Stock Watch: Hossa strong without practice
February, 7, 2014
By Scott Powers
Dave Reginek/Getty ImagesMarian Hossa is on pace for his first 30-goal season since 2008-09.RISING
1. Marian Hossa, forward: Hossa may be taking time off the ice for maintenance work on his body, but it doesn't appear to be affecting his play. He's on a five-game points streak and has seven points over that span. He's recorded points in 11 of the last 13 games. His 24 goals put him on pace to have his first 30-goal season since the 2008-09 season. His season-high for the Blackhawks was 29 in the 2011-12 season. He also continues to lead the NHL with 62 takeaways.
2. Corey Crawford, goaltender: Crawford recorded his first shutout of the season in the Blackhawks' 2-0 win over the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday. He made 29 saves, including 11 against the power play, to secure the shutout. He's held opponents to two or fewer goals in seven of his past nine games and lowered his season goals-against average to 2.36 and raised his save percentage to .916. He's also improved his save percentage against the power play to .853. He had a .784 shorthanded save percentage prior to his injury.
3. Penalty kill: The Blackhawks' penalty kill has been trending positively for the past month. The Blackhawks have allowed one power-play goal on their last 33 penalty kills. They were especially impressive against the Ducks on Wednesday when they killed off a 40-second power play and a four-minute one in the 2-0 win. The Blackhawks have elevated their penalty-kill percentage to 80.2, which ranks 23rd in the league.
1. Penalties: The Blackhawks have allowed opponents four or more power plays in each of their past three games. The Blackhawks accumulated 28 penalty minutes in that span. Over the past three games, Andrew Shaw was called for three minor penalties, Niklas Hjalmarsson for two minors, and Patrick Sharp and Michal Rozsival each had a double minor. The Blackhawks average 3.14 minors a game this season.
2. Brandon Pirri, forward: Pirri wasn't able to impress during his nearly two weeks with the Blackhawks. He had zero points in four games and was made a healthy scratch against the Ducks on Wednesday. He was reassigned to the Rockford IceHogs on Thursday. It's unclear whether Pirri will get another chance with the Blackhawks after they traded for forward Peter Regin on Thursday. Regin will likely get a shot at second-line center.