Posting a 6-3-1 record over 10 games, the Chicago Blackhawks have won three straight and climbed to the top of the Central Division
Here are some interesting numbers and statistics behind the Chicago Blackhawks’ early-season success.
The Blackhawks are on a nice little five-game point streak, winning three straight and four of their last five to climb into a virtual tie with the Minnesota Wild atop the Central Division.
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With 6 assists and 7 goals, Blackhawks center Artem Anisimov is riding a career-best eight-game point streak and leads the NHL with 13 points. He and Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos lead the league with 7 goals apiece.
That’s the total number of goals the ‘Hawks have scored in the third period this season, tops in the Western Conference. Tied or trailing after two periods in five games, the Blackhawks have sparked thrilling third-period rallies to either win or force the games to overtime.
12 of 13
The Blackhawks’ much-maligned penalty killing unit seems to have turned the corner, killing eight straight and 12 of 13 chances stretching back four games. Along with monster saves by Corey Crawford, Chicago’s penalty killers are doing a much better job pressuring the puck and clearing the zone. Chicago’s miserable 58.3 percent overall kill rate is now a stale statistic, of use to those only interested in sound bites.
The Blackhawks are still struggling with puck possession and shot suppression, posting a minus-3 differential between shots for and shots against per game. The trend continued Tuesday night as the Flames outshot the Blackhawks 34-22. Luckily, that’s where our next statistic comes into play
Crawford’s fabulous even-strength save percentage of .979 leads all NHL starting goaltenders and has played the biggest role in the ’Hawks’ recent run of victories. If not for the early season struggles on the penalty kill, Crawford would likely be close to the top in all goaltending statistics. Let’s hope Crow stays healthy.
Led by Tyler Motte’s 3 goals, bottom-six forwards have tallied 7 goals this season, accounting for 20 percent of the team’s 35 total goals. With Chicago’s talented rookies gaining traction and experience, Blackhawks fans should expect a lot more secondary scoring throughout the season.