for the offense (14G, 7A for 21 points).
Andrew Shaw’s had a good month. He has 3 goals and 5 assists for 8 points. In October, he could only take credit for 1 assist. In November, he tallied 3 goals and 3 assists. So Shawzy’s on the upswing; and he’s been rewarded for it by spending some time on the first line.
Marian Hossa has been the helper this month. He only has 1 goal, but is credited with 6 assists. Newcomer Dennis Rasmussen has 3 goals and 1 assist. Phillip Danault has helped out with 3 assists. And our fourth line friend from last year’s playoffs, Andrew Desjardins, has scored 3 goals in the last 2 games!