By the numbers: Hawks eye 3-game streak

March, 22, 2014
Mar 22
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Powers By Scott Powers
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Here’s a look at the Chicago Blackhawks by the numbers:

2 – The Blackhawks’ longest winning streak since December has been two games. Their last three-game winning streak came Dec. 8-11. They’ve had four winning streaks of three games or more. They’re currently on a two-game winning streak.

3 – The Blackhawks scored three goals for the second consecutive game Friday. They hadn’t done that since returning from the Olympic break.

4.5 – The number of minor penalties the Blackhawks are averaging over their last 10 games. They’ve had 45 minor penalties during that period. They had three games of three penalties, two of four penalties, two of five penalties and three of six penalties. They’re averaging 3.3 minor penalties a game this season. Duncan Keith and Johnny Oduya both have 14 penalty minutes in the last 10 games. Brent Seabrook, Nick Leddy and Ben Smith are the only regular Blackhawks not to pick up a penalty in March.

13/2 – The odds the Blackhawks are getting to win the Stanley Cup from Bovada. The St. Louis Blues are 5/1 and the Boston Bruins are 11/2. The Pittsburgh Penguins are also 13/2.

9 – Jonathan Toews scored his ninth goal in March on Friday, matching his career high for a month. He’s tallied nine goals in a month three times. He has five more games this month to exceed that.

11 – Patrick Sharp and Toews are tied for the team lead and tied for 14th in the NHL with 11 points in March. Sharp has two goals and nine assists in the month, and Toews has nine goals and two assists. Tyler Seguin and Claude Giroux lead the league with 15 points.

13. 5 – The Blackhawks’ power-play percentage since the Olympic break. They have scored five goals on 37 power-play chances in the last 11 games. They had a 22.8 percentage prior to the break, scoring 21 goals on 92 chances.

43 – The number of games defenseman Duncan Keith has recorded points in this season. He’s second in the league among defensemen with 55 points and leads them with 50 assists. He’s five assists short of matching his career high.

56.6 – That's the Blackhawks’ 5-on-5 Corsi percentage in close games over their last 10 games. Corsi is overall shot attempts, including on goal, missed and blocked. Close games are defined by being tied in any period or within a goal in the first or second period. This is used to eliminate score effects. The only two teams to have a higher percentage against them during that span were the Colorado Avalanche and Philadelphia Flyers. The Blackhawks lost both of those games. The Blackhawks are second in the league at 55.7 percent Corsi close for the season. The Los Angles King lead it at 57.1 percent.

88.4 – The Blackhawks’ penalty-kill percentage since the Olympic break. The Blackhawks have killed off 38-of-43 penalties in 11 games. They had a 79.7 percentage prior to the break, killing off 145-of-182 power plays.

.932 – Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford's save percentage since returning from injury on Jan. 2. He’s stopped 627-of-673 shots in that span. He’s allowed two or less goals in nine of his 11 starts since the Olympic break.

118 – The number of points the Blackhawks need to finish the season with to have a better than 50 percent chance to overtake the Blues for first place in the division, according to sportsclubstats.com. The Blues have 101 points (39 regulation wins) after 70 games. The Blackhawks have 97 points (36 regulation wins) after 71 games. The Blackhawks need 108 points to have a better than 50 percent chance to remain in second place.
Scott Powers is a general reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Patrick Sharp
PTS GOALS AST +/-
6 2 4 -1
OTHER LEADERS
GoalsP. Kane 3
AssistsB. Saad 5
+/-J. Oduya 3
GAAA. Raanta 1.52