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Chicago Blackhawks Month In Review: February

By Gail Kauchak
Feb 25, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Artemi Panarin (72) passes the puck with center Artem Anisimov (15) pursuing during the second period against the Nashville Predators at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 25, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Artemi Panarin (72) passes the puck with center Artem Anisimov (15) pursuing during the second period against the Nashville Predators at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Chicago Blackhawks had a bit of a slower month in February.  There were only 11 games on the schedule, with three day breaks in between two of their tilts.  There was a trip to the White House to celebrate last year’s Stanley Cup win, and a forgettable outdoor game against the Minnesota Wild.

All in all, the Hawks finished just over 500.  Their latest victory over the Washington Capitals put them at 6-4-1 for the month.  They didn’t exactly take advantage of home ice, as they won only two of their six games at the United Center.  They were actually the better team on the road, picking up four out of five wins away from home.  They only earned 13 out of a possible 22 points this month.  Let’s get to the breakdowns.

More “Months In Review”.  January, December, November, October.

Offense.  I gotta say I was really rooting for him, and in the end it turned out to be a tie.  Patrick Kane has been the leading scorer every month this season.  But in February he had to share the glory with Artemi Panarin.  That’s right, both players ended up with 11 points.

Kane had 6 goals and 5 assists; whereas Panarin earned 5 goals and 6 assists.  But The BreadMan was actually out sick for two games.  And then you have to factor in his hat trick against the New York Rangers.  I’m going to call it a moral victory for Panarin.

Meanwhile, Kane is currently leading the league with 85 points.  This blows away Jamie Benn, who is in second place with 70 points.  Kane has 36 goals.  Only Alex Ovechkin has more, with 40.

Getting back to the rest of the team, Jonathan Toews came in next in points.  He was just behind Kane and Panarin in January as well.   He ended up with 3 goals and 6 assists, for 9 points.  There was a three-way tie for the next highest scoring slot, with all three players picking up 6 points.  Andrew Shaw had 2 goals and 4 assists, and Artem Anisimov and Duncan Keith both tallied a goal and 5 assists.

Here’s a point of interest.  The Hawks actually scored three short-handed goals this month.  Toews, Anisimov, and Marian Hossa did the honors.  And if you watched all the games, you might remember that Anisimov had numerous short-handed chances.  He seems to be a bit of a specialist at it.  It just goes to show you that the Hawks have some of the best two-way forwards out there.

Next: Defense and Special Teams

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