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Chicago Blackhawks’ Week Ahead Takes A Break

By Colin Likas
Feb 13, 2016; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Boston Bruins forward David Krejci (46) banks the puck off Minnesota Wild forward Nino Niederreiter (22) for a goal in the second period at Xcel Energy Center. The Boston Bruins beat the Minnesota Wild 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 13, 2016; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Boston Bruins forward David Krejci (46) banks the puck off Minnesota Wild forward Nino Niederreiter (22) for a goal in the second period at Xcel Energy Center. The Boston Bruins beat the Minnesota Wild 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports /
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It’s time for another look at the upcoming week for the Chicago Blackhawks. The previous week didn’t see much in the way of success for the Blackhawks, who earned just one of six points against three Western Conference teams and lost Marian Hossa to injury. They have a chance to get back on track against a couple Eastern Conference squads before their Stadium Series game at week’s end.

Let’s look at the latest statistics for the Blackhawks.

Forwards

Artem Anisimov: 58 games, 18 goals, 14 assists, plus-8 rating, 8 penalty minutes, 94 shots

a-Kyle Baun: 2 games, 0 goals, 0 assists, minus-2 rating, 0 penalty minutes, 1 shot

a-Bryan Bickell: 23 games, 0 goals, 2 assists, minus-4 rating, 2 penalty minutes, 21 shots

Phillip Danault: 26 games, 1 goal, 4 assists, minus-2 rating, 2 penalty minutes, 42 shots

a-Marko Dano: 13 games, 1 goal, 1 assist, 0 rating, 2 penalty minutes, 15 shots

Andrew Desjardins: 54 games, 6 goals, 2 assists, minus-6 rating, 22 penalty minutes, 72 shots

d-Ryan Garbutt: 42 games, 2 goals, 4 assists, minus-7 rating, 25 penalty minutes, 81 shots

a-Ryan Hartman: 3 games, 0 goals, 1 assist, minus-1 rating, 0 penalty minutes, 3 shots

Vincent Hinostroza: 4 games, 0 goals, 0 assists, 0 rating, 2 penalty minutes, 4 shots

f-Marian Hossa: 54 games, 10 goals, 18 assists, plus-10 rating, 20 penalty minutes, 164 shots

Patrick Kane: 59 games, 33 goals, 45 assists, plus-22 rating, 24 penalty minutes, 206 shots

a-Tanner Kero: 17 games, 1 goal, 2 assists, minus-2 rating, 2 penalty minutes, 26 shots

b-Marcus Kruger: 33 games, 0 goals, 1 assist, minus-5 rating, 20 penalty minutes, 39 shots

Brandon Mashinter: 26 games, 2 goals, 0 assists, minus-2 rating, 16 penalty minutes, 13 shots

a-Mark McNeill: 1 game, 0 goals, 0 assists, 0 rating, 0 penalty minutes, 0 shots

Artemi Panarin: 57 games, 18 goals, 34 assists, plus-9 rating, 22 penalty minutes, 132 shots

Richard Panik: 14 games, 3 goals, 1 assist, plus-1 rating, 0 penalty minutes, 18 shots

Dennis Rasmussen: 32 games, 3 goals, 4 assists, plus-5 rating, 4 penalty minutes, 33 shots

Jiri Sekac: 5 games, 0 goals, 0 assists, minus-1 rating, 2 penalty minutes, 10 shots

Andrew Shaw: 59 games, 9 goals, 18 assists, plus-11 rating, 45 penalty minutes, 108 shots

Teuvo Teravainen: 55 games, 9 goals, 13 assists, plus-1 rating, 12 penalty minutes, 99 shots

c-Viktor Tikhonov: 11 games, 0 goals, 0 assists, minus-4 rating, 6 penalty minutes, 11 shots

Jonathan Toews: 58 games, 21 goals, 19 assists, plus-18 rating, 40 penalty minutes, 135 shots

Defensemen

d-Trevor Daley: 29 games, 0 goals, 6 assists, plus-1 rating, 8 penalty minutes, 43 shots

Erik Gustafsson: 25 games, 0 goals, 8 assists, plus-10 rating, 0 penalty minutes, 35 shots

Niklas Hjalmarsson: 59 games, 2 goals, 14 assists, plus-10 rating, 26 penalty minutes, 64 shots

Duncan Keith: 49 games, 8 goals, 26 assists, plus-13 rating, 12 penalty minutes, 92 shots

Michal Rozsival: 32 games, 1 goal, 4 assists, plus-3 rating, 12 penalty minutes, 27 shots

e-David Rundblad: 9 games, 0 goals, 2 assists, minus-2 rating, 6 penalty minutes, 13 shots

Rob Scuderi: 17 games, 0 goals, 0 assists, minus-6 rating, 0 penalty minutes, 14 shots

Brent Seabrook: 59 games, 10 goals, 25 assists, plus-9 rating, 24 penalty minutes, 123 shots

Viktor Svedberg: 17 games, 1 goal, 2 assists, 0 rating, 2 penalty minutes, 28 shots

Trevor van Riemsdyk: 59 games, 3 goals, 5 assists, minus-4 rating, 19 penalty minutes, 61 shots

Goaltenders

Corey Crawford: 48 starts, 31 wins, 14 losses, 3 OT losses, 7 shutouts, .930 save percentage, 2.19 goals-allowed average

Scott Darling: 11 starts, 5 wins, 4 losses, 2 OT losses, 0 shutouts, .911 save percentage, 2.61 goals-allowed average

(a-demoted to Rockford; b-on long-term injured reserve; c-waived and claimed; d-traded; e-loaned; f-on injured reserve)

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Not a whole lot to talk about from the previous week, as the Blackhawks managed just four goals in three games. Seabrook had two of them, accounting for all of Chicago’s scoring against Anaheim. The Blackhawks have gotten some fair scoring from a few members of their blue line this season, with Keith, Seabrook and Hjalmarsson all sitting in the team’s top 10 for points. They also make up three of the 10 Blackhawks with double-digit points.

On that note, does it disturb anyone else that this team has just 10 players with double-digit points with only 23 games remaining in the regular season? Sure, some of it has to do with the number of youngsters the Blackhawks have called up and sent down, as well as the constant line jumbling on the bottom six, but it’s still a concern.

Despite being in the net for all three of the Blackhawks’ losses last week, Crow’s stats didn’t take a major hit. His save percentage dropped just one-tenth of a percent, and his goals-allowed average is still under 2.20. Darling will finally get another start tonight, though he did make an appearance in the Dallas game last week after a four-goal opening period against.

Let’s move on to the Central Division standings update.

Dallas: 36-15-5, 77 points, 34 regulation/overtime wins, 184 goals for, 152 goals against

Chicago: 36-18-5, 77 points, 35 regulation/overtime wins, 163 goals for, 137 goals against

St. Louis: 32-17-9, 73 points, 29 regulation/overtime wins, 143 goals for, 138 goals against

Colorado: 29-26-4, 62 points, 27 regulation/overtime wins, 158 goals for, 164 goals against

Nashville: 26-21-9, 61 points, 24 regulation/overtime wins, 149 goals for, 149 goals against

Minnesota: 23-22-10, 56 points, 23 regulation/overtime wins, 135 goals for, 140 goals against

Winnipeg: 25-27-3, 53 points, 23 regulation/overtime wins, 142 goals for, 160 goals against

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The Central is looking a lot less strong lately, with Dallas’ 7-3-0 record in its last 10 the only strong run among the seven teams. Colorado’s 6-3-1 mark isn’t bad, nor is St. Louis’ 6-2-2 record, but neither is sterling. Meanwhile, the Blackhawks and Avalanche are 4-5-1 in their last 10, the Jets are 4-6-0 and the Wild have struggled so much (1-7-2) that they fired coach Mike Yeo last week.

As a result, the Blackhawks are still tied atop the Central, though the Stars have three games in hand. With the Blackhawks schedule a little lighter through the rest of February, that’ll be adjusted soon.

Speaking of a lighter schedule, let’s take a look at the three games the men in the Indian Head have on their plate this week.

Next: Glancing At Toronto, The New York Rangers And Minnesota

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