Analysis

Chicago Blackhawks’ Post-Bye Play Shows Progression

By Gail Kauchak
Feb 4, 2017; Dallas, TX, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa (81) and center Jonathan Toews (19) celebrate a goal during the game at the American Airlines Center. The Blackhawks defeat the Stars 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 4, 2017; Dallas, TX, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa (81) and center Jonathan Toews (19) celebrate a goal during the game at the American Airlines Center. The Blackhawks defeat the Stars 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mar 29, 2016; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Chicago Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews (19) during a game between the Minnesota Wild and Chicago Blackhawks at Xcel Energy Center. The Wild defeated the Blackhawks 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports /

Possession numbers

The Chicago Blackhawks are trending in the right direction when it comes to possession. Against Edmonton, they were a plus-37 Corsi (68-31 shot attempts), and ended up with 39 shots on goal to the Oilers’ 22. In Buffalo, they were a plus-16 Corsi (47-31 shot attempts) and ended up with the advantage of 37-26 shots on goal.

The ’Hawks have improved in the faceoff circle as well. They lost the overall faceoff battle in four of the last five games before the break. Since then, they won 65 percent of their draws Saturday, and 53 percent Sunday.

Toews and Tanner Kero have been extremely helpful in this regard. On Saturday, Toews won 79 percent of his draws!  Kero has posted percentages of 75 and 50 in his last two games, respectively.

Wild watch

The Minnesota Wild defeated the Nashville Predators 5-2 on Saturday, and are awaiting their next opponent, the Chicago Blackhawks, whom they take on at the Excel Energy Center on Tuesday.

Next: 5 Thoughts On Buffalo Win

The Wild are in first place in the Central Division, with 84 points. The second-place Chicago Blackhawks trail them by seven points, with 77. The ’Hawks are on a roll, but so are the Wild.  They’ve won four of their last five games since being defeated in overtime 4-3 by the ’Hawks on February 8th. I don’t think I need to tell you this could be a good one!

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